Newsletter 59

June 2024 Newsletter 59

ON THE WATER

Isola Naida on passage to Nova Scotia

 

FROM THE HELM

By Bob Osborn, SV Pandora, President SDSA

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BREAKING NEWS

SET SAIL WITH THE SALTY DAWGS THIS SUMMER!

DOWNEAST RALLY

Departing Hampton VA July 5, departing from Newport RI July 13.  

  Whether you're gearing up for extensive offshore voyages, seeking a delightful summer retreat, or eager to expand your coastal cruising adventures while forging new friendships, the Downeast Rally offers an experience like no other. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of New England, renowned for its delectable seafood, picturesque coastlines, and charming historic towns. Embark on a journey filled with unforgettable sights, great food, and cherished moments with fellow sailors. This experience can be used as a stepping stone to our longer rallies, such as the Caribbean Rally, or the Homeward Bound Rally.

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OCTOBER 10, 2024:  ANNAPOLIS RENDEZVOUS

Join us for the Annual Salty Dawg Annapolis Rendezvous, sponsored by David Walters Yachts. Enjoy a congenial gathering of Salty Dawgs and friends at the Annapolis Elks Lodge, 2 Pythian Drive, Edgewater, MD, with drinks and dinner.  We are excited to announce that Sheryl and Paul Shard from Distant Shores will be the presenters for the evening.

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PAY IT FORWARD, AND VOLUNTEER FOR A SDSA WORKING GROUP!

The Sponsorship Working Group is looking for an individual to help with outreach and relationship maintenance with our sponsors.  Interested?  Reach out  to [email protected] 

The SDSA budget requires more than dues and rally fees to support its work.  The sponsorship program fills that need by offering exposure and advertising to our vendor-sponsors, and discounts and education to our members.  Sponsor advertising appears in our newsletter, on our website and at events.  Several of our events are made possible only through the generosity of our sponsors.  In addition to cash donations, substantial discounts are made available to our members on a variety of goods and services.  For more information on this and other working groups click here.

 

BEQUIA RENDEZVOUS

Written by Bill Woodroffe, Kalunamoo

We happened to be here when the Salty Dawg Sailing Association scheduled a rendezvous over the Easter Holiday. As “old members” we were asked to help host the rendezvous and with the help of Barbara and Ted on RAVEN we did. This was going to be a more informal gathering, something that cruisers find themselves in when wind, currents and schedule conspire to merge them into one harbor. 

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DELIVERY HOME WITH AN ALL-WOMEN CREW

Written by Sandy Gray, Odyssey

 

After having completed three consecutive Caribbean Rallies with the SDSA I very much embrace and show pride in my being a “Salty Dawg.” Being one of a very few sole women owner / captains in these rallies I’m constantly reminded that sailing is still a sport very much male dominated.  While many of the amazing women I’ve met are incredibly accomplished sailors, others identified as “First Mate” or “Admiral.” I met a lot of women in Hampton, VA who demurred and under-sold their skillset ~ and it was incredibly exciting to see these reluctant and unsure women arrive in Antigua 1500NM later beaming with new confidence and pride in their accomplishments.

 

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DAWG PRANKS

This month, we pay tribute to those who perpetrate Dawg Pranks.

As the stars came out in the early evening, four sailors returned gallantly from a day of site-seeing to find their boat in disarray.  Lines were disturbed and candy wrappers scattered around the cockpit.  Their initial alarm faded as they found nothing missing, no signs of any attempt at entry, and no one had tinkered with the ship's bell.  They wondered whether all the litter had been left by kids from a nearby boat, perhaps some lost boys.  Annoyed but no longer concerned, the crew retreated to the underworld of the cabin and enjoyed a sampling of local rum.

The next morning, an email was received from another Dawg boat, to whom we award top marks for their excruciating puns.  It did not require rocket science to deduce that they were in fact the culprits.  Said one of the crew:  “I told you it was a bunch of kids!”

Be warned:  plans for revenge are underway!!

Note - four Dawg boats are referenced here.  But who are they????

 

 

THIS MONTH IN PICTURES

The Dawgs are on the move!  Last hold-outs in the Bahamas, fishing on passage, and safe arrivals 



 

 

 

 

MEET THE DAWGS:  Karen and Dennis Careri, Toes in the Water

Boat Length and Type:  2007 Leopard 43

Home Port:  Austin, Texas

Where are you now?:  Admiralty Bay, Bequia - for the SDSA Bequia Rendezvous

Any current boat projects?  Planning to have a new solar arch fabricated for us and installed while in Trinidad for the upcoming hurricane season

When did you join SDSA?  January 2017

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