Trophy Triumph at Boat Quay and Training Continues Over the Next Month

On November 29, 2011 by Jean-Benoît_Delpy_Bourcart

Hello Paddlers





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!


Please note there will be NO pool training on Wednesday 30th November.With another key race due to start the season in February it has been decided to continue training sessions over Christmas and the New Year. We will cancel training on Sunday mornings but continue with training on Saturdays and Wednesdays on most weeks. Here is how the schedule currently looks:Saturday 3rd December – Kallang (Annual Christmas Paddle)
Wednesday 7th December – Farrer Park Pool
Saturday 10th December – Kallang
Wednesday 14th December – Farrer Park Pool
Saturday 17th December – Kallang
Wednesday 21st December – Farrer Park Pool
Wednesday 28th December – Farrer Park Pool
Saturday 31st December – Kallang
Wednesday 4th December – Farrer Park Pool
Saturday 7th January – Kallang
Sunday 8th January – Kallang
— Thereafter we will continue with our regular Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday schedule.


We will be holding our annual Christmas Paddle at 3.30pm on Saturday 3rd December 2011. Please note that this event is not open to first-time paddlers due to the limited number of seats. The event will

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be followed by a beach BBQ with some of the other International teams (the Germans, Spanish, Australians, Americans, Gaelic and Canadians are all confirmed). The BBQ will be $10 (payable on the day to Pam). However, as always, the fee for the Christmas Paddle will be underwritten by the seasonal generosity of Santa Claus (Sshhh – don’t tell the Treasurer’s though in case they moan: “Bah! Humbug!”…). If you wish to bring extra drinks along to the BBQ or contributions of a music playlist then you are very welcome to do so.



This grand event will be held this year at Chalk on Saturday 10th December 2011. The cost for paddlers and their guests is $90 per head.It is now your last chance to register online for the Christmas Dinner (if you have not done so already):

I look forward to seeing you at the Christmas Paddle!
Warmest regards,

Philip N. Morgan – Team Secretary
British Dragons
– Singapore

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