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Dawgs at Hog Heaven

Bitter End Yacht Club

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



PRESS RELEASE: Rally Honored by Virgin Islands Government

PRESS: NEW Salty Dawg Rally Departs for the Caribbean


The Salty Dawg Sailing Association™ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, educational organization. Its focus is to help those wanting to sail over the horizon realize their dreams.

The Association provides access to experienced offshore sailors who volunteer their time to conduct seminars, organize rallies, and host rendezvous's for both experienced and less experienced sailors to get together and share their knowledge, stories, and good times. Members of the Salty Dawg Sailing Association™ enjoy the camaraderie and friendships developed with Member sailors through the numerous activities of the Association, and the many informal gatherings of Salty Dawgs when they come together in distant harbors. And, over 40 sponsors help to support the Association with contributions and discounts on products and services.

So learn more about the Salty Dawg Sailing Association, and above all, come join!


“March, 2015. It has been four months since we headed south with the Salty Dawgs. Joining this rally ranks among the best decisions we’ve made. The quality of the seminars and passage nets during the 1,500 mile passage were beyond our expectations. Prior to departure we were engaged by Coast Guard and professional safety lectures, weather discussions, and generous advice from sailors who have made this passage many more than our three times. Under way, the level of communication was impressive. There were two daily Salty Dawg check-in nets... Read more...


Salty Dawg Spring Rally From The BVI To The US

The nonprofit Salty Dawg™ Sailing Association (SDSA) has opened registration for its Spring Rally from the British Virgin Islands to the US. The rally will depart the British Virgin Islands on May 15 after several days of social activities, weather briefings, and boat preparation. Read more…

Salty Dawg Rally To Cuba

The Salty Dawg Sailing Association (SDSA) will launch a new cruising rally to Cuba this spring. The Rally to Cuba has been organized to comply with current US government requirements for US vessels and citizens visiting Cuba. Vessels from other countries are also welcome to participate in this unique event. The Rally to Cuba will depart Virgin Gorda in the BVI in late March. Read more…

The 2016 Salty Dawg Fall Rally Arrives in the Caribbean


In the 2016 Salty Dawg Fall Rally to the Caribbean, 81 vessels departed on a 1,400 mile voyage across the Atlantic from Hampton, VA with most headed to the Bitter End Yacht Club in Virgin Gorda, BVI. This was once again the largest rally from the US to the Caribbean. Mild winds led to some sailing and motor sailing early-on for the first group of vessels that chose to leave on November 1st or 2nd. Read more…

Announcing the Salty Dawg Sailing Association


The Salty Dawg Rally organization announces a name change, to be called the Salty Dawg Sailing Association (SDSA). Co-founder Bill Knowles says “The Salty Dawg Board of Directors decided to make the change to reflect the broader scope of activities that the organization now undertakes in promoting long-distance sailing and cruising.”

What began as a single rally to the Caribbean with a small group of sailors in 2011 has grown to now conducting each year several premier rallies, world class sailing seminars, and numerous rendezvous of sailors, gathering in the US and in the Caribbean at well attended events. The Fall Rally to the Caribbean is the largest rally on the east coast of the US, with 80 to over 100 boats participating each year. Seminars are attended by large groups. Various Rendezvous regularly attract 100 sailors. This is an active organization.

The Salty Dawg Sailing Association is offering Memberships to those interested in blue water sailing and adventure cruising. The camaraderie and friendships that are built from Association activities are both infectious and legendary. Knowles goes on to say “The best way to: be a part of these activities, share in the fun, develop your sailing skills and knowledge, participate in sailing adventures, fly the Salty Dawg burgee, serve as crew, learn from the newsletter, or just help fellow serious sailors – is to join this organization.”

