The Dubai to Muscat Offshore Sailing Race is the longest offshore race in the region for modern keelboats, covering over 360 miles of challenging and adventurous sailing around the Musandam Peninsula.
Having evolved extensively since its inaugural event in 1992, the race is now organised by the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club (DOSC) in association with the United Arab Emirates Sailing & Rowing Federation (UAE SARF) and is recognised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC). Rated Offshore Special Regulations ‘ISAF Cat 3 with life raft’, the D2M attracts the largest and most skilled sailing teams in the region. The fleet has gradually expanded over the years and now regularly features up to 20 yachts at each event.
The Dubai to Muscat Race is held with the assistance and support of the Oman Authorities, Oman Sailing Committee, Oman Sail, Waterfront & Marina Services (WAMS) and OMRAN.
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Read about the recollections and personal experience of Barrie Harmsworth, co-founder of the D2M.
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, which is still sailing out of Dubai Offshore Sailing Clubs, took line honours for the first two years running with Taffy Owens at the helm.
Starting in the Emirate of Dubai, and hosted by Dubai Offshore Sailing Club, the 360 mile route takes the D2M crews on an initial sprint up the west coast of the Arabian Peninsula, towards the Straits of Hormuz. The course is rife with challenges, from obstacles to unpredictable winds. Read about the key issues the crews need to confront as they race to the finish.
See the results from previous years of the Dubai to Muscat Offshore Race, from the inaugural event in 1992 through to 2020.