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! If you want to see back issues, they are archived at: http://goo.gl/VUkafR
Michael Jackson (SISKA president) and Ben van Drimmelen (editor)
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PPS: SISKA has a Meetup
site for "impromptu" and other paddles organized by club members. For more details, go to https://www.meetup.com/SISKA-Meetup/
. To join this, you have to be a club member.
Upcoming SISKA Events
March 5, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, How to Plan for a Lengthy Kayak Trip - David Maxwell & John Minkley
March 10, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm, Amherst to Coal Island circumnavigation Paddle
March 14, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Tides & Currents with Anne Graves
March 25, 9:15 am - 3:00 pm, Whiffin Spit to Cabin Point Paddle
March 28, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Monthly Meeting
April 8, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm, Spirit Bay to Becher Bay Paddle
April 17, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Injury Prevention in Kayaking - Keeping You on the Water with Jennie Sutton
April 22, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm, Brentwood Bay Ferry Wharf to Spectacle Falls and McKenzie Bight Paddle
April 25, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Monthly Meeting
(Sneak preview) May 5, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Level 1 paddle Canada course
For more details, go to the SISKA website
Community Events of Interest
If you are aware of an event that should be included in the next Newsletter, please email Alan Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 5, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm, Islands Fed by the Sea - UVic
March 6, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Hudson Bay Trail - Robinson's Outdoor Store
March 6, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Climate Change, Water and Governance - UVic
March 7, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Is Apathy about Climate Change the Greatest Threat to the Planet? - UVic
March 9, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Shakers, Breakers and Craters - UVic
March 20, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Tsum Valley/Manaslu - Robinson's Outdoor Store
March 26, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Marine Night: Stories from the Intertidal - Victoria Natural History Society
March 29, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Reel Paddling Film Festival - Ocean River Sports and SISKA - Roxy Theater
April 3, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, "Another Season" - Fly Fishing Photography with David Lambroughton - Robinson's Outdoor Store
April 18, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, West Coast Trail - Robinson's Outdoor Store
April 30, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Marine Night: Gorge herring, Victorian native oysters, and Seaquaria - Victoria Natural History Society
What’s in a Name?
- Vic Turkington
Juan de Fuca Strait
The Juan de Fuca Strait lies between Vancouver Island and Washington's Olympic peninsula. It was named after the Greek master mariner Juan de Fuca (aka Apostolos Valerianos), who worked as a pilot for King Phillip of Spain. He discovered and explored the Juan de Fuca Strait in 1592 but the old sea pilot was generally disbelieved on his return and his claims were discredited by geographers of his time. However, records in 1625 showed that the Viceroy of Mexico (Spain) had sent him on a voyage of discovery in search of the North West Passage to China.There, he found an entrance to a body of water at Cape Flattery and sailed down what is now known as the Juan de Fuca Strait. Almost 200 years later, Capt.Charles Barkley of the Imperial Eagle recognized the strait described by him and named it the "Juan de Fuca Strait", in his honour (1787). (Apparently Capt. Cook had missed the entrance to the strait on an earlier voyage in 1778, due to bad weather.)
The international boundary with the US lies down the middle of the strait. Juan de Fuca is also remembered as the name of our local regional park, recreational centre, swimming pool, library, 47 km hiking trail and our offshore tectonic plate!
The strait is also infamous for the westerly gap winds that whistle past Race Rocks and influence our local paddling area. While unavailable to Juan de Fuca, nowadays we have Environment Canada marine weather forecasts for the West, East and Central sections of the Juan de Fuca Strait, providing us with predictions of the winds and our local paddling conditions.