I am attempting to swim the Strait of Juan de Fuca with the hope that I will inspire other people with Multiple Sclerosis to exercise as a way of managing the disease. I have had it for over 20 years and take no medication. I use swimming and veganism as my main disease management tools. I hope to raise funds for Victoria’s newly formed MS Wellness Centre.
Honouring those who have swum before me I will attempt to swim the Strait in late August, 2017. My route will be from Dungeness County Park, Port Angeles USA to Clover Point or the inner harbour, Victoria Canada. The final route will be determined by the US & Canadian Coast Guards and my crew. The distance is between 32 and 36km with waters ranging from 8 to 12C. You can receiving updates as I finalize plans and train for the swim by signing up on the right or base of the page.
Those who have swum before me
- Bert O Thomas USA – 8 July 1955 (29.4 km in 11:10)
- Cliff Lumsdon, Canada – 17 August 1956 (29.4 km in 11:35)
- Amy Hiland – 18 August 1956 (29.4 in 10:51)
- Ben Laughren – 18 August 1956 (10 hours 17 minutes)
- Marilyn Bell – 23 August 1956 (10 hours 38 minutes)
- Vicki Keith – 10 August 1989 (32km in 14:00, butterfly)
- Fin Donnelly, Canada – 17 July 1994 (31km in 10:15, *wetsuit)
- Andrew Malinak – 6 September 2015 (18.7 km in 6:59)
About Juan de Fuca Strait
Part of the Salish Sea, the Juan de Fuca Strait is a large body of water about 153 km long. It is the outlet to the Pacific Ocean with the international boundary between Canada and the United States running down the centre.
Because of the Strait’s exposure to the westerly winds and waves of the Pacific it is most often cold, thick with fog, and much rougher than the more protected waters of Puget Sound and the inner coastlines of British Columbia and the U.S.