Our History

Canoes on what is now known as Jericho Beach in 1883

A Paddling People from the Beginning

For thousands of years people have launched naturally powered craft from the shores of what we now call Jericho Beach and Point Grey. Archeological evidence reveals a history of communities long connected harmoniously with their ocean environment.

Discovery off Point Grey

The Legend of Point Grey

The legend tells the story of the Tyee of the West Wind; the scourge of local ancient mariners who aspired to be chief of gods and stood in defiance of the Sagalie Tyee. The Sagalie Tyee, in the form of The Four Men in a canoe, paddled through a destructive tempest brewed up by the West Wind and victoriously landed on this headland. The defeated West Wind Tyee was transformed into a great stone, filled with powerful medicine which today stands just off the shoreline SW of Point Grey. Ancient people named it Homolson Rock and say that for thousands of years to come any paddler who touches their blade to it will be blessed with favourable winds on their journey home.

Sailors entered English Bay for the first time in June 1792 captained by George Vancouver, who noted the sheltered inlet and its significant southern features: the large sand bank, the old growth forest and the fresh water stream emptying into an accessible tidal estuary at the east end of the bank. The magnificent towering stands of Douglas Fir were much in demand by mariners for building masts and the area would later be claimed by the British Admiralty. Capt. Vancouver made good contact with the people here and it didn’t take long for the local community to recognize all of the positive attributes of sailing.

Jeremiah Rodgers

Decades later Jeremiah Roger’s logging operation cleared the old growth forest which once stood here and depended on the ocean to get the product to market. Much of this wood went in to the building of early, pre-Great Fire, Vancouver. His location became known as Jerry’s Cove which was condensed to Jericho.

Jericho Beach Golf & Country Club

The ocean setting within the breathtaking mountain vista attracted the exclusive Jericho Beach Golf & Country Club which was washed away by a great ocean storm and was rebuilt only to then be expropriated by the Federal government for the Jericho Beach Air Station.

Jericho Beach Air Station: Vancouver’s First Airport

In 1920, almost a decade before YVR opened for business, the Jericho Beach Air Station commenced operations. In the earliest days of Canadian aviation history, flying boats from Jericho charted the BC coast, surveyed timber for BC’s fledgling forest industry, flew people, supplies and mail to remote communities, assisted Canada Customs in stemming the tide of rum runners during prohibition and photo surveyed and mapped remote areas of the province.

RCAF Station Jericho Beach

In the early part of WWII the Jericho Beach Air Station evolved into a Royal Canadian Air Force Base. The remnants of the Jericho Beach Golf & Country Club were covered with concrete and military buildings, and the number of flying boat and seaplane launches increased dramatically.

The building now known as the Jericho Sailing Centre was built in 1940 as the Marine and Stores Building for RCAF Jericho Beach. The upper floor consisted of officer’s offices as well as planning and briefing rooms for marine operations.

The primary mission became civil defense; launching reconnaissance missions from this shore to patrol the BC coast and looking for signs of enemy vessels and/or aircraft. Flying boats and seaplanes launched from here during WWII included: Blackburn Sharks, Vickers MKII, Canso Catalina and the mainstay of the fleet the Supermarine Stanraer – a sub hunter nicknamed “the Whistling Birdcage” for the sound generated by its biplane wing shrouds and rigging in flight.

RCAF Station Jericho Beach crew’s only actual contact with the “other side” was encountering a mysterious but ineffective invasion of incendiary bomb rigged weather-type balloons aloft in the winter of 1944/45.

Jericho Beach Park

RCAF Station Jericho Beach was decommissioned in 1969 and its land and buildings were turned over to the City who decided to create a marine access park. A lengthy process of demolishing the numerous buildings began and when City engineers assessed this building — then known as Building 13 — they determined that it would be too expensive to retain and rehabilitate, and recommended it be demolished.

The 1974 former Jericho Beach Air Station Marine and Stores Building had long been abandoned and, like the surrounding buildings, had an impending appointment with the wrecking ball. The building was hard to get to from the land side, through an armed guard station and other barb wire remnants of the closing military base. 

