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UBC SAILING CLUB / Tsunami News July 18, 2014

  • Keats 2014 - August 2nd-4th! Sign up NOW! Sign-up closes July 22nd!
  • Nicola Lake! July 25th-27th
  • Fiberglass repair clinic/course!
  • Locarno Regatta - August 23rd
  • Club Wetsuit and Clothing Deals
  • Safety Advisory: Stay Away from Stanley Park
  • Annual L2-Highwind Windsurfing Trip to Nitinat - Planning Meeting July 30th
  • Windsurfing: Lessons for everyone!
  • Windsurfing Tips
  • Tuesday Night Racing
  • High Performance Sunday Night Racing
  • Windsurfing Wednesdays
  • SOCIAL

    KEATS 2014 Sign-up is open - Sign-up link below NOW!

    What: Keats Island 2014 Sailing/Camping Adventure
    When: August 2nd, 3rd and 4th (August long weekend)
    Trip Cost: $120 Cash
    On Saturday Morning, August 2nd, a large fleet of UBC Sailing ships will face the elements and brave the seas from Jericho beach to Keats Island opposite the town of Gibsons in Howe Sound. We will camp on Keats (with loads of fun activities, food, swimming, and socializing), until Monday morning August 4th then sail back to Jericho to arrive in the afternoon/evening on Monday. All boats, food, and camping and transportation costs are included in the trip fee.
    Official Sign-up is on NOW and runs until noon July 19th noon July 22nd. (There is no need to rush, as we will look at all sign-ups after the 19th 22nd)
    Important note:
    Due to the adventurous nature of this trip and the limited space available, we can not offer spots on a first come, first served basis. Although we'd like to make the trip available to everyone, factors such as sailing experience and your ability to contribute to the success of the event will be considered.
    Advisory:
    1) This trip is a sailing trip first. If you feel ill thinking about spending 5+ hours in a small boat in rough conditions out in the Straight of Georgia or feel squeamish about the concept of peeing in a wetsuit you're spending the day in, this trip isn't for you.
    2) A wetsuit is a required... peeing in it isn't.
    Sign up here

    SOCIAL

    Nicola Lake

    UBC Nicola Lake Camping Trip sign up is open too! This trip is a weekend on a very green grassy area with sailing, swimming, kiteboarding, camp fires, great people and drinks! July 25-27!!! Leave Friday & come back on Sunday! We borrow Kamloops Sailing Associations boats for a very low price for day use ($15-20). If you need more information please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Sign up NOW!
    Sign up here

    BOAT REPAIR LESSONS

    Fiberglass repair clinic/course!

    Ever wanted to learn to fix a fiberglass hull? Learn the ins and outs with our very own, Anton Pitts!
    UBC Sailing has had many requests at various times to teach people how to repair a fiberglass boat. Right now there happens to be a junker hull on its way to the dumpster at Jericho, so UBC Sailing will be using it as course materials for the next month or so. We will also grab at least one broken foil from the fixit room and demo the steps on that; whether course attendees want to practice their skills on not-junk pieces at the same time will be up to you.

    The lessons will be taught by Anton Pitts, who has many years of repairing the fiberglass on UBC Sailing's boats, and has learned (the hard way) what works, and what doesn't. In order to ensure attend each session and learn all the required skills, the clinic will be capped at 6 people and there will be a $20 deposit to secure your spot. If you attend all four lessons, you will receive your deposit back. If you don't, then you'll have bought a round of beers for the folks who do show up :)

    Currently, the following is the proposed schedule (pending enough attendees):
    Wednesday, July 30th, 1800-2100H:
    Theory/ Chalk talk (~1hr)
    Hull Demo: Make holes in boat hull, sand down boat hull, patch boat hull.
    Foil Demo: Sand foil, make form, patch foil.
    Hands-on: your turn to sand and patch a boat hull (depending on time, this may be the home-work assignment)

    Wednesday, August 6th, 1800-2000H:
    Hull Demo: Wash patch, pat dry, leave to dry (hopefully it'll be a warm sunny day...). Mix and apply fairing compound. Explanation of sealing/boundary coat
    Hands-on: do the same with your patches
    Homework: sand fairing compound. Repeat depending on how perfect you want your patch. Apply sealing boundary coat at least a week before next session
    Foil demo: Sand patch, laminate fiberglass

    Wednesday, August 20th, 1800-2000H:
    Hull demo/hands-on: Wash, dry, scuff-sand sealing coat.
    Hull demo/hands-on: Gelcoat.
    Foil demo: sand and fair fiberglass

    Wednesday, August 27th: 1800-2000H
    Hull Demo/ hands-on: Sounding patches non-destructively. Checking fairness/beauty. Chainsaw through some/all patches to see cross-section.
    Foil demo: sealing/colouring coat.

