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PRESS RELEASE: Salty Dawg Rally Breaks ‘Century’ Mark with 100 boats; Dominant Cruising Rally on U.S. East Coast

Hampton, Virginia, USA — What began as a small group of friends sailing south together in the fall, a little more than three years ago, has grown to become the dominant cruising rally – The Salty Dawg Rally – on the U.S. East Coast, according to co-founders Bill and Linda Knowles. With more than 100 boats registered this year to depart from East Coast ports in early November, the 2013 Salty Dawg Rally broke the ‘century mark’ of 100 boats shortly after this year’s Newport International Boat Show, where the Knowles had a booth.

“The first fall, in 2011, we had 32 boats join; last fall we had 59 boats, and so far this year we have more than 100 boats, and more may join before we depart,” Linda Knowles relates. “As one friend, Capt. Bob Philburn noted, there are enough boats in the rally that if they were lined up end to end, the line would be close to a mile in length.”

The Salty Dawg Rally is free for all participants, founded by cruising enthusiasts Bill & Linda Knowles of Bristol, Rhode Island, with their Jeanneau 54DS, Sapphire, and their Jack Russell terrier, Brie, the original ‘Salty Dawg’. The rally leaves Hampton, Virginia and other U.S. East Coast ports in the fall, headed for the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and other ports in the Caribbean, and returns to the participants’ various home ports in the spring. Members of the Rally receive sponsor-supplied products and services. The Salty Dawg Rally is comprised of blue water sailors who have completed at least one blue water passage. There is no formal inspection of each boat, since it is the responsibility of each skipper to have proper safety equipment and to ensure that the vessel is prepared for the passage.

Why has the rally become so popular, and so quickly? Camaraderie and benefits, according to Bill Knowles. “Our Rally improves constantly due to an increasing number of sponsors, and the benefits that they bring to participants not merely in gifts and merchandise, but in sponsored educational programs and seminars that we hold. Participation in the rally is free, but more importantly, due to the length of time spent together in the fall, friendships are developed that last forever. Our Dawgs are always running into each other in other ports up and down the Caribbean!” he adds.

This year’s rally includes events, seminars, dinners, and entertainment prior to departure. For more information and updates, visit www.saltydawgrally.com, or visit the Salty Dawg Rally Facebook page.

PRESS RELEASE: Salty Dawgs Plan Fall 2013 Cruising Rally, Seminar Program

Bristol, Rhode Island, USA – The Salty Dawg Rally (SDR), a free cruising rally that has quickly grown to be the most popular one of its kind on the U.S. East Coast, announces the fall 2013 schedule, and has attracted more than 70 registered boats already, according to Bill and Linda Knowles, co-founders of the rally.

A day of free seminars will be held at the Mears Pavilion in Annapolis, Maryland, on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, the day before the start of the Annapolis Sailboat Show. The pavilion is a short walk from the show location. The seminar program is sponsored by Sea Hawk Paints.

This is the first annual seminar for the Salty Dawg Rally and although there is no fee to participate, attendance will be by reservation only, and is limited to 100 persons. Preference will be given first to current SDR participants (fall 2013 rally), then members from previous Salty Dawg Rallies, and finally to all other blue water sailors until the 100 person limit is met.

About The Salty Dawg Rally

The Salty Dawg Rally is free for all participants, founded by cruising enthusiasts Bill & Linda Knowles of Bristol, Rhode Island, with their Jeanneau 54DS, Sapphire, and their Jack Russell terrier, Brie, the original ‘Salty Dawg’. The rally leaves Hampton, Virginia and other U.S. East Coast ports in the fall, headed for the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and other ports in the Caribbean, and returns to the participants’ various home ports in the spring. Members of the Rally receive sponsor-supplied products and services. The Salty Dawg Rally is comprised of blue water sailors who have completed at least one blue water passage. There is no formal inspection of each boat, since it is the responsibility of each skipper to have proper safety equipment and to ensure that the vessel is prepared for the passage.


The October 9 time schedule, topics, and instructors are as follows:

SDR Fall Seminars:  October 9, 2013 | Mears Pavilion, Annapolis, Md.

