Complete guide to the Singapore Dragon Boat Festival Race Weekend on 9th and 10th July 2011

On July 4, 2011 by Jean-Benoît_Delpy_Bourcart

Hello Paddlers



Here is your complete guide to the upcoming race weekend:

Date: …..Weekend of 9th and 10th July 2011
Reporting Time:…..Saturday at 08.00am (report to the British Dragons marquee)
Location: …..Bedok Reservoir

Upon arrival please report to Mel and pay your $50.  This covers race entries, personal registration and photo ID race tag, water and 100 Plus drinks on both days, lunch and beer on the Saturday and the team dinner at Red Dot (Dempsey) on the Sunday evening.

You will be given a photo ID tag which you will need to wear all weekend (if lost the organisers will charge you for a replacement).

If you are running late or have any “problem” please advise Mel before 08.00am on the Saturday.

All team members must be wearing a team racing shirt and team bandana (or cap) in order to race.  Kenny will have supplies for purchase on race days if you need a last-minute item.  No other shirts or headwear are acceptable.  Remember that footwear is compulsory in the boats.  Please limit valuables to essentials for the weekend as our marquee will not be fully secure.

Times and line-ups for races are subject to constant change so always:

  • Know which event you’re competing in (look at the posted team boat layouts);
  • Stay close to the team marquee;
  • Let the Committee know your whereabouts at all times when NOT close to the team marquee.

The weekend is often very stressful for the Captains so please defer to their judgment and directions on the day and uphold the usual British team spirit and upbeat resolve to win at all times.  If you have any feedback for the Captains then please feel free to share it at the appropriate time (which is usually after the race weekend).

The Captains request that you eat well in the coming week.  Carb load the night before the race (pasta, rice, etc.), get plenty of protein and make sure you bring along your choice of Berocca, Hydration Salts, Energy Gels etc.  Also have a hearty breakfast before setting out so that you will be in good shape for the all-important first heats (if we fail to qualify in those then of course we will just sit empty- handed on the shore all weekend politely clapping the winning teams…)

Remember to bring sunblock and water along to the event and please make sure that you hydrate well before and during the weekend.

Sunday is our traditional “Pot Luck Lunch” so please plan to bring along nutritious food to share with your team mates.

Our Team Dinner will be held at RedDot (Dempsey) at 7.30pm on Sunday 10th July.  The standard meal is Fish and Chips but if you want a different choice then complete the online form (scroll further down this page to see it).

Please wear your drinking shirt and bring along your team membership card to the team dinner.


The British Dragons competed in the Singapore International Water Festival on Saturday 2nd July at Marina Barrage.

We fielded a mixed crew in the 2nd heat of the 500m International Business Community race and in a stunning reversal of fortunes on the day we were delighted (and surprised) to win third place and take home Bronze medals.  Well done to all paddlers for such a gratifying result.


During and after the race weekend (and during our team trip to Sibu Insland) we will take a break in our usual training activities. There will be NO TRAINING on the following dates:

Saturday 9th July
Sunday 10th July
Wednesday 13th July
Saturday 16th July.
Sunday 17th July
Saturday 30th July (Sibu weekend advance notice)
Sunday 31st July (Sibu weekend advance notice)

Training will RECOMMENCE on Wednesday 20th July at 7.00pm at Farrer Park Swimming Complex.


We will be collecting Ring Pulls on behalf of Qi Global so that they can be “upcycled” into stunning one-of-a-kind- handcrafted bags to help the poor in Timor Leste.  This is part of a social action project that helps to connect the world’s poorest 10% of women with the world’s wealthiest 10%.  The aim is to help with education projects in Timor Leste where 55% of women and 46% of men are illiterate.

The British Dragons are proud to be supporting this very worthy project.  Please Save Your Ring-Pulls and bring them along to training from now on!

Let’s bring along Ring Pulls and take home Medals this weekend folks!   Bedok Reservoir here we come.  Go British Dragons!!!

Best wishes,

Philip N. Morgan – Team Secretary
British Dragons
– Singapore

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