    Contact Anton at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions and to sign up!

    LOCARNO

    Locarno Regatta - August 23rd

    On August 23rd ClubLocarno Rowing will be hosting 'Ring Around Passage'; 5th Annual Coastal Adventure Regatta. This regatta is open to people paddling, rowing, kayaks, surf skis, canoe's and SUPs, and anything else you can think of that doesn't have a sail. While I understand that your club focusses mostly on sailing, I know that you do have a few kayaks and SUP's so some of your members may be interested.
    This event is open to everybody, not just Club Locarno members and Locarno would love to have non-Locarno members participate! It's a low key event, focused on building the community and introduction to racing. There is fun for family and community.
    The details are as follows:
    Ring Around Passage; Club Locarno's 5ht Annual Coastal Adventure Regatta
    The races include 5km, 10km, and 25 (12.8 NM around Passage Island). All man powered (non sail) vessels are welcome, rowing, kayaks, SUPs, canoe's, surf ski's. The fee is $15, which includes BBQ, race entry. There will be an all ages on water Derby (no fee) and BBQ, Beer Garden and live music. It's a fun social event open to everyone. Adults, as well as those between the ages of 15-18 are welcome to race.
    For more information, please refer to our Website: http://www.clublocarno.com/page-1050714
    Please feel free to contact either Jennifer Weterings ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Heather Dungate ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and let them know if you are able to join.

    MERCHANDISE

    Club Wetsuit and Clothing Deals

    Club Wetsuits and Clothing are Available
    Did you know that wetsuits are available at a great price for all UBC Sailing Club members? New Hyperflex brand full suits for men and ladies are for sale at Jericho to make it easy and convenient for you! They are great 4-3mm suits. Perfect for Jericho conditions.
    Stay warm on and off the water. It is required to wear wetsuits all winter up to June 1st and they are usually worn all summer too. :-)

    How can I get a wetsuit?
    Bring exact cash ($145) to one of the following days and times:
    1. If you are taking beginner lessons ask your instructor (in order to get a suit in the morning before Sat and Sunday classes or stay after your first weekday class)
    2. At office hours - Saturday 6-7pm. Check UBC Sailing Club's website for calendar updates. http://ubc-sailing.appspot.com/officehours_calendar
    3. By appointment, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
    What other UBC Sailing clothing is there?
    Check out the new Spring Catalog or club website: http://www.ubcsailing.org/merchandise.html
    Comfy tshirts ($15), hoodies ($35), and rashguard/thermal tops ($50) are available while quantities last.
    For more details or any questions, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    SAFETY

    SAFETY ADVISORY

    Last week a UBC FJ sailed a bit close to Stanley Park and lost their wind just as the flooding tide caught them. After being swept under the Lion's Gate bridge, they neared one of the freighters moored at the docks in North Vancouver, where some friendly stevedores in a work punt saw them, towed them to a dock, loaned them a line to tie up with, and phoned Jericho Rescue.
    As mentioned in the safety quiz, even if the wind is blowing towards Stanley Park, it frequently fails to make it all the way there. More generally, while a wind shadow down-wind of an obstacle is intuitively obvious, there is usually one up-wind of the obstacle as well. Currents through the First Narrows peak at around 5.5 knots, and last week's incident happened around peak flood. They had slackened to probably 3-4 knots when Jericho Rescue arrived to tow them back. Paddling an FJ at full tilt I might be able to hit 4 knots for a short burst, 2-3 knots is probably sustainable for a while. You do the math, and beware the Stanley Park Wind Shadow!
    As always, if you have any questions about this or other hazards, fire an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or talk to any of the friendly folk wearing Jericho Rescue shirts.

    WINDSURFING

    Annual L2-Highwind Windsurfing Trip to Nitinat - Planning Meeting July 30th

    Upcoming Windsurfing Trip: A High-wind & Level 2 windsurfing trip to Nitinat lake. If you feel like you've progressed at Jericho and are interested in testing out highwind then this is the trip for you.

    Where is Nitinat?
    Nitinat is the middle of the old growth rainforest on the west side of Vancouver Island. It is about 1 hour on logging roads from Cowichen Lake, then suddenly in the middle of no where you come across the lake, a small 1st nations village and a forestry campground packed with hundreds of windsurfers and kiters. The wind wor ks like clock work when the thermal sets up right. Around 11:30-12:00 there is usually 15 knots, then by 1:00 about 20 knots, and on steller days it ramps up to about 25 knots. It is the ideal place to get used to higher winds and learn high wind skills like waterstarts. The high-wind group usually goes every August long weekend and camps together on the beach & spends the day windsurfing.
    If this trip sounds interesting to you, send Jen an email at:
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    and let her know where your skills are at (i.e have you taken the waterstart class, the freestyle class, how long have you been an L2 member, how often you're practicing) and we will have a group meeting on 31st to talk about trip planning. Spots are limited so let me know soon if you're interested.

