Future Training Dates and your complete MR500 Race Guide

On March 21, 2012 by Jean-Benoît_Delpy_Bourcart

Hello Paddlers





Due to the MR500 Race we will take a BREAK FROM TRAINING on the following dates:

Wednesday 28th March 2012

Saturday 31st March 2012

Sunday 1st April 2012

Regular training will resume at 7.00pm at Farrer Park Pool on Wednesday 4th April 2012



Here is your complete guide to the forthcoming race weekend:

Date: ….. Weekend of 24th and 25th March 2012
Reporting Time: ….. Saturday at 09.30am (report to the British Dragons marquee)
Location: ….. Jurong Lake
MRT Station: ….. Chinese Garden MRT (station EW25 on the Green East-West Line)
Map: ….. http://g.co/maps/fhg97

Chinese Garden is the nearest MRT then walk over the bridge to the lake. Car parking is right next to the race site off Chinese Garden Road. Avoid the western end of the lake as it will be closed to us and blocked by another event!

I suggest that we all plan to get to the site a little early given that it is an unfamiliar venue.

Upon arrival please report to Mel and pay your $50 race fee (if you have not done so already). 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). Don’t forget to bring your tag along on the Sunday too (I usually tie it to a piece of kit so I won’t dash out without it!).

If you are running late or have any “problem” please advise Philip before 09.30am on the Saturday.

All team members must be wearing a team racing shirt and team bandana (or cap) in order to race. 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 quite 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 regretting our lack of medal chances!)

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 some nutritious food to share with your team mates.

Our Team Dinner will be held at RedDot (Dempsey) at 7.30pm on Sunday 25th March.

If you have not done so you need to register for your choice of meal at www.britishdragonboat.com/dinner-registration/ (before midnight on Wednesday 21st March).

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do not register a choice then no meal will be provided for you. Guests are also welcome – please register the meal choice for your guest(s) immediately and pay the $30 per head to Mel or Kate.

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

If you have any questions then just drop me an email. MR500 Here We Come!

All the best,

Philip N. Morgan – Team Secretary
British Dragons
– Singapore

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