TIME

COMPANY/AFFILIATION

SPEAKER

SUBJECT

9:00-10:00
Quantum Sails
Dave Gross
Offshore Sail Settings/Repair
10:15-11:15
Communications Specialist
Curtis Morris
Communications Offshore & More
11:30-12:30
SSCA
Joan Conover
Offshore Pressure Cooking
12:30-13:30
Lunch
13:00-13:30
Ocean Cruising Club
Sid/Rebecca Shaw
Benefits of the OCC
13:30-14:00
Seven Seas Cruising Assoc.
Joan/Greg Conover
Benefits of the SSCA
14:15-15:30
M Yachts
Steve Madden
Safety Prep for Blue Water Passage
15:45-16:45
Corey Mitchell
Offshore Emergency Medical Care

PRESS RELEASE: West Marine, Beneteau America, and Earle Yachts Sign on as Salty Dawg Rally Sponsors

Bristol, Rhode Island, USA – Three well-known names in the recreational boating world have signed on as sponsors of the Salty Dawg Rally, according to Bill Knowles, rally co-founder. West Marine, the nation’s largest boating supply retailer, premium yacht builder BENETEAU America, and Florida’s Earle Yachts, a major brokerage firm, have all joined in support of the Salty Dawg Rally (SDR), the U.S. East Coast’s most popular annual cruising rally for sailing yachts heading south to the Caribbean in the winter. “We’re delighted to have our new sponsors aboard,” Knowles said, “Our valued sponsors bring a great deal of benefit and support to our cruising members who make the passage south, and then back north again every year. Now there’s no reason not to be a Dawg!” Bill and Linda Knowles, co-founders of the rally.

West Marine, headquartered in Watsonville, California, is well known as the nation’s largest supplier of boating-related products and services. BENETEAU America, headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, is the U.S. division of one of the world’s finest yacht crafters. Founded in Croix-de-Vie in Vendée in France more than a century ago, BENETEAU has launched more than 42,000 yachts that have sailed the seas of the world. Earle Yachts, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is a family owned company founded on principals of integrity, cooperation and hard work, a brokerage firm that specializes in working with clients throughout the buying or selling process and advising current and future owners.

These firms join a long list of SDR sponsors that include nv-charts, Blue Water Sailing magazine, the Bitter End Yacht Club, Jeanneau North America, Hylas Yachts, and many others.

About The Salty Dawg Rally

The Salty Dawg Rally is free for all participants, founded by cruising enthusiasts Bill & Linda Knowles of Bristol, Rhode Island, with their Jeanneau 54DS, Sapphire, and their Jack Russell terrier, Brie, the original ‘Salty Dawg’. The rally leaves Hampton, Virginia in the fall, headed for the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and other ports in the Caribbean, and returns to the participants’ various home ports in the spring. Members of the Rally receive sponsor-supplied products and services. The Salty Dawg Rally is comprised of blue water sailors who have completed at least one blue water passage. There is no formal inspection of each boat, since it is the responsibility of each skipper to have proper safety equipment and to ensure that the vessel is prepared for the passage.

For more information about joining the Rally or becoming a sponsor, visit www.saltydawgrally.org.

Salty Dawg Rally Fall 2012 Round Up

From Blue Water Sailing By Capt. Mike Martel • Following departure activities in Hampton, Virginia, and a few days of weather delays before departure, all 58 cruising boats of the Salty Dawg Rally arrived safely at their various destinations, with the majority going to the B.V.I., according to Bill and Linda Knowles, co-founders of the rally.

“The weather on the trip down was generally pretty good, with a few days of lots of wind and some without any wind, but all in all, it was a very successful passage by all  oats,” Bill related. “There were no injuries, no damage, and no serious issues. It really was fun for all,” he added. The passage can take anywhere from a week to 14 days, and even longer, depending on the boat, the wind and sea conditions and the sailing style of each skipper. Many of the Dawgs arrived at the Blue Water Yachting Center in  Hampton, Virginia days before the scheduled November 4 departure. Rally organizers had erected a tent and hosted events featuring helpful and practical seminars and presentations.

Key speakers included Charles Daneko of Winslow Life Rafts, Joan Conover of the Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA), David Gross of Quantum Sails, and retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, Curtis Morris, an expert on single sideband radio transmission and procedures. But, it wasn’t all study. “We had great departure parties under the tent that included a pig roast, chicken barbecue, chili cook off, and a pot luck dinner,” Linda said. “These were all held after a general meeting and weather briefing. The whole-pig roast and chicken barbecue was prepared on site by Mobile Pig-Nic BBQ catering, and a rum bar was offered by Phil Worrall, owner and captain of Rum Runner, a rally participant.”

