Sunrise Paddle: Wednesdays in July & August

 
Get a refreshing start to your day with an early morning workout! A program designed for proficient paddlers, the Sunrise Paddle Club hosted by Windsure offers a zen experience in a safe, community setting. Our veteran instructor and program leader Patryk will share tips and tricks to optimize your paddle experience. Includes board, paddle, PDF, and optional wetsuits.
 
When? Every Wednesday in July & August 6:30-7:30AM, arrive early to prepare equipment
Where? Leaving from the Windsure Beach Hut
How? $15 single drop-in or $50 four session paddle pass
BOOK ONLINE TODAY at www.windsure.com
For more information, please call 604-224-0615 or email info@windsure.com
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Vancouver SUP Challenge Coming to Jericho Sailing Centre August 10

 
Vancouver’s biggest & best Stand Up Paddleboard race is coming back to the Jericho Sailing Centre on Saturday, August 10.  
 
For more information and to register, stand tall and paddle over to: 
  
2019 Vancouver SUP Challenge
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BC Day Weekend – “Be Sea” Day @ Jericho Sailing Centre

There is something distinctive about life here on the left coast of Canada, in this province of British Columbia, that easily inspires people to follow their noses down along the salt scented Pacific air beach path, to mess around in boats at the liquidy source of all life- it is our very essence.
 
It’s not something that started in this generation or the last, or even in the time since British Columbia first boarded the good ship Canada in 1871. As long as people have lived near these sand swept, rock reinforced Pacific Ocean shorelines they have felt an intimate connection with the sea and nowhere is this more apparent today than at the Jericho Sailing Centre.
 
 
From the relatively landlocked hub bubs of Toronto, Montreal and other Canadian population centers it’s hard for non-Pacific inhabitants of our country to imagine we BC left “Coasters” without sandals, surf shorts, super shades, sunscreen, sun tanned skin and hair blowing in the wind, well bent on a good time at the beach. (Perhaps the leading catalyst for Easterners who jump ship west). On BC Day the beach is where many of us will simply “be”.

If the weather fits the long range forecast for our provincial holiday (and for the real Jericho junkies even if it doesn’t), the waves of English Bay will be streaked with the wakes of a thousand tiny ship trips launched from Jericho Beach out of Vancouver’s low cost ocean community centre. The kayak, rowboat, sailing dinghy, windsurfer, stand-up paddleboard, skim board, or other naturally powered craft you command could be among that holiday flotilla.

This Monday make plans to exercise your “Be Sea” essence. Live it up to the beat of the provincial motto “Splendor without Diminishment”, throw on your surf shorts and sandals, slap on some sunscreen and your shades, turn your back to the east with a great big smile and come celebrate BC Day at the Jericho Sailing Centre.
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Maiden in Vancouver: Public Viewing Saturday, August 3

Maiden cruises past Jericho last Saturday with Theresa on the foredeck escorted by Jericho Rescue Titan and cheered by people on the Jericho Pier

 
Jericho Rescue Team member, Theresa Riedl completed her journey from Honolulu to Vancouver aboard the all female crewed “Maiden” last Saturday morning. A brisk 20 knot breeze kept many well wishers on the Jericho Pier rather than in the planned flotilla of welcoming boats, but the Jericho Sailing Centre and her Jericho Rescue Teammates were a welcoming sight at the end of Theresa’s 16 day ocean crossing.   
 
Maiden made history as the first all female crewed boat to compete in the Whitbread Round The World sailing race in 1989/90, finishing second. Maiden is currently on another round the world sailing campaign to raise awareness of women in sailing as well as womens’ empowerment and education. Theresa was chosen as a crew member for the Vancouver leg of the tour.  
 
 
Maiden is in Vancouver for the next few days before she sails on to Seattle. Anofficial welcoming ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 3rd at the St. Roch Dock in North Vancouver from 1100H-1200H with a public viewing of the vessel to follow from Noon-1600H. Everyone welcome!  
 
