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					                 SDBA- AUSTCHAM 10 KM CHALLENGE 2007
                                        DATE : 21ST APRIL 2007 (SATURDAY)
                                        TIME : 1.00 PM TO 5.00 PM

                                             ENTRY RULES



The SDBA-Austcham 10 km Challenge 2007 is a long distance dragon boat race open to all local dragon boat
clubs in Singapore whose paddlers are 18 years of age or older. It is hoped that through this event the level of
interest in the paddling sport will increase and that participants will appreciate the spectacular waterways that
Singapore offers.
Date: Saturday, 21 April 2007
Registration time: 1:00 pm,
Racing Time: 10K race from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.


The Singapore Dragon Boat Association and the Australian Chamber of Commerce will jointly organized the
SDBA-Austcham 10 km Challenge 2007.


It is open to all local dragon boat clubs whose paddlers are 18 years old or older and have dragon boating
experiences. All participants must be able to swim at least 50 meter with buoyancy vests. The Organizers shall
have the sole discretion to add, modify, replace or cancel all the contents herein at any time as they deem fit.


The race will be for the Open 18 + 1-crew (maximum 18 paddlers and 1 steersman) up to a maximum of
18 teams.


Medals will be awarded to top 3 positions of the event. The winning team’s name will be engraved on the 10 km
Challenge Plaque and they will retain possession of it until the following year when the 10 km event is again
held. The awards ceremony will be held at Kallang River Side Park at 4.00 pm on 21 April 2007.

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The 20-crew dragon boats will each come with a rudder and will be provided by the Organizers. The dragon
boats will be issued to the participating teams on 21 April 2006 between 12.00 pm to 1.00 pm at the SDBA
dragon boat storage yard which is beside SDBA Admin Office. A deposit of $200.00 made payable to
Singapore Dragon Boat Association will be collected for each dragon boat upon drawing out. The deposit will
be refunded to the team when the dragon boat is returned after the event in good condition as when it is drawn

Participating teams shall provide their own buoyancy vests and IDBF 202A certified paddles. It is the Team
Manager’s responsibility to ensure that the dragon boat and its equipment are fully functional and water-worthy.
Therefore, the dragon boats and equipment must be carefully checked before embarking for a race. The
Organizer cannot be held responsible for any dragon boat or equipment failure once a team has embarked and
left the Dragon Boat Marshalling Area.

All teams will collect their dragon boats from the SDBA dragon boat storage yard prior to the race and will return
them in the same condition as found to the SDBA dragon boat storage yard at the completion of the race and
before the awards ceremony at 4.00 pm.

Entry Fee:

The entry fee is S$200.00 per team.

Each team is only allowed one entry.

Entries are based on first come first serve basis. Their acceptance into this event is subject to the approval of
the Organizers.

Entry Forms must be duly completed and submitted with the entry fee of $200.00 and made payable to
“Singapore Dragon Boat Association” sent to the following address not later than 23 March 2007 (Friday). Late
entries will not be accepted.

Mailing Address:

Kallang Water Sports Centre
No 10 Stadium Lane, Kallang
Singapore 397774

Alterations In Entries And Withdrawals:

i)      Competitors who fail to report 20 minutes before the start of the race shall be considered to have
        voluntarily withdrawn.
ii)     All dragon boats will assemble at the start line (The beach next to Oasis Restaurant
        No Later Than 1:40 pm .
iii)    No alteration of entries will be allowed after the closing date.
iv)     Entry fees are not refundable except where an application has to be refused.

Race Course:

The race shall begin at the start line adjacent to the Oasis Restaurant Complex in the Kallang Basin. The race
course will be marked by buoys and follows the track as shown on the attached. It goes from Kallang Basin to
Marina Bay and return. The finish line is the Merdeka Bridge (Nicoll Highway). Course Umpires will be
strategically located along the race course. Any team that strays off the race course or take short cuts will be
awarded a time penalty of 3 minutes or disqualification. This will be at the discretion of the Course Umpire.

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A protest for infringement during the race must be lodged only by the Team Manager not later than 20 minutes
after the last competitor involved in the incident has completed the course.

All protest shall be made in writing and be accompanied by a fee of $100.00 each.

