In the wind: September 1, 2021

Backpaddling: Floating Concert in Jerry’s Cove

Hundreds of people, including many paddlers, enjoyed the Festival Afloat floating concert in Jerry’s Cove just east of the Jericho Sailing Centre on August 14. A warm summer evening, accented by a tinge of wildfire smoke, provided a surreal venue.

Thanks to Dominique Labrosse for these photos.

Vancouver Ocean Festival September 11

Proof of Vaccination Requirement Coming September 13

“By order of the Provincial Health Officer, proof of vaccination will be required to access some events, services and businesses. Starting September 13, you must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The requirement applies to all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+) and covers a broad list of events and locations including: indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants; gyms, pools and recreation facilities.” 

While the upcoming proof of vaccination requirement will most certainly be required for Galley Patio & Grill patrons, we are still awaiting further guidance from the PHO as to how it will apply to other areas of the Jericho Sailing Centre facility. We expect to have more information available in next week’s newsletter.

Jericho Sailing Centre Current Covid-19 Safety Protocols

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association is committed to fighting the spread of Covid-19.

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 in the JSCA Office.

  • Sailor’s Lounge and roof top deck open to members.
  • Indoor washrooms capacity limits removed.
  • 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.
  • 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.

2021 Bailiff Auction POSTPONED

JSCA’s Bailiff Auction of unpaid craft scheduled for September 18 has been postponed due to a small number of potential auction items and vaccine verification requirements. We expect to include this year’s items in next year’s auction.

Jericho Sailing Centre Association Notice of Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 1900H

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association’s 48th Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 1900H online (login and voting details to be announced). The 2020/2021 J.S.C.A. Board and Committees will report on their accomplishments this past year and the challenges for the future. Please plan to attend and participate in the future direction of your ocean access community centre.

Call for Nominations

Voting will take place to elect eight members for a two-year term to our 15 member Board of Directors. The J.S.C.A. Board meets regularly to set policy and determine Jericho’s direction. Interested members who have time and expertise to offer are invited to submit a letter indicating their experience and areas of interest to the J.S.C.A. Nominations Committee c/o the Jericho office no later than 1700H, Tuesday, October 12.  The nomination letter must include your name, address and telephone number.  For additional information contact Mike Cotter, J.S.C.A. General Manager 224-4177 or email

Oolichan Run

Photos: Dominique Labrosse

Longtime JSCA member, Gwendal Castallan, and crew take “An Aod Oolichan” on her maiden voyage out of the Jericho Sailing Centre on August 29. The 19′ wooden Caledonia Yawl took Gwendal almost 7 years to build.

Wind Shuts Off Abruptly

photo: Dominique Labrosse

The wind frequently shuts down abruptly within an hour of sunset. If you are on a wind powered craft this means you have just run out of gas. The general rule of thumb for sailors is: never sail further away from home port than you would care to paddle within that hour; and, always carry a paddle.
Today’s Sunset 1956H

Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Races Thursday September 2 & 9 1900H

There are 2 Wavechaser race series events left in the season: Thursdays September 2 & 9 1900H. 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!

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 and beyond. 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.

Click: English Bay Safety Seminar

Port of Vancouver Traffic Control Zone

Did you know that the First Narrows and adjacent sea areas are restricted by the Port of Vancouver to exclude all naturally powered craft? Two weeks ago 2 Laser sailor’s out of the Jericho Sailing Centre didn’t and were swept from the west by a strong inflow tide producing 5.5 knots of current through the narrows. The surrounding geography disrupts and can even shut off the wind in this area leaving sailing vessels powerless. A Coast Guard radio call for assistance went out and fortunately they were rescued by Jericho Rescue and RCM-SAR. Avoid dangerous predicaments, make sure your local safety knowledge is as fit as it can be; take in our online safety seminar.

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.

Low Water levels in the coming week:
Saturday September 4 1048H 3.6′
Sunday September 5 1131H 3.3′
Monday September 6 1211H 3.0′
Tuesday September 7 1249H 3.3′

Jericho Sailing Centre has the Best Patio in Vancouver

The Galley Patio & Grill hours of operation for September are:
Weekdays 1100-2100H
Weekends 0900-2100H

2021 Jericho Schools in Session

SCA 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

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-

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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Online registration for sailing events 2

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.

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.