Training Dates and the Race Guide for the second weekend of the DBS Marina Regatta 2015

On June 4, 2015 by Jean-Benoît_Delpy_Bourcart

Due to our upcoming races at the DBS Marina Regatta we will have NO TRAINING on the weekend of 6th and 7th June 2015.
Please note that we will have a training break for the following week and weekend and will restart training on the 17th June.

Here is your complete guide to the DBS Marina Regatta 2015 second weekend.  Please read this guide carefully.

Date: …..  Weekend of 6th and 7th June 2015 
Reporting Time: ….. Saturday at 08.15am (don’t be late!)
Location: ….. Tent #3 near Marina Bay Shoppes (in front of the Marina Bay Sands – look for the British flags and branding)
Getting there: …..  Bayfront MRT on the Downtown and Circle lines (about 10 minutes walk to race site)

Upon arrival please report to Fabien and pay your race fee (if you haven’t already).  This fee covers race entries, personal registration race tag, water and 100 Plus drinks on both days and lunch sandwiches on the Sunday.

If you are running late or have any other “problem” then please call Philip.
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 urgently then please email Erika at so that she can bring your order along to the race. Pay in cash on the day.

Please limit valuables to essentials for the weekend and travel light as our tent will not be secure and many thousands of spectators are expected.

This is the first weekend of the SEA Games so security will be tight. Police are the boat marshalls. Leave all metals/jewelry at home where possible, you need to go through metal detectors to enter boat marshalling (which also means people need to be ready and not wander off as entering boats will take more time) – DO NOT FORGET – race tag ($50 to replace), Race number ($10 to replace) and paddle with sticker ($10 for sticker to replace).

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.

If you are new to racing 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 upon (and also to 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.  And of course if you are part of the racing team you are expected to remain on hand for the whole weekend until the closing ceremony concludes.

Please eat well in the days leading up to the race.  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.  Also have a hearty breakfast before setting out so that you will be in good shape for the all-important heats.

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

Supporters and friends are very welcome so do invite them to drop by and say hello!


A capsize is a very rare event in training.  But capsizes often do happen in races (or even when you are departing from the pontoon to head for a race…).  If two boats capsize over forty people can be pitched into the water leading to a challenging situation.

If you are in a boat which does capsize 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 attending safety boat(s) 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 – 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).


We’ll do “Pot Luck” on Saturday and Sandwiches on Sunday (to avoid dragging Pyrex dishes and Tupperware to London for our Team Dinner after the races).

Saturday will be our traditional “Pot Luck Lunch”
so please plan to bring along some healthy and nutritious food to share with the team as part of the buffet spread.  This is the chance for our cooking and baking brigade to demonstrate their creative flair in the kitchen.  As well as a main course, bananas, fruits, snacks, etc. are also very welcome as it is likely to be a long day on site.

Sunday lunch will be provided from “Freshly Baked” (tasty sandwiches including vegetarian choices).

Please note that on Sunday 7th June we will head over to London at Boat Quay for our Team DinnerThe buffet dinner is included in the race fee.

Please bring along your drinking shirt to change into for the Sunday evening Team Dinner (you might want to have a “freshen up” kit and change of clothes on hand too!) and bring along your London membership card to claim our discount and rebates.

If you’ve any questions then just drop me an email.  See you at Marina Bay this weekend!

All the best

Philip N. Morgan – Team Secretary
British Dragons
– Singapore

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