Complete MR500 Race Guide and Training Break

On March 9, 2013 by Jean-Benoît_Delpy_Bourcart

Hello Paddlers





Here is your guide to the upcoming MR500 Race:

Date: Weekend of 16th and 17th March 2013
Reporting Time: Saturday at 07.30am (report to the British Dragons tent)

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Getting there: Khatib MRT on the North/South Red line (then a 15 minute walk to race site or bus from opposite the MRT)

Upon arrival please report to Mel and pay your $50 race fee (if you have not done so already – tut tut…). This covers race entries, personal registration and photo ID race tag, water and 100 Plus drinks on both days, sandwich lunch and beers on the Saturday and the team dinner at London on Boat Quay on the Sunday evening.

You will be given a photo ID tag which you will need to wear all weekend (if lost or forgotten the organisers will charge you $30 for a replacement- yes I’ve got that T-Shirt too…).

If you are running late or have any “problem” please call Philip before 07.30am 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. Team shorts (or dark blue or black variants) are also required. If you need kit for the race (or dinner) then email your order to Gill at:

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.

All Paddlers who are racing must be present from 07.30am on the Saturday and remain on hand throughout the race programme until its conclusion on the Sunday when the Captains will stand the team down. Last minute reserve substitutions can sometimes be needed in races and so all Paddlers must be ready and able to step into a race boat if asked.

Sunday will be our traditional “Pot Luck Lunch” so please plan to bring along your choice of nutritious food to share with your team mates.

If you have registered for the race then the Race Dinner is included in your $50 registration fee but please give us a YES/NO about whether you will be attending (and whether you prefer the Vegetarian option) so that we can order the food.

Also use the link to register any guest(s) that you wish to bring along ($30 per person). Please just add “Plus x Guests” after your name!

If you do not reply by Sunday 10th March we will conclude that you will not be attending the race dinner.

Please wear your drinking shirt for the Race Dinner and do remember to bring along your London membership card so that you can enjoy your member discount (and also ensure that our team rebates are garnered accordingly).

Do 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, Bananas 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 watching other teams step up to the podium…)

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

Finally, please familiarise yourself with the whereabouts of the race site and be punctual for each day of racing – late arrivals can cause a lot of stress for the Captains and may even jeopardise a race boat entry.



There will be NO TRAINING sessions on:

Wednesday 20th March 2013
Saturday 23rd March 2013
Sunday 24th March 2013

This is to give a break after the MR500 for the team to recharge.

Training will recommence on Wednesday 27th March 2014 at 7.00pm at Farrer Park Pool.

If you have any questions about the MR500 Race then please let me know. In the meantime I’ll see you at training!

Philip N. Morgan – Team Secretary
British Dragons
– Singapore

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