Last weekend, the Marina Bay came alive with a showcase of Asia’s vibrancy, energy, and dynamism at the DBS Marina Regatta 2014.
Dubbed as Singapore’s biggest water sports festival, the DBS Marina Regatta 2014 attracted more than 2,000 athletes from 140 dragon-boating teams from around the region, including top national teams from Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, and Thailand.

Despite the heavy downpour, it did not dampen the atmosphere at the DBS Marina Regatta 2014 and the two-day event attracted more than 10,000 spectators; with the event coming to a sparkling end with a display of fireworks and LED dragon kites against the skyline of Marina Bay.

Everyone whom were at the DBS Marina Regatta were treated to an intense race as the competitors gave in their best and rowed in unison to reach the finishing line in the shortest time possible.

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 The Philippines were runners-up in the International Premier Open and International Premier Women’s categories respectively.

Apart from enjoying the dragon boat races, members of the public were also treated to performances at the Asia Cosplay Meet, the largest of its kind in Asia.

Highlights of the meet included a special guest appearance by Japanese Cosplay icon Kaname, and the Asia Cosplay Meet Grandwalk which saw more than 50 cosplayers from China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore participating in a parade down the Marina Bay promenade.

Team Philippines was named Asia’s finest cosplayer in the competition segment.

Ten percussion groups also took to the stage to battle it out for the grand prize of SGD$5,000 in the Asian Drum Challenge open category. The winning team was from Ova Formula, and Republic Polytechnic was named the schools category champion.

There was indeed something for everyone at the DBS Marina Regatta 2014 and if it takes place again next year, you should come and join in the fun!


Melvin is an Entrepreneur, Life Coach, and Chinese Metaphysics Practitioner. He holds an EMBA and he is a passionate and engaging teacher, known for his unique combination of science, research, and spirituality.

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