Singapore River Regatta 2011
The 29th River Regatta at Boat Quay proved to be an exciting competition for everyone who participated or came to support. The team fielded a 40 strong contingent and competed in nine events (both 12 and 22 crew) over the weekend.
The two days of intense competition – with racing halts due to stormy weather – was capped by the team achieving GOLD in the Inter-International Business Community Mixed race (22 crew boat). For the international teams this is the premier event of the year and the British Dragons were delighted to win by more than a boat length against strong contenders from the other “expat” teams.
A paddlers “guard of honour” welcomed the winning crew back to shore and was followed by an emotional and tearful congratulatory team address by the Captains. The British Dragons then embarked on the annual ritual of visiting each of the other International teams to pay our respects and to give a rousing cheer to our rivals. It was a memorable and sporting conclusion to a fantastic weekend of racing and further cemented the individual and team friendships across the large international community of paddlers.
Celebrations continued into the evening at our team racing dinner at RedDot (Boat Quay) with a medal award ceremony, speeches from the Captains and Coach and a plentiful supply of victuals and inebriants for hungry and thirsty paddlers. The hard-fought-for “expat” trophy cup was also on display for paddlers to see at first hand. We were also delighted to see our sponsors from Smiths Fish and Chips who had heard of our success and came along to join in the celebrations too.
The weekend certainly proved to be a fantastic finale to the season and provided a fitting and very successful conclusion to the British Dragons’ racing calendar for 2011.
Finally a big thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters who came along to cheer the team on. We really appreciated it!
Philip N. Morgan