2021 SDSA Maritime Rally

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The Maritime Rally to Nova Scotia is held in alternate years with the next one scheduled for July 31, 2021. 

If you are looking for an exciting adventure come along with the Salty Dawgs on the Maritime Rally to Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia has an attractive sea-bound coast, with quaint fishing villages, numerous isolated coves where you can enjoy time by yourself, historic sites, and the isolated beauty of Cape Breton Isle.

The Maritime  Rally will take you to historic Shelburne; the colorful old fishing and swift schooner building village of Lunenburg (remember the Blue Nose); bustling and modern, but full of  rich history and tradition, Halifax; and then on to the enchantment of Cape Breton Isle and the Bras d’Or Lakes, with distinct Celtic, French Acadian, and English culture all squeezed into tiny Cape Breton Isle. Cape Breton is an isolated anchorage, where you will see moose, deer, eagles, loons and much more. Also, in Nova Scotia you have no lobster pots to contend with in the summer and easy downwind sailing going northeast. This year the fleet will gather at the Apprentice Shop for a tour of the wooden boat building school and wine and cheese party on July 29 for a pre-departure social.

The Maritime Rally to the Atlantic Coast of Nova Scotia will leave Rockland, ME on July 31 following an afternoon Captain’s briefing and potluck dinner at the Steam, Power, & Sail Museum that will include a discussion of sailing strategies for the trip. Arrive by August 1, in Shelburne, NS after an overnight sail from Rockland, in time to wander the village, which is now maintained as a living museum of how life used to be in a typical Canadian fishing village. The rally journey continues on Aug 3, with additional stops planned for Lunenburg and Halifax, NS.

On August 5 a reception dinner at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron will be held for rally participants before cruising forward on to final destinations in the Bras d’ Or Lakes, A rousing reception with food and music is planned at St Peter’s Marina on August 8. The rally concludes with a boat parade into the village of Baddeck August 11. Sailing CBI Inc a partner with the SDSA for this rally. 

Sailing CBI Inc.  from Cape Breton Island is partnering with the Salty Dawg Sailing Association to bring the hospitality and Maritime Magic of Nova Scotia to our rally participants.

The Salty Dawg Rally to Nova Scotia offers sailors an opportunity to gain experience with an open ocean overnight passage from Rockland, ME to Shelburne, NS, an excellent preparation for those planning to sign up for the Caribbean Rally. Sharing a passage with seasoned offshore sailors helps all skippers get more comfortable with route planning and departure decisionsan important feature of all Salty Dawg Rallies.

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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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