Entries by Gail



INTRODUCTION Never thought that HOPE was tangible, had colours and shapes until we met with the Argentine novices last February. Hope has replaced loneliness and fear and changed their lives forever! The promise was, “As soon as the boats touch the Argentina’s water we will accompany you in the very first steps in dragon boating. […]

Abreast with FORT-itude Receives Lifesaving Society Medals!

Abreast with FORT-itude, our Fort Langley crew, were honored with their second award for playing a prominent role in saving a drowning man on the Bedford Channel in April 2014. The crew received Certificates of Merit at the 103rd Annual Awards Ceremony of the BC and Yukon Lifesaving Society at the Vancouver Hotel on March […]


2014 IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival ~ Sarasota

Friday, Oct 24th A beautiful warm sunny afternoon in Sarasota, Florida and 2500 survivors are now all wearing the same flamingo pink tee shirts for the opening ceremonies. Try finding your crew mates when everyone is dressed the same!! The dragon boat I am standing beside is about to be filled with ice to chill […]


Paddling Is Medicine

Written By: Dr Don Mckenzie Almost twenty years ago the threat of breast cancer related lymphedema was a very serious concern to all breast cancer patients and influenced decisions regarding lifestyle. At that time, the recommendations for physical activity were quite limiting and restricted all forms of vigorous exercise for fear of causing lymphedema. The […]


Harrison Regatta 2014

Harrison Hot Springs Regatta 2014 Another perfect day at Harrison. The weather and setting were both spectacular, giving a real holiday feel to the event. And what a successful day it was for Abreast In A Boat crews. FORTitude set the standard by winning their heat in the qualifying 200 metre sprint, setting themselves up to […]


Spanish Journalist Paddles with Abreast In A Boat

Jon Artano, a Spanish Journalist paddles with Abreast In A Boat Bev Dagg, from the Abreast In A Boat FORT-itude crew, met Jon Artano last summer through mutual friends.  Jon is from the Basque area of Spain and was planning to visit Canada for an extended period.  Bev was extremely keen to meet him because she considers the Basque people […]

A Walk Down Memory Lane ~ July Edition

Jacqueline Davis ~ Founder of The First Nations Breast Cancer Society In 1996 our first drummer was Jacqueline Davis, a woman from the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba with breast cancer.  We loved having Jackie on the boat because she was very vivacious and outgoing and was proud to represent First Nations cancer survivors. Her […]

Nanaimo Regatta ~ 2014

The Nanaimo Regatta…..everyone said it would be an amazing weekend….and it lived up to its reputation. The theme this year was Super Heroes and a lot of fun was had as paddling teams became teams of “caped crusaders”. Who was that costumed lady with so much energy who led many, many, many warmups?  And the […]


Rio Tinto Alcan 2014

Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival – June 21 & 22, 2014 Could it get any better than our weekend at Rio Tinto?  The sun shone for three glorious days and the temperature was perfect for paddling.  Just enough sun and warmth to dry off after fast paced races where paddles slashed through the choppy […]