In the wind: July 21, 2021

Orca Outreach This Saturday @ Jericho

Parks Canada Killer Whale Outreach @ Jericho Sailing Centre July 24 & August 14

The Parks Canada Southern Resident Killer Whale outreach team will be at the Jericho Sailing Centre on July 24 and August 14 from 0900-1700H to raise awareness about the Southern Resident Killer Whale protection measures (specifically for recreational paddlers, boaters and fishers) as well as providing fun, engaging, and informative content about killer whales that is accessible to everyone. We have a small outreach set-up with props and information pamphlets.Facebook post we shared on this topic

A reminder that as of June 1, 2021, Transport Canada’s Interim Order for the Protection of Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) in the Waters of Southern British Columbia is in effect. This includes Interim Sanctuary Zones near the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. 

Interim Sanctuary Zones have been created as spaces of refuge for the Southern Resident Killer Whales to rest, socialize and eat. Do not enter the Interim Sanctuary Zones off the east coast of Saturna Island, south-west of North Pender Island or at Swiftsure Bank from June 1 – November 30. No fishing and no boating allowed. 

Learn more and know before you go.

English Bay Safety Seminar Online

The English Bay Safety Seminar was developed for users of the Jericho Sailing Centre to help keep them safe at play while on the waters of English Bay. The seminar covers basic water safety fundamentals along with user specific information drawn from the logs of the Jericho Rescue Team who have intervened in thousands of “sea disasters” over the past 46 years. English Bay Safety Seminar

Bailiff Auction Saturday, September 18 @ Noon

While most of the 1800+ craft in the Jericho Sailing Centre compound have paid up 2021 storage fees, there are still a few (former) members ducking and dodging payment and sailing toward the craggy rocks of our Bailiff Auction. If your craft storage remains unpaid as of August 3 and you have not made arrangements with our office, your craft will be seized and locked up under the Warehouse Lien Act. At this time hefty bailiff, administration and advertising fees will be added to the outstanding fees which will make the usually friendly JSCA fees resemble Royal Yacht Club fees. Unpaid craft as of Noon on Saturday, September 18 will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Jericho Sailing Centre Current Covid-19 Safety Protocols

Here are the current Jericho Sailing Centre Covid-19 Safety Protocols:

  • Mask use mandatory in the building, optional in the compound.

Please bring your own mask. Disposable masks available for purchase $2 in the JSCA Office.

  • Sailor’s Lounge and roof top deck open to members.
  • Indoor washrooms capacity limits removed.
  • Gates 1, 2 and the South gate open to the public (no more contact tracing required). Gate 4 Windsure customer flow and Gate 5 Jericho Beach Kayak customer flow retained. Gate 3 still controlled member access only. East gate still controlled.
  • Other than the Burrard room, all rooms in the Jericho Sailing Centre building are back to their original capacities.
  • One-way travel in the building.
  • Member service window barrier and office configuration will be retained. Indoor mask use by staff retained. Outdoor mask use by staff optional.
  • Indoor shower and change room usage under consideration. Will remain closed for the time being awaiting Park Board lead on issue.
  • Continue to be kind to each other and give each other generous personal space.

We anticipate further changes, tweaking and tuning, as we move through the summer. Thank you for being considerate of others.

Steer Clear of Jericho Pier

Two White Striped Can Buoys Mark Safe Passage Around Casting Zone

There have been some unfortunate encounters between boaters and the fishers on the end of the Jericho Pier. The Jericho Pier is the only place in Vancouver where people without boats can get out over the water to fish or crab. It’s a very finite, stationary space and boaters have a whole ocean of opportunity to navigate around the 30-40M extended casting zone.We have positioned two white striped orange can buoys just out of (wind assisted) crab trap casting range off the NE corner and the North end of the Jericho Pier to assist safe navigation. We recommend that boaters not pass between the Jericho Pier and these Safety Can Buoys.

NO SWIMMING in front of the Jericho Sailing Centre

The beach between the Jericho Pier and the rock groyne at the east end of the Jericho Sailing Centre is Vancouver’s only public beach designated for the launch of small, naturally powered craft: sailing dinghies, rowboats, windsurfers, canoes, kayaks, etc., and swimming is strictly prohibited. Vancouver has some of the best swimming beaches of any city in the world, however, the stretch of Jericho Beach in front of the Jericho Sailing Centre is NOT one of them.

The danger for swimmers in this area is the extreme amount of small boat traffic including many craft skippered by beginners and novices. It’s all good fun until someone gets a Hobie in the head. Excellent, lifeguarded swim beaches are located to the west at Locarno Beach (with waters warmed by the sands of Spanish Bank) or to the east at the Jericho Beach swim area.

If you see someone swimming in this area please let them know (the area is well signed) or inform the JSCA office or a Jericho Rescue Team member. 

Rookie Racing Seminar August 14

Interested in trying sail racing? There is no better way to improve your sailing skill. We’ll help you navigate through all the rules and prepare you to jump into our regular Sunday Racing event the following day at 1230H. Anyone interested in learning to race is encouraged to attend the Rookie Racing Seminar via Zoom on August 14 @ 1600H. RSVP via reply email to get the meeting code.

Jericho Sailing Centre has the Best Patio in Vancouver

The Galley Patio & Grill hours of operation for July are Mon-Fri 1130-2100H; Sat-Sun 1100-2100H Weather Permitting
The Galley is continuing to adapt to changing guidelines for restaurants.
The Best Nachos in Town are Back!

2021 Jericho Schools in Session

JSCA partner schools 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

Windsure Windsurfing Clinics

Feeling comfortable with your beginner windsurfing skills and looking to learn at an intermediate level? Consider signing up for one of our Windsurfing Clinics running on select dates all summer! From trying out waterstarting for the first time to learning how to rig your equipment, all of our clinics will help you progress on your journey to become a better windsurfer! The following clinics will run this summer:  

Discover Windsurfing III
How to Waterstart
High Wind Performance Theory & Practice
Equipment & Rigging Knowledge

Check out this link to learn more, find available dates, and book today! 

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

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 –
Adaptive Sailing Association of BC-

The Disabled Sailing Association of BC has changed their name to the Adaptive Sailing Association of BC

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

Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Races Thursdays 1900H

Welcome to the 2021 Wavechaser race series! Races will be held on Thursdays at 7:00 Check out the web page here:

Entry for JSCA Members is $5 and non-members pay $10. Registration closes at 5:00 PM on race day. There is no on-site registration, but you will have to check in to assign a boat number. There is a short course ~ 5km and a long course ~8km. There will be three start waves; 1 – surfskis, 2 – OC, 3 – SUP and sea kayak.

The check-in table is on the beach with flags to make it easy to locate. Draw prizes will be selected before the race and will be in bags on the table.

Looking forward to seeing you!

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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The limit on the number of competitors for Sunday and Tuesday racing has been removed, but please continue to register online before each event. Letting other people know you will be racing encourages them to come out and join in, and helps build your fleet.

Now, if you haven’t registered online before an event, you can register by clicking the “Register” button in the results. If your name isn’t in the results, please click the button, register, and make sure your results are included in the Series results.

Outdoor HOT Showers

Located on the exterior west wall.

Many Thanks to the Great Volunteers of our Gatekeeper Ambassador Program

As we normalize Jericho Sailing Centre operations we are still looking for volunteers to welcome people unfamiliar with our facility and help steer them in the right direction. Please continue to sign up via the Gatekeeper Ambassador TeamApp.

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.

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 onshore 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.