The Salty Dawg Rally is a grassroots, non-profit organization, comprised of blue water sailors who have completed at least one blue water passage. There is no formal inspection of each boat, since it is the responsibility of each skipper to have proper safety equipment and to ensure that the vessel is prepared for the passage. Information including weather, Gulf Stream analysis, location of eddies, and daily weather forecasts during the passage is provided to each skipper by well‐known weather router Chris Parker, courtesy of Blue Water Sailing magazine. Volunteer Dick Giddings manages float plans for all of the boats in the fleet and maintains a daily SSB radio schedule, as well as daily positions for everyone (via HF radio and SatPhone). It is each skipper’s responsibility to decide the course and whether or not to set out for the passage. The Rally, with an emphasis on safety, communication, camaraderie and fun, opens the door to new friends and experiences while cruising various areas in the Caribbean.
Benefits of Joining the Salty Dawg Rally:
Free to join.
Free weather routing from Chris Parker provided by Blue Water Sailing Magazine.
Free one year digital subscription to BWS for owners and crew.
Free crew from Offshore Passage Opportunities (OPO).
Two free charts of your choice of the East Coast from NV Charts (excluding Bermuda).
Discounted diving services by Don the Diver while in Hampton, VA.
Discount prices at West Marine.
Discount and free delivery at Rite Way Food Markets in Tortola or Virgin Gorda all season.
Free official Salty Dawg Mug by Bamboushay Pottery / BVI Painters.
15% discount at Golden Hind Chandlery, BVI.
Discounted prices from Yacht Shots Photography, BVI.
10% discount at Blue Water Divers, BVI.
Bitter End Yacht Club, BVI- free moorings on arrival until Dec 20, one night free dockage and much more.
Leverick Bay, BVI- discounted moorings and dockage thru the season and more.
Bluewater Yachting Center, Hampton, VA-discounted dockage.
Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Hampton, VA- special rates for family and crew.
Corporate rates at Enterprise Rent A Car.
Jack Martin & Associates of Annapolis, MD and Falvey Insurance of Kingston, RI have teamed up to provide an excellent combination of insurance pricing and coverage for the Dawgs!
Skipper Bags with samples from Sailors Night Vision Cap with Salty Dawg Logo, Prism Polish, Bee’s Knees Zipper Wax and many more goodies!
Seminars, Welcome Cocktail Party sponsored by Hampton Tourism and Convention Center, Pig Roast, Chicken Barbecue and much more.
For more information on the benefits of the Salty Dawg Rally, see our Benefits page...