SISKA's  August 2018 Newsletter. Upcoming events, reports and articles
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August 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) and Ben Fast (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.

PPPS: You can find the SISKA newsletter archive here:

Table of Contents


Upcoming SISKA Events

August 5 - Telegraph Cove to Cormorant Point/Margaret Bay

August 18Amherst to Rum Island (Energizer)

August 25Brentwood Bay Ferry Wharf to Butchart Gardens Fireworks
For more details, go to the SISKA website

Community Events of Interest

Brian Henry of Ocean River Sports, a longtime supporter of SISKA, has asked us if our club has any members with PC Level 2 (or better) paddling skills, and good leadership abilities, who would like to assist them with their busy summer kayak guiding work.

If you would be interested in working with ORS as a kayak guide this summer please contact Brian directly at

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

Safety Tip - First Aiding

- Lynn Baier

Download a first aid app for your phone. It will help in the event of a medical emergency. Even more importantly, take a first aid course!

What’s in a Name? Pym Island

- Vic Turkington

We often paddle across Colburne Passage to Pym island from Fir Cone Point on Coal Is.,while dodging the ferries, en route to Piers, Portland Island and beyond. It was named after Lt. Fredrick Whiteford Pym RN, an officer on board the arctic explorer “Assistance”; sent to search for the lost Franklin expedition (1852-54).

The 5 acre island was originally known as Quadros Is., after Joseph Quadros from the Azores, who purchased it for $1 per acre in 1890 - for the grand total of $5! The island was for sale in 2015 for $5,988,000 - nice appreciation (real estate pays!).  It contains a 9,000 sq.ft. luxury home with guest cottages, tennis courts, a dock and manicured gardens. A realtor's promo can be viewed here, showcasing the luxury home and aerial views of the island. The coastline is generally rocky but the west side has a shale bail-out beach near the dock.

BC ferries do not traverse Stranger Pass, between Pym and Knapp islands.

Tips from the trips - Radio Waves

- Debbie Leach

Your VHF will get better reception on wet sand. Recording the forecast on your cell phone makes it easy to replay for your memory and your paddling buddies.

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Question from the Editor: but Debbie, how do we keep the cell phone charged?!

Camp Cookery

- Lynn Baier

Beef Burritos for Four

Cook well, then dehydrate one pound of extra lean ground beef. Dehydrate: a can of refried beans, a small can of corn, a small jar of salsa and one onion.

In camp rehydrate all by covering with boiling water and let sit for an hour. Reheat everything but the salsa. The corn and onions can easily be added in with the beef to minimize cleanup.  Spread the beans on a soft tortilla wrap(about 8 of them), then top with  the beef etc., salsa, and lots of grated cheddar. Wrap up and enjoy!

(Alternately they can be assembled as quesadillas in a frying pan, browning on both sides and cutting into wedges.)

MEC PaddleFest

- Fred Pishalski
At this year’s MEC Victoria Paddlefest, SISKA and the BC Marine Trail Network Association (BCMT) joined forces and again did a combined information booth.