Out - all persnickitiness aside, here is one thing I'd actually like to get your view on when you go. After last year's issues, they put the following statement into their sponsorship section:
The Salty Dawg Rally is a R.I. registered non-profit organization and for the next year will demonstrate its roll as an educational organization by fostering and teaching seamanship, safe boat handling, navigation and other skills needed by blue water sailors.
As you well know by now, this is exactly what I was hoping they'd do. If they are not going to raise the bar for entry, the least they can do is raise the standards of safety and seamanship for those coming in with only a single bluewater passage under their keels.
So, as you go through their rally it would be great to know how they are doing as this "educational organization". I hope that it's similar to the C1500's ISAF-based standards and expectations. If it is, then the SDR is a hell of a great deal - and I might even sponsor them. If not...well.
As was the case last year, out of the 15 or so events they had listed starting in July (they just revised their events calendar this morning by the way) - there is one single day listed for "seminars" on October 8* - and only for 100 people.
Their new calendar, updated this morning, has far less detail than it did yesterday, saying in the entry for the departure date on November 2 that "Dates for check in, seminars, and pig roast, BBQs and other fun pre departure events details will be posted soon."
So, if it IS a single day of seminars - I'm very curious about the curriculum as it regards their above statement. Are they fulfilling their "roll" [sic] in educating participants in the critical areas of safety and seamanship?
*Less than a month prior to departure. I'd assume that even if they strongly encouraged participants in these seminars to get rudder and rig inspections (the majority of the failures last year) - that less than 4 weeks would be a stretch in repairing deficiencies and still making the departure date.
PS - If I send you a free BFS hat and t-shirt, will you wear them to the seminars and pig roasts?