On November 4, despite a short weather window and anticipated heavy seas, nine of the rally boats departed; the majority waited out the weather and got underway November 9. En-route, Salty Dawg Rally boats kept in touch with daily check-ins monitored by volunteer Dick Giddings, who manages float plans for all of the boats in the fleet and maintains a daily SSB radio schedule, as well as daily positions for everyone (via HF radio and SatPhone). Information including weather, Gulf Stream analysis, location of eddies, and daily weather forecasts during the passage was provided to each skipper by well-known weather router Chris Parker, courtesy of Blue Water Sailing magazine.

There was a morning and evening radio chat and check-in among the rally boats each day. Visitors to the Salty Dawg web site were able to read daily logs from the fleet, and listen to daily radio chat recordings. A Salty Dawg SPOT tracking map was used to allow visitors to the website to track the daily and hourly progress of all boats in the fleet in real time, as well as their GPS locations.

Rally members wrote about catching fresh fish en-route to supplement their stored provisions aboard. “After we arrived, the generosity of the Bitter End Yacht Club in Virgin
Gorda, a rally sponsor, was impressive and all of our members who attended the arrival parties were exceedingly grateful to them,” Bill Knowles said. “The Bitter End Yacht Club welcomed us all with free moorings, discounted room rates for spouses and friends, use of the swimming pool, and provided an arrival party and dinner. The generosity of our many sponsors has been simply overwhelming.”

The Salty Dawg Rally is a ‘grass-roots’ rally, free for all participants, and leaves Hampton, Virginia and various other ports in the fall, headed for the British Virgin Islands (B.V.I.) and other destinations in the Caribbean. The rally returns to the participants’ various home ports in the spring. The return rally is scheduled to depart Tortola, B.V.I. from Nanny Cay Marina, on May 15, 2013. More information will soon be available at www.saltydawgrally.org. The Salty Dawg Rally is comprised of blue water sailors who have completed at least one blue water passage. There is no formal inspection of each boat, since it is the responsibility of each skipper to have proper safety equipment and to ensure that the vessel is prepared for the passage.

For more information about joining the Rally or becoming a sponsor, visit www.saltydawgrally.org.

PRESS RELEASE: Salty Dawg Rally Arrives Safely in BVIs after Successful Passage

Bristol, Rhode Island, USA – Following departure activities in Hampton, Virginia, and a few days of weather delays before departure, all 58 cruising boats of the Salty Dawg Rally have arrived safely at their various destinations, with the majority going to the BVI, according to Bill and Linda Knowles, co-founders of the rally. “The weather on the trip down was generally pretty good, with a few days of lots of wind and some without any wind, but all in all, it was a very successful passage by all boats,” Bill relates. “There were no injuries, no damage, and no serious issues. It really was fun for all,” he adds. The passage can take anywhere from a week to fourteen days, and even longer, depending on the boat, the wind and sea conditions, and the sailing style of each skipper.

Many of the Dawgs arrived at the Blue Water Yachting Center in Hampton, Virginia days before the scheduled November 4 departure. Rally organizers had erected a tent and hosted events featuring helpful and practical seminars and presentations. Key speakers included Charles Daneko of Winslow Life Rafts, Joan Conover of the Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA), David Gross of Quantum Sails, and retired US Air Force Colonel, Curtis Morris, an expert on single sideband radio transmission and procedures.

It wasn’t all study, Linda Knowles says; there were fun events as well. “We had great departure parties under the tent that included a Pig Roast, Chicken BBQ, Chili Cook Off, and a Pot Luck Dinner,” she says. “These were all held after a general meeting and weather briefing. The Whole-Pig Roast and Chicken Barbecue was prepared on site by Mobile Pig-Nic BBQ catering, and a rum bar was offered by Phil Worrall, owner and captain of Rum Runner, a Rally participant.”

Despite a short weather window and anticipated heavy seas, nine of the rally boats departed November 4; the majority waited out the weather and got underway November 9.

