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Year 2023
April 2023

Singapore Dragon Boat Festival

Venue: Bedok Reservoir

The Singapore Dragon Boat Festival (SDBF) is one of the oldest dragon boat races in Singapore. The other being the Singapore River Regatta that has now evolved into the Singapore Regatta Waterfest. SDBF has retained its structure and racing format since its inception. The only change has been the racing venue and distance. Formerly a sea event raced at 800m distance, at the sea off East Coast Park, SDBF is now raced in the calm conditions of Singapore’s pristine reservoirs – the cityscape picturesque Marina Reservoir or the deep heartland Bedok Reservoir. It has also adopted the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) international standard premier racing distance of 500m.

SDBF is organized together with our valued strategic partner, the People’s Association (PA) and together, we have been organizing the SDBF since the first race in 1982.

The Nationals

SDBF is the home of the Singapore Nationals. The Nationals consisted of several categories consisting of the standard 22-crew boat Open and Mixed category as well as the small 12-crew boat Women and Senior (minimum age of 40 years old) category. Singapore teams that competed in the Nationals will be ranked according to their order of finish and will be eligible to represent Singapore in IDBF or IDBF-sanctioned races that has the Club Crew racing categories (which are similar to the categories raced in the Nationals).

Other Major Categories

Apart for the Nationals, SDBF is also known for the 1,000m Prime Ministers Cup (PM Cup). This event is a major and prestigious competition among Singapore’s tertiary education institutions and is competed in both Men and Women racing classes. It is the Singapore dragon boat equivalent to the famous Oxford and Cambridge Row Boat Race in the UK.

SDBF also hosts the Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) commemorative race. The category also accepts cancer survivors and/or fighters of all kinds. It is the Singapore dragon boat community’s support and encouragement to the brave people fighting the good fight against cancer and other diseases.

SDBF 2024 will take place on 22 and 23 June 2024 at PAssion Wave @Bedok Reservoir Park.

For more details please click on the following links:

  • SDBF 2024 Bulletin 1
  • SDBF 2024 Entry Rules
  • Confirmed Teams
  • SDBF 2024 Team Manager Briefing Deck
  • Race Schedule Sat 22 Jun 2024
  • Race Programme Sat 22 Jun 2024
  • Race Schedule Sun 23 Jun 2024
  • Race Programme Sun 23 Jun 2024
  • Race Results Day 1 Sat 22 June 2024
  • Race Results Day 2 Sun 23 June 2024
  • SDBF 2024 Winners List
  • SDBF 2024 National 500m Ranking