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The Salty Dawg Sailing Association is a non-profit organization, with an emphasis on safety, communication, and camaraderie. The largest rally hosted by the Sailing Association is the Fall Rally to the Caribbean.  The Fall Rally is for sailors with blue water experience, and opens the door to new friends and experiences while cruising various areas in the Caribbean. The Salty Dawg Rallies have quickly earned a place among the premier sailing events on the East Coast and Caribbean.

2017 Fall Rally

The 2017 Fall Rally departing from Hampton, Virginia near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay or others points along the US East Coast will transit to Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands or to a destination of your choice. The planned departure date is November 2nd, weather permitting.  The Rally is open to all sailors with blue water sailing experience.

The Fall Rally includes extensive planning and information prior to departure. Daily briefings by weather router and forecaster Chris Parker are provided to all who register, both before departure and offshore. Daily nets track location of vessels, and offer help on any issues or questions that participants have.

In addition to our Fall Rally that departs the Chesapeake to the Caribbean, we again will have a “Bequia to North Sound, BVI Rally” for those sailors who leave their boats in the Southern Caribbean to avoid hurricane season, so they can enjoy the company of other Salty Dawgs on the sail north.  And, on arrival in North Sound, also join in the month-long arrival parties and events in North Sound, including the Fall Rally Arrival Dinner at the Bitter End Yacht Club.

Fall Rally Pre-Departure Events in Hampton, VA

Yachts generally arrive at Bluewater Yachting Center in Hampton, Virginia, or other location of your choice several days (preferably a week) before the November 2nd planned departure date. This allows captains and crew to participate in the week long series of seminars, demonstrations, briefings, social activities and dinners in Hampton. The weather and routing briefings by forecaster Chris Parker and the seminars by sponsors and veteran blue water sailors ensure all participants are well informed on matters critical to their offshore passage.

Walking the docks, sailors can draw a wealth of information from the seasoned blue water sailors who participate in the Fall Salty Dawg Rally – priceless!

And a full schedule of social activities including pig roast, barbeque chicken dinner, pot luck dinners, and rousing happy hour gatherings keep the whole crew happy and foster the strong bonds Salty Dawgs enjoy.

North Sound, Virgin Gorda Activities

Once vessels arrive in North Sound, the Salty Dawgs stage an unprecedented number of social activities. These range from yoga ashore most mornings; discounted happy hours for Salty Dawgs at various classic venues around North Sound; pot luck Thanksgiving on the beach; snorkel outings; paddle board excursions; hiking; pizza night; organized lunches or dinners at the Bitter End Crawl Pub, Leverick Bay, the Fat Virgin Café, Hog Heaven, the Sand Box, and Saba Rock; swim at the pool and beach, use of water toys, and movie night at the Bitter End Yacht Club.  All for Salty Dawgs – and, all coordinated by a morning Salty Dawg VHF Net. It is a very special time.

Additionally, in North Sound Salty Dawg Rally participants have access to complimentary moorings at the Bitter End, and many other discounts at the Bitter End and Leverick Bay.  See Benefits to learn more.

Bequia to North Sound, BVI Rally

The Rally departing Bequia and sailing north to Virgin Gorda, BVI to meet up with the Dawgs sailing to North Sound and the Bitter End Yacht Club from the Chesapeake will be led by Phil Worrall of Rum Runner.  Prior to departure, Phil will host two great events in Bequia – a Rendezvous in Bequia for all Blue Water sailors featuring his now-famous free Rum Runner party, and a Departure Dinner at the Frangipani Restaurant in Bequia for a modest cost. Plan to be in Bequia November 7th.

If interested in the Bequia Rendezvous or Rally, click on the following to reach Phil Worrall – Bequia to North Sound, BVI Rally .

Offshore Tracking

Besides the daily radio net monitoring of vessel position, yachts in the Fall Rally will transmit position reports. Many of these are satellite based and can be monitored by friends and family back home, tracking the status of their intrepid sailors. Whatever the method of tracking, Rally management monitors the position and progress of all vessels.

Fall Rally Registration

To register, click on Fall Rally 2017 – Rally Registration or the link on this page, to the right of this text.

Fees include Rally flag and all benefits.  The fees for this Falls’ Rally are:

For SDSA Members, $200

For Non-SDSA Members $300

If coming from Bequia, $150 – SDSA Members, $250 non-SDSA Members

Those who have done a previous SD Rally and have left their boats in the Caribbean, may pay $200 – SDSA Members and $250 non-SDSA Members to realize the Caribbean Rally Benefits.  This includes the Rally flag.

Registration Procedure

The following are the steps you need to go through to complete the registration process for a Salty Dawg Rally. It is suggested you print this and reference it to be sure you have completed all steps. This facilitates the volunteers who work this process. Thank you for your cooperation.

Captain’s Checklist

Crew Checklist:

  • Complete your 2017 Fall Rally Crew Waivers
  • Review our extensive library of checklists and articles in Preparing for Offshore – a valuable library to get you and your vessel ready to go.
  • Be familiar with all our pre-departure activities and schedules.

Sailing With Pets

Are you sailing with pets?  Check out this helpful information – Sailing With Pets

Salty Dawg Gear and Crew

Official Salty Dawg Sailing Association hats and shirts will be available for sale at Salty Dawg events. Sales of these items help Salty Dawgs identify themselves as part of that special breed, and of course the proceeds help to defray the on-going costs of running the Association.

Need crew or want to crew?  The Sailing Association also maintains a list of volunteer crew. Information on available crew may be requested in the registration process.

Salty Dawg Sailing Association Sponsors

The Association currently has over 40 marine sponsors which provide financial support and many benefits to the Salty Dawgs. New Sponsors are always welcome. Salty Dawgs are encouraged to patronize Rally sponsors and let sponsors know you are a Salty Dawg. And of course please thank sponsors for their support of the Salty Dawg Sailing Association.