Definition: Rally - to organize (supporters, etc )for a common cause or (of such people) to come together for a purpose
|View of North Sound from our visit in 2008|
Previously we have not been interested in sailing rallies. They just didn't seem like our thing for several different reasons 1.) Cost. 2.) Very structured - You must leave from this location on this date - weather permitting and you must arrive at this destination 3.) Very strict - You must attend all the pre-departure seminars and events. 4.) Too many pay for social events - We have never needed to pay to socialize. 5.) Herd Mentality - We are not follow the herd people. However, there are many things about sailing rallies that do appeal to us. 1.) Sharing of resources like weather and routing 2.) Daily radio check ins. 3.) Discounts and/or freebies from sponsors. *Come on, who doesn't like discounts and freebies! 4.) Sharing of knowledge.
|Bitter End Yacht Club 2008|
With these pluses in mind, we have decided to join the Salty Dawg Rally and they have accepted us. We plan to depart out the Beaufort NC inlet on November 4th (weather permitting) - destination British Virgin Islands! The bulk of the rally is departing from Hampton VA the same day but there are approximately six or so boats departing out of Beaufort (see, this rally is flexible on departure locations). Most of the rally is headed to the BVI's but there but a few vessels are going other locations. This isn't completely out of the blue.....well...actually, it's into the blue....bluewater....get it? HA! We have been planning to sail to the Eastern Caribbean. The rally is the only new part of the plan.
|Rainbow in North Sound 2008|
For more information on this rally, please check the web site Salty Dawg Rally Fall 2013. Once the fleet departs, you can track our progress there and see updates from some of the vessels. We will be posting position reports back to the rally organizers and our float plan holders. Other than that, we will be out of pocket ie....no blog postings until we arrive down in the Eastern Caribbean.
|Looking forward to see that color of water again|
|Despite the crowds, there are secret places with no one else around|