The club was immediately named the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club, under the patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Commander in Chief of Dubai Defence Force. The first sailing races were held in October 1974, which highlighted the start of a long history of successful sailing events.
At that time, the Club boasted very modest facilities, consisting of a compound with hard standing for boat storage, a launching ramp and an area shaded by a barasti roof, augmented by members’ cool boxes. Some still say this was one of the club’s finest times! It was not until June 1976 that the first clubhouse was built. The very limited facilities was not a bad thing, as it meant that the only attraction to join the Club was a genuine love of the sea and sailing.
Fortunately there were many people who were interested, and the Club grew. So much so, that on three occasions, Sheikh Ahmed was good enough to ask his father if he would grant additional land. With the supreme generosity of the Maktoum family, Sheikh Rashid kindly agreed.
From these beginnings, through a series of upgrading projects, the Club has grown to what you see today.
Many Club members have participated in overseas regattas and championships, taking the name of Dubai around the world.
In December 1974, just six months after the club was founded, Clive and Jo Boulton were placed first in a regatta in Bahrain. Since that time DOSC has been represented in a wide range of events with considerable success for Club members. The events have included the World Sailboard Championships, the World Hobie Cat Championships, the European 505 Championships, the 29er Europeans, the UK Laser, Optimist and Topper Nationals, Round the Island Race, Sydney to Hobart Race and Cowes Week.
With these successes the club has managed to develop and grow, not only within its racing fleet but within the boundaries of the services and training provided for the members. The timeline below displays some of these successes:
This was a good year for DOSC sailors with Maarten van der Harst winning the European Prindle 15′ catamaran championships and Roger Williams coming fourth in the Laser Masters World Championships in the Apprentice Division.
The Boultons and Temples came first and second in the US National Prindle 16′ catamaran championships, beating many Americans on their home waters.
The Cadet Club was formed giving humble beginnings to a now thriving youth training programme. This year brought two senior instructors from the Royal Yachting Association to Dubai to run certified sailing courses for the members and facilitate one of the Club’s staff to be qualified as a RYA Dinghy Instructor.
DOSC sends its first representatives to the UK to participate in the National Topper Championships.
The first Dubai to Muscat Race took place.
Jo and Stephen Livingstone took part in the Topper Worlds on Lake Lipno in the Czech Republic.
The first DOSC representatives sailed in the Laser 2 Worlds in Sarasota, Florida.
Six members took part in the Laser Masters World Championships in South Africa.
DOSC members took part in the Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race.
DOSC achieved RYA recognition as a teaching establishment, and dinghy courses were introduced.
DOSC expanded the teaching areas, and started introducing the RYA cruising scheme. Since its introduction, the club has added many more competent crew, dayskippers & yachtmasters onto the water.
Due to increasing demand for children’s dinghy sailing training, the club created the “DOSC Academy”. The Academy developed a clear progression programme which takes young sailors starting from learning to sail up to elite coaching for competitive racers.
The club’s youth team organised the first “Sail Around The World” where its sailors circumnavigated more than 30kms around The World Islands. The event helped raise funds for the club’s Youth Sailing Fund,
which helps to pay for international coaches to come and train the kids, subsidise uniforms and help support sailors attend international events.
DOSC sent a team of 20 adult and youth sailors to compete in Mussanah Race Week in Oman, where its sailors excelled. The Optimist event was won by Harry Bone-Knell and Oscar Lindley-Smith came second, whilst the Laser 4.7 was won by Fionn Conway.
DOSC also sent a team of eight Optimist sailors to compete in the Bodrum International Optimist Regatta, two sailors to the UK Optimist Nationals as well as the UK Laser Nationals.
Many famous sailors have visited Dubai, drawn by stories of the superb sailing conditions. Olympic sailors John Oakley, Paul Elvstrom, Rodney Pattison, Randy Smythe, Laurie Smith, Luke Patience, Hugh Styles, AC Challengers Victory Team and the defending America’s Cup Champions Alinghi have sampled the waters off Jumeirah and have envied those of us fortunate enough to live here.