En-route, Salty Dawg Rally boats kept in touch with daily check-ins monitored by Volunteer Dick Giddings, who manages float plans for all of the boats in the fleet and maintains a daily SSB radio schedule, as well as daily positions for everyone (via HF radio and SatPhone). Information including weather, Gulf Stream analysis, location of eddies, and daily weather forecasts during the passage was provided to each skipper by well-known weather router Chris Parker, courtesy of Blue Water Sailing magazine. There was a morning and evening chat and check-in among the Rally boats each day.  Visitors to the Salty Dawg web site were able to read Daily logs from the fleet, and listen to Daily radio chat recordings of the check-in with the Doo-Dah Net. A Salty Dawg SPOT tracking map was used to allow visitors to the web site to track the daily and hourly progress of all boats in the fleet in real time, as well as their GPS locations. Rally members wrote about catching fresh fish en-route to supplement their stored provisions aboard.

“After we arrived, the generosity of the Bitter End Yacht Club in Virgin Gorda, a Rally sponsor, was impressive and all of our members who attended the arrival parties were exceedingly grateful to them,” Bill Knowles says. “The Bitter End Yacht Club welcomed us all with free moorings, discounted room rates for spouses and friends, use of the swimming pool, and provided an arrival party and dinner. The generosity of our many sponsors has been simply overwhelming.”

The Salty Dawg Rally is a ‘grass-roots’ rally, free for all participants, and leaves Hampton, Virginia and various other ports in the fall, headed for the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and other destinations in the Caribbean. The Rally returns to the participants’ various home ports in the spring. The return Rally is scheduled to depart Tortola, BVI from Nanny Cay Marina, on May 15, 2013. More information will soon be available at www.saltydawgrally.org.

The Salty Dawg Rally is comprised of blue water sailors who have completed at least one blue water passage. There is no formal inspection of each boat, since it is the responsibility of each skipper to have proper safety equipment and to ensure that the vessel is prepared for the passage.

For more information about joining the Rally or becoming a sponsor, visit www.saltydawgrally.org.

PRESS: Salty Dawg Rally & Ocean Cruising Club

Salty Dawg Rally, Ocean Cruising Club Agree to Work Together, Promote Common Goals

Bristol, Rhode Island, USA – The Salty Dawg Rally, a ‘grassroots’ free cruising rally for blue-water sailors, and the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC), a distinguished international club for cruisers, announce an agreement to work together to promote common goals, following a meeting at the recent U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD. Salty Dawg Rally (SDR) co-founders Bill and Linda Knowles and the OCC agreed to find ways to collaborate to promote safe, competent, enjoyable cruising of the world’s oceans and ports of call. The Knowles met with Sid and Rebecca Shaw of the OCC in Annapolis; Sid and Rebecca are USA Southeast Regional Rear Commodores of the OCC.

“We’re excited by the opportunity to work together with the globally-recognized premier cruising organization for blue-water sailors,” said Bill Knowles, co-founder of the Salty Dawg Rally. “Both organizations are dedicated to promoting prudent seamanship, safe passage-making, and fostering a true cooperative spirit within the cruising community. We also share the requirement that our members be true blue-water sailors who have completed qualifying passages for membership. We’re honored to work with OCC, whose distinctive blue and yellow burgee with a stylized Flying Fish is a welcome and respected sight in any anchorage.”

About The Salty Dawg Rally

The Salty Dawg Rally is a ‘grass-roots’ rally, free for all participants, founded by cruising enthusiasts Bill & Linda Knowles of Bristol, Rhode Island, with their Jeanneau 54DS, Sapphire, and their Jack Russell terrier, Brie, the original ‘Salty Dawg’. The rally leaves Hampton, Virginia in the fall, headed for the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and other ports in the Caribbean, and returns to the participants’ various home ports in the spring. Members of the Rally receive sponsor-supplied products and services. For more information about joining the Rally, visit www.saltydawgrally.org.

About the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC):

The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) is an international club, administered from the UK, for cruisers, founded in 1954 by the late Humphrey Barton. The OCC promotes long-distance cruising in all its forms. The sole qualification for membership is the completion of a continuous ocean passage of at least 1000 nautical miles, measured along the rhumb line, in a vessel under 70 feet, and is open to anyone aboard, either skipper or certified as competent by the skipper.

