Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated: May 19, 2021

What is Sisters at Heart (SAH)?

  • SAH is an event held annually the first Saturday in August, the day before the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. This event typically brings teams together from the East Coast of the United States and Canada. It is a special day of paddling, camaraderie and a celebration of sisterhood for breast cancer survivor dragon boat teams and their supporters. Sisters at Heart takes place on Lake Champlain in Burlington, VT and is hosted by Dragonheart Vermont members.
  • SAH 2021 will be a similar celebration of community, survivorship and fun, held virtually with breast cancer survivors, their teams and their supporters joining us from around the world.

Why is the event virtual this year?

  • As we find our way out of this global pandemic, there remain too many unknowns to return to our beloved live traditional Sisters at Heart Celebration.

What is included in my registration for this virtual event?

  • Participation in a distance race, performed at your convenience
  • Virtual paddling workshop and other discussions about dragon boat paddling, available August 7.
  • Access to the live flower ceremony, additional videos and virtual activities, available August 7.
  • Personal Page to tell your and your team’s story

What is the Paddling Workshop?

  • The paddling workshop is a pre-recorded coaching session that is focused on paddling techniques and led by experienced and renowned dragon boat coaches, including 22 Dragons of Canada.

What is required for the Community Giving Project?

  • We ask that you plan an activity that will allow you and your teammates to come together (virtually or safely distanced) for a community giving project.
  • Take pictures, put together a collage, tell a story or sing a song to show us how your team gives back to your community. Post your success on your team website or Facebook page and send us the link. More specific instructions and the entry form can be found HERE.

What is required for the Virtual Race?

  • All you need is a positive, playful, attitude! We are designing the virtual race so that it is fun and collaborative. The activity can be completed as part of a team or by individuals.
  • The quick, easy steps for participation are outlined in the instructions that you will find HERE.

How can I honor, commemorate or celebrate a loved one with a Tribute Flag?

  • Tribute flags are available for a donation where you can honor, commemorate or celebrate a BCS survivor, warrior and loved one. ORDER ONE HERE!
  • Your personalized cloth tribute flags will be hand created and flown on Saturday, August 7 at the flower ceremony, then mailed to you! (US addresses only.)

Can I participate if my breast cancer survivor dragon boat team doesn’t register?

  • Yes, you may register as an individual!

Will there be medals and winners to the virtual race?

  • There will be no medals and every participant will receive a 2021 Sisters at Heart Virtual Celebration participatory certificate via email. Here at SAH, all survivors are winners!
  • Team and individual results will be posted on the website by August 7th. 

What is the deadline for registration?

  • We can accept registrations up until the day before our celebration; however, we cannot guarantee that team photos, community activity submissions, tribute flags or race results submitted after July 24th will be included in the August 7th postings.

What is the deadline to submit the Community Giving Project link, Tribute Flags and Race Results?

  • All submissions received by July 24th will be included in the August 7th postings.
  • You will find the links for each in your confirmation email as well as below:
  1. Community Giving Project Entry Form LINK
  2. Tribute Flag Order Form LINK
  3. Race Results Entry Form LINK


Questions? Email us here.