Several members have been to see the Maiden movie which is currently playing in Vancouver at the Cineplex Odeon International Village. Word is that it is the best sailing movie some have ever seen.
 
https://www.themaidenfactor.org/ 
 
Check out the Maiden movie trailer:  
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Saturday: Celebration of Light Fireworks over English Bay

The annual Celebration of Light fireworks competition continues tonight and this Saturday over English Bay. If fireworks turn you on, “Celebration” is a perfect accent to three Vancouver mid-summer night eves right in the sweet spot of summer. The fireworks are best viewed from English Bay Beach. Kits Beach offers a next best view with Jericho accommodating the cheap seats – distant view but easier parking and disembarking when the show ends. Seating at the Jericho Patio and Grill is tough to find after 2030H. The rooftop deck will be open to members & their accompanying guests (60 maximum) with security in place to enforce no alcohol or smoking. Remaining show dates are July 31 and August 3; Start time 2200H.
For more information on the Celebration of Light fire up their website at:
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SAFETY NOTICE: CoL Fireworks = Extreme Marine Hazard

One of the most dangerous situations for operators of small water craft in Vancouver occurs at the conclusion of each Celebration of Light fireworks show. Hundreds of powerboats are hastily heading for home in all different directions and the sea surface is filled with crossing boat chop on waves. Lights from boats and downtown reflect everywhere and a kayak, canoe, rowboat or other small vessel is almost impossible to see, even if the power vessel Skipper hasn’t been drinking, and in some cases, he has.
 
The Jericho Sailing Centre Association advises our members and other small, naturally powered craft users to not put themselves in this vulnerable position. If you choose to be out there, please ensure you are displaying the proper navigational lights and remember that the Coast Guard and other safety boats will have their hands full and may not even be able to locate your craft within the boating frenzy if you need them. Also remember, that you the Skipper, as always, are solely responsible for your safety and that of your crew. 

 

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Jericho Affiliate Club 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. Clubs looking for new crew include:

 
 
 
 
Discovery Sailing Club – http://discoverysailing.org/
 
Companionway Sailing Club – http://www.companionwaysailing.ca/
  
Salish Sea Coastal Rowing Club – http://www.salishsearowing.ca/
 
For more info. on all JSCA Affiliated Clubs surf over to http://jsca.bc.ca/clubs-2/
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Vines Art Festival Opening Ceremony

Free Event Featuring Raven Spirit Dance, Dallanah Gail Bowen, Tyler Jacobs and young Matriarchs from Squamish – Senaqwila Wyss, Musqueam – Christie Lee Charles and Tsliel Waututh – Ocean Hyland
 
August 7th at 630 PM
 
The event will begin near the Jericho Beach Concession Stand
 
 
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Jericho Folk Club – Tim Readman

JERICHO FOLK PRESENTS
 
Tim Readman
 
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
 
 
Tim Readman is a musician, folksinger, songwriter, producer and music journalist. He is the former leader of Canadian Celtic/folk favourites Fear of Drinking and has played for years with The Arrogant Worms. He also plays guitar, sings and writes with ace East Coast fiddler Mairi Rankin. He has produced a number of CDs for other folk acts. He writes for Penguin Eggs music magazine. He was formerly the Artistic Director for the CelticFest Vancouver and is still with them as musical host and MC. He has an extensive repertoire of original songs and can also perform everything from traditional folk ballads to more modern material. He can entertain in any setting, from concert hall to campfire and makes people laugh at every show. His last releases were a CD of mainly traditional British and Irish folk songs entitled Out of the Green and Go Blue an album of original songs with more of a contemporary pop and rock flavor, followed by a kid’s album entitled Rockaroladoo.
 
Admission: $10
Doors: 7 pm – Acoustic Jam
Open Stage: 7:30 pm
Appetizer Set from Feature: 8:15 pm
Break: 8:30 – Acoustic Jam
Feature: 9 pm.  
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Vancouver SUP Challenge Coming to Jericho Sailing Centre August 10

 
Vancouver’s biggest & best Stand Up Paddleboard race is coming back to the Jericho Sailing Centre on Saturday, August 10.  
 
