The non-profit Salty Dawg™ Sailing Association (SDSA) has opened registration for its Spring Rally from the Virgin Islands to the U.S. as well as three additional Salty Dawg rallies scheduled for 2019. The Spring Rally departs May 4 from Crown Bay Marina in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI, heading to Blue Water Yachting Center in Hampton, VA (or other ports on the U.S. East Coast) or Bermuda. Pre-departure activities begin on May 1.
“The Spring Rally is made up of a diverse group of sailors including North American cruisers returning after a season in the Caribbean, as well as European cruisers continuing their ‘Atlantic Circle’ and looking forward to a summer on the Eastern Seaboard,” said Rick Palm, SDSA Director of Rally Management. “As always, the Spring Rally is a great way to meet other cruisers and sail offshore in company.”
The Salty Dawg Rally to Maine is scheduled to depart the Chesapeake Bay on July 7, and the Salty Dawg Rally to Nova Scotia departs Rockland, ME on August 4. Pre-departure events for the largest annual rally from the U.S. to the islands, the Salty Dawg Fall Rally to the Caribbean, begin October 26 in Hampton, VA, with departure scheduled for November 2.
All Salty Dawg rallies and events are led by seasoned sailors who volunteer their time and knowledge to help cruisers realize their dreams safely.
Salty Dawg rallies emphasize safety, communication, education and camaraderie, and over 700 boats and more than 3,000 sailors have participated since the SDSA was founded in 2011. A 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization that hosts rallies, rendezvous and blue water sailing seminars, the SDSA unites experienced ocean sailors with developing cruisers to broaden their blue water horizons. Membership is available to anyone interested in passage-making or long-distance cruising, and Salty Dawg burgees are found on vessels around the world. To learn more, visit saltydawgsailing.org. ■