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The 30th edition of the Aramex Dubai to Muscat Offshore Sailing Race opens for entries

Over 30 teams are expected to participate in the annual sailing event, leaving from the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club in Dubai and arriving at Marina Bandar Al Rowdha in Muscat.

Dubai, UAE – Monday, 19th September 2022: Aramex and Dubai Offshore Sailing Club (“DOSC”) are pleased to announce the 30th edition of the Aramex Dubai to Muscat Offshore Sailing Race ("D2M"). The annual race starts on Saturday, 4th February 2023 and is officially open for entries. The Notice of Race and online registration forms are available on the event websites: https://dubaitomuscatrace.com/.

It has been 30 years since the D2M first set sail, and remains to be the longest and hardest sailing race in the region that requires strong and continuous commitment for up to five days. The race is unique and one-of-a-kind as it attracts high-skilled local sailors and international competitors from all over the world.

Over 30 teams are expected to participate with a mix of keelboats and multihulls from 27 to 100 ft in length. Starting from DOSC on Jumeirah Beach, the teams will sail across the Arabian Gulf to the deep waters of the Indian Ocean. They will then pass along the coast of the Musandam Peninsula and through the famous Straits of Hormuz. The final leg will take the teams on a South Eastern route leading to Muscat, the capital city of the Sultanate of Oman, before finishing at Marina Bandar Al Rowdha.

Mike Rich, Chief Marketing Officer at Aramex, said: "As the title sponsor of this iconic sailing event, we are proud that the D2M Offshore Sailing Race continues to grow and attract more participants from a wide-range of regional and international talented sailors. This race offers us an exciting new way to further expand on our well-established brand and be more creative with our ongoing initiatives. From the outset, sailing focuses on deploying speed, build on great teams, and lead with values that have also allowed Aramex to become the brand it is today. We are proud of our support to this ever-evolving sport that explores better solutions in demanding environments, which reflects our continuous commitments to maintaining reliable delivery performance in critical timelines, and under all circumstances.”

Organised by DOSC and the United Arab Emirates Sailing & Rowing Federation ("UAE SARF") in association with the Oman Maritime Sports Committee, the D2M Offshore Sailing Race is recognised by the Asian Sailing Federation (ASAF) and Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC).

The D2M is a sporting event involving physical and mental challenges battling various wind and weather conditions over many days on the passage to Muscat, while also experiencing the dramatic scenery and navigating around other ships and obstacles. David Worrall, Head of the D2M Race Committee and SARF Race Director, commented, “Sailing is a sport that attracts a wide variety of people with differing ambitions, abilities and expectations. Sailors around the world already recognise the race. We hope to continue contributing to the UAE's ambitious vision to develop a sports community capable of achieving global success in line with the proposed UAE Sports Sector Strategy 2032 and drive recognition of Dubai and the UAE as world-class sailing destination

The Dubai to Muscat Offshore Sailing Race is sponsored by Aramex, a leading global provider of comprehensive logistics and transportation solutions committed to ensuring the safe and seamless movement of both boats and sailors during the event. Supporting sponsors include Ulysse Nardin, Montegrappa, Beneteau, North Sails and Elcome.

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.