Hosted by DOSC, the event will follow a Sailing League format with a series of short 15 - 20 minutes races. A total of 24 teams, which includes 12 local and 12 internationals, will compete on SB20 keelboats in a tournament spread across four days and culminating in a four-boat final on Saturday, 4th December to determine the winners.

Commenting on this latest sports sponsorship, Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Colm McLoughlin said, “We are delighted to be on board as the title sponsor of the Dubai Duty Free Sailing League Regatta. Water sports has a very strong following in the region and the UAE sailing scene is very active with the DOSC at its core. We are looking forward to this event and I am confident that it will be a success.”

Dubai Offshore Sailing Club Commodore, Simon Reeves added, The Commodore of Dubai Offshore Sailing Club, Simon Reeves added, “We are proud to have the support of Dubai Duty Free as the title sponsor of this inaugural event, which is designed to showcase the fantastic sailing conditions that the UAE has to offer. I am sure that Dubai Duty Free will bring a lot of prestige to the event and its support will provide a world-class experience for all the participants.”

Set against the backdrop of Dubai’s golden coastline, the event is sure to deliver action and excitement with the races of the two short laps to be held directly in front of Nessnass Beach providing a great view of the competition from the shoreline. 

The inaugural event will set the standard as the DOSC is set to bid to host the SB20 World Championships in 2024.

Over the past three decades, Dubai Duty Free has developed a strong links to several sporting events both in the UAE and abroad. By supporting so many events at the highest level and all around the globe, Dubai Duty Free is effectively promoting Dubai’s sporting, leisure and business facilities, which are second to none.


About Dubai Offshore Sailing Club (DOSC):

Established in 1974, Dubai Offshore Sailing Club (DOSC) is a welcoming and inclusive non-profit sailing club that promotes the safe practice of the sport of sailing and supports other competitive non-motorized watersports. The Club prides itself on its engaged and active membership that upholds the values of the sport of sailing and its positive impact on society in the United Arab Emirates. In addition to its excellent facilities that include a 152-berth marina and a Clubhouse with a licensed restaurant, DOSC is known for its calendar of racing events, from fun and friendly regattas to shore, coastal and offshore races, and cruising rallies for keelboats in UAE waters. The Club also operates a RYA (Royal Yachting Association) sailing school offering internationally recognized RYA qualifications. 

About Dubai Duty Free:

Since its opening on 20th December 1983, Dubai Duty Free has grown into one of the largest travel retail operators in the world with turnover of US$2.029 billion in 2019. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, Dubai Duty Free continue to achieve highlights both in terms of its sales as well as strengthening its position as an innovative and expanding retail operation.

Currently operating at Dubai International Airport, the operation has consistently raised the benchmark for airport retailing and it continues to grow. To date, Dubai Duty Free has received over 700 awards including the Frontier Awards for ‘Airport Retailer of the Year’ which was won by the operation for a record tenth time in 2021.

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