The Ocean Cruising Club maintains an active and vibrant network of over 150 Port Officers worldwide to assist members in their undertakings, and also has a number of Roving Rear Commodores worldwide tasked to “fly the flag”. To draw members together, the OCC organizes a number of cruises, rallies and get-togethers in different areas of the world. For more information, visit www.oceancruisingclub.org

 

PRESS: New, Free ‘Salty Dawg Rally’ Going ‘Viral’ in the Cruising World

The new grassroots, Salty Dawg Rally, has literally ‘gone viral’ in the cruising world. Or so it seems to co-founders Bill and Linda Knowles, whose workload in organizing this year’s cruising rally to the Caribbean has become almost overwhelming. Boats are joining, and at the time of this writing, there are approximately 35 boats signed up and more are expected before the Rally’s departure from Hampton, Virginia in early November. On top of that, more than 25 sponsors have thrown their generous support behind the rally, providing goods and services to the participants, familiar names including Quantum, Hylas, Jeanneau, Winslow Life Raft, nv-charts, Blue Water Sailing, and others.

Why all the fuss? The Knowles are long-time sailors familiar with Caribbean haunts, and they and their Jack Russell Terrier, Brie, the original ‘Salty Dawg’ for whom the rally is named, have been making the seasonal trek back and forth to the BVI for some years in their Jeanneau 54DS, Sapphire. They sailed in another rally, but something seemed missing, according to Bill. They didn’t like paying a steep fee to participate, and a sense of camaraderie seemed lacking. So in the summer of 2011, they contacted a few friends who would be sailing from the northeast to the BVI in the fall to see if they wanted to sail in company; and from that conversation, the idea of starting the Salty Dawg Rally was born.

The first rally departed Hampton last fall with 32 boats, and returned with 15 in May of this year. Word began to get around. In addition to new boats joining the Salty Dawg Rally, many sponsors have become active participants. With their support, we were able to launch its new web site, www.saltydawgrally.org, designed to be the central informational portal for cruisers wishing to join the rally, attend events, obtain float plans, and keep abreast of the fall 2012 Rally. The URLs and domains for the Rally were secured courtesy of sponsor Blue Water Sailing Magazine and Editor and Publisher George Day, who was in fact the rally’s primary sponsor.

Where does the ‘magic’ that has made the rally so popular come from? “It’s a lot of things, really, all working together,” says Bill Knowles. “First of all, it is apparent that the timing was right for the development of this type of grassroots Rally. There is no cost to the owner to join, however, they must have completed a minimum of one previous Blue Water passage. Another reason is our focus on safety and education. We stress safety but we don’t impose rules. For example, there is no formal inspection of each boat, since it is the responsibility of each skipper to have proper safety equipment and to ensure that the vessel is prepared for the passage. Chris Parker, well respected weather analyst, sponsored by Blue Water Sailing Magazine, provides daily weather forecasts to each participant, a Gulf Stream Analysis, and an update as to the location of the warm and cold water eddies. We want everyone to have a safe trip and have enough information to make prudent decisions for themselves and their vessel. Volunteer Dick Giddings of the land-based Doo-Dah Net / Cruisehiemers Net, manages float plans for all of the boats in the fleet and maintains a mandatory daily check-in at 5pm EST via SSB radio.

“The simple fact that it is free to join, and the real value of goods, services, and discounts provided by our sponsors, adds up to many hundreds of dollars in savings for our rally members,” Linda Knowles says. “What could be better than a safe trip with new friends, lots of fun events, great benefits and participation free, on top of that?”

The Knowles recently took delivery of their new Salty Dawg Rally burgees and hats. These will be available to purchase with the proceeds going to offset the cost of doing business.

“The only real requirement that we have is that our participants be blue-water sailors, and by that we mean sailors who have completed at least one blue water (offshore) passage,” Knowles says. “It’s laid back, so to speak, and friendly; we’re an all-volunteer team. We are dedicated to promoting prudent seamanship, safe passage-making, and fostering a true cooperative spirit within the cruising community.”
The rally kicked off its 2012 season with more boats, more sponsors, new web domains, and a joyful pre-departure barbecue party in Nanny Cay, Tortola that drew accolades from the Government of the Virgin Islands. In the days leading up to this past spring’s May 15th start, there was a pizza party and BBQ at Nanny Cay Marina, and Deputy Governor V. Inez Archibald joined us at the send-off party to wish the sailors well and voice her government’s support.

