But perhaps the best part of the dragonboat racing is the Breast Cancer Survivors race which takes place on the last day just before the finals. These are 6 dragonboats filled with cancer survivors. I know several participants and without hesitation they praise dragonboat racing as a superb recovery and life-well being mechanism. The opportunity to socialize, network, get in shape and just enjoy the competition is no small matter. Finally, there is a Rose Tossing ceremony after each Cancer Survivors Race that acts as a Tribute to former colleagues, friends and dragon boat racers who have passed away. It is a very moving part of GWN’s Dragonboat Fest.
Paddling down to the starting gates
Powering their way up the course – the times are very competitive.
Maneuvering into position for the Rose Toss Ceremony
Raising the Roses
Moments of Reflection
This is the after ceremony activity. The crews are upbeat and carrying a bit of swagger. All parties are winners this day.