Abreast with FORT-itude and Abreast In A Boat Too!
The two crews who went to the Rose Regatta at Lake Las Vegas on the 16th are back with two silver medals, an appreciation of the breast health services that we have in Canada, and some fabulous suntans. It was an unseasonably high 91 F for the regatta but we were fortunate to have tents in a somewhat shady area for most of the day. On the water, it was scorching. The races were very well organized and the intimate setting on the Lake at Henderson was charming and easy to navigate.
The FORT-itude crew won their heat of the breast cancer races and came second by 1/10th of a second in the finals. They went on to win another silver medal in the Womens/BCS Club final, and won a spot on the “coveted” 1000 meter Guts and Glory Race. Unfortunately, most of the crew had left before this announcement was made, so we did not get to enter that race. Going all out for five races in the desert sun was pretty much enough.
Abreast In A Boat Too was comprised of 19 paddlers and a drummer, but no steer. The crew had members from all of our other venues plus paddlers from Abreast of Life (3), Spirit Abreast and North Shore Dragon Busters. They had three races and improved their time in each one. Some opponents practice three times a week all year round, so the competition was pretty stiff.
There were sixty teams in all, including nine breast cancer teams from Canada and the USA. Many wanted to know more about us, including some gals from Vegas who are just starting a team this year and the local Chamber of Commerce team.
Proceeds of the regatta went to the St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and the Barbara Greenspan Women’s Care Centers of excellence for breast health services for uninsured men and women facing breast cancer. Press releases were sent out prior to the event and at the Saturday practice, Lois Felkar and Shelley Nash were interviewed by the local newspaper reporter who did a great write-up about AIAB. http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/oct/16/breast-cancer-survivors-among-paddlers-lake-las-ve
We wish to thank our husbands, partners, friends and family who supported us on this trip. It was also great to have two crews there to support and cheer each other on. Most of us had a chance to talk to people about our mission and why we participate. We hope we have inspired others from Nevada and afar.
Carol Short, Cheryl Watson, Lois Felkar, Shelley Nash, Rose Regatta Media Crew