Bozeman, Montana - When the first-ever pink drift boat came off the line at the RO drift boat factory in Bozeman, Montana, the initial reaction among local fishing guides was not exactly enthusiastic. "Who the heck would order a bright pink drift boat," remarked an onlooker. "That's the ugliest boat I've ever seen!" However, as these naysayers came to understand the concept and history behind "Rowing for the Cure", their tune quickly changed. Suddenly, the pink boat is the hottest boat to row in the West.
Spawned by a collection of friends in the flyfishing industry, Rowing for the Cure is an innovative campaign to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research. Prominent fishing guides throughout the western United States will row the pink boat for a few days at a time, accepting donations from clients, fellow anglers, onlookers - anyone interested in supporting the cause to find a cure for breast cancer - and then pass it on to the next outfitter, lodge or guide. The drift boat has a secure, self-contained drop box to hold donations that will go directly to the Montana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure (www.komenmontana.org). All donations will be sent to Komen Montana after each guide's stint in the pink boat. Guides who raise the most money will be recognized.