Two years ago I successfully swam across Juan de Fuca Strait from Dungeness Spit, USA to Ogden Point, Canada. In August 2018 I attempted a double crossing of that same strait – from Ogden Point to Dungeness Spit and back again. I have learned a tremendous amount from both swims and am considering attempting the double crossing again in the future. Before I make another attempt I have much to learn and some work to do.
With this in mind, this year my goal is to complete 3 crossings in the Salish Sea. The first is the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Victoria to Dungeness Spit. I have not yet completed the strait in this direction and would like to before attempting a double crossing again. The second is Haro Strait. This is a shorter body of water – about 15 km – and if I can find the right tide I will attempt a double crossing. The third is the Strait of Georgia from Schelt to Nanaimo. I relayed across the strait several years ago and very much enjoyed the water. I would like to attempt a solo this summer at night if time permits.
Combined these three swims are the Salish Sea 3 – a British Columbia Triple Crown. As with past swims the triple crown will be sanctioned and ratified by the Masters Swimming Association of British Columbia and I will follow (English) Channel Swimming Association Regulations*.
Through my swim I hope to inspire other people with Multiple Sclerosis to exercise as a way of managing the disease. I have MS 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 the Strait of Juan de Fuca before me I will attempt to swim the Strait from Ogden Point, Victoria Canada to Dungeness County Park, Port Angeles USA and back to Victoria Canada. The final route will be determined by the US & Canadian Coast Guards and my crew. The distance is between 30 and 34km 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 the traditional route unassisted
- 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)
- Susan Simmins – July 31 2017 (33km in 10:06)
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.
Information on the other bodies of water and routes will be made available shortly.