The Salty Dawg Rally is hosting two new events on the Chesapeake this summer – the Rally to Maine, from the Southern Chesapeake to Newport and Maine, and a Southern Chesapeake Rendezvous open to all interested in blue water sailing. This is in addition to the Rally’s 5th Annual Bristol, R.I. 4th of July Rendezvous. It will be a busy and fun-filled Salty Dawg summer.
The Rally to Maine departs Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club in Virginia July 11th, and arrives in Maine for some great “downeast” cruising July 18th or shortly after, depending on weather and boat speeds. The rally provides the usual solid rally preparation assistance, weather services, offshore coordination, camaraderie and fun events for which Salty Dawg Rallies are known. Vessels may also join the rally in Newport/Jamestown.
The Rally to Maine will include great pre-departure events, exciting stops in Jamestown, RI (near Newport) and Mattapoisett Harbor, a transit through the Cape Cod Canal, and landfall in Rockland, Maine. A special arrival reception is planned in Rockland to celebrate the fleet’s completion of its passage. From there cruisers can visit the iconic villages of the area, and explore the numerous attractive anchorages, parks and isles of coastal Maine. This rally is a great way to gain offshore experience, as well as to sail with a fun group of sailors.
The Salty Dawg Rally is also hosting a one-day Southern Chesapeake Rendezvous July 9th at Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club, open to all interested in blue water sailing, with a full afternoon and evening of great activities. These include an open house of several blue water sailing vessels, talks by experienced ocean sailors and circumnavigators, introduction of numerous blue water sailors to rub shoulders with, a superb happy hour, fun entertainment, and delicious dining offerings by Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club’s Master Chef.
Those planning to attend the Salty Dawg 5th Annual Bristol, R.I. 4th of July Rendezvous can stay in the area and link up with the Rally to Maine about July 14th. The July 4th celebration in Bristol ( http://www.july4thbristolri.com/ )is a fun, colorful and patriotic event. This will be the 231st running of Bristol’s 4th of July celebration, America’s oldest, complete with a parade, drum and bugle competitions, continuous entertainment, and a lot of food offerings. The Salty Dawg Rendezvous brings sailors together to enjoy these events, share happy hours and dinners together, and regale each other with tales of their sailing adventures.
Visit our website at www.saltydawgrally.org for more details and to sign-up for these great Salty Dawg events.