We realize you may have questions as we get closer to the event whether it relates to travel, racing or Sarasota in general. In the link below, we attempt to answer questions which teams, participants or supporters may have regarding the event and during your stay in Sarasota.
Click here for a document you may download and print.

Victoria, Jane, Kim





Practice SRQBy now you have all requested and booked your practice sessions in anticipation for race days!
CLICK HERE to see the practice schedule in case you or your teammates need a reminder on when you are practicing.  Remember to be early if not on time since we need to accommodate many teams. We will adhere to our 45m sessions in order to make sure everyone gets their time on the water.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

You can book your hotels by calling or emailing:

Phone: 1-954-649-1000





Tampa AirportYou have several options for traveling to the United States and Florida based on the airports listed below.  If you would like to extend your stay prior to or after the festival, consider which airport might work best for your plans as a tourist in the Sunshine State!  You may choose to spend your additional holidays relaxing at the beach, visiting local attractions such as Busch Gardens in Tampa or Disney World in Orlando!

Airport Arrival & Departure Options

Tampa International Airport

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

Orlando International Airport

Miami International Airport







Tampa Airport



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If your company or organization is interested in sponsoring our event, please contact

Thank you for your interest in our event!

We have sold out on all the available vendor spaces at this time.


Our special volunteer website is up and waiting for you!
There are so many ways we could use help in giving the survivors an experience of a life time!  There is guaranteed fun when you work at this event!



Welcome Sisters & Brothers, to the website of the 2014 IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival! Held every four years, this exciting international event for breast cancer survivors is run under the auspices of the IBCPC. The 2014 event is the first to happen in the US! Hosted by two Florida BCS teams, The Pink Dragon Ladies® of Tampa and Save Our Sisters® of Miami, are eager to greet you and make your experience in the Sunshine State memorable! We will be continually updating the website to give you the latest information about the racing, workshops, and social events that make the IBCPC events so remarkable for BCS paddlers. We know you are all anxious to hear about the details so you can begin to plan your trip and all the exciting adventures available to you and your teammates!

Stay tuned . . . !

01.11.14 Order your event photos here!

Enjoy the memories and take a look! You may find yourself or a loved one! You can order your photos from all aspects of the event both at Nathan Benderson Park & the parade/party at Lakewood Ranch Main Street from EVENTS.PACKERPHOTO.COM/IBCPC.

All team photos are also available for purchase!


25.10.14 Moblie App for all racing results!

Both Saturday & Sunday’s results can be accessed throughout the festival at
Thanks to Club Sport, Tampa, Florida!

03.02.14 BULLETINS

CLICK HERE for all bulletins issued which include all kinds of updates and reminders!

15.07.13 History of Event

This event will be the 4th IBCPC Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Festival taking place for the first time in the United States!  Sarasota will be the 2014 destination located on the gorgeous Gulf Coast of Florida.  Experience the ultimate sisterhood in a beautiful setting, and make memories you will cherish!


Past events have been held in the following cities:

2005 Vancouver, British Columbia

2007 Caloundra, Australia

2010 Peterborough, Canada


15.06.13 What is the IBCPC?

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If you are a new or existing breast cancer survivor team, you may not be familiar with the International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission (IBCPC).  This is the premier organization for Breast Cancer Survivor dragon boat teams and you are required to be a member in order to participate in the 2014 Festival.  Click below to visit their website to learn all about the organization, their mission, and sign up for their informative newsletters.  IBCPC website



SARASOTA ATTRACTIONSCaspersen Beach SunsetHere is a sneak preview of Sarasota from the New York Times article,

“36 Hour in Sarasota” published in

December, 2012.

This article shows how many options you will have in exploring and experiencing the flavor of the area!  You will surely be counting the days to your arrival after reading this!

CLICK HERE to read the article

Siesta Key - Beach- ShorelineAND, a drum roll please for another Florida Gulf Coast Beach making the best beach in Florida!  Sarasota’s Siesta Key was first place in 2012 for best beach in America, and now Clearwater Beach, in Clearwater, Florida, which is just a hop and a skip away, wins the #1 beach in Florida for 2013 in an article by USA Today.


PDL-SOS-TampaHosting teams Pink Dragon Ladies from Tampa & Save Our Sisters from Miami.

CLICK HERE to view a video showcasing the experience of lifetime coming in 2014!

Listen to this live radio show featuring Kim Bonomo, President and Co-Chair of the festival along with Dr. Kathryn Kepes, medical advisor and sponsor of the Pink Dragon Ladies.


Read the lastest press release on the host teams participation at the Annual Holiday Parade in Sarasota after a day on the water with the new Sarasota BCS team…

Media release, Dec7, 2013 revision 2