Virtual Meet The Member Night

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Scan the QR Code or use the meeting ID to join. Learn about our club and get to know our friendly members!

Location: Virtual – Zoom Platform
Start Time: 18:30
Date: 2021-03-31

Meeting ID: 871 0277 8003


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COVID-19 Tyra Safety Plan & PDF File

Viking Sailing Club – COVID-19 Tyra Safety Plan PDF File:

Viking Sailing Club – COVID-19 Tyra Safety Plan


Plan is as follows:

Viking Sailing Club – COVID-19 Tyra Safety Plan – Page 1 of 2

Please review and sign with your entire crew before beginning your cruise.

To Sail on Tyra, You Must:
● Comply with all Viking Sailing Club (VSC) rules as well as local, provincial, and federal
directives for controlling the spread of COVID-19.
● Never board Tyra if you feel sick or have any of the published Covid-19 symptoms (including but
not limited to: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing, stuffy
or runny nose, loss of sense of smell, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite). Follow
all provincial guidelines on testing and isolation if you do have symptoms.
● Take responsibility for your own health and understand your own risk and your household’s risk.
This includes having a frank and open conversation with everyone in your crew about their and
their household’s risk and potential for exposure.
● Wash or sanitize your hands frequently during your cruise and do not touch your face. This is an
effective and simple method of protecting yourself and those around you.
● Have a mask available to wear at your discretion. If symptoms emerge during a cruise, wear
your mask, disembark as soon as safely possible to get home, and get tested for COVID-19.
● Disinfect the boat thoroughly at the end of your cruise in accordance with the Tyra COVID-19
disinfecting checklist. Consider disinfecting before the start of your cruise for your own comfort.
● Understand that there are risks associated with sailing on Tyra, and that the measures taken by
the Viking Sailing Club, skippers, and all other participants, including those carried out in
accordance with this plan, will not entirely eliminate those risks.
● Stay up-to-date and be aware that this is a rapidly changing situation.
● Be patient and kind to everyone as we navigate these challenges together.

Skipper Responsibilities
● COVID-19 safety is the responsibility of everyone on board. As with all matters of safety, the
skipper has ultimate responsibility and authority on board when it comes to managing COVID-
19 risks.
● Ensure that you and all members of the crew read and sign this COVID-19 Tyra Safety Plan at
the beginning of your cruise.
● Ensure that the final Tyra COVID-19 disinfecting checklist is carried out and signed at the end of
your cruise.
● As part of sail planning, be sure to verify the availability of fuel, water, food, and moorage in
your planned destinations, as many facilities may be closed or restricted.
● Check the status of marine provincial parks before visiting.
● Be aware that some communities may restrict or prohibit visitors in order to protect themselves
from COVID-19. Always verify that planned destinations allow visitors.
● Be aware that the Coast Guard has advised that while rescue services continue to be available,
they may be limited compared to previous years.
● For day sails, consider limiting access to cabins or limiting who goes below deck for reasons
other than visiting the head.
● Be prepared for closures and restrictions to change on short notice during your cruise. Have a
contingency plan for what you will do if a crew member, 2IC, or you, develops symptoms during
your cruise.
● Record name and contact info in the log of anyone who boards Tyra who is not on your crew.



Viking Sailing Club – COVID-19 Tyra Safety Plan – Page 2 of 2
Sailing with Your Social Circle
● Proper social distancing will be impossible to maintain over the duration of a cruise. Therefore, it
is important to carefully choose the people with whom you sail.
● Limit your crew to people you consider to be part of your COVID-19 social circle (sometimes
referred to as your bubble), meaning the people with whom you have close contact who are not
part of your household.
● During Phase 2 of British Columbia’s restart plan, British Columbians are advised that if they
choose to expand their social circle, they must do so slowly and carefully.
● Everyone is ultimately responsible for determining their own COVID-19 social circle, but they
must do so while carefully considering risks to themselves and others, always isolating
themselves when ill or showing any COVID-19 symptoms, and keeping the overall size of their
COVID-19 social circle small.
Cruise Boat Policies
● All regular cruise boat policies continue to apply to sailing Tyra, with the exception of two
policies that are temporarily suspended or modified for the 2020 sailing season:
○ Rule 10 – specifies that all cruises longer than 5 days should have 3 Viking members on
board. This rule is temporarily suspended in order to make it easier for members to sail
within their social circle. That means that for the 2020 season a 7-day cruise with only
two Vikings on board is permitted.
○ Rule 11 – specifies reservation deposit and cancellation policies. Since members may
not board Tyra while ill, and since there is uncertainty as to when or if restrictions,
regulations, and the course of the pandemic will change, for the 2020 season Vikings
may cancel at any time and receive full refunds if they paid a booking deposit.

