SAH Frequently Asked Questions


How much does it cost to participate?

  • $85 per person for athletes. 
  • $45 per person for family and friends who will not be paddling.

As a captain or team administrator, can I pay for my team all at once?

  • Our registration process is designed for each individual to register and pay themselves AS WELL AS consent to our digital waiver.
  • A minimum of 16 paddlers is required to register your team.
  • If you would like to pay for your entire team, please contact [email protected].

Can I register for Sisters at Heart if my team is less than 16 athletes? 

  • Yes! We will do everything we can to combine partial teams.
  • But first please email us at [email protected]

What’s included in the registration fee?

All registered participants will receive a 15′ x 15′ tent site with your team sign and:

  • Saturday (includes 500m ERDBA sanctioned races)
    • Waterfront workshop
    • Paddling workshop (paddlers & drummers only) with experienced dragon boat coaches.
    • Catered Lunch (includes presentations of team cheers/songs)
    • Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Social
    • Sisters at Heart Participatory medal (paddlers, drummers, steers only)
    • Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival hat and t-shirt
    • Free entry for all who wear their 2020 LCDBF t-shirt to the “Brewers Against Breast Cancer” sunset dance party, Saturday, 5-9:00 PM
  •   Sunday (includes 200m BCS division races, also ERDBA sanctioned)
    • Flower Ceremony
    • Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival participatory medal (paddlers, drummers, steers only)
    • Presentation of medals for BCS teams

Are fees refundable? 

  • No, all fees are non-refundable

How do I register for the Sisters at Heart Celebration?

  • Click here to register with your team. If your team has not yet registered, you or your team captain/manager can create the team.  
  • Paddlers, drummer and steersperson, as well as any friends and family, must each register individually under their team’s name.


Who can participate in Sisters at Heart Celebration?

  • This event is for breast cancer survivor dragon boat teams. 
  • We also welcome ACS (All Cancer Survivor) dragon boat teams.
  • Non paddling team members, as well as friends and family members, are welcome to register as teams’ Friends/Family.

Do we need a steersperson?

  • Yes! Your steersperson will steer for your 500m (Saturday) and 200m (Sunday) races, if pre-approved for steering on Lake Champlain with its very unpredictable conditions.
  • If you need a steersperson, please email us at [email protected]  We cannot guarantee that the steersperson we provide will be a breast cancer survivor.
  • In order for your team to meet ERDBA requirements, you must be BCS from stem to stern, including the steersperson.

Do we need a drummer?

  • Yes!
  • If you need a drummer, please email us at [email protected]  We cannot guarantee that the drummer we provide will be a breast cancer survivor.
  • In order for your team to meet ERDBA requirements, you must be BCS from stem to stern, including the drummer.

How does my team qualify for the Breast Cancer Survivor (BCS) division Eastern Regional Dragon Boat Association (ERDBA) races? 

  • Your boat must be comprised of BCS paddlers, drummer, and steersperson.
  • You must be a member of ERDBA.

What races are included in the weekend?

  • Two 500m races on Saturday, one in the morning, one in the afternoon.
  • Two to four 200m races on Sunday.

What race divisions are offered on Sunday?

  • The BCS division is any boat that is comprised of BCS paddlers, drummer, and steersperson.
  • The SAH division (Sisters at Heart) is any boat that participated in Saturday’s event that is NOT a full BCS boat.
  • The Community Division is any boat that is paddling for fun and charity.


  • A canopy so you and your teammates have a shady place to gather; 10′ x 10′ works well for your 15′ x 15’ site
  • Water bottles! We will have a water truck with free water available both Saturday and Sunday.
  • A team chant, song, or spirited cheer to share with other SAH teams at lunch on Saturday.
  • Decorations! Participate in Sunday’s Spirit Competition for the best decorated site!
  • Other good ideas: camp chairs, coolers, towels, rain gear, and warm jacket/pants just in case.
  • Paddles and PFDs if you’d like, though we will have plenty available for your use.
  • Snacks. A catered lunch will be provided on Saturday and food trucks are available on Sunday.
  • Items to share, trade or sell!


When does the Sisters at Heart Celebration Weekend take place? 

  • Our Sisters at Heart Celebration is always held on the first weekend in August.
  • Saturday is the Sisters at Heart Celebration (SAH).
  • Sunday is the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival (LCDBF).

When does each day begin and end?

  • Saturday begins with registration at  8 AM and typically ends at 4 PM.
  • Saturday night, from 5-9:00 PM is the “Brewers Against Breast Cancer” Sunset Dance Party.
  • Sunday begins with marshalling at 7:30 AM and the last BCS race ends at around 2:00 PM, followed by a medals ceremony.