Salty Dawg Rally Announces 4th of July Rendezvous and Fall Registration

The Salty Dawg Rally has announced the schedule for the annual 4th of July Rendezvous in Bristol, R.I and opened registration for the Fall Rally.

June 12, 2015

The Salty Dawg Rally (SDR) announced today the schedule for the annual 4th of July Rendezvous in Bristol, R.I., and also announced that registration for the Fall 2015 Rally has opened. The Salty Dawg Rally is a cruising rally that has quickly grown to be the most popular and largest Rally in the U.S. Online registration for the Fall 2015 Rally is easy and available at the SDR website, here.

In making the announcement, Linda Knowles, Co-founder of the SDR, said, “This year will be our 4th Annual Fourth of July Rendezvous in Bristol, RI, which hosts the longest continuous running Fourth of July Celebration in the Nation! The Rendezvous is opened not only to the Salty Dawgs, but to all blue water sailors interested in learning more about the Rally. We are excited to have Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) join us this year to watch the parade. We encourage anyone to join who has an interest in meeting members of the SDR and OCC!”

The opening dinner for the rendezvous will be lobsters and steamers on July 2, followed by a pulled pork BBQ on July 3 with the annual town fireworks show immediately afterwards. A clambake/clamboil on July 4th after the parade will top off the rendezvous festivities.


Knowles encourages cruisers to arrive in Bristol prior to the 4th of July week events. There is a lot to do in the Bristol area and there will be free concerts on the water for 2 weeks prior to the 4th; visit to learn about all the events that Bristol has planned.

Those planning to attend the dinners should email Linda at [email protected] to let SDR planners know when you will arrive and the number of people attending each dinner. Costs for the events will be divided among everyone attending the meals.

Also, the SDR Fall 2015 Rally registration is now open. “If you are planning on doing the Rally this fall (or know of someone who is), please register early,” Knowles says. “This will help us to better plan for the fall events. Register at: .


The Fall Rally includes a full week of seminars, a pig roast, chicken barbecue, potluck, Halloween party and more, all prior to the November 2 departure date, weather permitting. Sailors are able to participate in the Fall Rally for free, however, participants are encouraged to also join the Salty Dawg Rally organization as a member since they receive substantial further benefits. Details about joining as a member and the associated benefits may be found at the Salty Dawg website – .”

The Salty Dawg Rally (SDR), founded by cruising enthusiasts Bill & Linda Knowles of Bristol, Rhode Island, is a U.S. tax-exempt nonprofit organization 501(c)(3). It is comprised of blue water sailors who have completed at least one blue water passage. The rally leaves Hampton, Virginia and other U.S. East Coast ports in the fall, headed for the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and other ports in the Caribbean, and returns in the spring.

Salty Dawgs at the Bristol 4th of July parade, outside Leo’s Ristorante on the parade route. Photo includes Jenny McNamara (in patriotic T-shirt), Charlie McNamara, Sarah Bell, Craig and Karene White, Gil and Joy Smith, and SDR co-founder Bill Knowles (at right).

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