DBS Marina Regatta 2013: Dragon Boat Races

DBS Marina Regatta 2013 last weekend attracted close to 140 dragon boating teams from around the region including top national teams from Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. More than twice the number of teams participated in this year’s DBS International Premier race categories and the DBS Tertiary race categories compared to the previous year. This is also the first time that local tertiary dragon boaters competed with their peers from the region on an international race platform in the waters of Singapore.
This year, the Regatta also saw female participation increase to close to 700 athletes compared to over 400 last year. The sport has also gained traction among corporations, with 11 companies fielding dragon boating teams for the first time.
Besides Dragon Boat Races, more than 100 cosplayers and 15 percussion groups kept spectators entertained at the Regatta. Festival-goers also had the opportunity to interact with close to 30 social enterprises, who provided refreshments, entertainment and the sale of merchandise at the DBS Marina Regatta. In all, the event attracted a crowd of over 12,000 during the Dragon Boat Races.
Part 2 of the DBS Marina Regatta 2013 will be happening this coming long weekend (24 and 25 May 2013). More than 1,000 people will have the opportunity to try out dragon boating, kayaking and sailing free of charge during the Bay Festival. Other exciting activities include rousing drum competitions and performances by popular local artistes such as Electrico, Jack & Rai, Jessica Soo and The Ferdinands. For more information, visit the website or DBS Facebook page.

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