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More corporate teams at DBS Marina Regatta

20 May, 2014   Khalis Rifhan

DBS Marina Regatta

Into its third year, the DBS Marina Regatta has stamped its mark as a premier dragon boat race in the region. (Photo by VoxSports)



The DBS Marina Regatta has stamped its mark as a premier dragon boat race in the region and the biggest water sports festival in Singapore. It not only brought together competitive dragon boat enthusiasts from the region, but also participants in the corporate category.


The 2014 edition saw a significant increase in corporate dragon boat teams participation, a total of 60 teams, up from 43 teams from the previous year.

Into its third year, the regatta saw 50 teams in the Corporate Open 200m and 500m and 10 teams in the Corporate Women Division 200m and 500m category. 

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Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth & Second Minister for Ministry of Communications and Information, presenting the cheque to the DBS Marina Regatta 2014 DB12 International Corporate Women Open Champions. (Photo by Sport Singapore/ Dyan Kusuma Eka Putri)


It attracted thousands of visitors and they were kept entertained not only by the dragon boat races but also the fringe activities on the site. The carnival-like atmosphere saw one of Asia’s largest Cosplay meet, a drum challenge, an Asian food festival and movies under the stars. 


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Cosplayers at the DBS Marina Regatta. (Photo by VoxSports)


Marina Bay came alive with a showcase of Asia’s vibrancy, energy and dynamism. Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Teo Chee Hean, was the guest-of-honour for the closing ceremony and prize presentation.

On the regional front, the regatta saw teams from seven different participating countries, namely, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia and Hong Kong. 

DBS Marina Regatta 2014
The 2014 edition saw a significant increase in corporate dragon boat teams participation, a total of 60 teams, up from 43 teams from the previous year. (Photo by VoxSports)



Teams from Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, Thailand and Singapore fielded their national teams and competed in the International Open category, while Hong Kong and Malaysia have fielded teams in the Corporate Open category.

Thailand’s National Women’s and Men’s Teams were crowned the new overall champions of the International Premier Women and International Premier Open categories. Indonesia and Philippines were runners-up in the International Premier Open and International Premier Women’s categories respectively. Holding the fort for Team Singapore dragon boaters was captain Jerry Tan Ren Yi, who felt that the competition gave them a valuable experience.

“They are all very good top dragon boat teams in SEA and it’s very good for our local dragon boat community. It gave the local community over here an eye-opener,so I think DBS did a great job,” said the 31-year-old.

“We started off with a relatively new and young crew. Performance wise, I think the boys did pretty well, in terms of trying to close the gaps between the neighbouring top countries and ourselves.”

The competition, held over two days, saw an unsettled weather on the final day, which interrupted several races in the morning and afternoon.

But once the sky cleared up, the dragon boaters were quick to plunge into their respective boats and hit to the water for the race at the scenic Promontory at the Marina Bay.

For Indonesia national team manager Eddie Suyono, he was full of praise for the organiser and hoped that his team will be back next year to gun for all the medals up for grabs.

“The organisation is excellent, especially very good for the arrangement time, schedule, and attractions. But the weather today, and yesterday, it is a problem for us,” shared Eddie after the prize presentation ceremony.

“Maybe for the next year, we can get all the medals. The Indonesian team came in second, this is considered a success for Indonesia because most of the team members are under 20 years old.“



DBS Marina Regatta 2014 Overall Champions

DBS International Premier Women

1st - Thailand National Team 

2nd - Philippines Dragon Boat Federation 

3rd - Singapore National Team

DBS Marina Regatta 2014 
Mr Teo Chee Hean (second from left), Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs, presenting the cheque to our national team who were 2nd runner up at the DBS Marina Regatta 2014 International Premier Open. (Photo by Sport Singapore/ Dyan Kusuma Eka Putri)


DBS International Premier Open

1st - Thailand National Team 

2nd - Indonesia National Team 

3rd - Singapore National Team