2021 SDSA DelMarVa Rally
(Delaware, Maryland, Virginia Peninsula)

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Cruise with fellow Salty Dawgs and experience 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. This experience can be used as a stepping stone to our longer offshore rallies. 

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 their own distinct pleasures and challenges, with stopovers to relax, explore and meet new friends. This a nearshore/offshore passage in the company of other boats, usually a fleet of 25 to 35 boats. It’s a great way to meet and enjoy the company of other sailors.

Boat Captains are expected to meet up May 29-31 in Hampton, Virginia for some 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 passage in the Atlantic to Cape May, NJ. Arriving on June 2 we will have two nights in Cape May to explore this seaside destination.

Departure from Cape May on June 4 starts leg 2 and takes us back into the Atlantic for our route up the Delaware Bay, into the Delaware River and turning west through the C&D Canal to Chesapeake City, MD. The evening of June 4 will be spent at Chesapeake City. On June 5 we will sail from Chesapeake City to Annapolis and enjoy the sites and tastes of Annapolis for two nights. The rally will end in Annapolis with COVID-19 safe activities to celebrate successful completion of the passage. Participants return to their home ports June 7.

These events will be fun for all, so plan to come to Annapolis for an exciting SDSA event. All Salty Dawgs are welcome.

The DelMarVa Rally provides Captains and crew with overnight Atlantic sailing experience, the opportunity to visit new ports, and planning experience for the currents and tides of the Delaware Bay, Delaware River and C&D Canal. After some careful planning, you will be motoring through the C&D Canal and finally rejoining the Chesapeake Bay to travel on to Annapolis.

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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.  
  • Port Captain, Cape May: 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. 

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COVID-19 is changing many things in our society, including how we are able to run our Salty Dawg events. The information you see on these pages describes how we plan to hold these activities and keep everyone safe. Our intention is to hold as many rally events as we can, but they will likely have to be structured differently. We successfully ran the Rally to Maine and the Fall Rally to the Caribbean in 2020, but the pre-departure and post arrival activities were modified to ensure everyone’s safety. Rendezvous and Seminars were modified to meet COVID restrictions, but we were successful in coming up with creative ways to share information and build camaraderie. It is the nature of the times for things to change, so please check our website often for updates.

Hank George, President, SDSA
January 12, 2021