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.

New Grant Program

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

GCBSR Sea Stories

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

There’s So Much More

“There’s so much more to the GCBSR than big beautiful boats racing down the length of the Bay. Festivities span five days and include opportunities for hands-on learning, touring the boats, mingling with captains and crew, and singing sea shanties.”

Mark Talbot
Spin Sheet, Crew Member of the Woodwind


GCBSR YouTube Channel