SAH Frequently Asked Questions


When does the Sisters at Heart Celebration Weekend take place? 

  • Our Sisters at Heart Celebration is always held on the first Saturday in August.
  • The Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival takes place the first Sunday in August.

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 and the last BCS race & medals ceremony end at 2:00



Who can participate in Sisters at Heart Celebration?

  • This event is for breast cancer survivor dragon boat teams.
  • Non paddling breast cancer survivors as well as friends and family members are welcome to register as a Friend/Family.

Can I register for Sisters at Heart as an individual? 

  • The Sisters at Heart Celebration is designed for team participation. Please email us at [email protected] if you are a paddler and a breast cancer survivor and part of a dragon boat team, but your team is not coming and you wish to participate. There may be a partial or composite team team you can join.

Can we bring our steersperson? 

  • Absolutely! Your steersperson can steer for your 500m and 200m races, if pre-approved for steering on Lake Champlain with its very unpredictable conditions.
  • Please know that your steersperson will be steering in the races on Saturday and Sunday, but will not be doing so during the paddling workshop on Saturday.

Do we need a steersperson?

  • If not competing for ERDBA or a BCS medal in the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival, we can provide you with a steersperson. 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 and drummer.

Do we need a drummer?

  • Yes, every team is asked to bring a drummer. If your drummer is unable to attend, please let us know ASAP and we will try to find a replacement.
  • If we provide a drummer, we cannot guarantee s/he 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 and drummer.

Do our drummer and steersperson need to be BCS?  

  • Yes, if you wish to vie for medals at the LCDBF BCS Division Races on Sunday, everyone on your boat must be BCS, including your drummer and steersperson.
  • Yes, if you wish to count SAH as an ERDBA race.


How much does it cost to participate?

The cost for the entire weekend is:

  • $1,785 for a full boat consisting of up to 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steersperson (optional)
  • $45 per person for alternate paddlers, non-paddling BCS and supporters.
  • $85 for any individuals who plan to paddle on a team (and are not included in the full boat total above)

What’s included in the registration fee?

All registered participants will receive:

  • Saturday (includes 500m ERDBA sanctioned races)
    • On land movement workshop
    • On water paddling workshop (paddlers & drummers only)
    • 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)
    • First, second and third place medals for BCS teams

Are fees refundable? 

  • No, all fees are non-refundable

How do I register for the Sisters at Heart Celebration?

  • Captains or another designated team member must register their team.  
  • After registering a team, the registrant will receive a confirmation email with a link to send to teammates.
  • Paddlers, drummer and steersperson, as well as any friends and family, must each register individually under their team’s name.



  • 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.