RIVER REGATTA RACE GUIDE | CAPSIZE DRILL REMINDER | FOOD AND DRINK AT THE WEEKEND | QUICK FACTS ABOUT THE 2013 REGATTA | TRAINING BREAK AND RESTART
1) RIVER REGATTA RACE GUIDE
Here is your complete guide to the upcoming 2013 Singapore River Regatta. Whether you’re a veteran of Boat Quay or a first-timer please read this guide carefully.
Date: Weekend of 9th and 10th November 2013
Reporting Time: Saturday at 07.15am (report to the British Dragons tent)
Location: Boat Quay (adjacent to UOB Plaza Atrium)
Getting there: Raffles Place MRT on the East/West line (Exit G – then a 2 minute walk to race site)
The British Dragons will have a tent on the waterfront adjacent to the UOB Plaza Atrium overlooking the boat marshalling area and race lanes (and right next to the Red Bull promotional tent).
Upon arrival please report to Fabien
and pay your $50 (if you have not already done so). This fee covers race
entries, personal registration, water and 100 Plus drinks on both days, lunch sandwiches on the Saturday and the team dinner at London – Boat Quay on the Sunday evening.If you are running late or have any “problem” please advise Philip before 07.15am
on the Saturday.A few points to remember this year at Boat Quay:a) Four 200m race
b) A pontoon start (rather than “a rope from the bridge” start)
c) You will not have to wear a race
tag ID (the organisers have crew lists with your photo included)
d) We will have our “Potluck” lunch on Sunday (with sandwiches from “Freshly Baked” on the Saturday)
e) The Team Dinner will be held at London – Boat Quay on Sunday evening immediately after the race
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 then email Gill at email@example.com so that she can bring your order along to the race.
Please limit valuables to absolute essentials as our marquee will not be fully secure. Due to the monsoon season we often experience heavy rain at some point over the weekend so plan for this and ensure that your bag is waterproof (or a drybag) and that important personal items – phones, cameras, purse, wallet etc.- are stowed in ziplock plastic bags to keep them dry.
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.
The weekend is usually a stressful time for the Captains as they have to juggle race logistics and organise boat layouts (a tricky task with many factors such as prior experience, training, injuries, paddling side, gender, weight, other race commitments and giving newer paddlers race experience all playing a role as to whether an individual paddler is selected to a particular crew and where in that crew their contribution can be best deployed to win a medal). Boat layouts can and do change for all sorts of reasons so please maintain the usual good humour and stiff upper lip that the British team are well known for. If you do have any feedback then the Captains will be pleased to receive it – but preferably when the races are out of the way.
Boat Quay is certainly an exciting place to start if you are new to racing – and you’ll also get to experiencve having a drummer onboard. But it is jam packed with people and often hectic.
If you are new 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 (and also 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.
Do remember that if you are racing then your commitment is to be present for the whole weekend – regardless of whether you have any more races on a particular day or whether or not your boat got through to finals. We all stick around until we are released by the Captains on each day so as to be on call for reserve duties and to support our team mates and the wider International dragon boat community. The Regatta is the final big race of the year in the Singapore calendar and so we usually pay visits to the other International teams over the weekend to pay our respects and toast our rivals so please ensure you are present for this celebratory tradition!
Please eat well in the next few days. 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 where we have to come first (if we fail to qualify in those then of course we will just sit empty-handed on the shore all weekend politely clapping the teams that have beaten us).Supporters and friends are very welcome so do invite them to drop by and say hello! The regatta is always an exciting event to visit so wear your team kit and bring a camera along too.Remember to bring sunblock and water along to the race and please make sure that you hydrate well before and during the weekend.
2) CAPSIZE DRILL REMINDER
Boat Quay racing is renowned for its “thrills and spills”. The lanes are tightly packed, the waters choppy (and churned further by passing Bum boats and Water Taxis), racing
over 200m is fast and furious and the quay is thronged by three thousand paddlers and countless other supporters and spectators. Collisions and capsizes are quite routine and sometimes even spectacular.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 safety boat 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 trigger a frantic rescue 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 – DO NOT swim to shore.
3) FOOD AND DRINK AT THE WEEKEND
Saturday lunch will kindly be provided by “Freshly Baked” (tasty sandwiches including vegetarian choices).
Sunday will be our traditional “Pot Luck Lunch” so please plan to make and bring along some nutritious food to share with your team mates. Breads, cheeses, salads, pastas, pizzas, fruits, cakes, dips, etc. are all very welcome to make it a great buffet spread for all.
Our Team Dinner will be held at London (Boat Quay) on Sunday 10th November at 7.00pm right after the end of race and prize giving ceremonies (so you might wish to bring along a change of clothes and a towel to freshen up). The dinner is included in the race fee. Do aim to make a night of it as there will be some important news about the British Dragons team plans for 2014.
Please wear your drinking shirt on the Sunday evening and bring along your London membership card so we can get our discount and rebates.
4) QUICK FACTS ABOUT THE 2013 REGATTA
a) There will be a grand total of 200 races over the weekend (106 on Saturday, 94 on Sunday!)
b) 118 participating teams fielding 362 dragon boat crews
c) Over 3,00 dragon boat athletes in total (that includes YOU!)
d) Ms. Indranee Rajah (Senior Minister of State – Law and Education ministries) will grace the event as Guest of Honour at 5.00pm on Sunday.
5) TRAINING BREAK AND RESTART
Because of the 2013 Regatta – and our usual training break – we will have NO TRAINING sessions on the following dates:
Weekend of 9th and 10th November
Wednesday 13th November
Weekend of 16th and 17th of November
Training will restart with Pool Training at 7.00pm on Wednesday 20th November 2013 at Farrer Park Swimming complex. We will then begin our training for our Penang races.
See you bright and early on Saturday morning at 7.15am at Boat Quay. In the meantime do email me if you have any questions.
Philip N. Morgan - Team Secretary
British Dragons - Singapore