Alkame Dragon Boat Services

1st Annual Hope Floats Challenge
Premier North American BCS Racing

Brought to you by Alkame Dragon Boat Services, benefiting SNCC Hope Floats.

Saturday, August 28th, 2021

Welland, Ontario

The 1st Annual Hope Floats Challenge is North America's first and only Breast Cancer Survivor focused event, open to all National and International BCS crews, as well as Cancer Survivor/ Supporter, PARAdragon, and Special Needs crews. Teams will compete in 200m, 500m and 2000m racing, following the championship point system to declare the overall challenge winners.

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Event Details


Category # of Races Before March 1 Before July 1 After July 1
BCS Division 4-5 800.00 850.00 900.00
Cancer Survivor/Supporter 4-5 800.00 850.00 900.00
PARAdragons & Special Needs 2 400.00
Free (SN)
Free (SN)
Free (SN)
*Out of Province 4-5 600.00 650.00 700.00
**International 4-5 600.00 650.00 700.00

The Cancer Survivor/Supporter division includes ALL cancer survivors and their supporters, with crews will be made up of 50% cancer survivor athletes and 50% supporters.

PARAdragon crews will be made up of 50% PARA athletes and 50% non-PARA athletes. PARAdragons is the term used by the IDBF to describe paddlers who have some form of physical, psychological, neurological, sensory, developmental or intellectual impairment. For more information regarding PARA racing, please see the IDBF website: IDBF PARA

Special Needs crews are made up of non-competitive athletes and will compete in their own division. These crews will be made up of 50% Special Needs athletes, and 50% non-Special Needs athletes.

*Out of Province pricing applies to all teams that are travelling from outside of Ontario.

**International pricing applies to all teams that are not from Canada.

All prices are in CAD and do not include tax.


Welland International Flatwater Centre: 16 Townline Tunnel Road, Welland, On, L3C 2T4

Directions from Toronto
Directions from Niagara Falls

On-site parking is FREE.


Full schedule will be posted on Monday, August 23rd, 2021.

LIVE results will be posted here:

Race Format

All BCS teams:

  • Will race 1 x 200m heat and 1 x 200m final (for points)
  • Will race 1 x 500m heat and 1 x 500m final (for points)
  • The combination of the 200m and 500m final points will seed into the 2000m combined final
  • Points will be totaled from the 200m final, 500m final, and 2000m, to declare the winner(s)

PARA & Supporter Teams

  • Will race 1 x 200m heat and 1 x 200m final
  • Times from the heat will be used to determine the order of the finals

Park gates will open at 7:00am and the registration tent will open at 7:30am for all teams to complete the check-in process. Team captains meeting will be held at 7:45am with the first race being marshalled at 8:00am.


BCS Teams
Medals will be awarded to first, second and third place (point totals). Plaques will be awarded to the fourth, fifth and sixth place teams.

Medals will be awarded to the first-place team. Plaques will be awarded to the second and third place teams.

Medals will be awarded to the first-place team. Plaques will be awarded to the second and third place teams.

Awards will be handed out after the conclusion of each division final.

Each team will receive 25 medals, however if you need additional medals, you may purchase them for $10 each.


Stay tuned for all of the exciting food, drink and merchandise vendors!

Are you interested in being a vendor at our event? We would love to have you!

Merchandise Vendors:

  • $125.00 (+HST), with the option of being a race sponsor for an additional $25.00
  • A 10x10 space in a prime area of the park
  • Website & logo promotion on our Festival page
  • Promotion through our team information bulletins
  • The option to add a business card, promotional item or coupon to our team swag bags

Vendors who select to be Race Sponsors (for an additional $25) will also receive logo/website promotion on our race schedule (printed and online) and company promotion/announcements over the loud speaker throughout the festival.

*Charities and community groups are FREE to attend. When registering for this event, simply select the Charity/Community option on the vendor page.

*Please note: In order to best serve our participants, we reserve the right to turn down vendor applications if we feel as though the market is already covered in this area.

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Rules of Racing

Rules of Racing - All teams will follow Division III rules as outlined on Page 9.