June 5, 2015
We created it to enable level 2 and level 3 windsurfers to access high-wind conditions off-site more frequently than is possible at Jericho, to practice skills in high-wind locations such as Squamish in the summer, and Boundary Bay in the shoulder season. We also created it to ensure a fair and equitable use of gear for members who want to regularly sail off-site, at Jericho, or at both locations.
All the club and windsurfing fleet rules, procedures and safety precautions, and unwritten club norms (the Locarno way), apply when taking gear to sail off-site. Equipment undergoes extreme use under high-wind conditions. Any damage when using gear away from Jericho must be repaired and paid for.
Additional rules and procedures on how to handle the gear are detailed below.
For windsurfers in the off-site pass program:
Members can join the off-site pass program after receiving approval from the Windsurfing Director, and paying the fee shown in the membership section of the club website. Approval can be granted or revoked at the discretion of the Windsurfing Director.
Sails/rigs can be taken from the level 3 gear reserves, stored in the windsurfing container (“the cage”). The pre-rigged sails that are hanging on the rack outdoors should not be taken. These pre-rigged sails are meant for use at Jericho.
Boards can be taken within the following LIMITS*:
Up to THREE (3) of:
Up to TWO (2) of:
Up to TWO (2) of:
Only ONE (1) of:
*The maximum number of boards that can be signed-out under the off-site pass program is seven (8) boards (i.e., 3 + 2 + 2 + 1 = 8). This represents up to one third (⅓) of the fleet’s 24 boards in our inventory of Windsurfing Boards. However, it is unlikely that all 8 would be taken on a single day.
Harnesses may NOT be taken away from the club for off-site passholder use. Harnesses should remain at Jericho for local use. If you do not have your own windsurfing harness, you should purchase your own for your personal use.
Other than harnesses, you can take ANY other normal accessories as needed, e.g., extra harness lines, PFD, etc.
If your gear is wanted by another member, you should return the gear so they can take it. It is up to you, as an off-site passholder, to coordinate the return of your gear with club members who have the same privileges as you. Consideration and coordination is part of our general club rules.
*If you think an exception to the 1-day rule for your trip is warranted, contact the Windsurfing Director (email@example.com) for approval.
Squamish in the summer, and Boundary Bay in the shoulder season. You may also take the gear for a multi-day trip to Hood River or other high-wind destination with the prior approval of the Windsurfing Director.
All level 3 boards must be transported in the available board bags in the cage.
All transport of gear must be done using the same procedures taught at the club’s rigging clinics, or as instructed individually by the Director or Fleet Captain.
Sign out the gear as a “Rental” (the options are Pleasure, Lesson, Club Trip, Rental).
In the comment area, indicate the location, expected return time, and sails taken (e.g., “Taking the Ezzy 4.7 and Goya 5.0”).
Remember to sign-in the gear upon your return. You could be tired after a long day, so don’t forget.
You don’t need to notify anyone UNLESS you are planning on a multi-day trip which requires the prior approval of the Windsurfing Director.
This is to make impromptu trips possible and to minimize need for coordination. As long as you use the club online signout system, you do not exceed the limit of number of boards allowed to be taken from the club, and take gear for 1-day trip only, you don’t need to seek approval or notify others. Remember, Level 2 sailors must be accompanied with a Level 3 sailor unless granted "advanced" status by the Windsurfing Director.
The L2.5 will be designated in the system by the following:
Criteria for becoming an L2.5
This is somewhat subjective and ultimately up to the discretion of the windsurfing director (with input from fleet captains or other trusted L3 members) but should generally meet the following:
The off-site passholder priviliges and policy may not cover all circumstances. So, there still may be some unanswered questions that are worth discussing in the future after members have had some experience with the program. Any windsurfing fleet member can join in to discuss these questions: