In the wind: June 2, 2021

2021 Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Race Series Launches

Welcome to the 2021 Wavechaser race series! The first race will be on Thursday, June 3 at 7:00 PM. Registration can be found here on Webscorer; There is a wait list so even if we are full, put your name down and we will fit you in if someone is a no-show.

Entry for JSCA Members is $5 and non-members pay $10. There is no on-site registration, but you will have to check in to assign a boat number. There is a short and long course, with the short out to the first dolphin and the long out to the second dolphin. Let’s hope for a persistent west wind for the return leg to the finish line. There will be three start waves; 1 – surfskis, 2 – OC, 3 – SUP and sea kayak.

We will set up the check-in table the same as last year. Draw prizes will be selected before the race and will be in bags on the table. Please wear a mask until you are in your boat on the water. That is still a requirement in the compound and it is not an onerous task any more. Looking forward to seeing you!

More info at Jericho Wavechaser

Send us your Jericho Photos

We are always on the lookout for photos of activities in and around the Jericho Sailing Centre to share in our newsletter.

Thanks to Rob Hadley for sending us this photo of an Enterprise on a tack toward Point Atkinson on a spectacular sailing day last Saturday.

Jericho Sail Racing

Sunday Racing – Sundays through Sept. 5
First start 1230H

Tuesday Nite Racing – Tuesdays through Sept.7
First start 1815H

Rules changes and reminders for sail racers
Sail racers should note that a new set of the Racing Rules of Sailing came into effect January 1st 2021. Of note is the ability of the race committee to score competitors as NSC (did Not Sail the Course) without a protest and hearing if they witness you not sailing the course properly. As of last year we generally sail with an open start line but a closed finish line. If the race committee witnesses you sailing through the finish line when not finishing you will be scored NSC.Another change is that Start and finish now occur when any part of the hull is over the line; the boat’s crew and equipment were removed from the definition. A reminder that in the standard Jericho Sailing Instructions, we are now putting fleets who have been recalled to the back of the starting order so that other fleets may continue to race on schedule. A good overview of the new rule changes is available here: The standard JSCA sailing instructions that apply to Sunday and Tuesday racing are available on our event pages:

Online registration for sailing events

Although there is currently no limit on the number of people allowed to race at Jericho, online registration is still required. There have been changes to the online registration program (available at The most important are:
Temporary sail numbers. If you don’t know your sail number when your register (e.g. if you sail a co-op boat), check “Enter sail number later.”You will be given a temporary sail number, such as “Laser 1”. If you haven’t entered your real sail number before you race, you may be asked to sail past the committee boat and call out this number, so they can check that you are registered. After you’ve raced, go to the results. The sail number you raced with will be there. Click the “Register” button beside this sail number and enter your name (and your crew’s name for a two person boat). If you registered online (as required), this will complete your registration.
Temporary crew names. If you sail a two person boat (Tasar or F18) you may not know who your crew will be when you register. Check “Select or enter a name later” and you will be able to register. If you haven’t registered your crew before you race, you can go to the results, click “Register”, and add your crew’s name.
Updating your registration. As well using “Register” in the results, you can update your sail number or crew name using the Online registration program at any time, before or after racing. Please let me or Dominique Labrosse know if you have problems, and I will do my best to resolve them.
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2021 Jericho Schools in Session

JSCA partner schools and the Galley Patio & Grill are open for the season. For program information cruise their websites:
Windsure Adventure Watersports – Windsurfing, Stand Up Paddling, Skimboards
MacSailing  Dinghy Sailing and Canoeing
Jericho Beach Kayak Centre  Kayaking and Surf Skiing

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Jericho Clubs: Why own just 1 boat when you can access a Fleet of boats?

The pandemic has accentuated the benefits of outdoor recreation on the ocean-boats are in demand.
A great way to enjoy recreational ocean access on Vancouver’s largest playground is to join one of the community based clubs based out of the Jericho Sailing Centre. These low cost, not for profit, volunteer driven organizations provide a wide variety of boat access and training programs for dinghy sailing, paddling, windsurfing, SUP and rowing programs as well as social opportunities. Clubs looking for new crew include:
ClubLocarno –
UBC Sailing Club-
Viking Sailing Club –
Jericho Paddling Club-
Discovery Sailing Club –
Companionway Sailing Club –
Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club –
Sea Dragon Sea Scouts –
Disabled Sailing Association of BC-

For more info. on all JSCA Affiliated Clubs surf over to

Jericho Sailing Centre has the Best Patio in Vancouver

The Galley Patio & Grill hours of operation for June are Mon-Fri 1130-2100H; Sat-Sun 1100-2100HWeather Permitting
The staff and management of The Galley Patio & Grill would like to express appreciation for how cooperative JSCA members have been this season with following our Covid-19 protocols.”

