Entries by Gail


Relay for Life ~ 2014

Relay for Life ~ Abreast At Rocky Point Dr. Charles Best High School students, in Coquitlam held a mini Relay For Life on May 23rd.  Their goal was to raise $8,500.00 ~ they actually raised over $10,000.00.  They invited Abreast In A Boat to join them in a survivor lap, and to give a survivor speech and […]

Women’s Regatta

Spring has come, and it looks that it will stay forever! Green yards, flowers, birds are all a testimony of that. With Spring also arrived the beating of the drums, the drums of the dragon boat season. This is something that we, breast cancer survivors carry deep in our hearts. Some of us spend leisure […]

A Walk Down Memory Lane ~ June Edition

Carving the Dragon’s Head and Tail Written By: Deb Legree This carving workshop was a pilot project; the brainchild of well-known carver Eric Neighbour who has taught carving to more than 4,000 people. The project originated from watching the dragon boats on race day, looking so proud with their beautiful heads and tails. Eric thought: […]

Spring Knock Outs ~ A Rocky Point Story

9 years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer it would never have crossed my mind that such a scary negative event would lead me to such a great positive opportunity  in my life as dragon boating. Dragon boating has changed my life and given me opportunities that I would never have had. I have raced in […]


A Walk Down Memory Lane ~ May Edition

OUR DRAGON, JEANNIE LEA Written by:  Sheila Tynan In 2005 Abreast In A Boat celebrated their 10 year anniversary.  They invited breast cancer survivors from around the world to join them for a wonderful weekend of camaraderie, merriment and, of course, dragon boat racing. At the Sunday afternoon closing ceremonies Michelle Hanton of Dragons Abreast […]

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FORT-itude Saves a Life

VANCOUVER GLOBAL BC – They are all survivors, living through a battle against cancer, and last weekend they saved a man’s life. The FLCC Fort-itude (Fort Langley Canoe Club, part of Abreast In A Boat) dragon boat team was about to begin its usual Saturday practice session in Fort Langley last Saturday, when they heard someone yelling for help.

Turns out a man had been out for a row earlier in the day and had grown tired. When he went to remove one of his oars before pulling up to the dock he fell in to the water without a lifejacket on.


CIBC Run For The Cure Sponsor Paddle

As the “2014 CIBC Run for the Cure” Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Directors boarded our boats to experience what Abreast In A Boat is all about, the skies opened up with a torrent of rain.  The Directors, meeting in Vancouver in preparation for the 2014 Run in October, were from all parts of Canada. As […]

Paddling Clinic with Kamini Jain

Over 65 Abreast In A Boat Paddlers attended Kamini Jain’s dry land training on Friday, April 4th.  Kamini, owner of Right Angle Performance (www.rightangleperformance.com) and her “Premiere” paddlers reinforced the proper technique for holding our paddles, rotating, hinging, and extending out for our strokes.  We were reminded to think about reaching across a table to […]

A Walk Down Memory Lane ~ April Edition

A Legacy Garden: A Place to Remember and to Celebrate Sally Haugen, AIAB Alumna and Sunshine Dragons Abreast, Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada Ten years ago Abreast In A Boat (AIAB) paddlers Sandy Smith, Sharon Eakins, Jane Frost and I went to Toronto to participate in the 2001 Dragons Abreast Festival and Conference. Sharon and I attended an important […]

Spring Fling 2014

First off, a big thank you to Barb Baker our Events Coordinator, and to Lenki Borthwick, and Sally VanIngen, our Social Coordinators, for all the hard work they put into making the Spring Fling such a success!  Thanks also to everyone who helped set up and clean-up, a challenging task considering the moulting pink boas! […]