Tsunami News + Work Hour Opportunities

Meet the Steering Committee: Emilie

Hello everyone,

First let me say that we hope everyone is enjoying their summer and spending lots of time out on the water! We are continuing to monitor how the COVID-19 situation progresses and making sure that we have appropriate policies in place to keep our members safe.

Let me tell you a little about myself. I’m a fourth year Behavioural Neuroscience student minoring in Math at UBC. I joined the UBC sailing club because my mom has always told me how much she’s loved sailing when she was younger. After taking my first beginner lesson I absolutely fell in love with sailing and I also met one of my bestest friends, Micki. Now I’m vice-president and this club has a special place in my heart. I’ll be around Jericho a lot this summer because I’m working with the Disabled Sailing Association. Hopefully I’ll see you around.

– Emilie and the Steering Committee

Safety Reminder – Powerboats when Towing have Right of Way

Remember to steer clear of tow boats and their tow line! This includes rescue boats from Jericho. Last weekend one of our Vanguard was on a collision course with a Jericho Rescue boat while they had a boat under tow. The Jericho Rescue team had to go to great length to make the Vanguard change its course.

As a reminder, it is illegal and extremely dangerous to sail/paddle/row, or otherwise navigate, between a tug and its tow. It is exceptionally rare to see a tug without a tow in our vicinity. A tow may be as much as 750M behind which has fooled some people. If you see a tug, look for a tow. Always yield the right of way to commercial vessels and boats with fishing equipment deployed.

Responsibility for avoiding collisions is shared by everyone using the waterway. Common sense must be used along with alertness and caution.

Free Intermediate Sailing Refresher Class – July 7, 2020

Join us for a free online intermediate-level sailing theory lesson on July 7, from 6 – 8 PM. We’ll cover most of the content normally covered on land during our intermediate lessons. Certified intermediates wanting a refresher or beginner sailors wanting a head start on their next lesson are welcome. Meet us at 6 PM via this zoom link.  

For a refresher on rigging a Laser, take a look at our UBC Sailing Laser Rigging How-to video on YouTube.

Volunteers Needed – Open House

Are you a passionate member and in need of some work hours?  Sign up as a volunteer for our Open House on July 10th or July 11th. We are looking for some more people to give a tour of the Club, let prospective members know how the Club works and answer any questions that they may have.

Volunteers Needed – Graduate Student Fair

UBC is hosting a virtual Campus Resources and Student Activity Fair to introduce new graduate students to the many resources and student groups available at UBC. We want the UBC Sailing Club to be a part of this and are looking for 2 volunteers to help represent the Club at this fair. This involves writing a club description (~150 words) and creating a short video (2-3 minutes) that provides an overview of our Club. This would be due on July 17th.

Interested? Send an email to  hello@ubcsailing.org and we’ll get back to you with more information.

Work Hours Submission Form

Completed some work hours? We’ve created a Google Form to collect everyone’s work hours and make sure we are accurately keeping track of all of your volunteer work.

New member registration now open! Lessons start soon!

New Member Registration

New Member Registration is now open! We look forward to welcoming new faces into our great community. Whether you have previous watersport experience or are interested in learning, there is a space for you in UBC Sailing Club. Register now

Our information for newcomers will help orient you to the Club and registration process.  If you still have questions about the registration process or the Club in general, email us at hello@ubcsailing.org.

Lessons starting soon!

Lessons officially start this upcoming week! Every lesson has been adapted to meet physical distancing guidelines and ensure the safety of our students, instructors and the Jericho community. Lessons will look a bit different this year with fewer students and everyone wearing face masks, but we are extremely pleased that we can get more people on the water and learning new skills! 

Unfortunately, at this time we cannot run beginner sailing lessons as our double-handed boats do not follow physical distancing guidelines.

We are happy to offer these lessons:

  • Intermediate sailing
  • Beginner kayaking 
  • Beginner and intermediate windsurfing 
  • SUP (stand-up paddling)

Lesson offerings for June and July are posted in the lessons calendar.  We will continue to add more lessons for the season and update the calendar over the next few weeks. Due to smaller classes we encourage you to sign up fast before spots run out!

COVID Guidelines

Please read our Covid-19 Guidelines to see what we are doing as a Club to ensure safe operations, and to learn how to practice physical distancing while using the Club facilities and watercraft.

We look forward to seeing new and old members around Jericho and saying hello from a 2 meter distance!


Your Steering Committee



Double-handed fleet now open and guests are allowed!

Following the lead of the province and Jericho Sailing Centre Association moving to Phase 2 of reopening, we are updating our COVID guidelines.

