Homeward Bound Rally

May 1, 2023  Pre-rally departure from Antigua to Bermuda (independent of rally)

May 10, 2023 Homeward Bound rally departure from St Thomas, USVI and Marsh Harbor, Bahamas

May 14, 2023 Bermuda to New England rally departure

(weather permitting)

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The Homeward Bound Rally is an offshore passage in the company of other boats of many nationalities.  The official destination is Hampton, Virginia, USA, but boats will sail directly to various ports on the US East Coast and Canada. 

The rally to the US this May will have departures from St Thomas, Marsh Harbor Bahamas and Bermuda. 

Last fall many skippers expressed interest in a stop in Bermuda which turned out to be impractical for most.  With this in mind, the Homeward Bound Rally to the US will include a departure from Bermuda for points north. 

The weather in Bermuda in mid-May is generally more settled than in November and is considered an easier time to plan a stop. 

As participants in SDSA rallies are considered to be part of the rally until their first landfall, some boats will likely opt to head to Bermuda for an extended visit on May 1st, with a departure from Antigua.  Bob Osborn, SV Pandora and President of SDSA, will lead this segment.   For those who opt for this segment in advance of the official departure date for the rally will contract with Chris Parker for this segment independent of the rally.  There will be a departure dinner in Antigua at the AYC Clubhouse restaurant on April 29th. 

With this in mind, participants will have the option to head to Bermuda in early May on their own as noted above and then depart for points north in mid-May as part of the rally to New England.

Others that wish to head from the Bahamas or St Thomas will depart on or about May 10th for points north.   Some may opt to stop in Bermuda on the way north but will limit their stay to three days and take the next available weather window or withdraw from the rally. 

Boats departing from the Bahamas will gather in Marsh Harbour. 

As with all Salty Dawg rallies, the stated departure date is a goal, the actual date the fleet leaves port is weather dependent.  The Rally includes weather routing, position tracking, and an extensive level of coordination and support during the offshore passage. 

An arrival dinner in Hampton, VA will be planned for those boats that choose to make landfall there.  All Salty Dawgs are welcome at this event to provide a warm welcome to arriving cruisers.  The primary marina in Hampton is "The Docks at Downtown Hampton."  Use Dockwa for reservations.  The secondary marina is Salt Ponds Marina.

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 you are accepted to the rally and your rally fees have been paid, you will be receiving rally specific information and access to the rally Welcome Page.  Please review the Passage Discussion section, which contains information about the conditions likely to be encountered.

VHF radio and offshore communications equipment is required.  Please read the COMMUNICATIONS REQUIREMENTS FOR OFFSHORE RALLIES Note: Long form email is not a requirement for the 2023 Homeward Bound Rally.

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All Salty Dawg rallies and events are led by seasoned sailors who volunteer their time and knowledge to help cruisers realize their dreams.  The SDSA unites experienced ocean sailors with developing cruisers to broaden their blue water horizons. 

2023 Homeward Bound Participants
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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.

  • 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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