2021 SDSA Downeast Rally

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Whether the SDSA Downeast Rally is part of your preparation for longer offshore passages or an opportunity to extend your coastal cruising experience with new friends, you’ll love the experiences, smells, and sights the SDSA Downeast Rally provides.

Traditionally the Downeast Rally has departure options from Hampton, VA or Dutch Harbor, RI. This year we have added Annapolis, MD as an additional starting point. Sign up for the Downeast Rally here.

Boats will gather in Hampton, VA or Annapolis, MD on July 7 for a July 8 departure.  For boats in southern New England, we’ll rendezvous in Dutch Harbor July 10 for COVID-safe fun activities prior to a departure for Maine July 13.

Boats gathering in Hampton are expected to depart July 8 for Dutch Harbor and follow a blue water route up the East Coast. Boats gathering in Annapolis are expected to depart July 8, traveling up the Chesapeake Bay, through the C&D Canal to the Delaware Bay and out into the Atlantic past Cape May, NJ. Hampton and Annapolis boats are expected to reach Dutch Harbor, RI by July 11.

All boats expect to depart Dutch Harbor, RI on July 13 for points Downeast stopping overnight in Mattapoissett, MA before arrival in Rockland, ME.

All Salty Dawg rallies and events are led by seasoned sailors who volunteer their time and knowledge to help cruisers realize their dreams. Check back often for additional updates. 

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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

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