In the wind: September 13, 2023

Vancouver Park Board Rescues Jericho Pier

The Jericho Pier may not be so adept at avoiding broken up log booms propelled by King Tide storm surges but on Monday night it dodged a bullet as the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation decided the unique benefits it has provided our City for generations made this cherished iconic Vancouver landmark worth saving despite it’s physical shortcomings with respect to sea level rise, age and ability to resist damage from the more frequent storms created by climate change. Repairs are expected to be completed and the Jericho Pier reopened by 2025.

Tasar BC’s Regatta

Photo: Jim Davie

Looking Aft
Last weekend’s Tasar BC’s Regatta provided plenty of excitement for the crews of the 15 participating boats. Saturday conditions were a sunny perfect 12-14knots out of the west, while Sunday provided challenging light and variable breeze where Maestro race officer Dominique Labrosse managed to conduct 2 well run races.

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make the regatta a success including photographer Jim Davie who came onboard Jericho Rescue with Douw and Saul to take these shots and a few more in the C Otter Smugmug Gallery

Regatta Results

Photo: Jim Davie

End of Summer Events at the Jericho Sailing Centre

End of Summer Regatta September 16 & 17

Fall Events at Jericho

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

End of Summer Regatta

This Weekend @ Jericho Sailing Centre
Two-day regatta for all Jericho sailing fleets. A British Columbia Fireball Championship will be incorporated into the event. An informal regatta meal on the Saturday evening is included in the price of registration. Registration at

Saturday & Sunday
Notice of Race


Current Season Passes Expire September 30.

Pay parking continues Oct 1 – Apr 1 at the following rates:
Hourly $2.75
Daily maximum $7.75


Anyone wishing to comment or register suggestions should contact the City of Vancouver at 311 or Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners at his link:
Winter Parking Pass For Jericho Please!

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association, having just learned of this, has registered our suggestion for a winter pass with the Park Board but they would really like to hear from more affected users directly, please take a few moments to register your constructive comments and suggestions.

Users of the Vancouver Rowing Club and RVYC in Stanley Park benefit from off season parking passes and we ask that this policy be applied equally.

Jericho Sailing Centre Association Notice of Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at 1900H

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association’s 50th Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at 1900H. The 2022/2023 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.

Call for Nominations
Voting will take place to elect eight members for a two-year term to our 15 member Board of Directors. The J.S.C.A. Board meets regularly to set policy and determine Jericho’s direction. Interested members who have time and expertise to offer are invited to submit a letter indicating their experience and areas of interest to the J.S.C.A. Nominations Committee c/o the Jericho office no later than 1700H, Tuesday, October 10.  The nomination letter must include your name, address and telephone number.  For additional information contact Mike Cotter, J.S.C.A. General Manager 604-224-4177 or email

Special Resolutions
The Special Resolutions 1 through 17 to amend the JSCA Constitution and Bylaws were developed over the past year by the JSCA Bylaws Committee and recommended by the JSCA Board of Directors for approval by the membership at the Annual General Meeting.

Special Resolutions

Jericho Sailing Centre School Partners

Jericho Sailing Centre’s school partners 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

Galley Patio and Grill

Hours of operation (weather permitting):
Mondays through Saturdays 1130H-2200H

Safety Notice: Running Out of Gas as Darkness Descends

If wind fuels your craft, you must be aware of the time of sunset as the wind frequently shuts off abruptly within the last hour of daylight. Sailing dinghies are required by law to carry a paddle for this very purpose. Never sail further away from Jericho in the evening than you would like to paddle. Today’s sunset is at 1930H and we lose a couple of minutes of daylight each day.

English Bay Safety Seminar

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.

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

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 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

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 flake 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.