The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race

The 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 by presenting educational programs and supporting regional organizations who share this vision.

Registration is Open
for participation in the 2024 Race

In addition to our schooner classes, GCBSR announces an invitational, Non-Schooner Class open to “traditional” vessels and to vessels with a mission that aligns with the GCBSR. See more.

GCBSR Educational Grant Program

Congratulations to our 2024 grant recipients.

GCBSR Sea Story

Recorded webinars with captains, boat builders, sailors and educators.

Our Promises To You

Promote awareness of the Chesapeake Bay’s heritage Encourage preservation of the Bay’s resources Support Chesapeake Bay education and clean-up efforts Bring historic schooners to the Bay Encourage schooner sailing and preservation

Comaraderie and Fellowship

“It’s impossible to describe the feeling of camaraderie and fellowship that emanates from the wonderful schooner sailors, truly a group belonging to another age. It’s a celebration of why we sail, a reminder that sailing is an art form, valuable simply for the sake of its enjoyment.”

Andy Schell
Spin Sheet


GCBSR YouTube Channel