Hosting blue water rallies in the U.S. and Caribbean is one of our specialties. Each rally is an opportunity for sailors to cruise-in-company, with the safety, camaraderie, and passage-preparation assistance that a rally can provide. Check out this impressive list.

  • Fall Rally – from the US to the Caribbean – rally leaves in early November from Hampton, VA and ends in the Caribbean or  Bahamas.  Learn from demonstrations, seminars, and briefings to help in passage preparation and cruise planning. Meet new friends and re-unite with old ones. 
  • Spring Rally – from the Caribbean to a US port or Bermuda. Rally leaves the Caribbean in mid May.
  • Rally to Maine– Departs from the Chesapeake Bay and Newport, RI areas to arrive in Rockland, Maine in mid July. An optional rally extends the summer cruise to the Atlantic Coast of Nova Scotia and the Bras D’Or Lakes.
  • Great Lakes Rally to the Chesapeake Bay – With increasing numbers of Great Lakes sailors joining the Salty Dawg Fall Rally to the Caribbean, we have added a rally from Toronto. The rally will follow a route across the Great Lakes, through the New York Lock System, down the Hudson River, through New York Harbor, and into the Chesapeake Bay.

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 … safely.

If you would like to join us as a volunteer, we would love to benefit from your passion, personality, and expertise as we plan future events. Click here to volunteer.

the hallmarks of a Salty dawg rally

what you can expect when you join a salty dawg rally

  • Fun, friendships, camaraderie….social events will give you an introduction to like-minded cruisers who will become life-long friends.

  • Extensive preparation assistance from experienced Salty Dawgs and industry-leading experts.

  • Weather briefings, daily forecasts, and personalized routing guidance.

  • On-line fleet tracking for friends and families to watch your progress….and to better locate you in case of an emergency.

  • Shore side coordination and at-sea communications.

  • Discounts and special promotions from our sponsors.

  • Our goal is to provide high quality events with the greatest possible value at the lowest possible entry fee … all made possible by the support of over 40 industry-leading sponsors and dozens of experienced cruisers who volunteer their time.

sea stories from the dawgs

THE HEINEKEN REGATTA – By Kelly Brown and Linda Strachan – Canadian Yachting, April 2017

SAILING ON MORELLO – By Julie Palm – Multihulls Quarterly, Winter 2016

CRUISING CUBA – A First-Timer’s Perspective – By Robert Osborn – Bluewater Sailing, Sept 2016

SAILING WITH THE SALTY DAWGS – By Benjamin Yeager – Bluewater Sailing, Jan 2015

PASSAGE FROM BONAIRE – By Hank George – Multihulls Quarterly, Fall 2015

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: My Salty Dawg Rally – By Marcus Libkind – Bluewater Sailing, Feb 2014

CRUISING DISPATCHES: Who Let the (Salty) Dawgs Out – By Joy Smith – Bluewater Sailing, Jan 2013

For More Stories By and About the Dawgs, click here.