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



[Work Hour] August 3, 2019 Load Supplies to Water Taxi for Keats Trip

We are looking for volunteers Saturday morning August 3rd to help load supplies for Keats onto the water taxi.

If you are available between 930-1030am, come and help us out!

You will receive volunteer hours rounded up to the nearest hour.

When: August 3, 2019 (Saturday)
Time: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Where: Hanger or on the dock, Jericho Sailing Centre

Please email Peter at social@ubcsailing.org if you have any questions, or leave a message on UBC Sailing Club Facebook group.

[Work Hour] July 28, 2019 Monohull Work Party for Keats Trip [Expired]

There will be a monohull work party on Sunday, July 28. This work party will be focused on the Vanguard fleet, as it will be the opportunity to fix up the boats before the Keats trip weekend.

Anyone who is going to be taking a Vanguard to Keats must attend this work party and work on their own boat. 

When: July 28, 2019 (Sunday)
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (or longer if Vanguards need more repair)
Where: By the boats, Jericho Sailing Centre

Please email monohull@ubcsailing.org if you have any questions, or leave a message on UBC Sailing Club Facebook group.

[Work Hour] July 13, 2019 Try Sailing Volunteer [Expired]

Interested in trying out sailing?

Come down to Jericho Sailing Centre on Saturday July 13 for UBC Sailing Club’s Try Sailing event!!

Our seasoned members will be taking out guests for an exciting afternoon cruise around Jericho beach, all while showing guests the ropes on how to sail! Come join us for an afternoon of sailing!

Register here

This is a free event. No experience necessary. 
Life jackets will be provided.

When: July 13, 2019 (Saturday)
Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Where: Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery St, Vancouver, BC V6R 4L9

We are looking for volunteers to take guests on the water!
Sign up here: