All sailors — past, present, and future — are invited to join our Salty Dawg Rendezvous Events. These events are a great way for Dawgs to learn from seasoned Dawgs and have a great time.  As always, our volunteers are terrific. They make the Rendezvous Events fun and informative for everyone who attends.  These are the events that we do in a typical year, and dates are provided for most.  Check back here and on the calendar to see which of these we will be able to hold this atypical year.  If you would like to plan and host a Rendezvous Event, click here. You’ll enjoy it!


The annual Salty Dawg Dominica Rendezvous is held during Dominica’s Yachtie Appreciation Week in Portsmouth, Dominica.

Combine exploration of the natural beauty of the island with volunteer efforts to an island project. Usually each night brings social gatherings, cookouts, pot-lucks and other creative evening gatherings on the beach. Get ready for lots of fun! Invite your cruising friends and join us for all or part of the week.  Sadly, this event is not being held in 2021, but plan on it next year!


The Southern Chesapeake Rendezvous is a great gathering of Salty Dawgs, friends, and interested sailors. Sailors trade sea stories and talk about their upcoming cruising adventures.  Members starting off on the Downeast Rally will be there as well.

SAVE THE DATE and check back to register and for details on location in Hampton, VA for this fun event.

JULY 10-12
Newport, RI

Newport area Salty Dawgs gather for the annual Newport Rendezvous. Dawgs come by land and sea to enjoy the fun and fellowship of like-minded cruisers.  And Members in the Downeast Rally will join us here before departing for Cuttyhunk on their way to Maine.

Click here to register your plan to attend (there is no charge for this event).  And, consider joining the fleet for the run to Maine.
Click here for the details of our Down East Rally which includes plans for Newport.   



Cruisers gather in Maine for the Downeast Rendezvous, at The Apprenticeshop, 655 Main St., Rockland, ME.  All SDSA Members are invited.  Members completing the Downeast Rally will be in attendance as well.  Tie up your dinghies at The Apprenticeshop, long pier.  Share stories with other sailors, talk about cruising plans in Maine and beyond, enjoy a tours of the impressive shops and boatbuilding projects at the Apprenticeshop.  This will be a guaranteed to be a lasting memory.

SAVE THE DATE and check back for further details and to register.



Announcing a new location for the Annapolis Rendezvous by Hylas! .... our 9th Annual Event:

  • Annapolis Yacht Club Clubhouse
  • 2 Compromise St.
  •  Annapolis, MD 21401

The event will begin at 1700 hours. Join us for a Happy Hour, buffet dinner, speaker, and lots of fun with the Dawgs.  This year the speaker will be the engaging Bobby White of Sailing Doodles.  You won't want to miss this event.

Join us when you come to town for the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis. The Annapolis Rendezvous is open to all those interested in blue water sailing.  This is always a fun and informative event for sailors.  Once again we have an excellent dinner, an engaging speaker, an attractive location, and lots of blue water sailors – all at the lowest possible cost.  Registration will open soon. Once open, be sure to sign-up while space is available – in 2019 we were at capacity and expect to be again this year.

SAVE THE DATE and check back for further details and to register.  Thanks to Hylas Yachts for their sponsorship of the Annapolis Rendezvous!



Come to our Annual Halloween Costume Party, sponsored by the Hampton Convention and Tourist Bureau. Come in fancy dress or not. A scrumptious Pig Roast dinner will follow the costume judging. And don't miss the silent auction of valuable marine products donated by our sponsors!  And, we usually find a rum sponsor to keep everyone well relaxed.

Join the fun at the Bluewater Yachting Center in Hampton. All SDSA Members, Caribbean Rally participants and their guests are invited to attend.

SAVE THE DATE!  Be sure to register and pay for tickets on-line.  Details and registration link to follow. 


As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the SDSA will continue to explore the best ways to conduct its 2021 activities in as safe and enjoyable a manner as possible.  Towards that goal, we have established protocols and requirements that will be in effect for the 2021 DelMarVa Rally, Downeast Rally and summer rendezvous events.  In addition, please note that the SDSA Board of Directors will adopt separate policies for the 2021 Fall Caribbean Rally and Annapolis Rendezvous, and further updates on those events will be announced to our Members and subscribers, and shown on the SDSA webpages.

Below are requirements the SDSA Board has adopted for the 2021 DelMarVa Rally, Downeast Rally and summer rendezvous events.  The specific protocols will be provided on the webpages for each event.

The CDC states that "all COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19."  Furthermore, these vaccines are increasing in availability throughout the US.    Therefore, the SDSA has adopted the following requirements and guidelines for participation in the 2021 DelMarVa Rally, the 2021 Downeast Rally, and the 2021 summer rendezvous events:   

1)  Individuals who have completed an effective vaccination regimen are invited to participate without a need to isolate or test for COVID before the rally, and must agree to follow CDC guidelines for vaccinated individuals.

2) Individuals who have a history of prior COVID infection and no vaccination yet, a medical reason (contraindication) that prevents them from taking any of the US EUA or fully approved vaccines, or for logistical reasons are unable to get one (e.g., too young to be eligible), must agree to follow CDC guidelines for unvaccinated individuals.   In addition to following CDC guidelines, unvaccinated participants must agree to avoid risky activities for the 10-14 days leading up to the start of the rally, and to provide a negative COVID test a few days before they join the rally. 

Click here to see the most current CDC guidance. At this time, local and state guidelines appear to be easing travel restrictions, but participants should adhere to any regulations that are in effect at the time of the events. If visiting other countries in your travels, visit Noonsite for Covid restrictions for these countries.  

Please refer to each event's homepages to learn the specific details for 2021.  Note also that should a significant change in the COVID-19 situation occur, a modification of the event requirements and recommendations may become necessary.  

We appreciate the diligence of our captains and crew in complying with the protocols and requirements we have established for these events over the past year.  The SDSA strives to keep all our participants safe, as we continue to plan both safe and enjoyable 2021 activities. 

Hank George, President, SDSA

April 30, 2021


“The times we have spent with Salty Dawg sailors has been the highlight of our cruising life.  It was the beginning of a love for passage making. Comradery, education, safety, and life long friends keep us coming back.“