In the wind: June 8, 2022
This Weekend @ Jericho
Jericho Catamaran Classic Regatta June 11 & 12
For more information gybe over to: 2022 JCC Race Info
English Bay Safety Seminar
English Bay Safety Seminar June 13th @ 1900H
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 45+ years.
Why make your own mistakes when you can learn from the mistakes of others? Don’t challenge Darwin’s theory, make sure your water safety knowledge is the fittest it can be. Your survival may well depend upon it. Find the missing links and fill in the gaps in your water safety knowledge by attending a FREE English Bay Safety Seminar.
RSVP by email to book your spot email@example.com
Also on: July 11 & August 8
Are you aware that Port Regulations require us to keep at least 300M clear of the ships at anchor in English Bay?
“Pleasure craft, including those under oars should keep well clear of all commercial vessels underway and not impede their passage. A vessel at anchor or berthed at a terminal may move without warning and a safe distance should be maintained. Particular attention must be paid to navigation in the high activity areas.” Excerpt from page 152 Port of Vancouver Information Guide
For complete information sail over to Port Information Guide
SOS: Could the Jericho Pier Disappear?
It’s not currently identified in the City’s Draft Capital Plan
While marine consultants assess the storm damaged Jericho Pier structure to inform possible paths forward, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation is considering the 2023-2026 Draft Capital Plan — the investment roadmap that funds everything from playground upgrades and new parks to community centres and recreational facilities.
You can learn more about the draft capital plan by visiting: https://shapeyourcity.ca/park-board-capital-plan. Vancouver Park Board Commissioners will be considering public input in June and will help refine the final Capital Plan for City Council’s consideration in July 2022.
If you would like to share your opinion on the future of the Jericho PierContact: PB.Comments@Vancouver.ca
Jericho Pier has been a Consistent Feature in Vancouver’s History
There has been a some version of a pier at the site of the Jericho Pier since the late 1800’s. In an earlier incarnation it was called the Discovery Pier as it is located at the foot of Discovery St. In the 1920’s a floating dock structure occupied the site serving the Jericho Beach Air Station (above).The current Jericho Pier has been used in many film and commercial productions including this 1980’s photo shoot for Fashionworks sent to us by the model who prefers to remain anonymous (photo below).
The Jericho Pier has inspired poets, playwrights and artists including Rob Zeer who painted the above while visiting Vancouver on a grey day 20 years ago. According to Richard Albert who owns the painting and submitted the photo Rob asked a passerby with a red umbrella to pose for a few minutes to add some colour to the scene.
What could a new Jericho Pier look like?
In November 2017 the Jericho Pier Renewal Concept was approved by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. At that time PB staff reported there was a significant amount of community support for the new pier which was 2.5 metres higher to facilitate sea level rise, with a concrete reinforced corrugated steel western face to protect it against such mishaps as the broken up log boom that battered it to splinters in the January 7, 2022 storm. It also included an accessible floating dock to allow more people to experience Vancouver’s marine environment.
Do you have a favourite Jericho Pier photo or memory? Send it to us and we could include in a future newsletter
A Reminder to All Users
The Jericho Sailing Centre is a Non-motor Powered Recreational Facility – No Recreational Motors Permitted, including electrics. Strictly enforced.
Jericho Sailing Centre’s Schools in Session
Mac Sailing, Windsure and Jericho Beach Kayak are now open for lessons and rentals.
Windsure offers stand-up paddling, skimboarding and windsurfing lessons and rentals.
Mac Sailing offers sailing and canoeing lessons and rentals.
Jericho Beach Kayak offers kayak and surfski lessons and rentals. They also host Friday evening Jericho social paddles and Tuesday evening Women on Water (WOW) paddle sessions.
Bookings are open now.
The Galley Is Open
Food and drink on Vancouver’s best patio deck is available weather permitting. New this season is a refreshed craft beer offering.
Click through to look at the current menu.