For the fall 2012 departure, the boats will be based at the Blue Water Marina and will begin gathering around November 1st. “We expect each skipper and crew to be thoroughly prepared and equipped with the appropriate safety gear, fuel capacity, and spare parts they need for an extended offshore passage,” Knowles says.

Sponsors will also pitch in. The Hampton West Marine will offer ralliers discounts. Nv-Charts will provide free up-to-date chart sets of each participant’s region of choice. In the islands, local business sponsors offering discounts and services include Road Town Wholesale (Rite Way Market), Bomboushay Pottery & BVI Painters, Yacht Shots BVI (marine photography) and Voyage Yacht Charters (discount fuel), as well as others. For those skippers seeking crew, Offshore Passage Opportunities, another SDR sponsor, has members who are ready, willing and able to sail south.

“Our Salty Dawg Rally is a non-profit organization, with an emphasis on safety, communication, camaraderie and fun. The Rally opens the door to new friends and experiences while cruising various areas in the Caribbean. That’s a big part of why we’re devoted to making it grow,” Bill Knowles concludes.

PRESS RELEASE: Salty Dawg Rally Sponsorship List Growing Fast

Bristol, Rhode Island, USA – The Salty Dawg Rally’s list of sponsors providing goods and services to the rally and its participants has grown remarkably, according to Rally founders Bill & Linda Knowles. The list has grown to more than 25 sponsors including such well-known names in the marine world as Quantum, Hylas Yachts, Jeanneau North America, and more, all of whom are prominently listed on the Salty Dawg Rally web site, www.saltydawgrally.org.

“We appreciate all of our sponsors, from the large yacht manufacturers to the smaller providers, Bill Knowles, Co-founder of the Rally, states. “Each sponsor brings something unique and of real value to our participating Rally members.”

“For example, nv-charts provides up-to-date chart sets in paper and digital format to all of our boats,” Linda Knowles says. “Quantum has provided each boat with a high-quality Skipper bag. Offshore Passage Opportunities helps our members  get crew for their boats at no charge.  In all, participants in our Rally not only don’t have to pay a participation fee, but benefit from the generosity of Salty Dawg Rally sponsors. It is a tremendous incentive to join us,” she adds.

The first sponsor to sign on at the founding of the Rally was George Day, Editor of Blue Water Sailing Magazine, and others followed quickly thereafter as news of the Rally began to spread.

The Salty Dawg Rally is a ‘grass-roots’ rally, free for all participants, and leaves Hampton, Virginia, Beaufort, NC, and other ports  in the fall, headed for the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and other ports in the Caribbean.  In mid – May the Salty Dawg Rally will head North.

The Salty Dawg Rally is comprised of blue water sailors who have completed at least one blue water passage. There is no formal inspection of boats, since it is the responsibility of each skipper to have proper safety equipment and to ensure that the vessel is prepared for the passage.  Information including weather, Gulf Stream analysis, location of eddies, and daily weather forecasts during the passage is provided to each skipper by well-known weather router Chris Parker, courtesy of Blue Water Sailing magazine. Volunteer Dick Giddings manages float plans for all of the boats in the fleet and maintains a daily SSB radio schedule, as well as daily positions for everyone (via HF radio Spot Messengers and Sat Phone).

For more information about joining the Rally or becoming a sponsor, please email: sponsor@saltydawgrally.org

PRESS RELEASE: Salty Dawg Rally Launches New Web Site

Salty Dawg Rally Launches New Web Site, www.saltydawgrally.org • Bristol, Rhode Island, USA – The Salty Dawg Rally announces the launch of their new interactive web resource, www.saltydawgrally.org, designed to be the central informational portal for cruisers wishing to join the rally, attend events, obtain float plans, and keep abreast of the upcoming fall 2012 Rally. The URLs and domains for the Rally were secured courtesy of sponsor Blue Water Sailing Magazine and Editor and Publisher George Day.

In making the announcement, Bill Knowles, Co‐founder of the Rally, said, “Our new website also gives our many generous sponsors the opportunity to showcase
their multi‐faceted support for the Salty Dawg Rally. Their outreach is a boon for our members, and we thank all of them for pledging their support.”

