The only race of its kind in the region, the D2M stands out in the busy calendar of international yachting events for its challenging 360 mile offshore course that takes the crews from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to Muscat in Oman.

Organising Authority, Headquarters & Supporting Organisations

The Organising Authority for the 2021 Dubai to Muscat Offshore Sailing Race is Dubai Offshore Sailing Club (DOSC), in conjunction with the United Arab Emirates Sailing and Rowing Federation (UAE SARF). The race headquarters is hosted at DOSC and recognised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC).

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.

D2M 2021 Race Classes

Boats holding valid June 2020 to May 2021 IRC certificates with a minimum of 9.15m LH unless agreed otherwise by the Organising Authority. Depending upon numbers of entries more than 1 IRC Classes may be formed with class splits decided after entries close.

Boats not holding a valid June 2020 to May 2021 IRC certificate but ruled as suitable for entry by the Organising Authority shall, upon receipt of the completed Entry Form, be issued with an Event Handicap, based on the best information available, see NoR 7.2.

 A Double handed IRC class will be included for boats that satisfy the Organising Authority that they have suitable and adequate experience and that their boat is appropriately prepared for two-handed sailing. It is a requirement that at least one crew has previously completed at least one Dubai to Muscat race, or else has offshore sailing experience acceptable to the Organising Authority and has attended and passed an SSSC.

Any multihull boat wishing to enter the race should contact the Organising Authority to discuss boat specification and design, safety equipment and crew requirements.

Boats not intending to race but wanting to join in the event may enter to cruise to Muscat at the discretion of the Organising Authority. The minimum LOA, stability and safety equipment requirements shall apply to all boats.

The course

The Dubai to Muscat Offshore race course extends 360 miles, leaving from Dubai and sailing through the waters of the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman to Muscat. At the discretion of the race organisers, course restrictions may be applied in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, extreme weather or events and activities occurring in the region.

Race timings & duration

The D2M race is scheduled over five days, departing from DOSC in Dubai at noon on Friday, 26th February, 2021, and ending on or before the cut-off time of 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday 3rd March 2021, at Marina Bandar Al Rowdha in Muscat. Participating crews can expect to spend from three to five days at sea, racing 24 hours a day, in a variety of weather conditions.


The race is open to seaworthy boats that are in compliance with the rules and regulations, as described in the Notice of Race.
Each boat must be manned by an adequate number of experienced crew who are physically fit to face bad weather. The minimum crew on any monohull shall be three, apart from as allowed under NoR.   



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