SDSA Bermuda Rally

Early June departure (weather permitting)

Fees & What's Included
Passage Discussion
Required Equipment
Crew Service
Rally FAQs
Volunteer to Help

For 2021, due to COVID-19 requirements for participants to quarantine for 14-days prior to departure for Bermuda, this rally will not be held. Hope to see you in 2022!

A fun summer passage and island experience! The Bermuda Rally is a great way to meet other sailors.  Bermuda is probably the most common off-shore destination for East Coast sailors in the U.S.  It is far enough off-shore (650nm) to be a true off-shore passage and close enough to complete in 2 months.  Hundreds of East Coast boats make the passage each summer.  The Bermuda Rally takes advantage of the relatively stable weather available in June and July.  That said, you can expect to encounter everything from calm seas and gentle pleasant winds, to sporty conditions and outright tempests.

Captains and crew meet up in early June in Hampton, Virginia at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.  Pre-rally boat preparations, seminars, and socials events normally take 4 days to complete.  Captains head offshore (weather permitting) into the Atlantic, for the 650-nautical mile open ocean passage to St George’s, Bermuda.  The charming and stunningly beautiful island of Bermuda, and especially St. George’s Town, is a must stop for all cruisers.  Average sail time is expected to be 6-7 days.  Captains and crew can then enjoy Bermuda at their leisure.  Return to the East Coast or travel onward to other destinations at your discretion.  Return to the US should be planned by mid-July before the Tropics become very active in August.

The Rally includes weather routing by The Marine Weather Center, position tracking by PredictWind, and an extensive level of coordination and support during the offshore passage.  Once accepted to the rally and rally fees have been paid, you will be receiving rally specific information and access to the rally participant page.  Please review the Passage Discussion section, which contains information about the conditions likely to be encountered.

VHF radio communications equipment and offshore communications equipment are required.

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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.


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  • Rally Manager: this position acts as the Rally Director's assistant.  The Rally Manager does the detailed organizing and planning for the rally.  Sharing with the Rally Director, hosts some of the Captains Calls. Participation in the rally itself is not necessary.  This position is flexible to accommodate your time for availability.
  • Fleet Captain: this position takes over in the departure location with help from the Port Captains.  The Fleet Captain and Port Captain share in welcoming activities and any events.  After departure from any port, keeps the fleet organized.
  • Port Captains: this position takes the plans made in cooperation with the Rally Manager and implements them at each Port. The Port Captains and the Fleet Captain share in welcoming activities and planned events.

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