New Facility: Outdoor HOT Showers

One of the biggest disappointments for Jericho Sailing Centre users last summer was the loss of our hot showers due to Covid restrictions. We don’t know when we might be able to reopen our indoor showers but we have added hot water to the outdoor showers on the west wall of the building to rinse off the salt and warm you up. Give them a shot.

Volunteers Wanted! Jericho Sailing Centre Gatekeeper Ambassadors

We are looking for more, friendly and diplomatic, JSCA member volunteers to assist us as Gate Keeper Ambassadors. Our goal is to inform people of the Jericho Sailing Centre Covid-19 Safety Protocols and direct them to the appropriate gate. This is a great way to meet fellow Jericho Sailing Centre Association members and educate the public on all of the great ocean recreation opportunities available through the Jericho Sailing Centre. Gate Keeper Ambassadors will also open and close gates for their fellow, boat toting members. Please let me know by reply email if you have any questions or would like to sign-up for a shift. Shifts are generally 2 hours. Thank you to all of the JSCA members who are volunteering in our Gatekeeper Ambassador program.

These Stylish & Swaggy UV Protective Neck Gators are Not For Sale
The only way to get one is to volunteer with the Jericho Sailing Centre Gate Keeper Ambassador Program

On the Water – Safety is Your Responsibility

On the ocean there are elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Regardless of how you decide to use the ocean always show courtesy to others. Please adhere to the code listed below and share with others the responsibility for a safe ocean experience. It is every member’s responsibility to know and observe the rules of the road when on or near the water. Here are some key rules which every Jericho member must know and practice.

1. Always wear your P.F.D. on the water.
2. Sail powered craft have the right of way over power craft, paddle and rowing powered craft.
3. All non-commercial vessels shall keep well clear of commercial vessels.
4. It is illegal and extremely dangerous to pass between a tug and it’s tow.
5. A port tack sailing vessel shall keep clear of a starboard tack vessel.
6. A windward vessel shall keep clear of a leeward vessel.
7. A vessel clear astern shall keep clear of a vessel ahead.
8. Any vessel overtaking another shall keep clear.
9. A vessel tacking or gybing shall keep clear of a vessel on a tack.
10.The area south of the orange can buoys is for training or transiting only.
11.Swimming or wading on the beach in front of the Centre is prohibited and is particularly dangerous for small children.
12.It is unsafe to loiter or let children play near the bottom of launching ramps.
13. Stay well clear of the end of the Jericho Pier as fishers cast lines as far as possible
14. Be cautious of pathway traffic when launching/retrieving
15. Do not leave your craft on the shoreline for extended periods of time.

Common sense goes a long way toward maintaining a safe environment. Membership in the Jericho Sailing Centre Association is contingent on members knowing and observing the Safe Ocean Sailing rules.

For more water safety info., tread water over to: English Bay Safety

Jericho Sailing Centre Covid-19 Protocols

The Jericho Sailing Centre is operating under the Jericho Sailing Centre Covid-19 Safety Protocols.

Jericho Sailing Centre Etiquette

Common sense and consideration of fellow members help make the Jericho Sailing Centre a true community centre with a friendly salt water community atmosphere. Here are a few etiquette reminders to keep things sailing along smoothly:

  • Do not leave your craft unattended on the shoreline for extended periods – share the shore.                    
  • RAMPS, and the areas adjacent to launching ramps, are for craft launch/retrieval only. Do not rig, repair or otherwise loiter in this area.
  • Do not leave or rig your craft in the rinsing areas adjacent to hosing stations.
  • The Jericho Sailing Centre is a SMOKE/VAPE FREE facility. There is No Smoking/Vaping permitted in any Vancouver Park or beach area.
  • Give pathway users the right of way and bear in mind they may be distracted and not aware that you are crossing the pathway with your craft or launch rope.
  • Launch dollies are for launching/retrieval only (not for storage) and must be returned to the fence immediately after use.
  • If you launch from your own dolly or trailer return it to your storage spot after launching.
  • Do not use the winches unless you are familiar with their safe operation. Winch instruction is available from staff or Jericho Rescue Team members. Only members or registered guests may use winches & dollies.
  • Only leashed, well behaved, non-barking/whining dogs are allowed in the compound. No dogs are allowed in the building or on the deck. Do not tie dogs to the base of stairwells or in other traffic areas. Do not leave your dog on shore while you are on the water. The City prohibits dogs on beaches. In consideration of other Jericho users please consider leaving your dog at home while visiting the Jericho Sailing Centre.
  • Please coil hoses immediately after use and conserve water.
  • Do not block aisle ways.
  • Rinse racks are for rinsing not drying.
  • Swimming is prohibited in front of the Jericho Sailing Centre.