Double-handed fleet

The double-handed fleet is now open for use. You must still follow Dr. Bonnie Henry’s advice on expanding your social contact to only extended family and a small group of friends. So if your bubble isn’t full yet, time to call your favourite sailing partner and buddy up!

The de-winterizing work party didn’t happen during COVID, so there are some fleet limitations:

  • Vanguards: Only one boat currently has its mast up. The rest will be rigged soon. (See work party request on our Facebook page!)
  • Hobies: Check the rudder cams on shore before rigging. If you can easily lift the rudders and lock and unlock the cams, you’re good to go. If not, try another boat and please tell hobiebosun@ubcsailing.org which boat needs rudder servicing.

Guest policy 

We realize that your preferred sailing partner may not be a member of the club yet so we’re allowing guests, with a couple of caveats.  

  • To minimize possible burden on Jericho Rescue, only skippers with Intermediate certification or higher can bring guests.  
  • Beginner sailors cannot bring guests, but can sail the FJs with another member who is certified Beginner or higher.  
  • Of course, HP fleet rules about crew qualifications for RS and F18 still apply.  
  • And as always, no guests on single-handed craft.  

See the COVID guidelines for a summary of the current policies.  

“Adopt a boat” — Work hour opportunity

Maybe you’d rather adopt a kitten or puppy, but how about adopting a boat?  Choose a boat here then scrub it, rig it, and make a detailed list of any issues you encounter. If you are confident in your repair abilities you can do quick fixes with available parts – just make a note about your repairs and which parts you used.  We’ll credit you a reasonable number of work hours for scrubbing, rigging and repairing.  

New members — STAY TUNED

We hope to open up UBC Sailing Club to new members shortly.  We are working on a safe distancing plan for lessons and proficiency exams so that new members have a way to get on the water.  Keep an eye out for further announcements. 

In the meantime, Head Instructor Christoph is continuing to offer online lessons like this one:

FREE ONLINE Intro to windsurfing lesson — June 3, 2020

On Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM, join us via Zoom (Password: 528799). We will cover all the basic parts of the board. Major design changes over the years so that you don’t end up with a kit that isn’t compatible. Rigging and fine tuning your sail, fin and board will also be covered. Questions are encouraged.


Hope to see you on the water!

Your Steering Committee 


UBC Sailing Club 2020 Registration is Open

Ahoy members!

The moment you’ve all been waiting for is finally here: UBC Sailing Club registration is open for the 2020 season!

Only returning members can register at this time due to COVID restrictions.  We will not be holding in-person registration events — only online registration is available. 

Log in and register now!  

  • If you have 8+ work hours from last year, stop at the checkout page and contact us before paying. We will credit you the work deposit.
  • If you are a student who registered in fall 2019, login to reactivate your account for 2020, then stop at the checkout page and contact us. 

We are doing our best to get you on the water while ensuring the safety of our members.  Here are some ways this season will be different:  

  • Facilities. Jericho Sailing Centre has opened in a limited capacity and UBC Sailing Club has enacted COVID-19 Guidelines to safely use the facilities and fleets. 
  • Safety. Jericho Rescue will be operating with significantly reduced capacity. Remember it’s your responsibility to check your craft and weather conditions before leaving the beach. 
  • Lessons. No lessons are being offered right now. After you register and pay, you will be able to use the fleets that you are qualified on. We are developing new lessons options that work within physical distancing guidelines. Stay tuned!
  • Membership. Currently, only returning members can register.  When we can relax some restrictions and start offering lessons, we will open up registration for new members.  
  • Fleets. Since we have a limited number of single-handed craft and a lot of pent-up demand, we ask that you limit your time on the water to let the next member get their fix. Please respect the durations in the new online logbook system.  We’re all in this together!

This season we find ourselves in a situation that is unprecedented in the 60 years of the Club.  As the season progresses, we may relax restrictions upon guidance from public health officers and Jericho.  Keep checking the Club’s COVID-19 Guidelines for updates.  We are committed to expanding the ways you can get on the water as the situation evolves.  

We look forward to seeing familiar faces around the boats and saying hello from a 2 meter distance!


Your Steering Committee



Jericho opening this weekend!

Hello everyone,

Jericho just sent out an email that they are planning to reopen their facility this weekend. This is great news!  

Access to the Jericho facility and our fleets will look very different from normal this year.  The club’s COVID-19 Guidelines have been approved by Jericho and we are counting on you to follow them so that we can continue to enjoy the privilege of ocean access. 

Our goal is to open UBC Sailing Club registration by Saturday, May 16th.  Registration will occur online and will be limited to returning members only at this time.  

