DBS Marina Regatta 2012 Race Guide

On April 27, 2012 by Jean-Benoît_Delpy_Bourcart




Please note that there will be NO training on the following dates:

Wednesday 2nd May (Pool Training cancelled)
Saturday 5th May (due to DBS Marina Regatta)
Sunday 6th May (due to DBS Marina Regatta)
Wednesday 9th May (Pool Training cancelled)



Here is your complete guide to the DBS Marina Regatta 2012.  Please read this guide carefully.

Date: ….. Weekend of 5th and 6th May 2012
Reporting Time: …..  TBA *Will be advised by email in the coming week *
Location: ….. Promontory @ Marina Bay (in front of the Marina Bay Financial District)
Map: …..  Map
Getting there: …..  Raffles Place MRT on the East/West and North/South lines (about 15 minutes walk)

Upon arrival please report to Mel and pay your $50 (if you haven’t already).  This fee covers race entries, personal registration, water and 100 Plus drinks on both days, lunch sandwiches on the Saturday and the team dinner at RedDot (Dempsey) on the Sunday evening.

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.  Please wear British Dragons shorts or dark blue or black shorts.  Remember that footwear is compulsory in the boats.

If you need to buy kit for the race then email Gill at kit@britishdragonboat.com so that she can bring your order along to the race.

Please limit valuables to essentials for the weekend as our marquee will not be fully secure and thousands of spectators are expected.

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.

A race weekend is usually a stressful time for the Captains as they have to juggle race logistics and organise boat layouts (a tricky task with many factors such as prior experience, training, injuries, paddling side, gender, weight, other race commitments and giving newer paddlers race experience all playing a role as to whether an individual paddler is selected to a particular crew and where in that crew their contribution can be best deployed to win a medal).  Boat layouts can and do change for all sorts of reasons so please maintain the usual good humour and stiff upper lip that the British team are well known for.  If you do have any feedback then the Captains will be pleased to receive it – but preferably when the races are out of the way.

If you are new to racing don’t be tempted to wander off to get a coffee or whatever if you think that you are not in a race – things can quickly change and you might find that you are needed in a boat RIGHT NOW!  Plus you will want to attend all the warm-ups, briefings and visualisations so that you are ready to race if you are suddenly called upon (and also to gain valuable experience about what racing entails).  If you do need to go anywhere – even for a couple of minutes – then tell the Captains or a committee member.

Please eat well in the days leading up to the race.  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 and Bars, etc.  Also have a hearty breakfast before setting out so that you will be in good shape for the all-important 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 teams that have beaten us).

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

Supporters and friends are very welcome so do invite them to drop by and say hello!  The DBS Marina Regatta 2012 promises to be the biggest dragon boat event ever seen in Singapore and will have plenty of carnival activities to keep supporters happy.

DBS Marina Regatta

Copyright: DBS



A capsize is a very rare event in training.  But capsizes can and often do happen in races.  If two boats capsize up to forty people can be pitched into the water leading to a challenging situation.

If you are in a boat which does capsize then it is no big deal so long as you remember the following crucial words of advice from our Captains:

a)   Do Not Panic!

b)   Check that your row buddy has bobbed to the surface and is okay (if not raise the alarm and feel under the overturned boat)

c)   DO NOT swim to the shore – wait for the attending safety boat(s) to take charge and instruct*

(* This last instruction may leave you thinking “Huh?”, especially if you are in a boat which capsizes just a few metres from the shore and you could swiftly step onto dry land.  But a capsize – especially if it involves boats with paddlers from different teams pitched together into the water – can be a very confusing situation for a few minutes.  Once a paddler swims off to shore and disappears into the massed crowds watching then the whole thing becomes much more serious as it will be assumed that the person may be missing and this will cause great concern and likely a frantic search.  So if you do end up in the water simply stay with your row buddy and check that the paddlers in the rows around you are accounted for and not injured.  In this way it will be easy for the Captain and Cox to do a headcount for everyone and let the safety boat know that the whole crew is okay.  Remember: stay with your team in a capsize until instructed otherwise).



Saturday lunch will kindly be provided by our sponsor “Freshly Baked” (tasty sandwiches including vegetarian choices).

Sunday will be our traditional “Pot Luck Lunch” so please plan to bring along some nutritious food to share with the team.  This is the chance for our cooking and baking brigade to demonstrate their creative flair in the kitchen (the rest will doubtless forage at the supermarket…).

Our Team Dinner will be held at RedDot (Dempsey) on Sunday 6th May at 7.30pm. The dinner is included in the race fee.  If you haven’t done so you must register your choice of food before midnight on Wednesday 2nd May (also guests and supporters are very welcome at $30 each).  If you do not register your meal choice then no meal will be ordered for you!


Please wear your drinking shirt at the Sunday evening team dinner and bring along your team membership card to claim our discount and rebates.



Each paddler competing in the DBS Marina Regatta 2012 will receive a “goodie” bag including a souvenir DBS event T-shirt.

The T-Shirts are sized:    SM /   L /   XL /   XXL

Please let Mel know your size by emailing:  treasurer@britishdragonboat.com before Sunday 29th May 2012.

If you do not inform Mel about your size you will have to take your sizing chances on whatever stock remains!



The annual DIVA’s event takes place on Saturday 12th May.  If you have registered but not yet paid then please pass your entry fee to Kate or Mel ($45 for girls and $35 for boys).

It’s a fun afternoon of racing plus dance and skit performances and goes long into the night with a Mexican buffet and plenty of beer.  Even if you have not registered to take part it is still not too late to get tickets for yourself – and your guests – at just $35 per head (which includes the buffet and beers).  Simply drop an email to:



I look forward to seeing you all at training as we power up for DBS Marina Regatta 2012 and let our hair down at the DIVA’s!

All the best,

Philip N. Morgan – Team Secretary
British Dragons
– Singapore

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