The fee will be refunded only if the protest is upheld.

The Start:

The starting line shall be marked by 18 lanes separated by buoys. It is located along the beach north of the
Oasis Restaurant Complex. There will be a line from shore for the Steersman to hold until the start signal is
given. Each dragon boat must remain within its designated lane at the start line.

Competitors shall be at the starting point at the time specified in the racing programme. The start shall be given
without reference to any absentees.

All the 18 numbers of the dragon boats are to line up behind the starting line in an order determined by the

Competitors shall line up stationary behind a starting line. The Race Starter when he is satisfied that all the
competitors are stationary shall say, “Are You Ready”(at this juncture, all paddles must be out of the water
including those stabilizing the dragon boat before this command) to be followed by the command “READY”
and the sounding of the air horn to signal the start of the race. The interval between “READY” and the sound
signal shall not exceed five (5) seconds. The starting signal is the air horn.

If a competitor/s commence paddling before the sound signal, the Race Starter shall declare a false start by
shouting “STOP” 3 times and signaling with one long blast of the air horn. He will subsequently warn the
offending competitors. A 20 second time penalty may be imposed for teams that jumpstart.

Where this is impossible or impractical owing to the lack of space, the Organizing Committee may choose to
decide on an alternative starting procedure.


If in the opinion of the Chief Race Official, Course Umpire or any Boat Marshall, a dragon boat is damaged
deliberately by a crew, the Organizer reserves the right to impose a penalty of S$2,500.00 on the organization
entering the team and the right to require such organization to pay for the costs of repairs to the damaged
dragon boat.


In the event of capsize, a team may receive assistance from safety boat and regaining its paddling position, but
may not be allowed to progress in the race.

No exchange or substitution of dragon boats or crew is permitted, even with other competitors from the same

Safety Measures:

Every competitor shall wear a buoyancy vest and failing to do so will be disqualified.

Competitors must be able to swim at least 50 metres with buoyancy vest. It is the responsibility of the Team
Manager to ensure that all members of the team comply with this rule.

Competitors must give way to vessel along the course of the race.
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Safety escort boats are positioned along the race route with marshals, first-aid personnel, and a rescue team.
Competitors must adhere to the instructions given by the Safety Marshals at all time. Failure to do so may
involve disqualification.

Marathon Racing may involve participants in dangerous situations. It is a requirement for any competitor upon
seeing another in real danger to render all necessary assistance to the best of his ability. Failure to do so may
attract disqualification.

Competitors shall participate at their own risk and agree to abide by all rules and regulations of the competition.
All competitors are responsible for their own safety during the event. The Organizer shall not be liable or held
responsible for injury, loss of life, accidents, loss of property or material damage that may arise during the race.

Competitors faced with difficulty during the course of race should stop paddling and signal to the officials or
safety personnel by raising the paddle or shout for assistance.

The Organizing Committee reserves the right to remove any competitor who is deemed incapable of continuing
the competition.

Bad Weather:

In the event of bad weather, the Organizing Committee reserves the right to delay the commencement of the
competition, or cancel the competition, on the basis of prolonged bad weather conditions, without giving any


The finishing line is reached when the bow of the dragon boat with the competitor/s in it has passed the line
between the flags/finishing line. If two or more dragon boats reach the finishing line at the same time, they get
the same classification.

The race finishes one and a half hours after the start horn and any team which has not yet reached the finishing
point will be escorted by the safety boat back to ending point.

The Chief Judge/Time Keeper whose decision shall be final will determine the finishing order of the race and the
time taken by each dragon boat.

The crew of every dragon boat must remain in the boat at all times. Any crew members jumping into the water
will face disqualification.


This 10 km Challenge will be governed by the International Dragon Boat Federation’s Disciplinary Code and
Rules of Racing found in the SDBA’s website: and in this instance to:

RACING RULES FOR DRAGON BOAT RACES OVER 2000 METRES 10.0 TO 10.11 paying particular
attention to:

i.          Overtaking Rule 10.4.1 to 10.4.6
ii.         Turning 10.5 to 10.5.2
iii.        Impeding/Collisions 10.6

Note: The Organizer reserves all rights to revise the rules and regulations without giving prior notice.

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