Salty Dawg Rally™ Fall 2016 Cruising Seminars


Note: Bonus Drawings for Those in Attendance
The Salty Dawg Rally™ has once again scheduled a comprehensive series of free blue water cruising seminars to be held prior to the sailboat shows in Newport and Annapolis and in Hampton, Virginia, prior to the early November departure of the Salty Dawg fleet to the Caribbean.
With an emphasis on safety, communication, education, and camaraderie, over 400 boats and more than 1,600 Read more…

This Summer – Two New Events & An Old Favorite

Summer Promo

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 Read more…

Join the Salty Dawg Spring Rally to the US


The 2016 Spring Rally departs the BVI on May 15 to head to various ports on the East Coast of the US or to Bermuda. Salty Dawg Rallies place an emphasis on fun, safety and building lasting friendships. They are a great way to meet other cruisers, and to sail offshore in company. You can register for the Rally and participate in all events at no fee. However, joining the Rally as a Member entitles Read more…

VIDEO: Salty Dawg Raft-up January 2016

Ever notice how the Sargasso Seaweed clumps up and forms streaks in the open ocean? The wind just happens to form these streaks from independent clumps of weed growing and floating in the ocean. It attracts various sea life and becomes a floating ecosystem unto itself. Well, a funny thing happens, under very special conditions, when a group of Salty Dawg cruisers find themselves together in a bay. Much like the Sargasso weed, they form clumps of Read more…

The Fall 2015 Salty Dawg Rally Arrives in the BVI

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Nearly all of the 78 vessels and over 300 sailors in the Fall 2015 Salty Dawg fleet have now arrived in the BVI and Bahamas. With the unusual weather pattern this year offering limited windows for departure, several boats left around November 1st, a few cast off shortly after, most of the rest of the fleet departed around November 11th, and the final two boats left November 28th – a very broad window. The early Read more…

2015 Fall Salty Dawg Rally™ Now Underway – 78 Boats Participating

Virgin Gorda

The first group of 78 boats participating in the 2015 fall Salty Dawg Rally™ are now on their way to Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands and other Caribbean destinations. . The experienced blue water sailors, some with 12 or more passages to the Caribbean from the US, many with ocean crossings under their keels and crews with circumnavigation experience, departed today from Hampton, Virginia, and other points along the US east coast. Most will arrive at their initial destinations Read more…

Salty Dawg Annapolis Seminars – Well Received


The Salty Dawg Rally Annapolis Seminars, now in their 3rd season, were attended by a full house of close to 100 sailors. The seminars were conducted on Wednesday October 7th at the Mears Marina Pavilion in Eastport, Annapolis, MD. This is the 4th year for these seminars on blue water sailing topics. Speakers included Dave Flynn of Quantum Sails with unique advice on offshore sail preparation, storm strategies and heavy weather tactics, Steve Madden of M-Yachts on rigging degradation Read more…

Salty Dawg Newport Seminars a Hit

SDR Seminar

The Salty Dawg Rally’s inaugural blue water sailing seminars held September 16th at the historic Edward King House in Newport were a big hit. These seminars held just prior to the Newport International Boat Show join the Salty Dawg Rally quality seminars held in Annapolis and Hampton each year. The sailors who attended the Newport seminars raved about the depth and quality of the information Read more…

Selection of PR and Marketing Firm


The Salty Dawg Rally™ announced on July 23rd it has chosen Home Port Marine Marketing to provide marketing and PR services. Bill Knowles, President of the Salty Dawg Rally, said “We are very excited to welcome aboard Home Port Marine Marketing. They will be handling communications and marketing of the Rally’s Seminars, Boat Show booths, Fall and Spring Rallies, and the various Rally-related events held throughout the year. We feel this is a very important step up for the Salty Dawg Rally as it continues to grow.” With an emphasis on safety, communication and camaraderie, over 390 boats and 1,560 sailors have participated in the Salty Dawg Rallies since 2011. Established in 2001, Home Port Marine Marketing is headed by former BoatU.S. product marketing executives Jim Georgiadis and David Pilvelait. For more information about Home Port’s marine product marketing, publicity and promotion services, visit www.homeportmarine.com

Video: Salty Dawg Dinghy Drift

Salty Dawg’s across the Caribbean are regularly holding local, impromptu gatherings with Dawgs they met in one of the rallies. These happen in one of the Dawg’s cockpits, on a local beach, in a waterfront restaurant, or one of the many nearby bars. It can be a gathering of 3 to 30. In mid-January 12 Salty Dawgs and 6 Dawg-wannabe’s from 9 yachts gathered for a dinghy Read more…