Club Sign-up Season
One of the best ways to enjoy recreational ocean access on Vancouver’s largest playground is to join a community based club 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 – http://www.clublocarno.com/
UBC Sailing Club – https://ubcsailing.org/
Viking Sailing Club – http://www.vikingsailingclub.bc.ca/join-our-club/
Jericho Paddling Club – http://www.jerichooutrigger.com/membership.html
Discovery Sailing Club – http://discoverysailing.org/
Companionway Sailing Club – http://www.companionwaysailing.ca/
Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club – http://www.salishsearowing.ca/page-18087
Sea Dragon Sea Scouts – https://www.facebook.com/seadragonseascouts/
For more information on all JSCA affiliated clubs surf over to https://jsca.bc.ca/clubs/
Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Race Series Thursdays @ 1900H
Paddle racing every Thursday evening to the end of August open to all level of paddlers in outrigger, SUP, surfski, prone, and kayak. Courses vary depending on conditions. Each race night has a short and a long course. Check-in starts at 6 pm, race starts at 7 pm. Race fees are $5 for Jericho Sailing Centre members and $10 for non-members.
Regular Sunday and Tuesday Nite Racing
All members and registered guests are welcome to join Jericho Sailing Centre’s weekly sail race programs. Please remember to register at jracing.org.
- Sunday Racing starts at 1230H on non-regatta Sundays through Sept. 4.
- Tuesday Nite Racing starts at 1815H every Tuesday through Aug. 30.
Keeping Our Compound and Our Environment Clean
Part of our newly revised storage policy is dedicated to making sure we are doing what we can to keep our compound and the environment as free from pollution as possible. One major source is the disintegration of tarps which end up sending small shreds of plastic around the compound and likely blown into the ocean by the breeze. Please note the new Environmental Stewardship clause of our revised storage policy:
Environmental Stewardship Policy
a.) All craft and covering materials must be kept in good condition. Any craft, covers or other materials causing pollution due to fraying, disintegrating, flaking etc. must be removed/repaired/replaced at first sign of deterioration.
b.) Members are required to ensure that any cleaners/water soluble solutions used in the compound are non-toxic, 100% biodegradable and not harmful for marine life, water quality and local wildlife.
c.) Any chemicals used for boat repairs including but not limited to: fiberglassing resins and hardeners, Sikaflex, fiberglass, toluene, acetone, paints, varnish etc. are to be removed from J.S.C.A property and disposed of in the appropriate manner off-site.
d.) Any repairs done on craft at J.S.C.A must be done in a way that captures all waste materials during the process.
Please ensure your craft/equipment storage complies with our Environmental Stewardship policy. Our crew will be cruising through the compound checking for non-compliant craft.
2022 ILCA (Laser) Canadian Masters Championships at Jericho June 24-26
The local ILCA fleet along with the JSCA is proud to host the 2022 ILCA (International Laser Class Association) Canadian Masters Championships here at the Jericho Sailing Centre.
This event is available to all ILCA sailors 30 years of age and older as of June 24. As this is a masters event there are the following age categories:
55-64 Grand Master
65-74 Great Grand Master
Scoring considerations are made for older sailors to even out the competition. This is a three day event with on water judging, a BBQ included for all sailors and volunteers on the Saturday evening, prizes for the top sailors and draw prizes for all participants and volunteers.
Our regatta co-chairs Bob Ennenberg, Tony Martin and Tim Murphy have been busily working behind the scenes to create a fun regatta for all involved. We will however, need the Jericho community to help make this event a success. If you are interested in helping out feel free to reach out by email to ILCAN_masters@jsca.bc.ca. To find out more click here.
Don’t Feed the Rabbits
Vancouver Park Board Notice
Feral rabbits populate the grassy areas around Jericho Beach. Drawn by their fluffy tails, twitching noses, and relative tameness, people often try to handle and feed them. But these interactions poise serious health threats to both the animals and public, and have negative knock on effects to the environment.
Invasive species Jericho Beach’s feral rabbit population is an invasive species colony, originating from domestic pets that have either been purposefully released into the wild, or escaped.
Invasive species can out-compete native species for food and space, damage ecosystems, disrupt food sources, and introduce parasites and disease. They are the second greatest threat to biodiversity following habitat loss.
