The Offshore Sailing Race
The 2019 Dubai to Muscat Offshore Sailing Race has finished and the results for this year are below. A summary of the 2019 race is available on the ‘News & Results’ page. Photos and video of the race start and others are available in the galleries:
LINE HONOURS & IRC 1st Place for Exodus having arrived in Musact at Marina Bandar Al Rowdha at 03:08:20 on Sunday morning. With an elapsed time of 60 hours, 18 minutes and 20 seconds. A very credible achievement given the tough conditions and the light winds on Friday morining.
IRC 2nd Place and 1st Double Handed to Twister
IRC 3rd Place to Pink Diamond
NHC 1st Place to Sea Biscuit
Rally Class 1st Place to Playmate
Sprint to the Corner: 1st El Seraya
The first offshore sailing race from Dubai to Muscat was held in 1992 by a group of enthusiastic sailors from Oman and the UAE. They departed into the blue unknown from Dubai International Marine Club with the anticipation of an exploratory adventure up the coast of the UAE, around the remote Musandam peninsula and then skipping down the coast of Oman, hoping eventually to reach Muscat. With most of the boats under 30 ft in length, a slow passage was expected and various stop off points including the Wudam Navy base were scheduled to resupply and to rest up should the weather turn nasty, before a final destination at the Al Bustan Hotel. Aquarius took line honours and is still sailing out of Dubai Offshore Sailing Club. A full account of the first race can be found in the history page or downloaded here:DUBAI MUSCAT RACE
Today the race is a competitive 360 mile offshore race, rated ‘ISAF Cat 3 with life raft’ featuring the largest and most skillful sailing teams in the region. The race is accredited by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (“RORC”) and features sailors of all nationalities from most corners of the world.
The 2016 edition was the 25th silver anniversary and featured the largest number of entries in the history of the event with 20 monohulls racing in IRC and club classes. It also encompassed the Sohar Education Programme, involving children from 5 GEMS Education schools.
The 26th edition of the Dubai to Muscat Race started from Dubai Offshore Sailing Club on March 8th 2018, the date having been moved from November, to better align the race with the offshore events calendar in the Mediterranean and Asian region. This edition saw the introduction of a Double Handed class for the first time, designed to challenge our more experienced & adventurous competitors. 2018 was also the first time that the race was available on VIRTUAL REGATTA The virtual race was a huge success with 23,806 boats taking part all over the globe. The winner was the French flagged Irina VII.
For 2019 the race has partnered with the Dubai International Boat Show and has included the start at the show and an in port circuit in front of the boat show to showcase sailing to the show guests. Plus live interviews with the skippers throughout the weekend and interactive gaming at the show on Virtual Regatta. And the event hosted a Rally class to allow cruising sailors to make use of the race organisation, and in particular the customs and immigration process to transit easily from UAE to Oman and back.
The following videos show the different faces of the Dubai to Muscat race, for serious racers, less serious racers and those just wanting to cruise the glorious warm waters of the Arabian Gulf and Sea of Oman.
The 2 sides of the 2016 Dubai to Muscat Race
Atari-7 as IRC line honour winners
Congratulations to Atari 7 (Landmark 43), skippered by Hannes Waimer for their victory in the 25th anniversary Dubai to Muscat Sailing Race.
Omnia competing in Club Class and participating in the Sohar Educational Programme with students from 5 GEMS schools around Dubai
Highlights of the 2016 Dubai to Muscat Race
Celebrating 25 years of the Dubai to Muscat Race – Promotional Video