SDSA East Coast Rally

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The 2021 East Coast Rally is scheduled to depart the USVI on May 1, 2021. Sailors in Antigua depart for the  United States Virgin Islands (USVI) on April 24, following a farewell dinner at Boom Restaurant, Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbor on April 23. Boats in the USVI will gather between April 26-30 in various bays of St. John or St. Thomas. Farewell events will be localized and planned by departing boats.

Plans are for the rally to depart the USVI on May 1, 2021. The East Coast Rally is an offshore passage in the company of other boats, usually a fleet of 25 to 35 boats of many nationalities. The destinations are various ports on the US East Coast and Bermuda.

Social events prior to departure will be limited and localized due to COVID-19 restrictions. An arrival dinner in Hampton, VA on May 12 will also be limited by local COVID-19 restrictions when boats make landfall there. All Salty Dawgs are welcome at this event to provide a warm welcome to arriving cruisers. 

The Rally includes weather routing, position tracking, and an extensive level of coordination and support during the offshore passage. 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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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