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Rio Dulce Welcomes the Salt Assault Fest PDF Print
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February 29, 2016
by Jody Aston, Editor

If you have wandered around Rio Dulce the past week, you may have noticed an influx of dreadlocked, copiously-inked young people in town. It’s that time of year when we, once again, extend a warm welcome to the meetup of a self-described alternative lifestyle group interested in sailing. Rio Dulce has been the destination for the meetup since 2010, and many of us have come to know and appreciate the organizers and the tremendous amount of effort that goes into planning this event. Tyler, of SV En Cavale, and his cohorts start the process months in advance, in Key West, Florida. The meetup has a new name this year. It is called the Salt Assault Fest.

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SV Eleuthera and SV Pisces Head Upriver
Most of the participants have no sailing experience but are eager to learn. The group stays at Backpackers Hostel, and has a week to ten days full itinerary of hands-on sailing activities and workshops. They begin with classes in nautical safety and branch into classes in splicing techniques, maps and topography, weather forecasting, outboard repair, diesel engine maintenance, traditional crew dynamics, celestial navigation, women in command, reefing, solar and thermodynamics, and…well, you probably get why we are impressed with their enthusiastic endeavors!

Several Rio Dulce boaters have offered assistance to the group by inviting participants aboard for the sailing introduction and instruction activities…and fun sailing! The first day, sailing vessels Eleuthera, Drum Thunder, and Grace were all spotted coursing the Rio Dulce along with Salt Assault sailing vessels Pisces, Otra Vida and En Cavale. The Fest continues through

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SV En Cavale and Busy Crew
Friday, so there is still time to share your knowledge…and your boat, if you would like to help. Stop by Backpackers, or contact Tyler on 68, after the morning Cruiser’s Net, and let him know you will give them a hand.

(Lots more photos below!)

Editor’s Note: If any of you see a photo you would like, I’ll be happy to email you a larger file, as these are a small size, to fit our website. I also have many more of the day sail pictured in this article. Contact me (Jody) by email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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SV Pisces

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SV Pisces

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Peter, of SV Drum Thunder, and Crew

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Peter and Crew of SV Drum Thunder

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SV Drum Thunder Searching for a Breeze

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Steve, of SV Eleuthera, and Crew

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SV Eleuthera

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SV Otra Vida and Crew

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SV Otra Vida and Crew

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SV Drum Thunder and SV Eleuthera

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In the Shadow of the Bridge, Mike, of SV Grace, and Crew and Daniel Speeding By in His Kayak

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SV En Cavale and Crew

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SV En Cavale and Crew

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SV Pisces Rounding the Bend Towards El Castillo

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Rio Dulce Map in Salt Assault Fest's Program Timetable

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SV Grace and Bird Island

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Crew of SV Grace - the Only Ones to Look Up!

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Mike Steers Grace Under the Bridge

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Jerie, of MV Peking, Brought Sailing Books to Share with Salt Assault at Backpackers

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Salt Assault Members Check Out Jerie's Books

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Backpackers Hostel - Salt Assault Fest's Home for Ten Days

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Guess Which Rio Dulce Sailor Proudly Flies His Pirate Flag!

 

 
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