Alkame Dragon Boat Services

1st Annual Welland Hope Floats Challenge

Premier North American Racing, featuring the Hope Floats Challenge

Proudly hosted and provided by Alkame Dragon Boat Services
Benefiting the South Niagara Canoe Club, Hope Floats BCS

Saturday, August 10th, 2024

Event Details


Category # of Races Before March 1, 2024 Before June 1, 2024 After June 1, 2024
BCS Division 4 900.00 1000.00 1100.00
All Cancer/Supporter 4 900.00 1000.00 1100.00
PARAdragons 3-4 400.00 500.00 600.00
Special Needs 3 FREE FREE FREE
Mixed Division 4 900.00 1000.00 1100.00
Women’s Division 4 900.00 1000.00 1100.00
*Out of Province 4 750.00 750.00 750.00
**Steersperson Fee   100.00 100.00 100.00

All prices are in CAD and do not include tax.

Important Division Information:

The BCS Division is for a team comprised of only Breast Cancer Survivors (including the drummer).

The Cancer Survivor/Supporter division includes ALL cancer survivors and their supporters, with crews comprised of at least 50% cancer survivor athletes.

PARAdragon crews will be made up of least 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 at least 50% Special Needs athletes, and 50% non-Special Needs athletes.

Following Division III Rules of Racing, Mixed Division crews must have a minimum of 10 female paddlers and a maximum of 19 female paddlers. Women’s Division crews must be solely comprised of those who identify as female (including the drummer).

*Out of Province pricing applies to all teams that are travelling from outside of Ontario, or, more than 400kms to attend this festival.

**Teams that require a Steersperson can hire a festival staff member for an additional $100.00


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

Directions from Toronto
Directions from Niagara Falls

Race Schedule

Full schedule will be posted on Monday, August 5th, 2024.

Race Format:

  • All teams will race a 500m heat by division, seeding into the 200m final
  • All teams will race a 200m final; the combination of the 500m heat and the 200m final seed into the 500m final and the 2000m final
  • PARAdragons will have the option of taking part in the 2000m final


Gold, Silver & Bronze medals will be awarded to the top 3 teams in each Division A final.

Gold, Silver & Bronze medals will be awarded to the top 3 teams in all other Division finals.

Gold, Silver & Bronze medals will be awarded to the top 3 teams in each 2000m final.

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 order them from race headquarters.


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/Clothing vendors are $50.00 (+hst). Food/Drink vendors, as well as Charity or Community Organizations are free. All vendors receive the following:

  • $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 $50) will also receive logo/website promotion on our race schedule (online), social media promotion through our Facebook and Instagram accounts, and company promotion/announcements over the loud speaker throughout the festival.

*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.