Salty Dawg™ Sailing Association Raises $30,000 For BVI Hurricane Relief

Hank George Elected New SDSA President
Middletown, Rhode Island (USA) – The Salty Dawg™ Sailing Association (SDSA) announced the completion of its fundraising program to support Hurricane Irma recovery efforts in the BVI and also announced the election of veteran blue water sailor Hank George as the new President of the nonprofit organization.

At the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis last month, the SDSA presented a check for $10,000 to the management of the Bitter End Yacht Club to be placed in the qualified 501(c)(3) BEYC Employees’ Relief Fund. The contribution will help the employees of the Bitter End Yacht Club rebuild their lives. The remainder of the contributed funds (nearly $20,000) has been transferred to the BVI Rotary Clubs to fund repairs to the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School in Sea Cow Bay, Tortola. "On behalf of the people of the BVI, we thank you and the donors for the efforts that you are making to help with the restoration of lives in BVI following the devastation caused by the hurricanes and floods this year," said Rotary District 7020 Past District Governor Vance Lewis.

"After years of support from the BVI for our events in the islands, we were pleased to be able to give back in their time of need. We sincerely hope that our contributions will make a difference," said SDSA Vice President & an SDSA founder Linda Knowles.

At its recent Annual Meeting, the SDSA Board of Directors elected Hank George (pictured right) to serve as its President, succeeding Bill Knowles, who had reached the end of his term. Bill will continue on the Board of Directors.

"Bill, a founder of The Salty Dawg Rally, has served as President since 2013. Under his leadership, the organization has grown from a casual cruise-in-company to a full-scale sailing association with multiple rallies, seminars and sailor gatherings, governed by a non-profit organization dedicated to helping long-distance cruisers realize their dreams, safely,” Hank George said. Other elected officers of the SDSA Board include Linda Knowles, Vice President, Rick Palm, Treasurer and Director of Rally Management and George Day, Secretary.