Penang Dragon Boat Web Site

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Wednesday, 07 May 2014 02:50



7 & 8 JUNE 2014


To:  All local and overseas Dragon Boat Crews

Great news!  We have received tremendous response from near and far for this festival.  We have crews from 7 countries ie. Hong Kong, Australia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines; and not forgetting Malaysia.  Please take note that the information in this bulletin shall supersede the earlier bulletin.

Competition Regulation and Racing Rules

The 35th Penang International Dragon Boat Festival 2014 will comply with the PIDBF Competition Regulations and if any rules not spelt out, it will be determined by the IDBF Competition Regulations & Rules of Racing.  Meanwhile, please refer to PIDBF Comp Regulations & Rules of Racing and PIDBF Safety & Training Notes.

Divisions, Racing & Competition Classes and Distances

The Competition Divisions, Racing and Competition Classes (200m & 500m) that will be contested are listed below:

1) Malaysia Premier Open (22 Racers) ~ *for Malaysian crews only

2) International Premier Open (22 Racers)

3) International Premier Women (12 Racers)

4) International Premier Mixed (12 Racers)

5) International Senior 40 Open (12 Racers)

6) International Senior 40 Mixed (12 Racers)

7) International Junior U23 Open (12 Racers)

8) International Junior U23 Mixed (12 Racers) – 200 m only

9) Cancer Awareness Race – 200 m only (Invitation Race)


Premier – the primary class of racing.  There are no restrictions on competitor’s age.  Open to all crews.

Senior 40 – Aged 40 years and above (born on or before year 1974); with the exception of the drummer.

Junior Under 23 – Aged 12 years but under 23 years (born between year 1992 and 2002); with the exception of the steerer (helm).

Racing Class

Open – no restriction on crew composition (gender)

Women – for female crews only including the Drummer and Steerer

Mixed – 12 Racers : minimum of four (4) and maximum of six (6) female paddlers


200 & 500 meters straight course

Racing Styleseated

Boat – Standard boat only

No. of Competitors : 22 Racers - Maximum 26 competitors

18 to 20 paddlers

1 drummer

1 steerer

4 reserves

12 Racers - Maximum 14 competitors

8 to 10 paddlers

1 drummer

1 steerer

2 reserves

Invitation Race

There will a Cancer Awareness Race (200m) on 7th June 2014, whereby cancer survivors and volunteers will be participating in this race.


Trophies and medals will be awarded to the winners.  Every participating team will receive a souvenir for remembrance.

Official Hotel

We are pleased to announce that Golden Sands Resort, Batu Ferringhi has been appointed as our Official Hotel.  All main events will be held at this hotel.

Bus Transportation

Those participants who require local transportation have to pre-book with the Liaison Official.  Optional sightseeing tours are available upon request at the Liaison Official desk at the official hotel.

The Liaison Official has informed all crews on the pick-up arrangements by now.  However if any crews have been omitted, please contact us for the arrangements.

Outline Programme


5 June

  • Crews arrival


6 June

  • Crews arrival
  • Free Practice session (10am – 5pm)
  • Registration (9am – 6pm)
  • Crew Managers’ Meeting (7pm – 10pm)

  • Teluk Bahang Dam
  • Golden Sands Resorts,

Batu Ferringhi


7 June

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Cancer Awareness Race
  • Race Day – 200m (9am – 5pm)

  • Teluk Bahang Dam


8 June

  • Race Day – 500m (9am – 5pm)
  • Celebration Dinner (7.30pm – 11pm)  (tickets on sale)

  • Teluk Bahang Dam
  • UNESCO World Heritage

Site @ Khoo Kongsi



9 June

  • Sightseeing in Penang (optional tours available upon request)

or crews departure

The above program is provisional and is provided to assist crews with their initial planning.  This program is subject to changes.


Crew Manager must register and collect all the relevant documents and information from the Secretariat at the Official hotel on 6th June during the working hours specified above.

Crew Practice Session

Free practice session has been allocated for all crews on 6th June 2014 (Friday).  Please submit the Crew Practice Booking Form & Crew Name List by 15 May 2014, if interested.

Buoyancy Vest

All participants are compulsory to wear buoyancy vest before boarding the boat.  The participants can wear their own otherwise the organizer will supply upon request.

Country Flag

Crews are requested to bring along 2 nos. their country’s flag of a size approximately 1m (6ft) x 0.5m (3ft) and submit to the Secretariat by Friday 6th June.  The flags will be returned and can be collected from the Secretariat (racing site) after the festival on Sunday 8th June.

Crew Photo List

Please print the Crew Photo List with colored passport sized photo showing the clear face of the participants & must be submitted during registration only at the Secretariat.  For your information, we do not accept online Crew Photo List or during Race days.

Crew Profile

Crews are encouraged to furnish a soft copy of the crew group photograph and a brief introduction.   This will be published in our face book page and other race materials.

Crew Manager’s Meeting

Admission: 2 representatives from each crew

Attendance is compulsory. Please submit the representatives’ name in the Crew Managers’ Meeting Confirmation form.

Race Day Lunches

A variety of food is available for sale at the Competition Site at very reasonable prices.

Celebration Dinner

A Celebration Dinner Party will be held on the evening of 8th June 2014.  It is open to all the competitors, crew managers and supporters.  There will be good food, songs, dance performances and interesting presentations throughout the party.  Seats are limited; please get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

All crews who joined the party are invited to arrange for a special 3-minute performance at the party.  Please prepare yourself for the performance.

Date:                  8th June 2014 (Sunday)

Time:                  7.30 pm – 11.00 pm

Venue:               UNESCO World Heritage Site @ Khoo Kongsi Courtyard

Type:                Buffet

Tickets:             RM50


Crews will not be allowed to enter the race if entry fees are not settled (please submit all relevant forms and fees through online to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , except for the Crew Photo List)







Final payment for Ground Arrangement Package

30 April 2014

Celebration Dinner

Please submit the Celebration Dinner Form – together with payment

15 May 2014

Crew Manager’s Declaration

Please submit the Crew Manager’s Declaration

15 May 2014

Crew Managers’ Meeting


Please submit the Crew Managers’ Meeting Confirmation

15 May 2014

Crew Profile

Please submit the Crew Profile

15 May 2014

Crew Practice


Please submit the Crew Practice Booking Form & Crew Name List

15 May 2014

Crew Photo List

Please print & submit the Crew Photo List (coloured) at the registration

6 June 2014

Payment Mode

All payments can be made by telegraphic transfer (US$) or direct bank-in (RM) no later than the relevant deadlines, thereafter email a copy of the transaction slip to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Bank charges imposed for telegraphic transfer are to be absorbed by crews themselves. Meanwhile a 3% commission will be imposed if payments made by credit card.

(1) Bank details for Telegraphic Transfer and Direct Bank-in are as follows:

Account Name

Penang International Dragon Boat Festival


Maybank Islamic Berhad


No.1 Arked Ria 1, KOMTAR, 10000 Penang, Malaysia

Swift Code


Account No.



Please provide name of crew and description of payment being made (eg. Entry Fee)

(2) For Credit Card payment, please furnish the followings:

  • Name in the credit card
  • Credit card number
  • Type of card eg. Master/Visa
  • Issuing bank
  • Expiry date

Contact Information


Mailing Address:

53rd Floor KOMTAR

Jalan Penang

10100 Penang



Tel:  +604-650 5136

+6012-483 0448

Fax: +604-228 0448


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 02:53