SISKA's  October 2018 Newsletter. Upcoming events, reports and articles
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October 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!

Michael Jackson (SISKA president) 
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Upcoming SISKA Events

Oct 14/18 9:30 am - 3:00 pm 

Oct 20/18 9:30 am - 3:00 pm 

Oct 24/18 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm  The Old Man and the Vulture
Come and listen to Pender Island’s own Dave Manning, a senior who became hooked on vultures when he stumbled upon a white fuzz ball of a chick peeking from its nest cave. His program includes the three Vultures of North America and follows one Turkey Vulture nest from mating to migration Dave is the author of “The Old Man & the Vulture” which is a journal of a birdwatcher and was created as a beautiful pictorial book chronicling the lives of these magnificent large birds

Nov 10/18 9:30 am - 3:00 pm 

Nov 25/18 9:30 am - 3:00 pm 

Nov 28/18 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm  Colombia – It is Not the Country You Think It Is!

Gail Miller & Fred Pishalski spent a month last winter touring all over Colombia. The country previously known as the bad boy of South America has gone through significant changes in the last few years. Their photo and video show will take you from the big cities like Bogota and Medellin to the high mountains and down to the Caribbean and yes there is even kayaking in the presentation
For more details, go to the SISKA website

Community Events of Interest

none available at "press time"...

If you are aware of an event  that should be included in the next Newsletter, please email Alan Campbell at

Save the Date! SISKA Christmas Party

The annual SISKA Christmas Party lunch will be held on Saturday, December 1st at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club.

Registration will be announced and open in November once we have the pricing and menu details.

Socialize with friends, eat good food, drink fine wines, listen to kayaking stories, sing Christmas songs, win great prizes….

Call for New Paddle Leaders

We hope you’ve enjoyed our fine summer weather and some on water adventures, with perhaps a SISKA paddle or a few.  
Some of you may have also upgraded your certification to Paddle Canada Level 2 or higher this year. If that describes you, now would be a great time to consider giving back to the club by becoming a SISKA Paddle Leader. It’s easy.  It’s painless.  It’s a great reason to spend more time on the water.
SISKA paddles don’t happen without paddle leaders, and we’re always looking for new leaders so we can offer more outings.
If you’d like to help out, please contact 

What’s in a Name? Knapp Island

Kayakers crossing Colburne Passage NE of Swartz Bay and SE of Piers Island, pass Knapp island (shaped like a cashew nut). The island was named after Kemster Knapp (1858), an instructor aboard HMS America. It was also known, in the old days, as Mosquito Is. (presumably for good reason)

The island was owned by Joseph Quadros from the Azores, who also acquired Pym Is. in 1889. Subsequent owners included Hollywood film director Victor Fleming and a Texan multi-millionaire Guy Waggoner who built a luxury home and small boatyard. Entrepreneur Andrew Evans and his wife Ann, a Shinto princess, bought Knapp Is. in 1995 and built a Shinto shrine and a practice space for martial arts; the island is private. The Fulford Harbour ferry usually passes between Piers and Knapp islands, reminding us to be cautious. A beach at the southern end of Knapp Island provides a good spot to regroup before crossing Colburne Passage and evading the BC ferries.

Tips from the trips

Know your Knots. A clove hitch, taut line hitch and a bowline will do most tricks.