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 join us
for a live webinar with Peter Thompson
Rebuilding the 1930’s-era Schooner Blackbird
Sept. 21st, 7:00 EST

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


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