Our Busan trip becomes fabulously affordable – if you sign up and book right now!

On July 19, 2014 by philipmorgan
KOREA BUSAN DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL BECOMES FABULOUSLY AFFORDABLE    |    TRAINING ON SUNDAY 20th JULY MOVES TO THE AFTERNOON    |    END OF THE MONTH DRINKS    |    MEDALS AWARD BEACH BBQ

 

1) KOREA BUSAN DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL BECOMES FABULOUSLY AFFORDABLE

Great news about the race in Busan, Korea in October: we are now confirmed as an invited (and sponsored!) team by the organising authorities and this means that you will only need to pay for your flights, team registration fee and out of pocket expenses when you are there.

The cost of accomodation, team transfer to/from the airport, to/from the hotel to race venue, breakfast, water, daily lunchbox, sightseeing tour and a great Gala Dinner is all covered!

The races will be over 200m and 500m. The team last went to this impressive festival in its launch year and we had a terrific time (and came back with a slew of medals, TV appearances and some new friends too!).  Now we are delighted to be going back to compete in the fourth year of this highly regarded International event.

Core Dates:

Plan to arrive in Busan by early morning Wednesday 8th October 2014.
Plan to depart Busan on Sunday 12th October 2014.
This will allow you to take part in all of the activities including training on the Wednesday afternoon, 200m races on the Thursday, 500m races on the Friday, sightseeing tour on the Saturday and the Farewell Gala Dinner on the Saturday night.
If you cannot be present for the whole of the core dates I strongly suggest you speak with the Captains before registering or making any flight bookings.

Likely Costs:

Flights can be obtained for around $500-$600 currently (but book quickly of course) plus the race fee of $100 (to cover incidentals, team supper, etc.).

Flights:

Book your own – right now!  Do not delay as flights for our dates are filling fast.

A good itinerary seems to be with Vietnam Airlines (which is currently costing less than $500):

VN 658 Dep Singapore Tues 07-Oct-14 at 20.25 to Ho Chi Min Arr 21.30
VN 420 Dep Ho Chi Min Wed 08-Oct-14 at 00.05 to Busan Arr 06.50*
VN 421 Dep Busan 12-Oct-14 at 10.00 to Ho Chi Min Arr 13.00*

VN 655 Dep Ho Chi Min Sun 12-Oct-14 at 14.30 to Singapore Arr 17.25

* Since these are the core flights it is likely that we will be able to deploy our Busan team coach for the hotel transfers.

You can find these (and many other variants and airline routings) at:

www.cheaptickets.sg/

Whichever flights/itinerary you decide upon please inform Natalia (International Rep.) of your itinerary as soon as it is booked:

International@britishdragonboat.com

 

Registering for the Race:

If you have not done so already – or have now decided that you would now like to join the Korea race – please register at:

www.britishdragonboat.com/racing/

Please pay your $100 registration fee to the Treasurers by Sunday 3rd August to confirm your place in the squad.

To participate in this overseas race you must have raced at least once in Singapore with the British Dragons.

Travel Options:

Depending on flights and connections some team members may wish to add on a brief holiday before the trip core dates or stay on longer, or stay off on the stop-off to or from Singapore.  Please note that I understand that Monday 6th October is a public holiday in Singapore.  If you plan to do this maybe consult your team mates now so that you can co-ordinate travel plans if you wish (last time we went to Korea a number of us did a layover in Shanghai on the way to Busan and had a great mini-holiday!).

Visas:

Many nationalities do not need a Visa to enter Korea for up to 90 days – but a few do! So please check here:

http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/GK/GK_EN_2_1_1.jsp

If you do need a Visa then let Natalia know so that she can provide the supporting paperwork (if required) showing that you are part of an organised and invited team for this sporting event.

Any Questions?:
If you have any other questions about our trip to Korea then please email me and I will consult Natalia and/or the Captains and get a speedy reply for you.

 

2) TRAINING ON SUNDAY 20th JULY MOVES TO THE AFTERNOON

We are moving training at Kallang on Sunday 20th July 2014 to be at 3.30pm in the afternoon.

 

3) END OF THE MONTH DRINKS

Join us on Friday 25th July at 6.30pm onwards.

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) MEDALS AWARD BEACH BBQ

We will be having a Beach BBQ, Beers, Wines and Medal Awards Ceremony (for our Malaysia Races) after training on Saturday 2nd August 2014.

You can register for this event on the team “closed” facebook group.  Wristbands will be issued and you can pay the Treasurers for them now ($15 for team members, $20 for non-members, newbies and guests).
See you at training!

All the best,

Philip N. Morgan - Team Secretary
British Dragons
- Singapore

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