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.

2023 Two Races in One!

Virtual Race August 23-26 | Bay Race October 3-8

New Grant Program

Non-profit organizations in the Bay area are encouraged to apply for educational grants.

GCBSR Sea Stories

Click here
to view recorded webinars featuring conversations with
schooner owners, builders and captains.

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