Bunnies are sadly often abandoned in parkland. Not only does this contribute to the negative impacts of feral rabbits in the park but it leaves domestic animals frightened, malnourished and vulnerable to a huge range of harmful consequences including traffic accidents, predators, and disease.
Touching or trying to pick up wild animals is distressing for them, and can put people at risk of being bitten or scratched. More seriously, rabbits carry pests and parasites such as ticks, which can transmit deadly diseases to humans and dogs such as Lyme Disease.
Wildlife feeding is prohibited across all Vancouver parks and beaches, and can incur a fine of up to $500. Not only is feeding feral rabbits unhealthy for them, when they gather around feeding areas, they become more vulnerable to predators and spreading disease. Food left out for rabbits attracts mice and rats which can lead to infestations and further opportunities for spreading diseases like Hantavirus.
Give wildlife space
The best thing you can do for any wild animal is give it space, and observe from afar. If you have a dog, keep it under control, on leash, and away from wildlife.
As education and signage rolls out to remind the public how to peacefully co-exist, the we’ll continue to work closely with wildlife experts, the BC SPCA and the Invasive Species Council of BC, on long-term research and monitoring of rabbit populations and their impact on Vancouver park ecosystems.
Coexisting and protecting Vancouver’s wildlife relies on all of us doing our part to ensure both animals and people can enjoy our greenspaces without negatively interacting with one another.
Any incidents of wildlife feeding should be reported immediately by phoning 3-1-1.
Find more information on Vancouver’s wildlife and tips on peaceful coexistence
Cold Water Recreation
Appropriate Attire – Dress for Cold Water Immersion
The water temperature is now well below the level where it is safe to recreate without proper cold water attire: wetsuit, drysuit, etc. People who get into serious trouble at this time of year have often made the mistake of dressing for the air temperature not the water temperature, which might be OK until something goes wrong and they suddenly find themselves unexpectedly immersed in cold water.
Always Stay with Your Craft
When a sailing dinghy, windsurfer or kayak capsizes they are usually within a couple of swim strokes of their crew. Some craft, particularly SUP’s and surf skis, require a safety leash (in good condition and properly attached) as they can easily get away in a capsize situation. Never leave your craft in an emergency situation as it is far easier to spot from a distance than a person in the water.
Use the Buddy System
Always sail, paddle, row with someone else, especially in cold water conditions. Let a reliable friend or relative know when and where you are going and when you expect to return. Diligently contact them upon your safe return.
Off Season Launch Log
Please use the Jericho Sailing Centre facilities at this time of year at your own discretion. All users understand that they are ultimately responsible for their own safety. In addition to letting a friend or family member know of your safety float plan you can check in at the JSCA office to register in our off Season Launch Log. The JSCA assumes no risk or liability for your safety on the water.
Be Aware of Sunset
Make sure your safety float plan includes plenty of time to get off of the water before sunset. If something goes wrong for you: equipment failure; changing conditions; fatigue, etc., you are very difficult to find in the dark.
Here is a link to one of our favourite cold water education sites:http://beyondcoldwaterbootcamp.com/
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:
Masks are optional in the building and the compound. Please bring your own mask. Disposable masks available at the JSCA Office.
- Continue to be kind to each other and give each other generous personal space.
- Roof top deck open to members.
- Indoor capacity limits removed. All rooms in the Jericho Sailing Centre building are back to their original capacities.
- Member service window barrier and office configuration retained.
We anticipate further changes, tweaking and tuning, as COVID ebbs and flows. Thank you for being considerate of others.
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.
0.5 IT IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY TO AVOID A COLLISION
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 Seminar.
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.
Pay Parking in Effect
Pay Parking is in effect in Jericho Beach Park from April 1 through September 30.Season parking passes are available through EasyPark for $105.
To apply for a parking pass:
Go to https://easypark.t2hosted.ca/Account/Portal
- Scroll down to Permits and click Get Permits, Log in or Create Account
- Login to your guest account or create one.
- Select Lot 69 Jericho Beach