Sisters in Synch at Dragon Boat Fest

Hello there all you wonderful women It’s almost here. North America’s largest dragon boat festival, Alcan Dragon Boat Festival (, is poised to begin and Vancouver’s only lesbian dragon boat team, Sisters in Sync, is pumped and ready to go.

Many of you have been watching this team develop since last fall and some of you may have only just heard of us through recent media attention (if you have not caught it there are links to a couple of stories about the team below, and be sure to grab the latest issue of Xtra West in which we are featured) … well this weekend it all comes together.

The Sisters have been training hard. We’ve performed very well in three regattas and now we are going up against some very stiff competition. We could really use your help. We need to hear all the screaming queer cheers you can muster as we surge down the race course on False Creek this weekend. Sisters in Sync will be racing in the womens’ division which is being staged in the mornings. Our first race is at 8:22 a.m. Saturday morning. Our next race will be sometime around noon. We will not know exactly which races we will be in until we see how we place in the first race. On Sunday we will again race at approximately 8:00 a.m. and then the finals will be at noon. If we really out-do ourselves and place in the top nine teams in the womens’ division we could end up in the Womens’ Guts and Glory race Sunday afternoon (to be run some time between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.).

The Guts and Glory race is an all out 2000 metre race between the top teams. It is thrilling to watch and completely exhausting to paddle. This year admission for the Alcan Dragon Boat Festival is completely free, there will be live music performances, lots of delicious food as you walk along the Silk Road, thousands of buff athletes to check out, and thrilling races to watch. Why not make this a weekend to remember? Come on out to cheer on a wonderful team, learn about an amazing sport, meet lots of new people and take in all that is the wonder of the Alcan Dragon Boat Festival. Hope to see you there. Paddles up! Jennifer – Sisters in Sync team captain — Sisters in Sync – Vancouver’s only lesbian dragon boat team Lesbian Quarterly story  Vancouver Sun story