Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to many of the questions we get from the public. Captains – Do you have a question? See our Captain’s FAQ for answers.
The mission of the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race (GCBSR) is to promote public awareness of the Chesapeake Bay’s maritime heritage and encourage the preservation and improvement of the Chesapeake’s natural resources.
Proceeds from the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race support local non-profits in the two areas where we celebrate the race, Baltimore/Annapolis and Portsmouth/Norfolk. Local organizations are sought out whose mission aligns with ours. To date, donees have included the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Sail Baltimore, Oyster Recovery Project, Elizabeth River Project and the Mariners Museum in Yorktown. If you have a needy organization in mind, we’d love to hear your suggestion! Please contact Nan Nawrocki (Nan.firstname.lastname@example.org). Thanks!
In 2017, there were 31 entries. One year 54 boats signed up to compete. More than 150 schooners have participated over the last twenty-five years.
The first annual race was in 1990, with seven entries. Every one of those seven has returned; Norfolk Rebel has raced every year. Forty schooners have raced five or more times.
Entry is open to all schooner-rigged vessels. The race committee reserves the right to reject entries for reasons of safety.
Sorry, only schooners, no spectator fleet.
Owners and captains of nonparticipating schooners are invited to contact us to arrange admission to land events.
If your schedule will not permit participation in all events, we still want you to come. Contact us to make arrangements.
The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race, Inc. is a Virginia nonprofit corporation under IRS 501(c)(3). About 100 volunteers in each port, led by race chairs, make the race and activities run smoothly.