Cleaning and Disinfecting
● Tyra must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with appropriate disinfecting agents at the end
of every cruise in accordance with the Tyra COVID-19 disinfecting checklist.
● As with every shared space, you can never be 100% certain that something has been
disinfected when you arrive. Disinfect to your level of comfort when arriving at the boat.
● Each skipper should provide cleaning supplies for the cruise, in accordance with the Tyra
COVID-19 disinfecting checklist.
● Backup cleaning supplies are on board and must be replenished before the next cruise if used.



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COVID-19 Update- Back to Sailing with our new safety plan.

Good News! Jericho has approved our Covid-19 Safety Plan, and we are ready to get the sailing season underway.

Know before you go! 

Please read the safety plan below prior to your first visit to the club.

Viking Sailing Club – Jericho Sailing Centre Safety Plan

To Sail With the Viking Sailing Club, You Must:

  • Comply with all Jericho Sailing Centre (JSCA) and Viking Sailing Club (VSC) rules.
  • Stay away from JSCA if you feel sick or have any of the published Covid-19 symptoms (including but not limited to: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing, stuffy or runny nose, loss of sense of smell, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite).
  • Take responsibility for your own health and understand your own risk.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently and do not touch your face.
  • Respect 2-metre physical distancing with other JSCA users and staff. 
  • Stay up-to-date and be aware that JSCA and VSC policies may change. 
  • Be patient and kind with everyone as we navigate these challenges together. 

Know Before You Go:

  • Review all JSCA rules before arriving at the compound. 
  • JSCA mandates that everyone must wear a mask within the compound. Have your own mask or be prepared to purchase one (by donation) from JSCA. Non-medical and homemade masks are acceptable. 
  • VSC advises you to bring a plastic bag to keep your mask dry during your sail, and bring your own pen for use in the VSC club room if desired. 

Access to the JSCA Compound: 

  • For now JSCA is only accessible through the main gate. Entry will be controlled by JSCA staff, who will check for membership cards and masks. Please call ahead if you wish you to use the parking facilities as they remain closed to non-Jericho members. 
  • JSCA membership card will be required for entry and registration. Your 2019 card will work until you can get it updated for 2020.
  • Temporary restroom, changing room, and shower facilities will be available in outdoor areas of the compound.
  • JSCA is open only to members and their guests. JSCA requires guests to register upon entry with their name and telephone number. 
  • JSCA has designated some areas of the compound and main building for one-way circulation only. Please pay attention to signs regulating movement. 
  • JSCA main office will be accessible by windows on the east exterior wall. 
  • There are hand washing and hand sanitizer stations placed around the compound. Please use them frequently! 

VSC Policies on Using the Club Room:

  • Entry to the VSC club room is limited to: 
    • Two people in the inner locker room. 
    • Two people in the outer equipment / workshop room. 
  • Physical distancing of two meters must be maintained in all areas of the club room at all times with people outside your household or COVID social circle.
  • If the rooms are at maximum capacity, please wait outside while practicing physical distancing with other JSCA users. 
  • To ensure accessibility for all, avoid lingering or socializing in the club room. Make visits brief, to prepare for sailing, retrieve equipment, and get changed.
  • Always sign in in the clubroom log book on arrival and sign out the boat you are taking out. Use hand sanitizer before and after using sign in books and sheets. 
  • Cleaning checklists will be posted. Please review and use provided cleaning supplies to disinfect anything that you used or touched in the club room. 
  • Be mindful of what you touch to reduce surface transmission. Keep in mind that washing hands thoroughly before entering the clubroom and refraining from touching your face helps to reduce surface contamination.

