Gong Xi Fa Cai!

On January 31, 2014 by phil
Hello Paddlers



Training will continue as usual over the Lunar New Year holiday – Wednesday trainings at Farrer Park Swimming Complex (7.00pm) and training at Kallang on Saturday afternoons (3.30pm) and Sunday mornings (08.30am).  Everyone welcome!

A couple of things to note:

After training on Saturday 1st February we’ll be holding a Lunar New Year Celebration on the beach.  Please bring along a “Pot Luck” item or some drinks to share with the team.  Breads, Fruits, Cheeses, Sliced Cold Cuts, Cakes, Salads, Dips etc. are all very welcome.  Plus we’ll have some team wine and beers provided by our Social Secretaries.

Training at Farrer Park on Wednesday 5th February at 7.00pm will be held just outside the Farrer Park Swimming Complex (as the pool is closed on that day).  We’ll be doing “Land Training” so please wear your Gym/PE type of kit and Trainers or Pumps.  You won’t need to bring your paddle!  Afterwards we’ll go to a local eatery for supper.

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).

:….. 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:

Registration closing date: Sunday 9th February 2014.

(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 this will be your first race then a few things to note before registering:

1) Participation involves two longish days at the race site (often a 07.30am start until 18.00).
2) You will be expected to be on site throughout both days to be available to race, warm-up support, etc.
3) One day the team provides a sandwich lunch, on the other we do a “Pot Luck” buffet – usually excellent!
4) On the Sunday we do a team dinner at London Bar to present medals, review race videos, etc.
5) By registering you commit to the race weekend plus the training that will be required beforehand
6) Registering and then dropping out is heavily frowned upon as it can be very disruptive to race planning
7) Race weekends are usually great fun, action packed and give the chance to make new friends
8) You may even win a medal or two as well if you train hard ahead of the race!

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.


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.


Please read carefully if you are thinking of going to Boracay (my thanks to Natalia, Dan and Danny for all of the information and research!)
The Singapore Barbarians are a joint squad (comprised of paddlers from all of the international teams) formed for overseas events.

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.

Where:….. Boracay
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

Here is some detailed information about the Boracay race if you are considering whether to take part:

a) Training and opening ceremony will start from the early afternoon of the 24th April.  Paddlers should aim to have arrived in Boracay (taking into account the lengthy transfers) by early on the afternoon of the 24th in order to practice on the ocean as well as take part in the opening ceremony (last year it was great fun).

b) Races are all day on the 25th and 26th.  The closing ceremony and party is on the ight of the 26th. Paddlers can fly home from the 27th onwards.

c) Team hotel will be “Boracay Holiday Resort” – PHP3120 per night per person twin share (about SGD88)www.boracayholidayresort.com
d) Paddler Registration fee of $200 includes: Race Registration, 1 drinking shirt, 1 race shirt, 1 shorts, Opening and Closing ceremony and Gala Dinner
e) Flights are booked individually.  Natalia our International Rep. has compiled a table of options and can pass it to you when you contact her to register

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 treasurer@britishdragonboat.com 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,

Philip N. Morgan – Team Secretary
British Dragons 
– Singapore

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