CLUB HISTORY

1970s: UBC Sailing Club's early Flying Juniors at the Kitsilano dock. The Fireballs in the foreground are KYC members’ boats. This picture appeared in the Winter issue of the Beautiful BC magazine. Former fleet captain Peter Stricker is standing in the foreground, wearing the yellow oilskin jacket. A couple of KYC Fireballs are also visible at the lower right, as well as a sliver of a Laser.

2017: RS800's are our fastest skiffs, with hiking wings and dual trapeze




Looking back at the 70s

A few more pictures of the UBC Sailing Club from the 1970's shared by Peter Stickler, including some cruising when members would rent a keelboat for a weekend or 3-4 day trip.

Club timeline

The UBC Sailing Club builds on a 70-year history of sailing activities to offer its members unparalleled access to water crafts. A few steps along that journey:

1951 - The Sailing Club is active in fund-raising to enable competing in Seattle Intercollegiate regatta. Club members are able to attend the February 1951 regatta, and achieve very good results in the following several years.

1956 - Bruce taylor, Keith Plant, Dave Burton, and Peter McBean sail in the Seattle regatta.

1959 - Commodore Bruce Taylor encourages the construction of 6, Penguin class dinghies over the summer months. In September 1959 the Club proudly exhibits their new boats at the AMS Clubs Days event.

1961 - Club members compete as a University Athletic team, racing against Seattle University, University of Washington, and other colleges. During the winter, the Club uses the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club float near Jericho beach, for mooring and launching practice sailing.

1968 - Club lessons are taught out of the Kitsilano Yacht Club (top picture).

1973 - The Club sails the popular Flying Junior class. A modern version of this same design is a significant part of the Club’s current dinghy fleet, both as the boat beginners start on, and as the boat raced at intercollegial events.

1980’s - The Club returns the favour to the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club by loaning them our dinghies, enabling the prestigious club to run regattas.

1980’s - The Club purchases Hobies for its new multihull fleet.

1988 - The Club takes possession of the Tsubasa, a hand built 24 foot keelboat. The Tsubasa, built by and singlehand-sailed across the Pacific by Takafumi Arai, was donated by Takafumi’s father Mamoru Arai.

1999 - The windsurfing club at UBC parties like it’s 1999. That club suffers from two digit year error (and financial insolvency), and is deconstituted. The UBC Sailing Club adds a windsurfing fleet.

2003 - The club adds a kayak fleet.

2007 - A fleet renewal program begins with purchase of Vanguard 15's and Lasers.

2008 - The long serving and well loved Pirate class is retired and replaced with a modern version of the classic Flying Junior class.  Hot new Nacra F18s are added to the catamaran fleet.

2009 - The fleet renewal is complete with purchase of RS-500 high performance fleet (bottom picture)

Musings of a former UBC Sailing Club Member and Fleet Captain: part 1, part 2, part 3.

More about the history of the Jericho Sailing Centre can be found here.

UBC SAILING CLUB

Sailing - Windsurfing - Kayaking - Paddle boarding

Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery St., Vancouver BC V6R 4K5

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