It was unofficially adopted by a passionate crew of dinghy sailors, including members of the UBC and Viking Sailing Clubs, who had the dream and vision of creating a low cost, highly accessible, non-taxpayer funded community centre dedicated to ocean recreation for small, naturally powered craft. 

When the ominous wrecking ball confronted this unrealized dream the undaunted sailors took their idea to the City of Vancouver who agreed to a tentative one year agreement to see how such an entity might serve the needs of citizens in the newly created Jericho Beach Park. The Jericho Sailing Centre has been the park’s “anchor tenant” ever since.

Jericho Sailing Centre

In ‘74 every window was broken, the roof leaked, there were no washrooms, showers, running water or electricity. There was however a determined “people power” and a new “army” of volunteers who went to work digging trenches for waterlines, fixing windows, building ramps, storage racks, washrooms, clubrooms, and removed metal and piling remnants from the beach.

Four decades of unwavering, passionate evolution have created the world-class ocean recreation facility enjoyed today by many in this city named after a prominent seafarer.

Since our humble beginnings when we served just a few hundred people, the population of Vancouver has more than doubled and the demand for naturally powered ocean recreation programs, services and facilities have increased exponentially.

More than 25,000 people from throughout the city and Metro Vancouver area, from all walks of life and all of life’s circumstances, annually launch from the Jericho Sailing Centre to experience Vancouver’s marine environment first hand.

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  • Jericho Sailing Centre Association                               Notice of Annual General MeetingTuesday, October 27, 2020 at 1900H The Jericho Sailing Centre Association’s 47th Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 1900H online (login and voting details to be announced). The 2019/2020 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 community centre. Call for Nominations Voting will take place to elect seven members for a two-year term and one member to a 1 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 13. The nomination letter must include your name, address and telephone number. For additional information contact Mike Cotter, J.S.C.A. General Manager 224-4177 or email mike@jsca.bc.ca. UPDATEThe JSCA Board of Directors, at their September meeting, updated the JSCA Electoral Procedures to facilitate online voting which will commence on October 20, 2020 and close 30 minutes after the start of the AGM (see below for full details). Voting packages and meeting log-in details will be emailed to all current members on October 20. Those who wish to wish to access this information by other means are encouraged to contact the JSCA office. J.S.C.A. ELECTORAL PROCEDURES1. NOMINATIONS COMMITTEEa) The J.S.C.A. Board shall appoint a 3 person Nominations Committee to call for and receive nominations for the Board and to supervise the conduct of the election and the counting of ballots.b) A call for nominations and the last date that the Nominations Committee can receive nominations which will appear on the ballot shall be sent to all members no later than the time at which notice of the AGM is given, and posted on the J.S.C.A. website.c) The Nominations Committee shall attempt to ensure that there are enough candidates to fill any Board positions which will become vacant, and may solicit nominations. 2. ELIGIBILITYa) Only fully paid-up members of J.S.C.A. are eligible to vote or stand for election to the Board.b) J.S.C.A. memberships will be available up to the end of normal office hours on the day before the AGM.c) A list of the eligible nominations received by the Nominations Committee will be posted on the J.S.C.A. website before online voting opens. 3. VOTINGa) All ballots will be cast using an online voting procedure approved by the Nominating Committee.b) The Nominating Committee will review the method and procedures proposed for online voting, and will take reasonable steps to ensure that: i) Only eligible J.S.C.A. members can vote; ii) Each eligible member can vote once only; iii) It is possible to track who has voted; iv) It is not possible to track how any person voted; v) The counting of online votes is secure and accurate; vi) The vote count can be accessed directly from the online voting system.c) Online voting will open at 9 am, seven days before the AGM, and will close 30 minutes after the start of the AGM. There will be a link on the J.S.C.A. website to the online voting website.d) Access to a computer that allows online voting shall be available at the J.S.C.A. office during normal office hours, beginning on the day when online voting opens, and ending when the J.S.C.A office closes on the last day of voting.e) When online voting is available, J.S.C.A. staff will assist members who come to the J.S.C.A. office requesting help to cast their ballot using the online voting procedure. 4. MEMBERSHIP CHALLENGESa) Any person who believes they are eligible to vote, but whose name does not appear on the online voter list, should contact the JSCA office as soon as possible, and no later than one hour before the office closes on the last day of voting.b) J.S.C.A. staff shall attempt to resolve all membership challenges as quickly as possible.c) When J.S.C.A. staff determine that a person who is eligible to vote is not on the online voter list, that person’s name shall be promptly added to the list.d) A person challenging a membership decision may submit receipts, canceled cheques, etc., to substantiate his or her claim to have a valid membership.e) A person may ask the Nominating Committee to review a membership decision made by J.S.C.A staff, and the person’s name shall be added to the voter list if the challenge is validated to the satisfaction of the Committee. 5. COUNTING OF BALLOTSa) Counting of ballots shall be completed within 24 hours of the close of voting. The vote count will normally be accessed immediately following the close of voting.b) The Nominations Committee shall be responsible for accessing the vote count from the online voting system.c) Members who wish to observe the accessing of the vote count shall submit their names to the J.S.C.A. Office before the office closes one day before the AGM is held. The Nominations Committee may select up to eight observers, taking into consideration any requirements for measures such as social distancing. No candidate may be an observer.d) If the AGM is held in person, the vote count shall be accessed in the presence of any observers. If the AGM is held online, reasonable efforts will be made to ensure observers are satisfied with the procedure used to access the vote count. 6. ELECTION RESULTSa) The names of any candidates who can be declared elected before the end of the AGM will be announced at that time.b) If there are unresolved challenges to the eligibility of one or more voters when voting closes, the Nominations Committee may access the vote count and review the results of the election. If the Nominations Committee determines that the results of the election to fill one or more vacant positions could be affected by votes cast after

  • Per WorkSafeBC requirements the JSCA COVID-19 Safety and Sanitizing plans are posted below. JSCA COVID-19 Safety Plan JSCA Sanitization Plan

  • JSCA COVID-19 Protocol No one may enter the premises if they are sick, required to self-isolate or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19.General entry to the compound is limited to the South gate (parking lot entrance).Our school partners will be controlling access to the compound for their clients using the beach gates, or conducting business on the beach outside of the compound.Members must either swipe their membership card or provide their name and contact info at the entrance.*Guests and the public must provide their name and contact info at the entrance.*Everyone must wear a facemask at all times while in the compound. We ask that people visiting the Centre bring their own masks, however, disposable masks are available by donation at the south gate.All people on the premises must maintain a safe physical distance of 2m at all times.Everyone using the facility must wash their hands frequently. Hand washing stations with biodegradable soap are available around the compound.Everyone must be kind to each other.Ocean gates must be closed and locked immediately after use.The JSCA office has two service windows under a tent along the east wall of the building. Access to the inside of the JSCA office is for staff only.All hallways in the building have been designated as one way. Please be on the lookout for signage directing the flow of foot traffic through the building.The showers and change rooms upstairs are closed. Single occupancy change rooms are available around the yard for general use. Outdoor showers are available near hose bibs in the compound.The upstairs restrooms are limited to an occupancy of one. Temporary washroom facilities have been provided in the compound.Our partner clubs, schools and the restaurant may only begin operation upon approval by the JSCA of their COVID-19 plans. The success of our Jericho Sailing Centre COVID-19 Safety Protocol depends on the cooperation of our entire Jericho community. Although members have been exceptionally good about adapting to and following the new protocols over the past two weeks, there have been a few who have have put “self” over “community” by not wearing their face mask properly at all times within the Centre. Please do not be selfish. Together we are doing everything we can to minimize the risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus. If we can all keep our respiratory droplets to ourselves we will succeed. This protocol will be updated from time to time as requirements evolve. Please check back to stay up to date. * Contact information is being kept only for contact tracing purposes by government if required and is destroyed after 30 days.

  • 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.0.5 IT IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY TO AVOID A COLLISION 1. Always wear your P.F.D. on the water.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. 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.