SISKA's  March 2018 Newsletter. Upcoming events, reports and articles
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March 2018 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! If you want to see back issues, they are archived at:

Michael Jackson (SISKA president) and Ben van Drimmelen (editor)
PS: You can find SISKA on Facebook at this link.

PPS: SISKA has a Meetup site for "impromptu" and other paddles organized by club members. For more details, go to To join this, you have to be a club member.

Table of Contents


Upcoming SISKA Events

March 5, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  

March 10, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm,  

March 14, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm,  

March 25, 9:15 am - 3:00 pm,  

March 28, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  

April 8, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm,  

April 17, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  

April 22, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm,  

April 25, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  

(Sneak preview) May 5, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, 

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

March 5, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm, 

March 6, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  

March 6, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm,  

March 7, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 

March 9, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, 

March 20, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  

March 26, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm,  

March 29, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm,  

April 3, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  

April 18, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  

April 30, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm,  

Details on the SISKA website

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.