Welcome to the Salty Dawg Sailing Association
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The SDSA unites experienced ocean sailors with developing cruisers to broaden their blue water horizons. All Salty Dawg rallies & events are led by seasoned sailors who volunteer their time & knowledge to help cruisers realize their dreams… safely.

If you would like to join us as a volunteer, we would love to benefit from your passion, personality, and expertise as we plan future events. Click here to volunteer.

Members of the SDSA enjoy camaraderie and friendships when they join our formal events, and when they gather for informal get-togethers in distant harbors. 

The Salty Dawg Sailing Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization that hosts rallies, rendezvous and blue water sailing seminars.

Our goal is to provide high quality events with the greatest possible value at the lowest possible entry fee … all made possible by the support of over 40 industry-leading sponsors & dozens of experienced cruisers who volunteer their time.

Membership in the Association is available to anyone interested in passage making or long distance cruising.
Salty Dawg burgees are found on vessels around the world. Over 2,500 sailors & 650 boats have participated in Salty Dawg Rallies and over 1700 sailors subscribe to our bi-monthly newsletter, Dawg Tales.

A New look for the Salty Dawg Web Site

Our Salty Dawg Sailing Association web site has a new look! Our goal with this change has been to improve:

  • The way we look and function on computer, tablet, and phone formats.
  • The speed … especially for those Dawgs accessing the site from low bandwidth settings.
  • The security… to protect our site visitors from increasing threat of viruses and hackers.
  • The function … to make it easier to navigate and find what you are looking for. (Be sure to check out the little red icon in the top right corner of each page that will take you directly to many pages you may be looking for!)
  • Our site platform to support our future growth.

We hope we have succeeded with these goals. Please visit the site often to read about the latest activities of the SDSA. Let us know if you find a glitch or have a suggestion for future improvements. We would love to hear from you!

Sign Up for the Spring Rally

Sign Up for Salty Dawg Spring Rally

The Salty Dawg Spring Rally to the US departs Falmouth Harbour in Antigua on May 15 to head to various ports on the East Coast of the US or to Bermuda. The Spring Rally is usually a diverse group made up of North American cruisers returning after a season in the sun and European cruisers continuing their “Atlantic Circle” and looking forward to a summer on the Eastern Seaboard. As always, the Spring Rally is a great way to meet other cruisers, and to sail offshore in company.

This year, we are supporting cruisers who are spending time in the islands volunteering their efforts to help reconstruct the lives of islanders after the destruction caused during the hurricane season. The Spring Rally will accommodate those cruisers who wish to join the rally and depart from an island other than Antigua.

Read More about Salty Dawg Rallies

Hosting blue water rallies in the U.S. and Caribbean is one of our specialties. Each rally is an opportunity for sailors to cruise-in-company, with the safety that a rally can provide.

When you join a Salty Dawg Rally, you can expect:

  • Weather briefings, daily forecasts, and personalized routing guidance
  • On-line “Follow the Fleet” tracking for friends and families to watch your progress….and to better locate you in case of an emergency
  • Shore side coordination and at-sea communications
  • Extensive preparation assistance
  • Social events: fun, friendships, frolic
  • The lowest possible entry fee with the greatest possible value as a result of the support of over 40 sponsors and dozens of experienced cruisers who volunteer their time.

News From Dawgs

thank you to our three-star sponsors

Each Three-Star Sponsor has contributed over $2000 to the Salty Dawgs this year.


Salty Dawg Facebook Group

Hello Dawgs I am racing in the Carib 600 offshore race starting tomorrow. Follow the race and Spirit of Juno through the link below. ... See MoreSee Less

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Celebrating Linda Barrett Knowles birthday with fellow Dawgs on Blue Sky in Pointe À Pitre, Guadeloupe ... See MoreSee Less

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Greetings, Salty Dawgs! Ted Owens and I on Raven are currently anchored in Fort de France, Martinique, and enjoying all things French! We will be heading north again in about a week or so, stopping at Dominica before going back to Guadeloupe.

We have some things to donate at Dominica, and are looking for advice on whom to contact when we go there, to make sure they really go to someone who needs them. We have clothing and household items, for the most part. Recommendations, please?
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  thank you to our Two-Star SPonsors 

Each Two-Star Sponsor has contributed $1200 – $1999 to the Salty Dawgs this year.

More About the Salty Dawgs


As a non-profit educational organization,the SDSA has embraced its mission to help sailors realize their cruising dreams…safely.

crew list service

The Salty Dawg Sailing Association is proud of its Crew List Service …. it is for both captains looking for crew and crew searching for a boat. We do our best to offer guidance to both captains and crew to try to help both parties meet their needs. The SDSA unites experienced ocean sailors who volunteer their time to participate in our events with cruisers looking to broaden their sailing horizons…safely. The Crew List Service is an important way in which we make that connection happen. Read More


Salty Dawgs get together all year long to have fun and learn from each other. We call each of these gatherings a “rendezvous.” These are fun events that offer opportunities to rub shoulders with other sailors, share sea stories, plan future cruises and passages, and just deal with boat issues. Each event has an informative and entertaining agenda; some with a noted speaker or panel of speakers; some with entertainment…. all memorable. Read More

thank you to our one-star sponsors

Each One-Star Sponsor has contributed $750 to $1,200 to the Salty Dawgs this year.

SDSA Membership

If you are planning your first ocean passage and can’t wait to explore new worlds — If you are an experienced long distance sailor and relish the thought of joining like-minded sailors for offshore adventures — If you wish to use your sailing experience to help other sailors develop their sailing skills — Then the Salty Dawg Sailing Association is for you….all of you! Read More

calendar of events

The SDSA presents a year-around calendar of educational, social, and sailing events .. all of interest to the offshore cruiser….all open to the public.

  • Registration is currently open for the Salty Dawg Spring Rally to the US. ReadMore.

To review the full year’s Calendar of Events, Read More.