Gong Xi Fa Cai!
TRAINING OVER LUNAR NEW YEAR AND A CELEBRATION | MR500 RACE – REGISTER NOW! | LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH DRINKS | ANNUAL TEAM MEETING DATE | BARBARIANS TO BORACAY |
1) TRAINING OVER LUNAR NEW YEAR AND A CELEBRATION
The MR500 is our first major race event of the season. Due to our new membership scheme we’ll be able to reduce the race fee to $40(it was $50 in previous years).
Where:….. Marina Barrage (a new venue!)
When:….. Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th March 2014
Distance: ….. 500m
Price:….. $50 for the race weekend – or $30 if you (or your guest) are just joining for the Team Dinner on the Sunday evening (payablenow to Mel or Fabian). You can sign up immediately (for the race or for the Team Dinner) with the following link:
(By the way, the ‘MR’ denoted MacRitchie Reservoir which was the original venue – it has moved around the island many times since then and this year will be at Marina Barrage – so you can even refer to it as the “Marina Race” 500 if the mood takes you…).
If you are not travelling over Lunar New Year then why not join us on Friday 31st January at 7.30pm onwards for our “Last Friday of the Month” drinks.
Drinks will be held at London on Boat Quay. London is about half way along the waterfront at Boat Quay and supporters and guests are all very welcome
Do bring along your London membership card to enjoy a 5% discount on food and drinks (and to ensure that an additional 7% is rebated back to the team!). Also please wear your team drinking shirt.
4) ANNUAL TEAM MEETING DATE
It is time for our Annual Team Meeting where we enjoy drinks and supper together, review our successes in the past year, look forward to the 2014 racing season and of course present the team awards ceremony. We will also be electing our incoming committee for 2014.
If you are a member of the team please save the date. Personal invitations will be sent to members in the coming weeks for this important event.
Where:….. London at Boat Quay (upstairs)
When:….. Saturday 15th February (7.30pm)
There will be a vacancy for a Social Secretary role moving forward, Jo has decided to step down and focus on paddling, her wedding, and her MBA studies. We thank her for everything she has done.
Please contact the Team Manager / Captain is you wish to submit your name for consideration for this role.
5) BARBARIANS TO BORACAY
We are currently expecting the contingent to comprise 100 or so paddlers and we hope this will include a large contingent from the British Dragons.
All participants pay (in full) for flights, accomodation, event kit and race fees – usually booking flights personally and paying a race fee directly for the other costs of the trip.
When:….. 24th – 27th April 2014 (exact dates of trip – and any extensions – to be agreed directly with Singapore Barbarians)
Price:….. $500-700 – possibly a little more (includes paddler registration fee of $200 – see below)
Please note that any paddlers from the British team wishing to join the Boracay squad will need the endorsement of our team Captain before their registration will be approved with the Barbarian’s and it is a prerequisite that you have participated in at least one British Dragons race in Singapore. If you are a newbie to the British Dragons that means that you must race in the MR500 if you wish to sign up for the Boracay race
f) We would urge you to move quickly on booking your flights as prices are going up. Get this sorted and then deal with the other details.
g) Note that Caticlan Airport is approximately 30-50 mins from Boracay. Kalibo Airport is a considerably longer transfer at 2-3 hours.
h) There may well be specific Barbarian’s training events held in Singapore to practice for the races and the opening ceremy event.
i) Boracay is an amazing place to race and the event has great parties but with over 100 paddlers ensuring everyone has sufficient race time is a challenge.
j) Boracay can take a very long time to travel to and flights often get delayed. 14 hours one way is not unusual. Paddlers need to be patient and resiliant.
If you wish to join the Barbarian’s contingent going to Boracay in April you need to do two things immediately:
1) Email Natalia (our International Rep.) at International@britishdragonboat.com (she will forward you information about flight options and register you).
2) Transfer your $200 deposit into our team account before 31st January 2014
Account Name: British Chamber of Commerce
Account Number: 161-002-4114
Bank: Standard Chartered
Bank No: 7144
Branch: Robinson Road
Branch no: 016
Swift code: SCBLSGSG
You should also send an email to the Mel/Fabien at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your payment – a screenshot works well.
Well a lot of information for you in our first bulletin of 2014. Phew! Do drop me a line if you need clarification on anything.
All the best,
British Dragons – Singapore