What a day!  It must have been one of the rainiest regattas we have ever attended.  Some spectacular times were recorded by the AIAB crews.

CIBC sponsored the Breast Cancer Championship race with the Edmonton Breast Friends coming in first, the North Shore Dragon Busters in second place and Abreast at Rocky Point winning third.  Well done, Rocky Point!

June 16, 2012 was proclaimed Abreast In A Boat Day by the acting mayor of Vancouver.  This is an exceptional honour.  Linda Arato once again read out the Flower Ceremony speech.  Unfortunately, the microphone failed and we couldn’t hear her inspiring words.  The seven boats rafted on the water spontaneously broke into the chorus from “The River”.  It was amazing!  Then with the call of 1-2-3 we all tossed our pink carnations into the water of False Creek.  It is always a moving moment in a powerful ceremony.

Needless to say we packed up quickly to head home for warm showers and baths – warm clothes and warm thoughts of a good day.

Photos by Bal Dosanj