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2013 Muscat – Khasab Race – Sailing Instructions

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racedocs1Sailing Instructions for the 2013 Bank of Beirut Muscat to Khasab Chairman’s Cup, have now been posted. Please read the sailing instructions as there are some significant changes to the eventthis year
To view the 2013 Sailing Instructions – Click Here

2013 Notice of race – Amended!

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racedocs1The Notice of Race for the 2013 Muscat to Khasab Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup has been amended and republished. The new document supersedes all previous editions.
To view the new NoR – Click Here

2013 Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup Dates

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buoyThe Muscat to Khasab Bank of Beirut Chairmans’s Cup dates are now finalised.
The race will start on November 10th 2013, and is expected to conclude on 14th Novmber 2013 in Khasab.
For full race details – Click Here

2012 Dubai to Muscat Race

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The Dubai to Muscat Yacht Race organised by the UAE Sailing & Rowing Federation and hosted by the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club. HH Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Bin Saqr Al Nehayan, Chairman of the UAE Sailing & Rowing Federation was the guest of honour for the start.

The 21st edition of the historic race got off to a fantastic start on Saturday 17th November 2012 with the Rally Class first to go and enjoying near perfect sailing conditions with blazing sunshine, good breeze and flat blue water. Competitors relished 12 knots of wind from the northwest providing a fast reaching start along the glittering shoreline of Dubai. The wind held through the night and by dawn on the second day, the leading yachts had safely sailed through the Arabian Gulf and The Straits of Hormuz.

24 hours into the race, the leaders were experiencing the fresher conditions in the Gulf of Oman, enjoying sublime air temperatures and ocean swell. By Sunday 18th November 1100 local time, Ric Schotte’s First 36.7, Southern Cross and Eric Laing’s Beneteau 57, Yours Truly were leading the fleet, virtually side by side. The two yachts had enjoyed an exciting duel through the first day and night, swapping the lead on several occasions.

The IRC Racing division started, Sunday 18th November. An international fleet of performance cruisers set off from Dubai for the 360 nautical mile race to Muscat. By dawn on Monday 19th November. The IRC Racing Division was approaching one of the trickiest parts of the course; the complex tides of The Straits of Hormuz. Doug Hassell’s First 44.7, Diablo was leading the fleet and contacted the media team via Thuraya satellite:

“We chose an inshore route to make the best of breeze coming from land, whilst our closest competition Sharazad went further offshore and it looks like the decision paid off for us.” Reported Paul Spencer, on board Diablo. “But there were fishing boats everywhere and at one point we had to do a crash tack to miss a fishing line. It was probably only 3 meters away from us, that was a little bit exciting to say the least.”

The international fleet of sailors from Australia, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and South Africa are expected to arrive in Muscat over the next two days to participate in the Muscat Regatta. Barrie Harmsworth’s Bin Toak has four Emirate crew on board including Adil Khalid, who competed in the last Volvo Ocean Race with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.

“This race is an important part of the development of offshore racing in the GCC. The United Arab Emirates was the first nation to compete in the round the world race and it is important that we continue that. The UAE Sailing & Rowing Federation is determined to promote all types of yacht racing in our country.” Commented Adil.

Dubai based communications company, Xtra-Link has equipped the yachts with the latest satellite communications equipment. Including Thuraya XT satellite phones and hi-tech tracking devices. Allowing race fans, all over the world, to watch the race live.

2011 Dubai to Muscat Race Preliminary Announcement

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The UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation are pleased to announce that the 2011 Dubai to Muscat Race will be held over the period 14 to 25 November with classes starting from Dubai on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November. The finish is planned to allow competitors to enter the subsequent 2011 Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup Muscat to Khasab Race which will start from Muscat on Sunday 27 November.

The Organising Authority will be the UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation in Association with the Ministry of Sports Affairs, The Sultanate of Oman. On the water race management services will be provided by GWM Racing Ltd. The location of Regatta Headquarters, start and finish lines and all other details including entry fees will be published as soon as possible in the full Notice of Regatta.

Racing will be governed by the current Racing Rules of Sailing and boats in the following classes will be eligible to enter:-

  • IRC
  • Multihull
  • Rally Class

Scrutineering and registration are planned to take place during the period 14 to 18 November and the skipper’s briefing and opening reception are planned for Friday 18 November.

It is intended to hold a prize giving reception in Muscat on the evening of Friday 25 November

The Bank of Beirut Chairman’s Cup Muscat to Khasab Race, for which the same classes are eligible to enter will start from Muscat on Sunday 27 November, with a prize giving lunch at Khasab on Thursday 1 December.

For further information please contact:

Ahmed Refai
Postal Address PO Box 15
E mail:
Tel No:  +971 4 3322332
Fax No: + 971 4 3328432

2011 Muscat Regatta will take place during November

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Marina Bandar Al-Rowdha in association with both the Oman Ministry of Sports Affairs and Ministry of Tourism are pleased to announce that following the success of the 2010 Muscat Regatta, the 2011 Muscat Regatta will take place during November.

Dinghy racing and inshore racing for IRC rated yachts will take place off Marina Bandar Al-Rowdha on 24-25 November followed by on the 27th  November by the start of the 230 nautical mile offshore Chairman’s Cup Race from Muscat to Khasab with title sponsorship as in 2010 generously provided by the Bank of Beirut. Substantial cash prizes will be awarded again this year. GWM Racing Ltd has again been appointed as regatta and race management consultants.