Aramex: Official opening of the 29th edition of the Aramex Dubai to Muscat Offshore Sailing Race
The Aramex D2M is the longest offshore race in the MENA region, covering over 360 miles of challenging and adventurous sailing around the Musandam Peninsula. 20 teams aboard a mix of keelboats and multihulls will compete for five consecutive days, marking their departure from DOSC. From there, the teams will sail through the Persian Gulf to the deep waters of the Indian Ocean, passing through the famous Strait of Hormuz, with the final leg taking a southeastern route to Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of ‘Oman, before finishing at Marina Bandar Al Rowdha, Muscat.
The race is sponsored by Aramex, one of the world’s leading providers of complete logistics and transport solutions, committed to ensuring the safe and smooth movement of boats and racers during the race. Supporting sponsors include Ulysse Nardin, Montegrappa, Beneteau, North Sails and Elcome.
Organized by DOSC and the United Arab Emirates Sailing & Rowing Federation (“UAE SARF”) in association with the Oman Sea Sports Committee, the event is recognized by the Asian Sailing Federation (ASAF) and the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC).
Andy Van der Velde, President of Aramex, said: “We are very pleased to be the title sponsor of one of the most prestigious sailing events in the sporting history of the United Arab Emirates. At Aramex, we place great importance on discipline, collaboration and a strong drive to achieve excellence – core values that we will witness in action as the world’s best sailors compete in what promises to be one of the most challenging and enjoyable races in sailing of the region. ”
David Worrall, Aramex D2M Race Committee Manager and SARF Race Director, commented“This year’s Aramex Dubai to Muscat Offshore race marks its 29th edition, demonstrating the enduring appeal of competitive offshore racing among the region’s sailing community. With a challenging course of over 360 miles and four days of continuous racing, the Aramex D2M offers a significantly challenging adventure for all sailors of all skill levels, from professionals and hard-core racers to amateurs and more discreet cruisers.
He continued: “As a key event in the Asian Sailing Region’s racing calendar, which stretches from Saudi Arabia to Japan, the Aramex D2M aims to contribute to the UAE’s ambitious vision of developing a sporting community capable of achieving global success, in line with the program proposed by UAE Sports Sector Strategy 2032 and fostering the recognition of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates as a world-class sailing destination.”
Having come a long way since its inaugural event in 1992, Aramex D2M today attracts the largest and most skilled modern sailing teams in the region. In the years since, participation has increased dramatically, with boats from all over the UAE outfitted with an international cohort of sailors.
For more information on Aramex Dubai to Muscat Offshore Sailing Race, visit the official website https://dubaitomuscatrace.com/ or follow the Aramex D2M Twitter and Facebook pages.