VSC Policies on What to Sail and Who to Sail With:

  • You may sail any single-handed vessel (Laser, kayak, SUP) for which you are rated. 
  • You may sail any multi-person vessel (Tasar, Quest, RS500, Nacra 570) for which you are rated as long as you are with (see FAQ at the end for definitions and details): 
    • Another member of your household during British Columbia’s Phase 1 (currently scheduled to end on May 19th). 
    • Another member of your household or COVID social circle during British Columbia’s Phase 2 (currently scheduled to begin on May 19th).
  • All VSC rules regarding ratings and guests continue to apply.

Launching Viking Vessels

  • Be aware that JSCA compound launch gates will be closed and locked between launches until at least May 25th. VSC will make gate keys available in the club room as soon as possible.

VSC Policies on Cleaning Viking Vessels After Use

  • Use provided soap, water, buckets, and scrub brushes to clean all high-touch areas on the vessel before putting everything away. This includes: 
    • Dolly handle
    • Tiller
    • Gunwhales and handles
    • Paddles
    • Booms
    • Any other frequently touched areas, except sheets and lines


Addendum: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. What is British Columbia’s Phase 1? 
    • According to BC’s Restart Plan, the restrictions and guidelines for managing COVID-19 from March to approximately May 19th are Phase 1. This is the phase of maximum physical distancing and restricted activities that British Columbia has implemented so far. During Phase 1 it is recommended that you do not socialize outside your own household.. 
  2. What is British Columbia’s Phase 2? 
    • This is the upcoming controlled relaxation of certain COVID-19-related restrictions, expected to start on May 19th (although this date is subject to change depending on provincial guidance), wherein British Columbians as a whole transition from an estimated 30% of normal social interaction to 60% of normal social interaction. According to provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, this is the phase in which British Columbians may start to slowly and cautiously expand their social circle. Details about provincial planning and guidelines for transitioning from Phase 1 to Phase 2 are available in BC’s Restart Plan and the BC COVID-19 Go-Forward Management Strategy.
  3. What is a household member? 
    • Anyone you live with during the COVID-19 pandemic is a household member. The understanding is that you share risks together on a daily basis and thus do not have to practice physical distancing. You must take your household members’ risks into consideration when assessing the risks of your own activities. 
  4. What is a COVID social circle? 
    • During BC’s Phase 2, British Columbians are advised to slowly and cautiously expand their social circle, meaning the people with whom they regularly interact. Provincial authorities urge that people keep their social circle small and expand it very slowly and carefully after Phase 2 begins. Everyone is ultimately responsible for determining their own social circle, but they must do so while carefully considering risks to themselves and others, while always isolating themselves when ill or showing any COVID-19 symptoms. 

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COVID-19 Update

The Viking Sailing Club has suspended beach fleet activities at the Jericho Sailing Centre (currently closed) and keelboat charters on Tyra in keeping with the public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The Viking Sailing Club Executive is monitoring the situation and will provide updates on resumption of activities based on best available health guidance.  In the meantime if you have any questions or are interested in joining the club once activities resume, please contact the membership officer at

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CANCELLED – 2020 Meet The Members Night

Ahoy  Vikings!

Kick off the sailing season by joining us on Monday, March 30th in the Surf and Turf Room, Jericho Sailing Club for the Viking Sailing Club’s Meet the Member’s Night. 

  • Date: 2020-03-20
  • Location: Jericho Sailing Center,  Surf & Turf Room
  • Start Time: 19:00
  • End Time: 21:00

This is a free event starting at 7pm. 

There will be beverages for sale, nibbles to snack on and lots of talk about sailing and what is in store for the Vikings this year and how to get psyched for the 2020 season!

If you are a brand new Viking or want to be a Viking, this is a great opportunity to get your questions answered and to meet future sailing partners! For returning Vikings, reconnect with fellow members and start planning on how to get out the water!

Everyone is welcome to this event, please bring along any colleagues, friends and/or family who are interested in finding out more about the Vikings. 

As always volunteers are required to help make this event a success. Volunteer positions include, set up, clear up, and helping at the bar – can you help out?  Please contact with any assistance you can provide.

See everyone on March 30th!

A quick note about our club: Being a co-op, we count on our members’ support, participation and contribution. Please share this event with others who may be interested in joining. We have included a link here for an 8 x 10 poster that you can print off and put up around your building or neighbourhood.

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Vancouver International Boat Show – February 5th to 9th 2020

Ahoy Vikings and Happy 2020! 

