In the wind: October 19, 2022

Jericho Sailing Centre Association  Notice of Annual General Meeting Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 1900H

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association’s 49th Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 1900H. The 2021/2022 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. This year’s meeting will be held in person in the English Bay Room of the Jericho Sailing Centre. Members have the option to participate online.

AGM Voting & Zoom Meeting Log-in Information

Emails were sent to all current JSCA members on Tuesday, October 18 with the subject line:

“Vote now: Jericho Sailing Centre Association – JSCA 2022 Board of Directors Election”

The email contains:

  • each member’s exclusive ballot access key to vote via our online app ElectionBuddy;
  • a link to JSCA Board Candidates information;
  • a link to the JSCA Electoral Procedures;
  • a link to the AGM Zoom Meeting on Tuesday, October 25 at 1900H.

Online voting opened at 0900H, October 18 and will close 30 minutes after the start of the AGM.

Access to a computer that allows online voting shall be available at the J.S.C.A. office during normal office hours, beginning on the day when online voting opens, and ending when the J.S.C.A office closes (1730H) on the last day of voting-please bring your ballot access key with you.

If you are a current member of the JSCA but did not receive our email please contact our office (604)224-4566 immediately after checking your spam inbox.

Receding Daylight

Don’t get caught out like David did here. Be aware of daylight hours and always carry a paddle.
Photo: Andrei Bredin.

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 1814H. 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.

Additionally JSCA office hours are also shifting with the sunset. This week the office will be closing at 1830H.

Penguin Cup Race Series

Stefan be liking this. Photo: Jim Davie.

October 9,16 & 23

First Starts at 1230H

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Racing Awards and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Photo: Jim Davie.

The annual JSCA Racing Awards and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner is this Sunday, October 23 at 1700H. Tickets are $15 and available in the JSCA office up until Friday, October 21. Don’t delay, seats are limited and we are almost sold out.

There will be a slideshow presentation and awards bestowed upon our notable racers and volunteers. As our way of showing appreciation for our volunteers, they receive complementary tickets. If you volunteered for the JSCA in 2022 and haven’t yet received your invitation please contact the JSCA office.

Dominique’s Smoke on the Water Gallery

Photo: Dominique Labrosse

JSCA’s Safety and Events Manager Dominique Labrosse was out on Jericho Rescue last Saturday in the forest fire smoke for the Canadian Outrigger Racing Association Time Trials and captured a gallery full of interesting images:

Photo: Dominique Labrosse

Smugmug’s Sea Otter Photo Gallery

Tony’s tuned-in. 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:

Photo: Jim Davie

SAFETY NOTICE: Colder Conditions Require Appropriate Attire

As we prepare to leave the summer of 2022 foundering in our wake, the air and water temperatures have become noticeably cooler and the wetsuit or thermally protective attire that may have been optional just a few weeks ago are now mandatory. Last week Jericho Rescue assisted a beginner windsurfer, no wetsuit, who was in the initial stage of hypothermia. This is not a risk people should be taking when launching from Jericho at this time of year. Play safe and dress for survival. 

Cold Water Recreation Requires More Knowledge and Experience

Here are some things Fall, Winter and Spring users of the Jericho Sailing Centre must know about cold water ocean recreation:

Appropriate Attire – Dress for Cold Water Immersion

The water temperature is well below the level where it is safe to recreate without a proper (no shorties) wetsuit or drysuit. 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 is fine until something goes wrong and they suddenly find themselves immersed in the water.

Use Your Head

Significant heat loss is through your head. Hypothermia is the most significant danger experienced ocean recreationalists face. Wear a neoprene cowling, a wool toque or other hat to help retain body heat.

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 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. If you are launching from Jericho Beach stop in at the JSCA office to let us know when and where you are going and when you expect to return.

Be Aware of Sunset

Recently, JSCA staff have witnessed people launching within a few minutes of sunset. This is a dangerous practice. If something goes wrong for you: equipment failure; changing conditions; fatigue, etc., you are very difficult to find in the dark. Make sure your safety float plan includes plenty of time to get off of the water before sunset.

For more information, shiver over to this cold water education site:

English Bay Safety Seminar

Don’t end up in the Jericho Rescue log. Learn from other’s mistakes by taking in the information in our English Bay Safety Seminar. Photo: Jim Davie.

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.

Jericho Sailing Centre Autumn School Info

Jericho Beach Kayak

Jericho Beach Kayak continues paddling throughout the winter. Join their weekly winter paddles on Saturdays from 10am-12pm. Pre-registration is required:

They also remain open through the winter for private bookings (whether it’s for groups or individuals): 

If you want to take the colder months to prepare for the next season consider getting your VHF radio license or take their Online Trip Planning Series.

The Galley Patio and Grill

Last Call for the Jericho Galley Patio and Grill final weekend of 2022 1100H-1700H weather permitting.

Jericho Sailing Centre Current Covid-19 Safety Protocols

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association is committed to fighting the spread of Covid-19. Covid Hasn’t Left Us – If you are feeling sick please stay home!

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. PFD’s MUST be properly fitted.
  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
  16. Stay at least 300M clear of ships at anchor in Vancouver Harbour.
    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