DDF Sailing League Regatta returns to Dubai Offshore Sailing Club

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The electrifying race follows an innovative sailing league format where 12 international and 12 local teams sailing SB20 sport boats will compete over four days in a series of 10 to 15-minute.

Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

Following an opening ceremony, the second annual Dubai Duty Free Sailing League Regatta is all set to start on Thursday 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, 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 the participants and spectators at the Regatta’s opening ceremony.

Mohammed Harib, CEO of Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), was also present on the occasion.

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.

Reeves stated, “We are excited to welcome this important race back to DOSC, and we are delighted Dubai Duty Free will return as the title sponsor. Last year’s inaugural Regatta proved popular among sailors and sailing enthusiasts.

“It showcased Dubai’s enthusiastic sailing community as well as DOSC’s ability to host a world-class event, and we look forward to creating an even more impressive experience this year.”

Regarding the sponsorship, Cidambi said “We are very pleased to again sponsor the 2022 Dubai Duty Free Sailing League Regatta. It was a fantastic event last year and extremely enjoyable for both fans and competitors, and helped create many ambassadors for Dubai in the international SB20 sailing community.

“The field this year is even more competitive, and having the event over the UAE National Day holidays will help attract more fans to enjoy the racing and entertainment

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