Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, June 22-23

Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival put on a great 25th Anniversary regatta with attendance from crews around North America. It was extremely well organized, on time, and had lots to offer in food, entertainment, merchandise, and beverages for crews and spectators both.

Rio Tinto must have ordered ‘no rain’ and the sun shone. Racing on a sunny day is always so much nicer than racing in the rain (think last year with buckets of rain coming down – all day long). CIBC generously hosted a Breast Cancer Survivor’s Village where nine crews were able to set up our tents together for two days of camaraderie and fun . With three races on Saturday and two races on Sunday it was a full weekend of racing. 

Kamini’s dog, Taro, is obviously partial to AIAB as she was spotted wearing one of our crew shirts.  Custom made and fit to her petite size she did fit in rather well with the rest of us pink ladies.

The Breast Cancer Challenge Race was a race to the finish with FORT-itude beating out the San Diego crew by half of a second. The medals were exceptionally big and beautiful this year.

The Breast Cancer Challenge race:

Abreast with Fortitude 2.34.45
Team Survivor 2.34.85
Abreast Deas Divas 2.36.24
Breast Friends Edmonton 2.36.94
North Shore Dragon Busters 2.43.86
Abreast at Rocky Point 2.44.63
Abreast Richmond 2.50.62
Abreast Up the Creek 2.57.58
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