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SALTY DAWGS RALLY TO THE CARIBBEAN
The Salty Dawg Sailing Association hosts several rallies for recreational boat- ers that provide the security and camaraderie of cruising in company. Last November, more than 80 sailboats arrived in the British Virgin Islands as part of the 2016 Salty Dawg Sailing Association Fall Caribbean Rally. The
1,400-mile voyage across the Atlantic from Hampton, Virginia, to the Bitter End
Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda was once again the largest rally from the United States
to the Caribbean.
This year’s fleet included boats ranging from 34 to 70 feet and hailing from Sweden,
England, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Ireland, Canada, and the U.S.
“Crew ages ranged from pre-teen to those in their 80s,” says rally master Hank
George. “Frequent humorous and insightful comments over daily SSB radio nets and
loads of social activities are exactly what a rally is all about.”
More than 1,900 sailors and 480 boats have participated in Salty Dawg Rallies, and
more than 1,300 sailors subscribe to notifications of Salty Dawg events.
Cruise 4.0 electric motors (each with
the equivalent of 9. 9 hp) and is fitted
with 5-kilowatt solar panels that serve
two battery power banks. Sal can motor
all day at an average speed of 7 mph in
daylight and cruise up to 50 miles after
sunset on stored battery power.
Solar power alone allowed Sal to deliv-
er 4 tons of cargo from Lockport to a
paper mill in Mechanicville, negotiating
72 locks along its maiden voyage. Borton
is currently working on designs for a 25-
and a 44-footer. — DAN ARMITAGE
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