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, camaraderie, and passage-preparation assistance that a rally can provide. Meet new friends and re-unite with old ones. Kids and pets are always welcome.



  • Membership in the Salty Dawg Sailing Association.
  • Fun, friendships, camaraderie and great social events will give you an introduction to like-minded cruisers who will become life-long friends.

  • Extensive preparation assistance from experienced Salty Dawgs and industry-leading experts.

  • Weather briefings, daily forecasts, and personalized routing guidance.

  • Flexibility and an emphasis on supporting the decisions of each individual skipper based on what’s best for his or her boat and crew.

  • On-line fleet tracking for friends and families to watch your progress during offshore events….and to better locate you in case of an emergency.

  • Shore side coordination and at-sea communications.

  • Discounts and special promotions from our sponsors. Access to a broad array of SDSA Member-Only benefits.

  • Access to the Salty Dawg Crew Service, to identify potential crew members.

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 60 industry-leading sponsors and dozens of experienced cruisers who volunteer their time.


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. 

  • Rally Manager: this position acts as the Rally Director's assistant. For each rally the Rally Manager does the detailed organizing and planning for that rally. Sharing with the Rally Director, hosts some of the Captains Calls. Participation in the rally itself is not necessary.  Position available for any one of our six rallies.
  • Fleet Captain: this position takes over in the departure location with help from the Port Captains. The Fleet Captain and Port Captain share in welcoming activities and any events. After departure from any port, keeps the fleet organized. Position available for any one of our six rallies.
  • Port Captains: this position takes the plans made in cooperation with the Rally Manager and implements the plan at each Port. The Port Captains and the Fleet Captain share in welcoming activities and planned events. Position available for any one of our six rallies.

                        SDSA 2021 Rally Schedule


The SDSA East Coast Rally to the US departs the United States Virgin Islands May 1, weather permitting and is expected to last 7-10 days.


THE SDSA DelMarVa Rally circumvents the Delaware, Maryland, Virginia Peninsula departing from Hampton, VA June 1 - June 7, weather permitting.


The SDSA Bermuda Rally departs from Hampton, VA in early June, weather permitting. This rally is not being held in 2021 due to COVID-19 quarantine requirements.


The SDSA Downeast Rally goes from the Chesapeake Bay to Rockland, ME with stops in RI and MA. Leaves Hampton, July 8, Dutch Harbor July 13 with landfall in Maine July 16.


The SDSA Maritime Rally is held in alternate years and departs Rockland ME for points in Nova Scotia. The Rally spans July 30 - Aug 11.


The 2021 SDSA Caribbean Rally departs the US East Coast on November 2, weather permitting. This rally goes to Antigua and the Bahamas. The crossing to Antigua usually takes 10-14 days. The crossing to the Bahamas 7-8 days.



COVID-19 is changing many things in our society, including how we are able to run our Salty Dawg events.  Our intention is to hold as many of these events as we can, but they will likely have to be structured differently.  We believe we can still run the many of our rallies but with our pre-departure and post-arrival activities modified to ensure the safety of our Captains and crews.  Rendezvous and Seminars will most likely be held using services like Zoom which proved very successful during the Fall 2020 Rally to the Caribbean. Please check back to our website often for updates. We hope to have information up very soon.  Hank George, President, SDSA, January 12, 2021

With the worldwide attention and concerns about coronavirus, all captains should consider safe measures in every port visited. In addition, some countries are limiting or restricting entry. The SDSA highly recommends Captains check for country updates at and other relevant and government sources. Due to the ever changing health concerns, the SDSA is not providing country or island specific updates. Visit to read updated and detailed information.