In the wind: August 22, 2023

JSCA staff members Jane & Maya enjoyed a relaxing day off by “running the table”, dominating the F18 fleet with 5 straight wins. Photo: Jim Davie.

Rum Runner Rewind

Blustery Rum Runner Regatta Weekend: Plenty of Action, Plenty of Carnage

in the wind’s” favourite photographer, Jim Davie, was toning up his sea legs with Jericho Rescue in breezy conditions for both days of the Rum Runner Regatta this past weekend. Jim caught these shots and a few more which can be viewed on his Smugmug C Otter 23 Gallery

Colin and Clayton chasing Mark and Kevin toward Point Atkinson lighthouse in 18+ knots of breeze during course racing Sunday. Photo: Jim Davie.
Peter and Chris driving F18 “Spectre” through significant swells toward Point Atkinson in 20+ knots on the first leg of Saturday’s distance race around Passage Island.

End of Summer Events at the Jericho Sailing Centre

Jericho Wavechaser August 24 & 31 @ 1900H

Sunday Racing August 27 & September 3 @ 1230H

Tuesday Nite Racing August 29 & September 5 @ 1815H

Tasar BC’s Regatta September 9 & 10

End of Summer Regatta September 16 & 17

Fall Events at the Jericho Sailing Centre

UBC REC Day of the Longboat September 23, 24, 30 and October 1

Penguin Cup Racing Series October 8, 15 and 22 @ 1230H

JSCA Volunteer Appreciation & Racing Awards Dinner Oct. 22 @ 1730H

Meanwhile, Down in Samoa…..

Jericho Paddling Club Members Make Wake at IVF World Distance Championships

During the week of August 14-18, 5 JSCA / Jericho Paddling Club members participated in the 2023 IVF (International Va’a Federation) World Distance Championships in Samoa with pure paddling power and excitement! This is the highlight event of the year for outrigger paddlers. Carole Fullerton raced V6 (6 paddler canoes) in the Women’s 50s, Bob Stewart in the V6 Men’s 70s, Ken Asano in the V6 Men’s 50’s, Simon Corbeaux in the V6 Men’s 40’s and Tony Hodanic in the Men’s Open V6 and V1 (solo) events.

JPC Member Carole Fullerton (3rd seat from bow) and the rest of her crew mates took Bronze in the V6 Women’s 50’s Division.

Carole and Bob’s crews finished 3rd in their races, bringing home Bronze medals. Team Canada finished with a total of 11 medals – 5 Gold, 2 Silver and 4 Bronze. A big congratulations to all our paddlers!

JPC member/JSCA Board Member Bob Stewart (far left) and his Canadian crew receive Bronze Medals in the V6 Men’s 70’s.

Heat was the overwhelming factor, with temps in the mid 30’s and humidity taking that to 40+. Race conditions varied daily, with the heat, winds, reefs and even rains. Samoa is a beautiful island, filled with wonderful people. The opening and closing ceremonies were some of the best we’ve seen on the international stage.

Thanks to our South Pacific Correspondent Jan Chavarie for this report & photos.

Vancouver Lifeguard Association Beach Alert Program!

New Program @ Jericho Sailing Centre

The Vancouver Lifeguard Association pleased to bring back the Beach Alert Program! Lifesaving and First Aid training combined with Paddle Board and Kayak experience.

Children 8-12 years old who can swim 50m will see their swimming and fitness improve combined with lifesaving and water safety training.

August 28-Sept 1st., 9am-12pm (15 hour Program) – Jericho Sailing Centre
Costs $200.00

Option for daily drop ins: August 23, 24 & 25.

For details and registration please contact:

Windsurfing Youth Development Program

The Windsurfing Youth Development program is a special 5-day program tailored to youth aged 13-24 who want to be immersed in the sport of windsurfing. Participants endeavour to grow and improve their skills so that they can pursue windfoiling for fun or competitively. An extra bonus, full program scholarships are available. Remaining program dates are: August 28-Sept 1.

More info. and register here.

Marine Eco Adventure – Last Camp of the Summer August 28-September 1

MacSailing’s Marine Eco Camp looks at the environment from Spanish Banks to Kits Beach. It helps kids understand the history of the area and the geography and evolution of the foreshore. The program is interactive and includes classroom sessions, beach activities and on-water exercises close to shore. Each week will include a nature walk, collecting and classifying shells, visit to the lifeguard station, shoreline cleanup, water sampling, weather forecasting and a guest speaker.

Participants will learn about conservation and sustainability while taking part in activities designed and taught by University students with a background in Environmental Studies, Biology and Oceanography. We love the ocean and our local environment, the goal of this program is to instill that passion while offering fun and engaging activities and adventures.

Sign-up at:

Jericho Sailing Centre School Partners

Jericho Sailing Centre’s school partners will introduce thousands of people to ocean recreation each year. Surf over to their websites for information:

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

Windsure Adventure Watersports
Windsurfing, Wing Surfing, Wing Foiling, SUP and skimboarding lesson, rental and pass programs.

Dinghy Sailing and Canoe lesson, rental and pass programs

Only a Couple of Weeks Left of Youth Summer Camps Sign Up today.

Galley Patio and Grill

Hours of Operation (weather permitting):
Mondays through Saturdays 1000H-2200H
Sundays 1000H-2100H

The newest addition to The Galley’s cool treats menu: Soft Serve Ice Cream! Available in chocolate, vanilla, or a “twist”.

Add sprinkles on top for no additional charge!

NO SWIMMING in front of the Jericho Sailing Centre

The beach area immediately north of the Jericho Sailing Centre is Vancouver’s only public beach designated for the launch of small, naturally powered craft: sailing dinghies, SUPs, rowboats, windsurfers, canoes, kayaks, etc., and swimming is strictly prohibited.

Vancouver has some great swimming beaches, however, the stretch of Jericho Beach in front of the Jericho Sailing Centre is NOT one of them.

The danger for swimmers in this area is the extreme amount of small boat traffic including many craft skippered by beginners and novices. It’s all good fun until someone gets a Hobie in the head. Many years ago a woman standing waist deep in this area had her leg broken by an out of control boat. Excellent, lifeguarded swim beaches are located to the west at Locarno Beach (with waters warmed by the sands of Spanish Bank) or to the east at the Jericho Beach swim area.

If you see someone swimming in this area please let them know (the area is well signed) or inform the JSCA office or a Jericho Rescue Team member.

Upcoming Low Water Levels of concern this week:

Saturday August 26, 0753H 3.6′
Sunday August 27, 0858H 2.9′
Monday August 28, 0958H 2.2′
Tuesday August 29, 1051H 1.7′
Wednesday August 30, 1139H 1.6′
Thursday August 31, 1223H 2.0′
Friday September 1, 1305H 3.1′

For complete tide information skim over to: Water Levels

Photo: Sea Otter

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.

Pieces of the DND wharf remnants can be seen beyond the shore break in this picture to the left and right of freestylin’ Peter on his windsurfer. This photo was taken at the 0.1′ low on July 4. The visible sections are part of a creosoted wood beam wall pile driven into the mud bottom. They are about 30′ running parallel north to south and covered in nasty barnacles. Peter says he has hit them several times over the years at higher water levels (under 4′) when they are less apparent.

English Bay Safety Seminar

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

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 49+ 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

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.