For more information and to register, stand tall and paddle over to: 
  

2019 Vancouver SUP Challenge

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SAFETY NOTICE: Bee Aware Wasps May Be Nesting In Your Boat!

Around this time every summer the JSCA receives reports of wasps nesting under boat covers or even within our members boats. In one case our member had no idea his boat was infested until after his sailing session when he took his hull plug out and was confronted with an angry cloud of seasick wasps. Quite a buzz. Bee alert and make it part of your regular pre-launch check. If you discover a nest in your boat or see a stream of wasps coming and going from your neighbouring craft please let our office crew know and we’ll send our “wasp whisperers” out to tame them so that no one gets hurt.

 

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UPDATE: Maiden Voyage Nearing Vancouver

Over the past two weeks we’ve informed “in the wind” readers about Jericho Rescue Team member, Theresa Riedl’s, once in a lifetime voyage from Honolulu to Vancouver on the 58′ sailing yacht “Maiden”.

“Maiden” made history in 1989/1990 as the first all-female crewed vessel in the Whitbread Round the World yacht race. “Maiden” is now on another round the world campaign, this time to raise awareness for women in sailing, women’s education, and women’s empowerment. The yacht is crewed by some of the top female sailors in the world plus 3 or 4 “mile builders” (females with a passion for sailing who show they can benefit from this experience) such as Theresa. As “Maiden” approaches Vancouver (expected  to arrive mid-day this Saturday) Theresa shared her thoughts in the following blog:

Theresa Riedl helms Maiden toward Vancouver

Position

N 47° 02.170 W 131° 05.666

Boat Speed 9.2 kn

Wind direction West

Wind Speed 11 kn

Sea State: slight

Distance to Vancouver: 380 nm

I write this blog entry on the evening of a beautiful day of spinnaker sailing. I can see land on the chart plotter at the nav station, and it’s not any land but the land I call home. Although the thought of sailing into Vancouver makes me very excited as I will have completed my first ocean crossing and am really looking forward to seeing my friends and family, it also means that this incredible journey is coming to an end.

Before I left people asked me if they think I’ll get tired of being out at sea for so long, if I’ll get sick of seeing nothing but blue for weeks, and if I’m scared of being out there in the middle of the ocean. The truth is I was scared before I left. The day before leaving I woke up in a panic of “oh my god, what am I doing, I am crazy” and thoughts of “what if something happens out there” went through my mind. But that’s the thing about chasing your dreams, you will feel really scared at times, but you got to push beyond the fear, that’s where the real magic happens.

For the answer of whether I am sick of being at sea? The answer is a big fat no! In fact, I’ve grown to love the ocean even more (which may be hard to believe for the people who know me). As I flew into Hawaii on the six hour flight over the Pacific I stared down at the ocean I will soon be sailing across and thought, “holy sh**t it’s really big”! But the funny thing is when you’re actually down there sailing across it, it doesn’t seem so big and scary (at least I think so). It’s quite the opposite actually. Being out here for days on end, seeing no land at all is really incredibly beautiful! I also feel like I’ve gotten to know the ocean better than ever. All of its moods, from angry stormy swells, to beautiful blue sky downwind spinnaker sailing, to early morning fog with an ocean as flat as a lake; Its power is its beauty.

Of course, I am looking forward to certain aspects of being back on land such as sleeping in a bed that’s not tilted on an angle so hard that you may fall out because the boat is heeled over so much. Or going to the toilet without needing to hang onto the walls otherwise you may be thrown head first into the wall, again because of the boats heel. But you adapt to all that stuff. What I will miss is everything else though. The sunset sails, the team dinners, the marine wildlife that has greeted us throughout, night sails under starry skies, and just being out here in the big blue with these amazing women sailors who are all so passionate and knowledgeable.

To anyone whose got a dream (especially the young girls out there), keep on chasing it even if it seems farfetched. There will be times when it feels impossible, but keep pushing, learning, applying to things, networking, and things will happen!

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire”.

Very excited to see you so soon Vancouver!

 

-Theresa

https://www.themaidenfactor.org/

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