Rally To Maine Passage Handbook (password protected).

Once again, the Salty Dawgs will cruise together to Maine. Our second annual Rally to Maine departs the Chesapeake July 10th, and Dutch Harbor July 15th. ETA in Rockland ME is July 17th.

The Rally to Maine is a great way to travel in company on the offshore passages to Newport and Penobscot Bay, and gain some excellent offshore experience … enjoy the cool weather, beauty and flavors of Maine.

Join us in the Chesapeake Bay or New England.  Vessels will depart from:

  • Chesapeake Bay: Indian Creek, south of the Potomac River on the western shore – Or, in Annapolis
  • Southern New England: Dutch Harbor RI – or – Mattapoisett MA

After gathering Salty Dawgs along the way from the Chesapeake to Southern New England, the Rally will cruise-in-company through the Cape Cod Canal and overnight to Rockland, ME.

Following a welcome party at Rockland Yacht Club, a local mini-cruise will acquaint participants with Downeast Maine, after which participants can continue to cruise on their own, and arrange informal groups with other Salty Dawgs for the return back to the Newport area or the Chesapeake.


July 10          Depart Indian Creek or Annapolis

July 13          Vessels from Chesapeake and near Newport begin arriving Dutch Harbor

July 15          Depart Dutch Harbor

July 16          Depart Mattapoisett

July 17          Arrive Rockland

July 18         Arrival Dinner (Rockland Yacht Club)

July 19-22   Local SD Mini-Cruise

  • Pre-departure events at Indian Creek and Annapolis, July 9th  include a Captain’s MeRally to Maine - 001eting. Weather briefing by Chris Parker, shuttles to West Marine and supermarkets, and a pre-departure dinner at Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club.
  • At ICYCC visitors have access to golf, tennis, pool and dining.  Dock space should be available for the fleet. Plenty of room is available for secure, protected anchoring with launch service by Club volunteers.
  • The Rally will depart Indian Creek on July 10th, weather permitting, sail south on the Chesapeake to clear the north opening of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, and sail directly for Dutch Harbor, just west of Jamestown, Rhode Island, near Newport.  There we will have a gathering the evening before departure for a Captain’s meeting, shared cocktails and informal dinner.  Indian Creek to Dutch Harbor is -384 nm.
  • Those gathering in Annapolis, MD at Mears Marina will leave on July 10th and proceed up the Bay across the C-D canal and down the Delaware River. This contingent will meet up with the rest of the Salty Dawgs in Dutch Harbor, RI.
  • After a day or two exploring Newport and Jamestown, vessels will depart for Mattapoisett Harbor, MA off Buzzards Bay on July 15th, positioning ourselves for a transit the next day of the Cape Cod Canal.  In Mattapoisett the fleet will be able to enjoy the Mattapoisett’s Harbor Days celebration, with artisan and craftsmen booths, live entertainment, free movies in the park, the annual Harbor Days raffle, lots of food, and plenty of fun.  The leg from Dutch Harbor to Mattapoisett is 42 nm.
  • On July 16th, the fleet will depart Mattapoisett Harbor, pass through the CC Canal, and head across the Gulfs of Massachusetts and Maine, with landfall in Rockland, Maine.  This overnight passage will place vessels in the heart of the beautiful Penobscot Bay cruising grounds.  This leg is 179 nm.
  • In Rockland, the fleet will have a special Arrival Dinner hosted by Rockland Yacht Club.  Rockland Yacht Club will also provide launch service from the mooring and anchoring areas in Rockland, and shuttle service to nearby markets and services.
  • The next day after the Arrival Dinner, a 4 day mini-cruise begins.  This will give the flavor of the variety of things to see in Penobscot Bay and Downeast Maine, and keep the Dawgs together a few more days before going our separate ways.
  • Captains meetings and weather briefings will be held before departure from: Indian Creek on the Chesapeake; Newport, RI (Dutch Harbor); and Mattapoisett Harbor.
  • After the Penobscot Bay Mini-cruise, participants will be on their own in cruising Maine, and for the return voyage.  But, be assured you will have plenty of Dawgs in the area to share local cruising and return passage adventures.
  • Enjoy Rockland, Camden, Castine, Pulpit Harbor, Rockport, Belfast, Eggemogin Reach, Deer Isle, Seal Harbor, Stonington, Merchant’s Row, Hurricane Island, Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor, the Cranberry Isles, Bar Harbor, Frenchboro , Swans Island, Burnt Coat Harbor, Bass Harbor, Somes Sound, and on and on.
  • After cruising Maine, one can do short day hops down the coast to explore wonderful villages, or even Portland, Boston, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, etc.  Or one can choose to do longer runs to the Canal, and back to the Chesapeake.
  • Fees are an amazingly low $125 for Members, and $225 for non-SDSA Members.  We are able to do this by offering all the support of a major rally, but by experienced sailors who are volunteering their time to organize and run the rally.  Salty Dawg rallies are major rallies.  Fees cover entry administrative fees, all weather briefings and updates by Chris Parker to Maine, and offshore nets and communication.  SDSA Membership costs $75 per year…so it pays to join the Association, get the discounted rally fee, and all the other benefits associated with being a Member of the SDSA family.
  • As a Participant you will also receive free pre-departure shuttle services to marine chandlers and markets, and launch services in Indian Creek and Rockland, and expert advice in Captains meetings to plan for the passages.  You will also receive a special rally flag so everyone will recognize you as part of the fleet.
  • Evening dinners and mooring fees will be paid directly by participants.
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  • All participants will be required to complete Float Plans and Waivers. See the links at the right.
  • Participants will need adequate communications to stay in contact with Rally coordinators. On the offshore passages, vessels without redundant means of offshore communication (SSB, Sat Phone, satellite tracker, satellite e-mail) will stay within visual contact of rally coordination vessels, and in regular VHF contact.
  • Contact Hank George with any questions.

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