December racing in Penang and we’re hosting a fabulous BBQ night with our sponsors The Henley Group

On September 30, 2012 by Jean-Benoît_Delpy_Bourcart

Dear Paddlers

 

PENANG PESTA DRAGON BOAT RACE 2012   |   TEAM BBQ WITH THE HENLEY GROUP   |   DON’T MISS THE FUN AT WEDNESDAY POOL TRAINING   |   LEAVE THOSE VALUABLES AT HOME

 

1) PENANG PESTA DRAGON BOAT RACE 2012

I’m delighted to let you know that the British Dragons intend to race in Penang this December.

What: ….. Penang Pesta Dragon Boat Race 2012
Where:….. Penang, Malaysia
When:….. Weekend of 8/9th December 2012 (flying out on the Friday evening – returning on the Sunday night or Monday)
Costs: ….. S$325 (approx) to include flight, 3 star hotel and race fees.

Note that the last Friday flight is 11pm so even the die-hard overtime workers should still be able to make the flight. The Sunday evening flights are various but 21:10 appears the best option at the moment.  If there is a Sunday night after-race party we may have the chance to extend to the Monday – though this would probably mean taking leave on the Monday (and spending an extra night in the hotel).

The Penang race has numerous categories that we can enter so we hope to field a squad of around 30 paddlers (and bring back medals to Singapore!):

500m Premier Open 22 crew
500m Premier Women 12 crew
500m Premier mixed 22 crew (8-12 Ladies)
500m Senior 40 Open
250m Relay Race 2*12 crew (4-6 ladies per boat)

Please register your intentions for this event (“Yes”/”No”/”Maybe”) before Sunday 7th October (in the “Comments” box please indicate whether you would prefer to return on the Sunday or the Monday).

http://www.britishdragonboat.com/penang/

Thanks to our International Rep (Rob Cooke) who has done a lot of research on the flight and hotel possibilities.  If you have any questions do ask him at training.

 

2) TEAM BBQ WITH THE HENLEY GROUP

I’m delighted to let you know that we’re holding a special Team BBQ co-hosted with our esteemed sponsors The Henley Group.

Where:….. Kallang Riverside Park
When:….. 6.30 pm on Saturday 20th October 2012 (immediately after training)
Price:….. $10 per person

Our social Secretaries are promising some really tasty grilled items (including a vegetarian option), beer from RedDot and some competitions and prizes too.

If you wish to come along please register online now:

www.britishdragonboat.com/bbq-registration/

 

3) DON’T MISS THE FUN AT WEDNESDAY POOL TRAINING

As we look forward to the Boat Quay Regatta in November (and Penang in December) the Captains remind everyone to take the opportunity to come along to the weekly Wednesday night pool trainingl.  These are a lot of fun and a great way of shaking off the midweek cobwebs!

The sessions are at 7.00pm at Farrer Park Swimmimg Complex and include warm-ups, paddling exercises (sitting astride the edge of the pool) and lots of individual attention to paddling technique from coach Jason.  We end with some warm-down exercises and depart at around 8.45pm – usually heading out for a supper and drinks at one of the local eateries nearby.

Farrer Park Swimmimg Complex is ten minutes walk from Little India MRT station on the North East Line (Exit B)

You can find a map here: http://goo.gl/maps/29fhs

If you are a “newbie” to Pool Training here are some quick facts:

* Please tick against your name on the British Dragons attendance sheet at the pool reception and pay your $2 entrance fee to the attendant when you arrive
* Bring along a litre or two of water (the pool also has soft drinks vending machines and cans of soda for sale)
* The pool has changing rooms and showers but no lockers (you can leave bags near where we train)
* Wear your racing shirt and bermuda-style shorts (maybe have your drinking shirt with you to change into afterwards)
* Pay your $10 training fee to the team Treasurer
* Have fun!

 

4) LEAVE THOSE VALUABLES AT HOME

Do remember that the cages at Kallang are not very secure and that there has been a recent spate of robberies in the area.  When you come to training please only bring the bare minimum of cash and valuables – preferably only items that can be safely kept in a small plastic bag in your pocket when you are out on the boat.

See you on Wednesday at Pool Training!

All the best,

Philip N. Morgan – Team Secretary
British Dragons
– Singapore

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