The annual DBS Marina Regatta returns for its eighth edition this year, with a mission to educate and inspire Singaporeans from all walks of life to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle.
Organised in partnership with the Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA), the DBS Marina Regatta features the most global line-up of dragon boat teams from eight countries across Asia-Pacific and North America. This is the first time that teams from Canada will be participating in the Regatta alongside teams from Australia, Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Brunei and Singapore. A total of 100 teams will be competing for a combined prize purse of S$115,000, the largest prize purse for a dragon boating competition in Asia.
Besides the Regatta itself, this year’s biggest periphery highlight takes the form of a 23,000 square foot maze, constructed out of RENEW material, a 95% recycled material, primarily compressed “straw” made from leftover stems of agricultural crops. Built as a sensory experience, both adrenaline junkies and weekend warriors will be given just 12 minutes to climb, crawl, jump and swing their way through physical obstacles around the maze to test their physical speed and quizzed on critical issues facing the environment.
Participants and visitors at the DBS Marina Regatta participants will also be treated to food from second generation hawkers armed with generations-old recipes. From carrot cake with bacon to fresh seafood by the bay to halal kebabs and more, these modern chefs have reinvented classic dishes for modern tastebuds. Look out also for creative eats like Impossible Burgers, churros, rainbow tea and grilled meats from around the region. Be sure to also look out for entertainment from aspiring musicians, with over 20 young buskers singing their heart out around the bay.
As part of their initiative to go greener, DBS will be using recycled, re-usable, and natural materials in various ways across the event, with reusable cups, bottles, and containers all available. All F&B stall owners will also be provided with reusable crockery and tableware, as well as biodegradable recyclable containers for takeaways. DBS has also partnered with sustainable energy providers Sunseap to set up 100 solar panels at the event venue, with the resulting energy used to power up Airbitat Smart Coolers, an eco-friendly and energy-saving alternative to conventional air-conditioning, that will be set-up around the Promontory.
Says Shee Tse Koon, Singapore Country Head, DBS: “This year’s DBS Marina Regatta is a ‘race against time’ to raise eco-consciousness among individuals. Visitors can look forward to discovering and learning about sustainability issues through the immersive and interactive games and exhibitions. We have also collaborated with social enterprises on a curated series of sustainability workshops on upcycling, urban farming and soap-making. We believe that a little goes a long way – every small effort we make today plays a big part in contributing to a sustainable world for future generations. We hope to inspire people to make small changes in their everyday habits, shaping a more sustainable Singapore. DBS Marina Regatta has taken significant steps towards becoming more eco-friendly – from using re-usable, natural materials to create signages, to replacing single-use plastics with biodegradable and reusable crockery.”
DBS Marina Regatta takes place from 31st May to 2nd June 2019 at The Promontory@Marina Bay. Entry to the event is free. For more information, visit their website at www.dbsmarinaregatta.com