We will notify you as soon as registration is open.  After you register and pay for the 2020 season, you will be able to start accessing the fleet using the physical distancing Guidelines

We know you are eager to get on the water and we are excited to finally facilitate that for you! 


Your Steering Committee


Fleet Renewal Sub-Committee Invite

Hello everyone,

We hope you are all doing well.

Thank you to those who filled out the fleet renewal survey and those who joined our live discussion on April 15. We had a good turnout and appreciated everyone’s input. There is more work ahead to narrow down the possible fleet options into a workable plan now. 

It was evident during the meeting that many of you are keen to help and have useful advice. We are forming a Fleet Renewal Sub-Committee with Nina and Lillian as chair and vice chair, respectively. We would like to invite anyone who is passionate about the Club and would like to contribute to fleet planning to join this group. The Sub-Committee will meet regularly via Zoom for the duration of this project. Its purpose is for members to work together in planning the fleet renewal so that it benefits all members of the Sailing Club.  

If you are interested in joining the Sub-Committee, or would like to submit feedback to be considered regarding fleet renewal, please email hello@ubcsailing.org. In your email, please include your primary area of interest (i.e. sailing, windsurfing or kayaking). We will then get back to you with more details.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Your Steering Committee

Fleet Renewal Meeting

We hope you are coping with the current circumstances and doing well while we practice social distancing.  Despite not being able to get on the water yet, we want to start a club conversation about Fleet Renewal. 

To begin, we would love to hear your feelings about our current fleet. Please take a couple of minutes to fill out this short survey: 

UBC Sailing Club – Fleet Planning Survey

Join us on Wednesday, April 15 at 6 PM for an online Fleet Renewal meeting.  We will give a quick update on the 2020 season, then discuss the general direction for the club which will help guide the fleet renewal discussion.  We value your input whether you have been a club member for one year or twenty! 

Please register in advance: 

Fleet Renewal Meeting Zoom 

If you fill out the survey AND attend the online meeting you can claim one work hour for the 2020-2021 season. We look forward to hearing from you on this exciting club initiative. 

Stay safe and healthy and we hope to see you at the meeting.

Your Steering Committee

Coronavirus Update #2 – March 19, 2020

Hello everyone,

The situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly. As we recently learned, the Jericho Sailing Centre will be closed until further notice to help reduce the risk of the virus spreading. 

Therefore we have decided to:

  • ground the fleet until further notice for safety reasons, as Jericho Rescue won’t be available during the Centre’s closure (even for experienced members, hardware failure, cold water, etc. pose a risk without Jericho Rescue);
  • cancel the work party scheduled for March 21st; and
  • delay registration for returning members and new members until we have more clarity on this season’s timeline.

We know you are itching to get on the water in this nice weather but we must be prudent during this unusual situation. We will continue to keep you informed as the situation evolves and we are looking forward to kicking off the new season with you all very soon.

On a brighter note, on April 15th at 6 pm, we will hold an online meeting to provide a brief update on the Club’s upcoming season and discuss fleet renewal for the future. We look forward to hearing your ideas on what our dream fleet could look like. We’ll share more details on how to join the meeting as we draw closer to the date.

Please reach out to hello@ubcsailing.org if you have any questions. 

Thank you,

The Steering Committee

Coronavirus Update #1 – March 14, 2020

Hello everybody,

As most of us are well aware, the global coronavirus situation (COVID-19) is developing rapidly. With the wellbeing of our sailing club community in mind, we have postponed the fleet renewal meeting that was scheduled for Wednesday, March 18th. We are still looking forward to hearing your feedback and ideas, which will happen through online communication for the time being. We will update you regarding details soon. Feel free to email us at hello@ubcsailing.org with your ideas on fleet renewal in the meantime.

Additionally, we regret to announce that our Returning Members Night (March 27) and Membership Registration Day (March 28) are cancelled in favour of online-only registration. We will follow up with more details on the online registration process in the coming days. We know these are special events for club members to kick off the season, which makes this a difficult decision. However, considering the rapid development of COVID-19 and the large crowds that these two events attract, we believe this is the right decision. 

We are still planning to hold the Work Party on March 21 to ensure our boats and gear are ready for the season. While this type of gathering poses a low risk, please do not come to the work party if you are feeling sick or if you travelled outside of Canada in the 2 weeks prior. For those who do come to the work party, please practice good hand hygiene and limit close contact with others.   

We appreciate your patience as we adjust to these circumstances. As always you can reach us at hello@ubcsailing.org with questions, comments and feedback.


