Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race

2017-10-12
US/Eastern

The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race (GCBSR) was founded to promote public awareness of the Chesapeake Bay's maritime heritage and encourage the preservation and improvement of the Chesapeake's natural resources.

 

We accomplish this goal in part by donating the proceeds of the race to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, an organization working to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay. To date, $172,624 has been donated to support children's education programs of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

 

The race begins in Baltimore, Maryland, and ends 127 nautical miles down the Chesapeake Bay in Portsmouth, Virginia. Entry is open to all schooner-rigged vessels. Thirty-four schooners participated in the 25th annual race.

 

The race and all race week activities are run by volunteers and donations keep the race going strong.

 

Full details at http://www.GCBSR.org

 

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

 

"Salute to Schooners" - 10:00-12:00

On the water, schooners and other vessels will “fire” cannons, horns, etc. On land, students from Baltimore City schools will sing and play a musical tribute to the USA. To confirm your participation or for more information, please contact Janet Caslow at 410.241.8693 or jlcaslow@hotmail.com.

 

Open Docks · 1700-1900 Hours · Schooners may be viewed dockside in Canton at the Baltimore Marine Center at Lighthouse Point.

 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

 

Education Program · 0900 Hours · Selected schooners host area students for a hands-on learning experience in Baltimore.

 

Open Docks · 1000-1400 Hours · Schooners may be viewed dockside in Canton at the Baltimore Marine Center at Lighthouse Point.

 

ALL SCHOONERS to be docked in Baltimore by 1200 hours.

 

Captains' Meeting and All Hands Briefing · 1300 Hours · The captains of all vessels racing to Portsmouth MUST attend this meeting.

 

Parade of Sail · 1700 Hours · An opportunity for all of the beautiful schooners in the race to show off in Baltimore. The public is invited to view the schooners from the Canton, Fells Point, Harbor East and Inner Harbor shorelines. Spectator vessels are reminded to please allow ample room for the vessels to maneuver safely.

 

All Hands Party · 1900 Hours · Buses depart Baltimore Marine Center parking lot at 18:45. Party will be held at the Polish Home Club in Fells Point (512 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231) - same place as 2015. This is a private (invitation only) party for captains, crew, sponsors and volunteers at a location to be determined.

 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

 

Skippers' Meeting · 0730 Hours · All participating schooners MUST have formal representation or risk disqualification. Captains may not delegate attendance.

 

Cast-off for the Start · 0830 Hours · The distance from the Baltimore docking area to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge at Annapolis and the starting line area to its south is about 21 NM. Spectator vessels are reminded to please allow ample room for the vessels to maneuver safely.

 

ON THE BAY

 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

 

Race Start · 1330 Hours · The race begins just south of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge near Annapolis as a magnificent gathering of schooner-rigged vessels begin their adventure down the Chesapeake Bay. Spectator vessels are reminded to please allow ample room for the vessels to maneuver safely.

 

Friday, October 13, 2017

 

Race Finish Line · The finish line for classes A and AA is an east-west line at Thimble Shoal Light. Classes B and C finish at Windmill Point and proceed to docking in Portsmouth.

 

PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA

 

Friday, October 13, 2017

 

Friday Night Rendezvous · 1830 Hours · An informal get-together for early arrivals at Roger Brown's in Olde Towne Portsmouth at 316 High Street. The public is welcome to come and mingle with the crews of the schooners that completed the race.

 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

 

Schooners may be viewed dockside in Portsmouth on Saturday. Some may be open for tours.

 

Education Program · 0900 Hours · Selected schooners host area students for a hands-on learning experience in Portsmouth.

 

Deadline for Calling in Finish Time · 1000 Hours · See Racing Rules and Sailing Instructions.

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Pig and Oyster Roast Awards Ceremony · 1300 Hours · This a private party, by invitation only, at North Landing Park for captains, crew, sponsors, volunteers and supporters. The race results will be announced and awards will be presented.

 

Sailors' Evening and Sea Chantey Sing-along · 2100 Hours · This is a public gathering at North Landing Park for captains, crew, sponsors, volunteers and enthusiasts who want to enjoy some rousing - and sometimes bawdy - sea chanteys.

 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

 

Captains' Meeting · 0730 Hours · Schooner captains meet at Roger Brown's to discuss the race results.

 

All Hands Breakfast · 0900 Hours · Schooner captains and crews gather at Roger Brown's for breakfast to share some sea stories and say a fond farewell to volunteers, sponsors and fellow sailors. This event is not open to the public.