4 April 2016

DBS Marina Regatta packed with fun-filled activities over two weekends

  • Fifth edition of Singapore’s biggest watersports fest by the Bay returns with two weekends of races
  • Singapore’s only popup urban beach makes a comeback with debut of Southeast Asia’s tallest inflatable water slide
  • Brings together collective of emerging homegrown talent
Source: DBS. Concept graphic of the DBS Marina Regatta.
Source: DBS. Concept graphic of the DBS Marina Regatta.

The DBS Marina Regatta is returning with big and bold new experiences on- and off-water. Taking place over two weekends on 28-29 May and 4-5 June, the regatta will witness Singapore and the region’s top dragon boating teams battle it out against the Marina Bay skyline. This year’s event will mark the debut of Southeast Asia’s tallest inflatable water slide, and Singapore’s only popup urban beach will make a comeback. Over 24,000 people attended the event last year.

Other event firsts include the introduction of themed dragon boat races and competitive kayak races. The regatta will also bring together Singapore’s young homegrown talent, featuring up-and-coming artists, musicians, chefs and change-makers across its expansive range of activities.

The DBS Marina Regatta has witnessed rising attendance numbers since its inception in 2012. Said Sim Lim, DBS Singapore Country Head, “As the DBS Marina Regatta grows from strength to strength, we aim to continue introducing even more spectacular experiences at the regatta so more Singaporeans can witness for themselves the endless possibilities of the Bay. We hope the activities we have in store will inspire Singaporeans to take a break from work and school and spend some quality time with their family and friends.”

Watersports in the Bay

Organised in partnership with the Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA), this year’s international dragon boat competition will see an estimated 160 crews and more than 3,000 athletes from the region gathering on the waters of Marina Bay to compete for cash prizes totalling S$230,000 – the highest for the sport in Asia.

Dr Chia Shi-Lu, President of the SDBA said, “It’s been immensely gratifying to see how much the dragon boating community has grown both in Singapore and the region over the years, and the support from DBS has been instrumental in this. DBS Marina Regatta hosting the SEA Games dragon boat races last year was a pivotal moment, bearing testament to the great strides DBS has made in elevating the sport locally and across the region.”

To further broaden the appeal of dragon boating to the masses, DBS Marina Regatta will introduce three themed races:

Singapore’s Finest Paddle-off! – For current or past national athletes

Society Gladiators – For participants involved in Singapore-based voluntary welfare Organisations (VWOs) or Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)

Prime Warriors – For participants above 45 years old

On 3 June 2016, the regatta will be hosting a kayaking competition for the first time. Held in partnership with the Singapore Canoe Federation, the new kayak fiesta will be open to anyone from kids to competitive paddlers to the physically challenged.

Event-goers will also get to try out kayaking or sailing in the Bay during the two weekends with DBS’ 18-m tall Swedish Match 40 sailboats – the first of its kind in Asia. The sailboats were brought in last year as part of the DBS Marina Bay Sailing Programme, which has been offering the public complimentary sailing sessions in the Bay since 2013.

Slide meets beach

Singapore’s one-and-only popup urban beach will host non-stop activities. In the day, the beach pool will hold standup paddling and standup yoga sessions for board sport enthusiasts. Near the beach, event goers can also get in some fun while contributing to a good cause by tackling Southeast Asia’s tallest-ever inflatable slide – a 16 m, four-storey tall callback to the Big Splash. With unlimited rides available for a single entry fee, all proceeds raised will go to SPD, an organisation that helps people with disabilities develop their potential to the fullest so that they can be self-reliant and independent.

The regatta will also bring together a collective of homegrown talent. Situated along the beach, the regatta’s artisan market will offer unique, handmade pieces by Singaporean artists and craftspeople. The stores will be housed in refitted shipping containers that double as viewing decks by night. Over at the food village, local chefs will serve up fusion meals, with dishes such as salted egg yolk fries and chilli crab ‘man tous’.

In the evenings, the viewing decks will make for a breezy al-fresco setting for sunset beach concerts, featuring a lineup of Singapore’s up-and-coming musicians.

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Encouraging a social consciousness

Back by popular demand is Paddle for Good, which simulates a dragon boat race, but on land, with the use of indoor ergometer machines. This year, Paddle for Good will invite people to attempt the ergometers while challenging the use of their physical abilities so they can experience first-hand what athletes with disability face. For those who successfully complete the challenge, DBS will make a donation to a VWO that supports persons with disabilities. Last year, the initiative raised more than S$150,000 for its beneficiaries.

As part of DBS’ continued efforts to champion the development of the social entrepreneurship sector to build a socially-conscious society, a selection of social enterprises under Asia for Good by DBS Foundation will feature in the artisan market and food village. The Asia for Good lifestyle portal raises the profile of social enterprises in the region with the belief that consumers have the power to create positive change.

Bringing the Bay to the people

The DBS Marina Regatta is part of the bank’s continuing efforts to engage the community and to share the vibrancy of Singapore's new financial downtown with the general public. DBS/POSB initiatives such as the DBS Marina Bay Sailing Programme, POSB PAssion Run for Kids, and other complimentary cycling and yoga activities have attracted more than 60,000 people to the Bay.

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