Following an opening ceremony and press conference, the second annual Dubai Duty Free Sailing League Regatta starts tomorrow at Dubai Offshore Sailing Club (DOSC).
Featuring the SB20, one of the most popular open keel design boats in the world, 24 teams will compete over four days in a series of 10- to 15-minute races with eight boats at a time. Last year’s champions, Glasgow Kiss, have returned to defend their title amongst fierce competition from some of the world’s most talented SB20 sailors. Additionally, this year, Her Royal Highness Samia Bagdady of Saudi Arabia will compete with the Jeddah Yacht Club, showcasing the kingdom’s growing sports culture.
DOSC Commodore Simon Reeves and Dubai Duty Free Chief Operating Officer Ramesh Cidambi welcomed media, participants and spectators at the Regatta’s opening ceremony. VIP attendees included Mohammed Harib, CEO of Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC).
The Regatta is an especially exciting event for spectators both in person and online as it will be broadcast live and follow every riveting moment in the race. Additionally, DOSC will host engaging social evenings where competitors and fans can refresh and relax. The race village has also returned to host the live feed and provide an entertaining venue to watch the Regatta.
The race promises to deliver days filled with action and adventure as well as show the global sailing community a preview of the SB20 World Championships, which DOSC will host in 2024.