SDSA DelMarVa Rally
(Delaware, Maryland, Virginia Peninsula)
June 1 departure (weather permitting)

Fees & What's Included
Passage Discussion
Required Equipment
Crew Service
Rally FAQs
Volunteer to Help

Cruise with fellow Salty Dawgs and experience overnight offshore sailing in the Atlantic by cruising the Delaware, Maryland, Virginia (DelMarVa) peninsula.  The Salty Dawg DelMarVa Rally is the perfect opportunity to gain experience sailing overnight in the ocean, in the company of other Salty Dawg boats, and with experienced shoreside staff support.  During the rally, you will get to visit new ports, and learn to plan for the currents and tides of the Delaware Bay, Delaware River, and Chesapeake & Delaware Canal (C&D Canal)This experience can be used as a stepping stone to our longer offshore rallies, such as the Bermuda Rally, the Caribbean Rally, or the East Coast Rally.

Sail 450 nautical miles from Hampton, VA, counter-clockwise around the DelMarVa Peninsula over the course of a week.  The rally is divided into three legs, each with its own distinct pleasures and challenges.  Enjoy stopovers to relax, explore, and meet new friends. This a nearshore/offshore passage usually in the company of a fleet of 20 to 30 boats.  It’s a great way to meet and enjoy the experience with other sailors.

This rally provides Captains with Atlantic sailing, entering the Delaware Bay and planning for the currents and tides of the Bay entrance, motoring through the C&D Canal, planning the best time to transit the canal considering current, and finally enjoying Annapolis.

Boats and Captains meet up at the end of May in Hampton, VA for pre-passage seminars and activities.  After boat preparations are complete, we will head offshore (weather permitting) on June 1, for the first leg of our journey, the 150-mile blue water overnight passage in the Atlantic to Cape May, NJ.  Arriving a day after departure, we will have two nights in Cape May to explore this seaside destination. 

Departure from Cape May starts leg 2 and takes us back into the Atlantic for our route up the Delaware Bay.  Careful planning is required to sail into the Delaware Bay from the Atlantic as each Captain must consider tides and currents.  After sailing up the Delaware, we will be turning west and motoring through the C&D Canal to Chesapeake City, MD. That evening will be spent at Chesapeake City or across the canal or at Summit North Marina. 

The C&D Canal is a 14-mile long, 450-foot wide and 35-foot deep ship canal that connects the Delaware River with the Chesapeake Bay.  Chesapeake City is the site of the C&D Canal Museum and Bethel Bridge Lighthouse.

The next day, we begin leg 3 of the Rally and motor then sail from Chesapeake City to Annapolis and enjoy the sites and tastes of Annapolis for two nights.  The rally will end in Annapolis as we celebrate the successful completion of the passage. These closing events will be fun for all, so plan to come to Annapolis for an exciting SDSA event.  All Salty Dawgs are welcome and encouraged to participate.

The Rally includes weather routing by Chris Parker of The Marine Weather Center, position tracking by PredictWind, and an extensive level of coordination and support during the passage.  Once accepted to the rally and rally fees have been paid, you will be receiving rally specific information and access to the rally participant page.  Please review the Passage Discussion section, which contains information about the conditions likely to be encountered.

VHF capability is required, including both portable and fixed VHF radios.  Offshore communications equipment are not required, but highly encouraged, especially if you have plans to participate in the Caribbean, Bermuda, or East Coast Rally. 

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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.


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2021 Delmarva Participant List


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.  The Rally Manager does the detailed organizing and planning for the rally.  Sharing with the Rally Director, hosts some of the Captains Calls. Participation in the rally itself is not necessary.  This position is flexible to accommodate your time for availability.
  • 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.
  • Port Captains: this position takes the plans made in cooperation with the Rally Manager and implements them at each Port. The Port Captains and the Fleet Captain share in welcoming activities and planned events.

Helpful Links

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As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the SDSA will continue to explore the best ways to conduct its 2021 activities in as safe and enjoyable a manner as possible.  Towards that goal, we have established protocols and requirements that will be in effect for the 2021 DelMarVa Rally, Downeast Rally and summer rendezvous events.  In addition, please note that the SDSA Board of Directors will adopt separate policies for the 2021 Fall Caribbean Rally and Annapolis Rendezvous, and further updates on those events will be announced to our Members and subscribers, and shown on the SDSA webpages.

Below are requirements the SDSA Board has adopted for the 2021 DelMarVa Rally, Downeast Rally and summer rendezvous events.  The specific protocols will be provided on the webpages for each event.

The CDC states that "all COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19."  Furthermore, these vaccines are increasing in availability throughout the US.    Therefore, the SDSA has adopted the following requirements and guidelines for participation in the 2021 DelMarVa Rally, the 2021 Downeast Rally, and the 2021 summer rendezvous events:   

1)  Individuals who have completed an effective vaccination regimen are invited to participate without a need to isolate or test for COVID before the rally, and must agree to follow CDC guidelines for vaccinated individuals.

2) Individuals who have a history of prior COVID infection and no vaccination yet, a medical reason (contraindication) that prevents them from taking any of the US EUA or fully approved vaccines, or for logistical reasons are unable to get one (e.g., too young to be eligible), must agree to follow CDC guidelines for unvaccinated individuals.   In addition to following CDC guidelines, unvaccinated participants must agree to avoid risky activities for the 10-14 days leading up to the start of the rally, and to provide a negative COVID test a few days before they join the rally. 

Click here to see the most current CDC guidance. At this time, local and state guidelines appear to be easing travel restrictions, but participants should adhere to any regulations that are in effect at the time of the events. If visiting other countries in your travels, visit Noonsite for Covid restrictions for these countries.  

Please refer to each event's homepages to learn the specific details for 2021.  Note also that should a significant change in the COVID-19 situation occur, a modification of the event requirements and recommendations may become necessary.  

We appreciate the diligence of our captains and crew in complying with the protocols and requirements we have established for these events over the past year.  The SDSA strives to keep all our participants safe, as we continue to plan both safe and enjoyable 2021 activities. 

Hank George, President, SDSA

April 30, 2021