In the wind: September 8, 2021

Vancouver Ocean Festival This Saturday September 11 @ Jericho

Last Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Race of 2021
Thursday September 9 1900H

The last Wavechaser race series of the year goes Thursday September 9 @ 1900H. Many thanks to Dave Morris and his volunteer crew (including the Jericho Rescue Team) for organizing a solid season of paddleCheck 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!

Galley Patio & Grill Closing for the Season September 12

Penguin Cup Racing Series

September 12 & 19October 3, 10, 17 & 24@ 1230H Informal late season regular racing for Jericho style sail boats.

Competitors must register online at in order to be scored.

UBC Rec “Day of the Longboat” Returns Sept. 25 & 26

The longstanding annual event will be scaled down from 3,500 to 2,000 participants over one weekend.

Why You Shouldn’t Sail within 50M of Ships at Anchor

We’ve seen this movie before. Boat sails too close to ship at anchor, into its wind shadow, losing all power. The hydrodynamic flow along the hull from bow to stern pulls the boat like a magnet into the side of the ship. Paddle as hard as you will, your resistance is futile, you are about to go on a wild screeching ride down the giant steel slide. On the ride you’ll encounter many greasy remnants of docks from various ports around the world, rotting fish lines and still baited hooks, maybe even flecks of gel coat from previous steel sliders in far away places. It is not a place you ever want to be, and if you’re really unlucky you’ll have taken the ship’s port side slide where the gangway, in sailing position, is ready to catch you at the end.

The typical ship at anchor in Burrard Inlet is 200M. Do not sail within a quarter of the ships length to it or you may find yourself riding the giant steel slide. It’s a ride no one ever wants to take twice.

Near Calamity in the Port of Vancouver Traffic Control Zone

On Labour Day Monday a group of 30 novice SUPers departed Jericho Beach and attempted to paddle across the Burrard Inlet to Ambleside. (An important distinction here: while they departed Jericho Beach, the group did not originate from the Jericho Sailing Centre). The 10-12 knot westerly breeze and strong flowing tide pushed the inflatable SUP fleet into the Port’s Traffic Control Zone where naturally powered craft and jet skis are forbidden for their own safety. The group dissipated in the strong current and turbulent sea surface with some landing on the Stanley Park shore, some landing on the North Shore, and 17 shooting the gap through the First Narrows under the Lion’s Gate Bridge. A commotion ensued and the group was rescued by a Port vessel, the Canadian Coast Guard and the Vancouver Police Marine Squad. Fortunately no one was injured. Here is the VPD’s report of the event: VPD Report

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

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.
  • Vaccine Passports are not required at this time, however we support public health recommendations for everyone to get vaccinated.

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

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

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 1940H

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.

2021 Bailiff Auction CANCELLED

JSCA’s Bailiff Auction of unpaid craft scheduled for September 18 has been cancelled 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.

2021 Jericho Schools Winding Down for the Season

JSCA partner schools are still open with limited programs available over the rest of September. For program information cruise their websites:

Windsure Adventure Watersports
Windsurfing, Stand Up Paddling, Skimboards

Dinghy Sailing and Canoeing

Jericho Beach Kayak Centre
Kayaking and Surf Skiing

Jericho Partner Clubs:

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-

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.