SISKA's August 2020 Newsletter. Upcoming events, reports and articles
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August 2020 SISKA Newsletter


Dear <<First Name>>,

Thanks to those members who contributed photos and materials. After enjoying a SISKA event or paddle, please consider sending a short (100-150 words) summary article; for more information, contact one of us. If you would like to start a regular column, please let us know!

Alan Campbell (SISKA president) and Tony Playfair (editor)
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Table of Contents


Upcoming SISKA Events

Saturday, August 08th, 2020 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Energizer Paddle - Cadboro Bay to Chatham and Discovery Islands Paddle
Sunday, August 09th, 2020 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Relaxed Paddle - Cooper Cove to Sooke Basin Paddle
Sunday, August 09th, 2020 - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Energizer Paddle - Hudson Point (Saltspring Island) to Dionisio Point(Galiano Island) 3 Night Campout Paddle
Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Light Paddle - Telegraph Cove to Gordon Head tour Paddle
Sunday, August 23rd, 2020 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Energizer Paddle - Whiffin Spit to Cabin Point Paddle
Saturday, August 29th, 2020 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Relaxed Paddle - Brentwood Bay Ferry Wharf to Mackenzie Bight Paddle
Monday, September 07th, 2020 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Relaxed Paddle - Esquimalt Gorge Park to Portage Inlet Paddle
Tuesday, September 08th, 2020 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Light Paddle - Brentwood Bay Ferry Wharf to Todd Inlet Willis Point Paddle
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM - Light Paddle - Maynard Cove to Telegraph Cove Paddle
For more details, go to the SISKA website

Community Events of Interest

These events are not formally supported by SISKA, but considered to be of interest to a significant number of our members.

Any member may request an event to be included in this section by sending a note to

No Coast Guard Emergency Response Required for Sea Kayakers in 2019 and 2020 So Far!

by Alan Campbell
The May 2020 Newsletter article “Canadian Coast Guard Urges BC Boaters to Stay Home” reported the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) concern that small boaters may unduly stress marine emergency resources during the Covid-19 pandemic. When I called to inquire about the extent to which sea kayakers had needed emergency response, I was asked to make a formal Access to Information request and the results have recently been received.
As requested, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) in Victoria has provided marine search and rescue emergency call-out data from January 2019 to June 2020 including date, time, nature of incident, type of vessel involved and how the incident was resolved, with respect to calls involving pleasure craft in the area of South Vancouver Island.
The somewhat surprising finding from a review of this information is that of all 122 responses recorded (84 in 2019, and 38 to June 2020), none involved a sea kayak. The very great majority of vessels are identified as Motor Craft and a small number classified as Open Boat, variously described as small skiffs or dinghies.
Sea kayakers have been staying safe or effecting needed rescues themselves, and not required emergency response by the Canadian Coast Guard. Keep up the good work!!
Anyone interested in the details can find the full 10-page pdf file at

Tips from the trips

by Debbie Leach

Rubber Band Plan. A stash of elastics helps to bundle boots, close packages, shrink wrap clothes…..

Camp Cookery

by Barry Copeland via Lynn Baier

Trip Reports

Relaxed Paddle Light - VCKC Clubhouse to Portage Inlet-
June 30, 2020
by Dave Chater
Continuing with SISKA’s continuing small group paddles to meet the ongoing COVID 19 restrictions- 5 paddlers (one person dropped out) left our launch point at the Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club (VCKC) Clubhouse ( 355 Gorge Rd. West) on the Gorge Waterway for planned leisurely paddle along the Gorge and up into Portage Inlet.
Typical for a paddle in June 2020 (aka “June-uary”), the day began with cloudy skies, wind guests, cool temperatures and a threat of showers.  This grey weather did not last however as the day brightened and became sunny and warm. The sunny skies and warm temps- enticed one of our group to decide to go swimming at lunch from the beach at Craigflower Park ( she had brought her bathing suit just in case!).
Our “Relaxed Paddle Light” designation meant a very leisurely pace over a 4-5 nautical mile route. We probably extended the paddle to upwards of 6 nautical miles in the calm and protected waters of the Gorge and Portage Inlet.
Lots of interesting sights along the route, including the new “Victoria Waterways Loop ” boat ramp in View Royal on Shoreline Drive, Colquitz Creek and the park-like shoreline at Christie Point. We also loved the fact that the washrooms were open at Craigflower Park.
All-in-all a great day to be on the water.
Dave Chater, Trip Leader