Making Memories at the 2016 Rose Festival

Making Memories at the 2016 Rose Festival

Celebrating the team's 20th Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race, the Pinks made an appearance in the Starlight Parade and on KGW's Sunrise program prior to the races. On race weekend we hosted the annual Gorman Cup and announced the winner of our Hawaiian vacation raffle. Our two race crews, Fire and Flame, made history by both making it to the semi-finals of the Women's B Division. 

Despite their plan to race against each other in the Final, only Flame advanced to the last heat. The Fire crew presented Flame paddlers with roses for luck and to lay on the water in remembrance of our Pink Angels after their last race of the day.

With Fire, family and fans cheering loudly from shore, the Flame crew battled it out for third place. Only the flag catcher knew for sure that she had beat the 4th place boat. The crew danced off the dock, elated by the close race and the knowledge that they had raced well. When they finally learned they had earned a medal for that performance there was shock and awe before the celebrating began... (continues)

Follow this link Making Memories for the full 2016 mid-year newsletter!

PHOTO: Rose Festival Co-Captain Jeannie with hardware for the Flame crew after their 3rd place finish in the Women's B Division.  The trophy is on display at the Portland Sports Bar & Grill through November where paddlers visit it on Wednesday evenings after practice.