In the wind: February 23, 2024

Jericho Sets Sights on FIVE-O

In November of 1974, a community of Vancouver ocean lovers incorporated the Jericho Sailing Centre Association commencing their mission to transform the abandoned DND Jericho Beach Air Station Marine Building into a unique, low cost, non-taxpayer funded, community centre dedicated to facilitating ocean recreation for Vancouverites in small, environmentally friendly watercraft. Prior to this, our founding members had presented the idea to the Vancouver City Council, proposing to repurpose the former military structure, which was slated for demolition, into an innovative recreational facility. Recognizing the potential, the City referred the proposal to the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, leading to the negotiation of a tentative one-year license with JSCA. Happily, we passed that audition and have spent the past five decades spilling hundreds of thousands of Vancouverites and visitors into Vancouver’s largest playground for distinctive recreation in this city named after a prominent sailor; time flies when you’re having fun!

Pre-JSCA incorporation: the 1974 Laser Canadian Championships helped demonstrate the need for a facility such as ours in this city named after a sailor. Fifty years later, this June, the Jericho Sailing Centre will host the 2024 International Laser Class Association (ILCA) Canadian Masters Championships.

In the upcoming weeks, we’ll be unveiling our plans to commemorate our golden anniversary with Jericho Sailing Centre members and other users through this newsletter, our website, and various media channels. Stay tuned for details on a photo submission opportunity and an art contest, as well as a schedule of events leading up to the November 18th anniversary date. Additionally, we’ll be marking 2025 as the 50th anniversary of our inaugural official season of operation, promising even more festivities to come.

2024/25 JSCA Membership & Storage Invoices Sent – Due April 1

The 2024/2025 Membership & Storage Invoices have been sent via email and are due on April 1st . If you haven’t receive yours, please contact us at after checking your spam folder.

We are now accepting the following payment methods:

• Online payments using the review and pay button in your original invoice email

• Interac e-Transfer to (include invoice # in notes)

• In person at the JSCA office

• Mail us a cheque

• By credit card over the phone at 604.224.4177

Not Planning to Renew?

If you have craft and/or locker storage at the Jericho Sailing Centre and are not planning to continue with us after March 31 this year, please notify us as soon as you can so that we can plan to accommodate members on our waiting list.

Vancouver Boat Show-Jericho Sailing Centre Presentation

Thank you to the almost 60 JSCA members who volunteered to crew our booth at the 2024 Vancouver International Boat Show earlier this month. Thanks also to all of the members who provided video clips for the following presentation produced by Dominique Labrosse. 

Here is our boat show video presentation: Jericho Sailing Centre

Galley Patio and Grill

Now open weekends-weather depending

Vancouver Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show

Come see us at the Vancouver Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show running Saturday March 2 and Sunday March 3 1000H-1800H at the Vancouver Convention Centre. 

2024 JSCA Event Schedule

Jericho Events

Fifty paddlers participated in winter conditions for the first Jericho event of 2024, the Pacific North West Outrigger Racing Canoe Association event on January 20. Photo: Dominique Labrosse

Jericho Rescue Team Training Course April 27 & 28

The Jericho Rescue Team is looking for current JSCA members who are physically fit, confident, experienced sailors, windsurfers, paddlers and/or rowers and are interested in further developing their seamanship and water safety skills, to volunteer to assist their fellow boaters. The Jericho Rescue Team provides safety and rescue support for all on-water events facilitated by the JSCA. This year our Rescue Team members will provide safety and rescue coverage for the over 90 on-water event days on our 2024 events calendar. Qualified candidates can sign up for the Jericho Rescue Team Training Course which will be conducted on April 27 & 28. We provide training in ocean safety and seamanship, boat handling, boat rescue and first aid. Course graduates must complete ongoing Rescue Team training including the Pleasure Craft Operators Certification, VHF Radio Licence, emergency first aid and CPR Certification (all provided). If you are interested please contact Dominique to discuss your interest and qualification for this program.

Summer Employment Opportunities

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association is looking to fill a few temporary positions this spring/summer supporting areas of Safety, Storage, Membership and Maintenance.

Description of potential tasks/duties

·      Monitor safe usage of the ramps, beach launch areas, and on-water activity

·      Assist with craft, locker & equipment storage

·      Assist in maintaining the JSC building, grounds, storage facilities, rescue equipment and first aid room

·      Performing daily maintenance, cleaning schedule and room preparation

·      Provide courteous customer service to members and the general public

·      Perform reception and office duties as required

·      May assist with on-water programs and rescues, perform first aid when needed and liaise with Jericho Rescue volunteers and staff as required 


·      Highly motivated team player

·      Strong communication & customer service skills

·      Computer proficiency and ability to learn new software

·      Enjoy hands on work in a variety of environments (indoors and outdoors)

·      Available to work evenings and weekends


·      Small boat experience

·      General knowledge in any or all of the types of ocean activities supported by the JSCA: dinghy sailing & racing, windsurfing, SUP, kayak, surfski, outrigger, ocean rowing

·      First Aid/CPR Certification, VHF Restricted Operator’s Certificate (Maritime) & PCOC

Full Time positions available from April 24 to Sept 2th, 2024

Remuneration is $20.50/hr

Please send your resume and cover letter to

Cold Water Recreation Requires More Knowledge and Experience

Dress for Cold Water Immersion. The water temperature is well below the level where it is safe to recreate without a proper wetsuit or drysuit (no shorties). 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.

Know more before you go, check out our website for more winter water safety information:

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

Batten Down the Hatches

Every off season vicious wind storms rip through the Jericho Sailing Centre compound looking for loose tarps, boat covers and poorly stowed gear. When they find a loose tarp they can turn a docile hibernating boat into a flying projectile which can cause damage to neighbouring craft. Members are responsible for ensuring they have “battened down the hatches” on their equipment stored at the Jericho Sailing Centre. If your boat causes damage to neighbouring craft you can be held liable. We encourage you to check your craft regularly year round (particularly before & after gnarly windstorms), remove any parts or equipment that can be easily removed (most thefts occur between Oct.-April) and make sure water doesn’t collect inside your hull (if it freezes and expands it can cause major damage).

Compound Security-Keep Gates Closed

The Jericho Sailing Centre is open to JSCA members and accompanying guests only during the week. We welcome the public in on weekends while the Galley is open. Please help us keep gates closed when not in use to avoid non-members leaking in. We look forward to welcoming the public back when our schools and the Galley Patio & Grill resume full time operations in April.

Seasonal Compound Water Shutoff

As our facility has evolved from the Royal Canadian Air Force Jericho Beach Air Station, much of the Jericho Sailing Centre’s compound water system is at or near the ground surface to avoid costly trenching through military grade concrete. This means it is particularly susceptible to freezing and associated pipe and fitting breakage. 

The possibility of below freezing temperatures require us to do the annual winterization of our compound water service which includes flushing the system dry and shutting off the water main for the next couple of months. While the rest of the compound water is shutdown, the water hosing station near the SE corner of the building visible from the main compound entrance is insulated and operational throughout the winter.

Our compound water system will be re-energized later in February or during March depending on prevailing temperature forecast. 

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 45+ 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.