    WARNING: this trip is 100% forecast dependent. We will not know until the 30th if it is for sure going to happen. It requires a good forecast at Nitinat and enough interest from high-wind members so we have enough windsurfing mentors to help with rigging, tips etc. Members are also responsible to arrange their own transport and helping transport gear (although hopefully at the planning meeting we can organize this together to reduce ferry costs)

    WINDSURFING

    Lessons for everyone!

    Sailors, kayakers, beach bums: Discover a fun new way to enjoy your ocean playground: take a Level-1 windsurfing class! After only 2 hours on land and 6 hours on the water, you'll gain all the skills you need to comfortably and safely windsurf on your own, or with your new windsurfing pals.

  • L1-qualified members: Give those arms a rest. Learn to sail with a harness in one of our L2 classes! You'll also learn to beach start, gybe and fast-tack.

  • L2-qualified members: Are you ready for the thrill of high wind? Take a high-wind lesson. In this full-day class, you'll travel to Squamish in order to learn the skill that is essential to tackling high winds: the waterstart.

  • L2 and high-wind qualified members: Learn how to impress others with fancy freestyle moves on the water, while improving your sail and board handling techniques by taking a Freestyle lesson with Joost. We now offer two levels of Freestyle classes to cater to all of your heli-tacking, duck-gybing, sail-throwing, and general showing-off needs!

  • NEW: Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga Classes: Experience the fluidity of the ocean while grounded in vinyasa yoga. Through our yoga practice on the constantly changing surface of the ocean, we will strive to create balance and stability, along with strength and flexibility, in mind, breath and body. This class will be both accessible to the adventurous beginner and enjoyable for those with an established yoga practice through the offering of options in both asana and transitions.
  • If you have any questions, please email Monica at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text62841 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //-->\n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and she'll be happy to help you out!
    Sign up now at
    http://ubc-sailing.appspot.com/windsurfing to reserve your spot!

    WINDSURFING

    Windsurfing tips

    A reminder to all windsurfers and SUPer's!

  • SUPS & windsurfing boards are very fragile. They should never be placed on concrete. Please remember to use the mats on the ground and the washing platforms.
  • If you're having difficulty lifting the boards, always ask for help rather than try alone. Especially the big windsurfing boards which are quite heavy! There's generally people around willing to lend a hand.
  • When launching and landing please avoid the concrete ramps.
  • Also if any damage occurs please report it to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We need to remove and fix any damaged boards immediately, if they are taken back on the water they become waterlogged and need to be replaced completely.
  • Thanks for your cooperation! Enjoy the water!

    TUESDAY NIGHT RACING - Every Tuesday starting at 6:15PM

    Every Tuesday in V15s and Lasers Show up at 5:30 PM Race at 6:15 PM

    This is a staple of summer down at Jericho and is a lot of fun. Show up every Tuesday and sail in lasers or in the Vanguard 15s. We are looking for both new crews (beginner lessons graduates) and skippers. The group has a debrief after, sometimes run drills and often have dinner following racing. It's a great way to get involved with the club, learn to race, have something to look forward to every Tuesday, and meet great people!

    HIGH PERFORMANCE SAILING

    High Performance Sunday Night Racing - Every Sunday at 12:30PM

    High Performance Sunday Racing runs again this coming Sunday. We'll have two F18s and both Infusions available to sail this Sunday. If you have any questions, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    WINDSURFING

    Windsurfing Wednesdays

    What's the most Wonderful Way to spend Wednesdays? WINDSURFING!
    We're going to be starting up Windsurfing Wednesdays again! What's Windsurfing Wednesdays? A chance to meet up with other windsurfers and practice together...so it's a great chance to come out if your skills are rusty from the winter! If it's not windy...well on a sunny night Jericho is still a pretty nice place to be. We can SUP, talk windsurfing or BBQ. I'll be coming down around 6, but feel free to come out earlier if there's some wind!
    See you on the water!

     

    WELCOME TO THE UBC SAILING CLUB

    UBC Sailing Club offers students and community members affordable and unlimited access to sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. We have grown to become the largest not-for-profit sailing club in Canada with over 400 members and 65 watercrafts. Our extensive lesson program is the largest and most affordable of its kind in Canada. Join UBC Sailing this spring and enjoy Vancouver's ocean playground.


     

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