In the wind: May 8, 2024

NOTICE: Jericho Sailing Centre’s webcam is out of service during roof maintenance. ETC, May 20th week

Jericho Sailing Centre OPEN HOUSE

The annual Jericho Boat Show OPEN HOUSE is on Saturday, May 11 from Noon-1600H. Bring your landlubber friends, co-workers, neighbours and relatives down to the Centre on that day to check out all of the recreational ocean access opportunities available to them. Our schools, clubs and fleets will be on hand with sign-up information and displays, the Jericho Rescue Team will be doing rescue demonstrations, there will be plenty of activity on the water and guests will receive member discounts on purchases in the Galley Patio & Grill.
The Season Opening Sailpast will take place from 1300H-1400H as a feature of the Open House. Plan to join in the fun!

SOS Season Opening “Sail”past Saturday, May 11 1300H-1400H

The word “sailing” in Jericho Sailing Centre is the verb, meaning “to travel on water in a vessel”. At Jericho, the word refers to traveling on the water in various vessels; all small, naturally powered watercraft, such as kayaks, SUPs, surf skis, outrigger canoes, rowing shells, canoes, windsurfers, sailing dinghies, rowing dinghies, wing surfers and an emerging array of foiling craft.

The “Sailpast” is a maritime tradition from the earliest days of naval conflict when Admirals would review their fleets prior to going into battle. Long ago, yacht clubs and sailing organizations adopted the ritual for peaceful purpose, sailing past and saluting their Commodores to celebrate the beginning of a new season. At Jericho we have adapted the ancient tradition to reflect our more diverse “sailing” community and inclusive nature. We invite all users of the Jericho Sailing Centre to join us for our annual SOS Season Opening Sail/paddle/row/wing/foil-past on Saturday, May 11 between 1300-1400H. Sail past our flagship, the Albatross, in whatever vessel you choose, salute JSCA President Chris Stairs and his crew, to celebrate the spirit of Jericho and to ensure your sail/paddle/row/wing and/or foiling adventures this season are blessed with good luck and favourable weather.

MacSailing to Host Open House and Marine Awareness Day on May 11, 2024


MacSailing is thrilled to announce its upcoming Open House and Marine Awareness Day on May 11, 2024. This event promises a dynamic celebration of the ocean’s beauty and significance, with a special focus on marine conservation efforts in partnership with Ocean Wise.

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a variety of free activities, including canoeing and sailing trips, thrilling Beach Sports contests, and an interactive marine awareness station presented in collaboration with Ocean Wise. As a highlight of the event, Ocean Wise will showcase their captivating sea dome, offering an immersive experience that reveals the wonders of the ocean environment surrounding Vancouver. We are also privileged to be welcoming special guest speaker Dr. Barrett-Lennard. He will discuss the fascinating culture of BC killer whales and the challenges it presents to conservation.

To book activities and join in the celebration, please visit
For all other inquiries or more information, please contact

About MacSailing:
MacSailing is a leading sailing and water sports organization dedicated to providing exceptional experiences on the water. With a focus on education, adventure, and environmental stewardship, MacSailing offers a wide range of programs for all ages and skill levels.

About Ocean Wise:
Ocean Wise is a globally recognized leader in ocean conservation. Through research, education, and engaging experiences, Ocean Wise aims to inspire action to protect marine ecosystems and promote sustainable practices. Their innovative programs and initiatives empower individuals and communities to make a positive impact on the health of our oceans.

About Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard:
Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard is a Senior Scientist at Raincoast Conservation Foundation and has spent over 30 years conducting field research on killer whales.

CBC Vancouver – Paddling Safety Tips from Jericho Beach Kayak Centre

CBC news’ Joel Ballard visits EJ Lange at the Jericho Kayak Centre in Vancouver to learn how to stay safe on the water.

Jericho Club Partners 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 based out of 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 Clubs @ Jericho.

Jericho School Partners

Jericho Sailing Centre’s school partners are registering future mariners now. Surf over to their websites for more information:

Jericho Beach Kayak Centre

Kayaking and Surf Ski lesson, rental and pass programs JBK

Kayak Summer Camp registration is now open.

Calling all mini-adventurers! Summer is right around the corner and our kayaks are geared up for a season of FUN, laughter, and watery wonders!

Jericho Beach Kayak offers kayaking summer camps for kids 7-10 and 10-14 years old. There are half-day and full-day camp options available. If you love the ocean your kid probably does too. Give them the best camp of their summer and register them now: Jericho Beach Kayak summer camps.

Windsure Adventure Watersports

Windsurfing, SUP and skimboarding lesson, rental and pass programs

Registration for summer camps at Windsure Adventure Watersports are now open! There are full and half-day program options for paddleboarding, skimboarding and windsurfing activities for youth aged 7-15. You can view all available dates and times here.