The Internation Boat Show returns to Vancouver, this February 5th to 9th.  Make sure that you are up-to-date with the latest boating news, or score some great deals on gear.  Details and ticket information can be found here.

Jericho Sailing Centre will have a booth and is looking for volunteers to help fill some shifts. Check out the details here and contact the JSCA directly for more info.  A perk if you volunteer is that you can get a pass in for that day. 

If you are checking out the boat show on Granville on Saturday, come out for a drink afterward to chat boats or just catch up with some fellow Vikings at one of the bars on Granville Island, between 5:30 and 7:30. Contact Hope at for the details or subscribe to our newest Google Group for non-sailing activities. 



Keep an eye out in the next upcoming weeks for a sneak peek at the season ahead. 

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May Cruise 2019

The May Cruise is ready for on boarding!

Please fill out the registration form below to be added to the 2019 crew list.

TyraThe 2019 Annual Viking May Cruise is set to take place May 17 to 20. This year there we will be four boats, including our lovely Tyra, with room for 27 people. We will be departing Saturday morning from Sidney and heading to Wallace Island Marine Park, where we will raft for the night or and plan on walking across the island to see the magic that was once resort in 1950’s.

Sunday we sail back to Browning Harbour on North Pender Island. Sunday night we have confirmed berths on the dock at Port Browning. Dinner is either on the dock or at your pub of choice.

Finally back to reality and Port Sidney Marina on Monday, with a good possibility of an exploratory lunch hook at Sidney Spit on the way.

What you need to know

Friday, May 17 meet at Port Sidney Marina @ 1600 hrs

Make your way to Cooper Boating – Port Sidney Marina which is a few minutes’ drive from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal. Since it is a holiday weekend there are extra sailing options out of Tsawwassen.

The orange Sidney Taxis are the best option for the short drive into Sidney. Avoid taking the yellow taxi’s as they primarily go to Victoria and may charge more. Public transit departs approx every 30 min from Swartz Bay and the stop in Sidney is at Fifth & Beacon (approx. 6 blocks walk from the marina.)  At the Marina there is paid parking available at a cost of $11 per day. Parking passes are available through the Marina Office and must be displayed on the dashboard of the registered vehicle.

Our Boats will be available to board between 1600 and 1800 . Once your gear is stowed join your fellow Vikings at one of the port restaurants – Rumrunner Pub or The Surly Mermaid are Viking favourites. Supplies are available a short walk into town and there are several options. Fairway Market is located about a two minute walk up the street. Feel free to use your shopping cart to bring your groceries back to your boat, then return it to the pick-up area at the top of the dock ramp. Thrifty Foods offers grocery delivery within the area. There is a BC liquor store in town and Beacon Landing Pub near the marina sells beer & wine.

We will aim to be back between 3pm and 4pm on Monday, to allow for the 17:00 or 19:00 return ferry to Tsawwassen on Monday.

If you know you are taking the ferry make a reservation now to confirm you get the sailing you want.

The cost is $325 for members and $350 for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the charter. Provisioning is organized by your Skipper and the cost is shared by everyone on your boat (three days’ groceries plus moorage, which will be around $50-75 for the boat). Other costs, including eating out or any alcohol you want to bring, are your own. Each boat is equipped with refrigeration and cooking facilities.

Other Important Details

Come to the Planning Meeting

The May Cruise Planning Meeting will be held at Jericho (Northwest room) on Thursday, May 9th, 2019 at 1900.

Taking the Helm

We are a teaching club and in the past everyone who wanted got a chance to take the helm. However things have changed. In 2009 the Federal Government introduced new licensing requirements which require anyone in control of a boat with a motor (whether it is on or not) to have their Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC). If you do not have one, there are plenty of opportunities to take the exam in the spring. Please consider getting yours before the cruise.

Boat Provisioning

The charter company does not outfit boats with bedding for charters of less than a week. This means you need to bring your own pillows, bedding, and towels.

How Do I Sign Up?

You can reserve your spot by filling out the form below. I will send you the link to do credit card payment. Reservations are on a first-paid, first-reserved basis with a total of 27 spots available. Act early to avoid disappointment – the May Cruise always fills up. New members are especially welcome. No previous sailing experience is required, and you do not need to know anyone – just sign up! to contact Steve Smith Staff Captain directly. I will confirm either your spot or your place on the waiting list.

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