An Extra Training Session and your Complete Race Guide to the 30th Boat Quay River Regatta
TRAINING REINSTATED | RIVER REGATTA RACE GUIDE | CAPSIZE DRILL REMINDER | FOOD AND DRINK AT THE WEEKEND |
1) TRAINING REINSTATED
We have reinstated training at Kallang at 3.30pm on Saturday 10th November 2012. This will allow us to prepare for the German Maneuver Cup.
Please note that training will NOT take place on the following days:
Wednesday 7th November 2012
Sunday 11th November 2012
2) RIVER REGATTA RACE GUIDE
Here is your complete guide to the upcoming 30th Singapore River Regatta. Whether you’re a veteran of Boat Quay or a first-timer to the race please read this guide carefully…
Date: …..Weekend of 3rd and 4th November 2012
Reporting Time: ….. Saturday at 07.00am (report to the British Dragons tent)
Location: ….. Boat Quay (adjacent to UOB Building)
Map: ….. http://g.co/maps/tm7jp
Getting there: ….. Raffles Place MRT on the East/West line (Exit G – then a 3 minute walk to race site)
Upon arrival please report to Mel and pay your $50. This fee covers race entries, personal registration, water and 100 Plus drinks on both days, lunch sandwiches on the Sunday and the team dinner at Red Dot (Boat Quay) on the Sunday evening.
If you are running late or have any “problem” please advise Philip by phone before 07.00am on the Saturday.
The Team Dinner will be held at RedDot Boat Quay at 7.00pm on Sunday with our friends from the KLM Blue Dragons team.
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 NOW at email@example.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.
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 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. 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.
Boat Quay is certainly an exciting place to start if you are new to racing – and you’ll also get to experience having a drummer onboard. But it is jam packed with people and often hectic. If you are new 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 (and also 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 coming days. 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. Bringing extra water or energy drinks might help as well (we will provide drinks but it is always good to have extra).
Do have a hearty breakfast before setting out so that you will be in good shape for the all-important heats where we have to come first (if we fail to to do well in those then of course we will just sit empty-handed on the shore all weekend politely clapping the teams that have beaten us).
Supporters and friends are very welcome so do invite them to drop by and say hello! The regatta is always an exciting event to visit.
Remember to bring sunblock and water along to the race and please make sure that you hydrate well before and during the weekend.
3) CAPSIZE DRILL REMINDER
Boat Quay racing is renowned for its “thrills and spills”. The lanes are tightly packed, the waters choppy (and churned further by passing Bum boats and Water Taxis), racing over 200m is fast and furious and the quay is thronged by over one and a half thousand paddlers and countless other supporters and spectators. Collisions and capsizes are quite routine and sometimes even spectacular. This year the race end is very close to the river bank too which will bring additional perils!
If you are in a boat which does capsize or is swamped 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 safety boat 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 or swamping – 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).
4) FOOD AND DRINK AT THE WEEKEND
Saturday lunch will be tasty sandwiches from “Freshly Baked” (including choices reserved for our registered Vegetarian paddlers). We love and embrace our Vegetarian paddlers as equally as our carnivorous ones so please do not thoughtlessly discriminate against them by wolfing down the avocado and lettuce sandwiches whilst leaving them only the BLT’s to sigh over (and reject…).
Sunday will be 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 (Boat Quay) at 7.00pm on Sunday 11th November right after the end of race (so you might wish to bring along a change of clothes and a towel to freshen up). The dinner is included in the race fee. If you haven’t done so you must make your choice of food here before midnight on Tuesday 30th October (also guests and supporters are very welcome at $30 per person). If you do not order a meal choice then no food will be provided for you!
Please wear your drinking shirt on the Sunday evening and bring along your team membership card so that we can claim our freebies and rebates.
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Boat Quay – here we come!
All the best,
Philip N. Morgan – Team Secretary
British Dragons – Singapore