SDSA Azores Rally

Starts from Hampton, VA and St. Martin for Bermuda:  May 18, 2025
Start from Bermuda for Horta: June 1, 2025 
(weather permitting)

Free Zoom Webinar
July 9, 5 pm ET
Learn all about the new Rally to the Azores
Webinar Register Here


Fees & What's Included

Passage Discussion
Required Experience and Equipment
Hampton Departure
St Marten Departure
Bermuda Activities
Crew Service
Rally FAQs
Volunteer to Help

Set sail on an unforgettable adventure across the North Atlantic! Join us for an exhilarating rally to Horta on the island of Faial in the Azores, departing from Bermuda on June 1, 2025. Whether you're sailing from the US East Coast (Hampton, VA) or the Caribbean (St Martin), our feeder rallies promise an exciting start to this epic journey. Is exploring the Med on your boat for a season or two on your bucket list? Benefit from the expertise of our seasoned members and organizers who have been there.

The first SDSA Azores Rally will be limited to 25 boats. Secure your place in this extraordinary event and discover the magic of the Azores with us!

Registration will be open July 1 to December 31, 2024.

The modest rally fee includes mentoring and pre-passage support from the SDSA team, weather routing by Chris Parker of the Marine Weather Center as well as 24/7 position tracking. Additionally, all rally boats will be tracked day and night for the duration of the rally and our shoreside emergency response team is available to assist in the event of offshore emergencies. 

All boats will have round the clock comprehensive “concierge” style 24/7 emergency medical support from GW Maritime Medical Service from George Washington University, included with your rally fee. Additionally, each skipper will have the opportunity to work with GWMMS in advance of departure to prepare a comprehensive pharmaceutical and emergency aid kit to ensure that you are prepared to deal with many emergencies while underway.

Once accepted into the rally and rally fees are paid, you will have access to extensive information to help you prepare for a safe passage, including information about your destination and arrival plans.

The requirements for the Trans-Atlantic Rally apply to this event, details here.

Questions?  Need more information?  Reach out to [email protected]

Rally participants, both skippers and crew will also have the opportunity to participate in a dedicated rally forum where questions and plans can be shared with other rally participants and experts. Details are available to registered boats and crew. 

The SDSA unites experienced ocean sailors with developing cruisers to broaden their blue water horizons.  All Salty Dawg rallies and events are led by seasoned sailors who volunteer their time and knowledge to help cruisers realize their dreams. For those skippers that feel that they need additional support in preparing for the voyage, SDSA has a large list of experienced mentors that will work with you as needed for no additional fee.


All Salty Dawg rallies and events are led by seasoned sailors who volunteer their time and knowledge to help cruisers realize their dreams.   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.  Contact Us to Volunteer.


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