Your Steering Committee

February 15, 2020 Tsunami News

Welcome Back

Hello fellow Sailors,

It is almost time for us to take off those sweaters and ski boots and hop back into our wetsuits. March is right around the corner and returning members’ night is just one month away. We are beyond excited to see you all again soon!

We are working hard to prepare for this upcoming season and have some exciting things planned this year. From a (overdue) UBC SC 60th birthday party to our regular BBQs and Tuesday night racing we cannot wait for the season to start.

The steering committee appreciates your commitment to the club and we are well aware that the club would not be what it is without our amazing volunteers. Therefore, we have implemented a work hour incentive or what we like to call the Nautical Miles Program to show our appreciation. You can find out more about this below.

Is there anything else you would like to see this season? Do you have feedback that could help us? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at hello@ubcsailing.org, and we’ll do our best to learn from and implement your feedback.


– Nina Bernhardt and the Steering Committee


Pub Night at UBC on February 27

Want some people to sail/kayak/paddle-board/windsurf with this summer? Come meet with new and old friends for some drinks and good times. 

Join us on February 27th from 7pm-10pm at Koerner’s Pub at UBC. Koerner’s Pub is 19+ so remember to bring two pieces of ID. 

Looking forward to seeing you there 🙂


Work Party on March 21

Let’s come and work together to make sure we can have a good start to the sailing season with some nice boats that are ready to be launched.

Come down to Jericho, on March 21st, for a good time and get those last minute work hours in if you need them.


Returning Members Night on March 27

This is the night to renew your UBC Sailing Club membership, party with your sailing friends and make new ones, as we kick off a new season on the water!

Sign up in the Burrard Banquet Room (NW+NE Rooms), then go next door to the Surf and Turf Room for the social.

Fine beers and tasty pizza will be on sale at the party. Pizza and beer for $4 each.

When: March 27th, 2020 *

Time: 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Where: Jericho Sailing Centre (Burrard Banquet Room)

* If you want to maintain your membership for next year, you must register by this date!

If you are a student, please bring your valid student ID with you. 

If you are a returning member, please bring your Jericho card with you.

If you would like to earn work hours while you make new friends and help out the club, please sign-up at this link:  



General Registration Day on March 28

Students and Non-students are invited to register for their UBC Sailing Club membership for the 2020-2021 Season. Refreshments will be provided. 

Community memberships are limited. Therefore, we strongly encourage non-students to arrive early to secure your spot.

Student memberships are unlimited.

When: March 28th, 2019 (Saturday)

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Where: Jericho Sailing Centre (Burrard Banquet Room))

Come volunteer with us on Saturday morning to earn some work hours. Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pWwJeR9ku0B_2pYx8lN10xXHUQ1F-IUhaSHUOC7_LQM/edit?fbclid=IwAR33NrIQw0ObrBC5N5pnPqGSoeqluaOlTCbJtyDb6JxaA6lehMK7FdUoBpE#gid=374036523


Nautical Miles Program

We are excited to introduce our work hour incentives program to you. Below we have matched the number of hours with the corresponding reward. We have decided to go beyond the 8 hour work deposit refund and give back to our amazing volunteers in new and exciting ways. 

8h → Work deposit refund 

16h → Free SUP or kayak lesson

18h → Free UBC SC t-shirt 

20h → Free windsurfing lesson

27h → Free UBC SC hoodie 

32h → Free sailing lesson

50h → Free membership n+1 OR 3 students free membership

This is a new and non-finalized program so some changes may still be made. We will let you know about any updates. For any questions about this new program feel free to email hello@ubcsailing.org


Fleet Update

March 15th at 6pm we ask you to join us as we update you on our current fleet and some ideas we have for a fleet renewal. We will cover our thoughts about suitable new boats, our current budget and what this means in terms of fleet renewal possibilities. We invite you to come and pitch your ideas and suggestions.

See you then!


Job Posting: UBC Sailing Club Instructors

Working for the UBC Sailing Club is a highly rewarding position, giving you access to our fleet as well as being part of our vibrant sailing community. We are looking for energetic, passionate sailors, who enjoy teaching their skills to beginners and intermediate students. We are looking for multiple instructors so feel free to apply at any time or contact us about working the following season (April 1st – November 1st each year). You do not need to be a UBC student to apply for this position.

UBC and external candidates welcome!
For full details of the position including requirements, refer to the article here:

The position requires you to work independently most of the time. You report directly to the Head Instructor and the Lessons Coordinator. 

Contract: April 1 – November 1, 2020 (returning teachers in good standing are always welcome the following year).
Compensation: $18-$22/hour depending on experience and years active as an instructor.

To apply, please e-mail Christoph Hofmeister at headinstructor@ubcsailing.org