In the wind: August 23, 2022

This Thursday @ Jericho

Last Jericho Wavechaser of the Summer

Don’t miss out, the last Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Race of the season is this Thursday evening, August 25 at 1900H. The event is open to all level of paddlers in outrigger, SUP, surfski, prone, and kayak on either 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.

NOTICE OF FILMING – August 31 1400H-2000H East of the Centre

The TV Series, “Family Law” will be filming scenes for an upcoming episode at Jericho Beach, East of the Jericho Sailing Centre on Wednesday, Aug. 31 from approximately 2:00pm to 8:00pm. Preparation for filming will occur on the morning of Aug. 31, beginning at 7:00am. A limited amount of parking will be reserved for essential film unit vehicles in the lot at the Jericho Sailing Centre to the West of the Tennis Courts on Wednesday, Aug. 31 from 7:00am to 11:00pm. Questions regarding filming can be directed to the FLS3 Productions Inc. at 604.630.8667. Please ask for Locations.

Receding Daylight

Deirdre sailing her Laser in a fading summer evening breeze. Photo by Richard Wong.

As time sails further away from the 2022 Summer Solstice evenings are becoming shorter by a couple of minutes each day: tonight’s sunset is at 2013H. During fair weather the wind frequently shuts off abruptly within an hour of sunset. A good rule of thumb if you are in a wind fueled craft is: never sail further from Jericho within that hour than you are prepared to paddle back.

Coming to Jericho in September

10 & 11    Tasar BC’s Regatta (click for event page)

17 & 18    End of Summer Regatta (click for event page)

24 & 25    UBCREC Day of the Longboat

Regular Sunday and Tuesday Nite Racing

Gary & Shelly’s Tasar powered by wind and smiles! Photo Jim Davie.

All members and registered guests are welcome to join Jericho Sailing Centre’s weekly sail race programs. Please remember to register at

Deirdre in Laser focus. Photo Jim Davie.

Smugmug’s Sea Otter Photo Gallery

David hanging out in his happy place. Times like this make all that wooden boat maintenance worthwhile. Photo Jim Davie.

Local photographer, Jim Davie, has been developing his sea legs on board our Jericho Rescue boats catching action on waves in the waters off the Jericho Sailing Centre. Check out his gallery of awesome photos taken over the past several weeks:

Albatross dwarfed by ship anchored in English Bay. Photo Jim Davie.
Dominique conducts Tuesday Nite Racing from Albatross. Photo Jim Davie.

Join a Jericho Sailing Centre Club

Photo Jim Davie.

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 – rowing lessons are open to the public. Windsurfing, sailing, kayaking and rowing lessons are open to their members.
UBC Sailing Club –
Viking Sailing Club –
Jericho Paddling Club –
Discovery Sailing Club –
Companionway Sailing Club –
Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club –
Sea Dragon Sea Scouts –
For more information on all JSCA affiliated clubs surf over to

Jericho Pier Danger!

Photos Dominique Labrosse.
While the Jericho Pier remains covered with logs and closed due to severe damage, fishers and jumpers continue to ignore safety signage.
Photo Sea Otter.

SOS: Future of Jericho Pier Unclear!

Park Board Engineering Report Is Expected in August

Renewing the Jericho Pier is not identified as a priority project in the proposed 2023-2026 capital plan.

from the June 27, 2022 Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation meeting report on the 2023-2026 Capital Plan.

We are still waiting to hear back from the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation about plans for reopening the Jericho Pier which was severely damaged in the January 7, 2022 storm. We’ll keep readers updated in future newsletters.

In the meantime, please send your comments to the Park Board.

Photo James Eppel.

Summer Schools in Session

Mac SailingWindsure and Jericho Beach Kayak youth camps are in full session; book early, don’t miss the boat! 

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. 

Open Water Rowing Lessons available to the public through ClubLocarno

English Bay Safety Seminar

Photo Dominique Labrosse

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.
Sail the Slideshow on our Website

There be Dragons here!: Find out where not to go in Vancouver Harbour

A Message From Transport Canada Office of Boating Safety

Operating a Human Powered Craft

Launch Dolly Etiquette

Yellow launch dollies are for Jericho Sailing Centre community use-please be considerate of others by not leaving them on the beach. They must be returned to the inside of the fence immediately after launching. They are for launching and retrieval only-please do not leave your boat on them. Private dollies should not block access between the ramps and the beach or the beach pathway.

A Reminder to All Users

The Jericho Sailing Centre is a Non-motor Powered Recreational Facility – No Recreational Motors Permitted, including electrics. Strictly enforced.

New from The Galley

Available from weekdays 3:30-5

Spicy curly fries $8

Bruschetta – 2 pieces-Vine ripened tomato, topped with parmesan-Olive tapenade, topped with feta crema$10

Prawns diablo – 3 pan seared tiger prawns, with grilled bread$10

Craft beer flight – 4 glasses, each 5oz

Jericho Sailing Centre Current Covid-19 Safety Protocols

Covid Hasn’t Left Us – If you are feeling sick please stay home!

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

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 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

  • Scroll down to Permits and click Get PermitsLog in or Create Account
  • Login to your guest account or create one.
  • Select Lot 69 Jericho Beach