In the wind: May 31, 2023

This Weekend @ Jericho

Jericho Classic Regatta June 3 & 4

Two-day regatta for Jericho style sailing dinghies. There will be a social event on the Saturday evening after racing.

To find out more, tack over to: 2023 Jericho Classic Notice of Race

Backpaddling – Jericho Iron Race

The Jericho Paddling Club hosted 45 OC 6, six person outrigger canoe teams, in the annual Jericho Iron Race last weekend. Congratulations to Carole Fullerton and her awesome volunteer crew who organized and conducted a solid event supported by the Jericho Rescue Team. To get an idea of what an OC6 race in Vancouver looks like check out the drone footage of the Men’s and Open Mixed race start.

Jericho Paddling Club Women’s Crew heading to the start area.

Women’s teams on the start line waiting for the starters flag from on board Jericho Rescue Titan.

Upcoming Events in June at the Jericho Sailing Centre

A Fireball heads for the finish of Tuesday Nite Racing May 30 photo & video: Seaotter
Done Video Clip of Tasar start May 30 TNR

Jericho Wavechaser June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 @ 1900H

Jericho Classic Regatta June 3 & 4

Jericho Cat Classic June 10 & 11

Sunday Racing June 18 & 25 @ 1230H

Tuesday Nite Racing June 6, 13, 20, & 27 @ 1815H

Bailiff Auction June 24 @ 1200H

Jericho Sailing Centre “Course Made Good 2045” Strategic Plan

  • User Consultation Events June 24 1000-1400 & June 26 1800-2000H

English Bay Safety Seminar Online Anytime

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 48+ 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

Jericho Rescue… in Jericho

On a recent adventure to the ancient city of Jericho our Jericho Rescue Team member, Paul Dylla poses in his crew shirt beside a ship of the desert.

JSCA Course Made Good 2045 DRAFT Strategic Plan

Coming June 14

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association’s Board of Directors is drafting Course Made Good 2045, a twenty year strategic plan (2025-2045) outlining sustainable enhancements we propose for our facility, services, programs, and overall user experience. This DRAFT plan is being developed with the interests of our members, partners, and community stakeholders in mind. As responsible stewards of this exceptional facility, we want to ensure we actively anticipate the growing demand, and prepare for the evolving needs, of Jericho Sailing Centre users. The DRAFT plan includes mitigation strategies to address climate change and sea level rise, so that we protect the building and compound that has provided Vancouverites nearly fifty years of affordable, accessible, naturally-powered, on-water recreation.

We will launch the Course Made Good 2045 DRAFT and the Jericho Sailing Centre User Survey through our website and newsletter on June 14. The User Survey will be available for your input and feedback through to July 31. Come learn more and share your opinions at our User Consultation Events in the Sailor’s Lounge June 24 1000H-1400H; and, June 26 1800H-2000H.

Jericho Club Partner Sign-up Season

One of the best ways to enjoy recreational ocean access on Vancouver’s largest playground is to join one of the community based clubs located at 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. For more info. on all JSCA Affiliated Clubs surf over to

Learn to Row Lessons Available to the Public through ClubLocarno

Jericho Sailing Centre School Partners

Jericho Sailing Centre’s school partners will introduce thousands of people to ocean recreation over this spring and summer. Surf over to their websites for information:

Jericho Beach Kayak Centre
Kayaking and Surf Ski lesson, rental and pass programs

Windsure Adventure Watersports
Windsurfing, SUP and skimboarding lesson, rental and pass programs

Dinghy Sailing and Canoe lesson, rental and pass programs

Galley Patio and Grill

May Hours of Operation (weather permitting):
Mondays through Sundays 1130H-2100H

Upcoming Low Water Levels of concern:

Thu Jun 1 1037H 3.7′
Mon Jun 5 1312H 0.3′
Fri Jun 2 1112H 2.5′
Tue Jun 6 1356H 0.3′
Sat Jun 3 1149H 1.4′
Wed Jun 7 1443H 0.8′
Sun Jun 4 1229H 0.7′

Foiler Alert! – Foiling Craft at Jericho can draw more than 1m of water when they are not foiling and we recommend launching between Ramps 2 & 3.

JSCA 50th Anniversary Celebration Planning Event Planners Wanted-First Committee Meeting Set

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association will be celebrating a half century of providing Vancouverites with low cost, naturally powered ocean recreation programs, facilities and services through the Jericho Sailing Centre in 2024. We’ve come a long way since the days of launching the “Purple Turtle” and other cleverly named craft down ramps of plywood sheets laid across the beach and we are planning to celebrate the countless ocean odysseys our users have enjoyed on our remarkable journey.

The first Zoom meeting of the JSCA 50th Anniversary Celebration Planning Committee has been set for Monday, June 19 at 1900H. Reply to this email for more information and the meeting link.

Not one for committees? Don’t worry, there will be plenty of opportunities for member volunteers to get involved with celebration events and activities. Stay tuned to our newsletter throughout the year for Celebration updates.

Jericho Sailing Centre Not Included in Park Board Alcohol Sites

Recently the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation approved amendments to the Parks Control By-law regarding Liquor Consumption in parks and beaches to designate selected park sites as places where liquor may be consumed. (see full report) Neither the Jericho Sailing Centre or the adjacent beach space between the pier and the rock groyne to the east are included as areas where alcohol can be legally consumed in public.

While alcohol can be legally enjoyed within the licensed premises of The Galley Patio and Grill it should be limited to after boating activity. Per the Centre for Disease Control: alcohol use is involved in up to 70% of deaths associated with water recreation (such as boating and swimming).

Pay Parking @ Jericho Now in Effect Year Round – Seasonal Passes Available

Pay parking at Jericho Beach Park will be permanent, year round. Seasonal passes are available from EasyPark via their email:, with the subject ”Jericho Seasonal Pass Lot 69”; in the email body include: your full name, phone number, licence plate, make and model of the vehicle.

All net parking revenues go to the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation to allow them to fund park amenities, such as the Jericho Pier.

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 or row 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 50M 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 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.