DBS Marina Regatta 2013 – Bay Festival Finale

Spanning two weekends on 18, 19, 24 and 25 May, the DBS Marina Regatta is Singapore’s biggest water sports festival, taking place in the waters of Marina Bay against the backdrop of Singapore’s new financial centre.

Entrance to the DBS Marina Regatta
Entrance to the DBS Marina Regatta

This is the second year DBS Bank is running this annual event, with the objective of spurring the development of dragon boating, a uniquely Asian sport, in Singapore and to broaden its spectator appeal.

Following the sucess of the inaugural event last year, DBS Marina Regatta 2013 was expanded to include a Bay Festival on the second weekend following the races, allowing members of the public to have a chance to paddle, canoe, kayak and sail in the Marina Bay waters and be entertained by popular local bands.

Experience Marina Bay with DBS
Experience Marina Bay with DBS

I was unable to attend the race events on the first weekend due to my reservist duties. Nonetheless, I managed to attend the last day of the Bay Festival on 25 May (last Saturday).

Here are some pictures I took on Saturday:

Free water sports fun for everyone
Free water sports fun for everyone
Happy group, heading off to try out canoeing on Marina Bay
Happy group, heading off to try out canoeing on Marina Bay
Group getting briefed on canoeing 
Group getting briefed on canoeing
How to use the oars
How to use the oars
Time to board the canoes
Time to board the canoes
Laying the canoes into the water
Laying the canoes into the water
And off they go...
And off they go…
Interesting to see canoes in the financial centre of Singapore
Interesting to see canoes in the financial centre of Singapore
Dragon boating anyone?
Dragon boating anyone?
Public trying out dragon boating
Public trying out dragon boating
Off goes the dragon boats
Off goes the dragon boats
The dragon boating groups
The dragon boating groups
This group has just finished dragon boating
This group has just finished dragon boating
Interested to try out sailing?
Interested to try out sailing?
Sailing groups
Sailing groups
All kinds of water sports happening at the same time
All kinds of water sports happening at the same time
Award ceremony for the best instagram photos on DBS Marina Regatta via #DBSMarinaRegatta2013
Award ceremony for the best instagram photos on DBS Marina Regatta via #DBSMarinaRegatta2013
Top five instagram photos under the emotive category
Top five instagram photos under the emotive category
The five most vibrant shots on instagram via #DBSMarinaRegatta2013
The five most vibrant shots on instagram via #DBSMarinaRegatta2013
Five most sporting shots of the race
Five most sporting shots of the race
Best effects
Best effects
Lovely sunset to round up the last day of the DBS Marina Regatta 2013
Lovely sunset to round up the last day of the DBS Marina Regatta 2013
The last few canoes at sunset
The last few canoes at sunset
Community generated photo wall
Community generated photo wall
Over 2000 photos and videos shared in two days - were yours among these contributed?
Over 2000 photos and videos shared in two days – were yours among these contributed?
Archery area
Archery area
Oldies duo, The Ferdinards, opening the show for Rhythms by the Bay
Oldies duo, The Ferdinards, opening the show for Rhythms by the Bay
Close-up of the duo
Close-up of the duo
Local singer, Jessica Soo performing
Local singer, Jessica Soo performing
Closer shot of Jessica Soo
Closer shot of Jessica Soo
Captivated audience
Captivated audience
Until next year for DBS Marina Regatta 2014
Look forward to next year for DBS Marina Regatta 2014

Click here to view my full public photo album on Facebook. 

DBS believes that the future of business is to be a force for good; championing social entrepreneurship across the region is the centrepiece of DBS’ corporate social responsibility efforts. Hence other than water sports activities, the Bay Festival also showcased close to 30 social enterprises, offering them a platform to share their causes and promote their products and services at the DBS Marina Regatta.

I had fun getting to know some of these social enterprises and saw many others enjoying themselves too at various social enterprises booths:

Various social entrepreneurs, interacting with the public
Various social entrepreneurs, interacting with the public
The Hub - a home for people who want to use entrepreneurial ideas to create sustainable impact
The Hub – a home for people who want to use entrepreneurial ideas to create sustainable impact
Circus in Motion - roving circus acts and workshops for the public, working with youths at risk
Circus in Motion – roving circus acts and workshops for the public, working with youths at risk
Balloon sculptor at work
Balloon sculptor at work
Free balloon sculptures for kids
Free balloon sculptures for kids
Plate spinning
Plate spinning
Circus fun
Circus fun
For all ages, young and old alike
For all ages, young and old alike
Costume magician
Costume magician
iDeaf - onsite deaf caricature artists
iDeaf – onsite deaf caricature artists
Bamboobee booth, promoting bamboo bikes
Bamboobee booth, promoting bamboo bikes
The bamboo bikes look quite pretty
The bamboo bikes look quite pretty
Public trying out the unique bamboo bikes
Public trying out the unique bamboo bikes
F&B social enterprises
F&B social enterprises

If you have missed the DBS Marina Regatta this year, here is a short video from DBS, featuring highlights for the dragon boat races and cosplay events on the first weekend:

Hereis another awesome video from the team at DBS, summing up the entire four days mega event [must-see]:

In just over two days, athletes and spectators at DBS Marina Regatta – Dragon Boat Races, which was held on 18 & 19 May 2013, uploaded over 2,000 photos / videos of the event on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Vine.

By the end of DBS Marina Regatta – Bay Festival held on 24 & 25 May respectively, close to 3,000 photos and videos were uploaded!

Check out all the photos and videos on Instagram, Twitter and Vine using #DBSMarinaRegatta2013 or via DBS’s Facebook app. This year, Alvinology is proud to be among the many who have contributed to the slew of community generated content for DBS Regatta. If you missed it this year, be sure to join in the fun for next year’s event! 🙂

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