The Salty Dawg Rally is a ‘grass‐roots’ rally, free for all participants, founded by cruising enthusiasts Bill & Linda Knowles of Bristol, Rhode Island, with their Jeanneau 54DS, Sapphire, and their Jack Russell terrier, Brie, the original ‘Salty Dawg’. The rally leaves Hampton, Virginia in the fall, headed for the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and other ports in the Caribbean, and returns to the participants’ various home ports in the spring. Members of the Rally receive sponsor‐supplied products and services.

The Salty Dawg Rally is comprised of blue water sailors who have completed at least one blue water passage. There is no formal inspection of each boat, since it is the responsibility of each skipper to have proper safety equipment and to ensure that the vessel is prepared for the passage. Information including weather, Gulf Stream analysis, location of eddies, and daily weather forecasts during the passage is provided to each skipper by well‐known weather router Chris Parker, courtesy of Blue Water Sailing magazine. Volunteer Dick Giddings manages float plans for all of the boats in the fleet and maintains a daily SSB radio schedule, as well as daily positions for everyone (via HF radio and SatPhone). It is each skipper’s responsibility to decide the course and whether or not to set out for the passage. For more information about joining the Rally, visit www.saltydawgrally.org.

Press Contact: Michael L. Martel
Tel. +401.480.3433
E‐mail: mmcmarketing@gmail.com

PRESS RELEASE: Rally Honored by Virgin Islands Government

PRESS RELEASE: Rally Honored by Virgin Islands Government

Bristol, Rhode Island, USA – The Salty Dawg Rally, a new cruising rally, kicked off its 2012 season with more boats, more sponsors, new web domains, and a joyful pre‐departure barbecue party in Nanny Cay, Tortola that drew accolades from the Government of the Virgin Islands. The Salty Dawg Rally is a ‘grass‐roots’ rally, free for all participants, founded by cruising enthusiasts Bill & Linda Knowles of Bristol, Rhode Island, with their Jeanneau 54DS, Sapphire, and their Jack Russell terrier, Brie, the original ‘Salty Dawg’. The rally leaves Hampton, Virginia in the fall, headed for the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and other ports in the Caribbean, and returns to the participants’ various home ports in the spring.

As the Rally has grown in popularity, the Knowles, aided by various sponsors, have watched the Rally grow in both membership and offerings for participants. “We are very excited to announce that the Rally is now officially the Salty DAWG Rally,” says Linda Knowles, Co‐founder. “This has enabled us to obtain the URLs, courtesy of sponsor Blue Water Sailing Magazine and George Day, for saltydawgrally.com, saltydawgrally.org and saltydawgrally.net. In addition, we have begun the process of developing a web site, where visitors will be able to learn all about our Rally and share photographs, information for other sailors, as well as their experiences.”

Prior to sailing north earlier this spring, the Rally hosted a pre‐departure barbecue and party at Nanny Cay, a popular destination located on the South side of Tortola, BVI, between the capital, Road Town, and West End. At the gathering, Mrs. V. Inez Archibald, Deputy Governor, Government of the Virgin Islands, encouraged the Rally members, extended a warm welcome to them to return in the fall of 2012, and was named an ‘official’ Salty Dawg Rally member. Members of the Rally currently receive sponsor supplied products and services including reliable weather routing, chart sets, fuel discounts, unique Salty Dawg coffee mugs handmade in the BVI, and more.

“We’re expecting a much bigger turnout this fall at Hampton,” Bill Knowles says, “It’s a great trip, with the emphasis on safety and community. There’s no fee to participate. The original concept was to gather a few friends for the passage south in the fall,” he adds, “But this initial thought quickly grew and expanded thanks to the overwhelming interest from other boaters who heard about our plan. So the Salty Dawg Rally was born!”

The Salty Dawg Rally is comprised of blue water sailors who have completed at least one blue water passage. There is no formal inspection of each boat, since it is the responsibility of each skipper to have proper safety equipment and to ensure that the vessel is prepared for the passage. Information including weather, Gulf Stream analysis, location of eddies, and daily weather forecasts during the passage is provided to each skipper by well‐known weather router Chris Parker, courtesy of Blue Water Sailing magazine. Volunteer Dick Giddings manages float plans for all of the boats in the fleet and maintains a daily SSB radio schedule, as well as daily positions for everyone (via HF radio and SatPhone).

It is each skipper’s responsibility to decide the course and whether or not to set out for the passage. For more information about joining the Rally, contact Bill & Linda Knowles at svsapphire@aol.com.