Dubai Offshore Sailing Club has the biggest and most competitive racing fleets found in the Gulf. From light  hearted fun

Click on our RACE CALENDAR for an insight into the coming seasons to competitive ‘round the cans’ and offshore races, DOSC offers it all.


Our competing fleets include Optimists, Lasers, Open Dinghy and Pico’s.  The major events in the season are the Dinghy Commodores Cup, Laser League and Winter & Spring Regatta’s.  See the descriptions below for more detail on these events. The club also run Start Racing workshops available to people who have completed their RYA Level 2 and are keen to get involved in Dinghy Racing.


Most Keelboat races at DOSC operate using the IRC Rating System (southern hemisphere), allowing fair and competitive

handicapped racing for all. There are 3 IRC Divisions and 1 club colass for the Commodores Cup series. (see ev

ent details below)  On average fortnightly ‘round the cans’ inshore racing is complemented by offshore races such as the Dubai – Muscat and Bill Nelson Memorial Races. Regatta weeks such as the ‘Maktoum Sailing Trophy’ or ‘DOSC Open Winter Series’ (see below for details) are held in February. It’s not all serious though! Fun races such as the Alan La

CREWING OPPORTUNITIESmprell Memorial Pursuit Race, Ladies Helm on Boxing Day and the Shorthanded Round the World Series offer something for everyone.

To get a place crewing on a boat, please join the DOSC Race Crew FaceBook Page, which is where we direct Skippers looking for crew, and crew looking for boats

Racing Events


The DOSC Commodores Cup is arguably the most fiercely contested and competitive event in the DOSC calendar. The season runs from September to May usually comprising of 8-10 rounds (days racing). The Keelboat Commodores Cup is a combination of short inshore races and long day races of up to around 30miles.  The Dinghy Commodores Cup is consists of a laser and optimist fleet, and the SB20 & Open dinghy commodres cup is for our Sb20 fleet and all open dinghies, using the Portsmith Yardstick as the handicap.


One of the most prestigious races in the DOSC Calendar and is exactly what it claims, a race from Dubai, UAE to Muscat, Oman. Sailing up the West Coast of the UAE to the Straights of Hormuz where boats often face the fierce currents on the ebb or the flow between the Gulf and Arabian Sea with the magnificent scenery of the Musandam Peninsular their backdrop. Then comes the offshore leg bypassing the UAE East Coast and into Muscat. The race takes approximately 3 days and the next year may see the induction of alternating the start and finish to the race, with possibly a Muscat – Dubai Race in 2010 to coincide with the Oman Festival of Sail…watch this space!


Another popular long distance offshore races, held in memory of the Late Captain Bill Nelson, long standing DOSC member, Dubai resident and harbour master for the creek. The course usually incorporates part of Abu Dhabi and Sir Abu Nair island and lasts over approximately 2 -3 days.


Open to invited dinghy sailors, this event tours the UAE with events in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Fujeirah. The main fleets are Optimist, Lasers and Open Dinghy.


Another long standing classic regatta. Again held in February, the races try to be inclusive and give the boats a break from their regular more serious style of ‘windward-leeward’ courses. Classes for Keelboats, Dinghies and Catamarans, this event always ends with a superb turnout and a fantastic prize giving ceremony at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel.


Initially held between DOSC and the old Jebel Ali Sailing Club, this event has grown from strength to strength in recent years and is without doubt the main Laser Sailing Series in Dubai, although now exclusively held at DOSC. As well as providing sponsorship for the series and quality prizes, the sponsor, Aggreko, have funded a program for teaching special needs students at DOSC.


The brainchild of Phil Roper, this is a ‘fun’ self regulated series where competitors sail around the Nakheel World Islands project with a maximum of 2 crew!


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