Dinghy Sailing and Canoe lesson, rental and pass programs at MacSailing.

Galley Patio and Grill

Now open 7 days a week 1130H-2000H, weather depending.

Weekly Racing Events @ Jericho Start this Week

Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Race Series

Thursdays 1900H

Sunday Racing

Every non-regatta Sunday at 1230H through September 1

Tuesday Night Racing

Every Tuesday at 1815H through September 3

 Please remember to register for sail events at Full 2024 JSCA Event Schedule & info: Jericho Events

More May Events…

May 18 Foiling/Slalom Saturday Race Series more info: foiled again!

May 25 Jericho Iron Outrigger Canoe Race more info: hut hut ho

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.

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.

Windsurfer Class race in the early days of Jericho: note the teak wood booms.

Jericho FIVE-0 50th Anniversary Art Contest

In November of 2024 the Jericho Sailing Centre Association will mark its 50th anniversary. This will begin a year long celebration of the Jericho Sailing Centre and its past, present and future. We are looking for a piece of artwork created by one or more members of our community to anchor the 50th Anniversary programme. This artwork will potentially appear on posters, online, on signage, clothing, promotional items and on commemorative pieces like a sail and/or paddle. We want it to be positive, casual, approachable, upbeat, and ideally tap into the emotions that users of the centre experience while recreating here. We are encouraging artists of all walks of life to submit their art for consideration. The submission deadline is July 31st, more information about the contest is here (link to be filled once Creative Brief is approved).

JSCA 50th Art Contest Creative Brief

Coming to Jericho this Summer

Help support the ILCA Canadian Masters Championships

Back by Popular Demand! After Jericho’s success in hosting the 2022 ILCA Canadian Masters Championships we have been asked to host it again this summer – June 28 – 30.

All Jericho members, not just ILCA sailors, can support this regatta!

Billets & Boats

We are working hard to grow the fleet from 40 boats last time to over 50. In order to attract more out-of-town boats we are asking your help. Are you able to:

  • Host an out-of-town competitor to stay in your home for the 4 nights, June 27 – 30?
  • Offer your ILCA or Laser in good racing condition for charter? 

(Sailors will pay you a charter fee.)

If you can assist in either of these ways please contact Greg Speakman, , (604) 764-2603.More Event Info: ILCA Canadian Masters Championships

Jericho Compound Notes

Unpaid Craft drifting toward Bailiff Auction June 22, 2024

As of today there are 16 expired JSCA members who have not paid for current craft and/or locker storage at the Jericho Sailing Centre. Jericho staff have tried to contact all of our unpaids in hopes of rehabilitating them and setting them onto a proper course. If you are among our wayward fleet, drifting toward the craggy rocks of our bailiff auction, please contact the JSCA office so that we can assist you.

We are currently bailiffing all unpaid craft and lockers. Members with outstanding fees will need to settle all late fees, a $40 lockup fee, a $90 bailiff fee, along with membership and storage fees. Even if you choose to remove your craft, prorated storage fees, late fees, lockup fees, and bailiff fees must be paid. At noon on Saturday, June 22, 2024, per the Warehouseman’s Lien Act, JSCA will sell all unpaid craft and locker contents to cover outstanding fees.

Environment Stewardship VS Foam Blocks

Almost 20 years ago, as the West Nile Virus was migrating across Canada to BC, the JSCA amended our storage policy to remove tires from the Jericho Sailing Centre compound which people were using to store boats on. They were prime breeding grounds for mosquitos and we thought we’d found a pretty good solution replacing them with recycled foam blocks which were used to grow tree and shrub seedlings and for other landscaping purposes. Two decades later, we’re that much more environmentally evolved and see that these foam blocks break down and deteriorate into tiny foam pebbles which ultimately end up in the ocean for which we all share a great affinity. The JSCA has set a goal to remove all foam blocks, and portions thereof, from our compound this year.

We’re asking all JSCA craft owners to work together with our staff and volunteer crew to help us achieve this goal. Please provide an environmentally friendly solution that suits your craft (see examples below) and return your styrofoam block to the recycling area beside the east building entrance.

We are phasing out these foam blocks. If you are using some of these please consider an alternative. Some member solutions are below.

Storage Policy: Unidentified Trailers in the Compound

Boat trailers may not be stored in the Jericho Sailing Centre compound other than in the space assigned to the associated members craft. We recommend painting/marking trailers with the JSCA craft storage decal number. The trailers below were found drifting aimlessly about the compound by our storage manager. If you are the owner of one, please claim it asap. You can find the full JSCA Storage Policy here

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.

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 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.