The first of more than 80 boats participating in the 2015 fall Salty Dawg Rally are now on their way from Rhode Island to Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands and other Caribbean destinations.
The experienced blue water sailors, some with 12 or more passages to the Caribbean from the US, many with ocean crossings under their keels and crews with circumnavigation experience, departed today from Hampton, Virginia, and other points along the US east coast. Most will arrive at their initial destinations within the next 10 days.
The fleet ranges in size from 34 to 70 feet and includes boats from the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland.
With an emphasis on safety, communication and camaraderie, over 390 boats and more than 1,560 sailors have participated in the Salty Dawg rallies since the nonprofit organization was founded by blue water sailors Bill and Linda Knowles in 2011.
For information about the Fall 2015 Salty Dawg Rally, visit the Rally web site.