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2019 Registration and Race Information

Email:  Race Contact   |   Contact in Baltimore  |  Contact in Portsmouth 


Schooner Registration

Register your schooner to participate in this year’s race.

  • You must register by September 8th to have your boat name printed on your race shirts. Race shirts identify your crew members and admit them to all festivities.
  • There is no registration deadline, but docking is a limited and will be determined on a first-paid, first-entered basis. Only complete entries will be considered. A waiting list will be maintained once the limit is reached. We will contact wait-listed vessels.
  • If your plans change after registration, please contact


Submit your race payment by TBD. Your entry fee is not refundable. If you have any questions, please contact

Crew Registration Form

A Full Crew List Form (PDF) must be completed by/for each crew member on a vessel. Please send or hand the completed form to Nan Nawrocki before the Skippers’ Meeting starts on Thursday morning.


Race Handbook  (PDF) All the rules, instructions and information for race captains and crew, including schedule, racing rules and instructions, and more.

Fleet Book (PDF) Pictures and descriptions of this year’s fleet.

Hourly Position Log (PDF) The captain of each schooner must ensure that a position log recording the latitude and longitude of the schooner at each hour on the hour during the race is kept. A paper log is located at the end of the Race Handbook for your convenience, or you may use any other paper record that has the appropriate information.

In Baltimore

  • Please fuel your vessel and pump your holding tank before docking. The morning of the race you really will not have time to do this.
  • We encourage you to take a turn around the Inner Harbor under sail before you tie up to promote the race to the public.
  • All participating schooners will be assigned a berth in Baltimore. We will send captains all of the docking information by email in advance of race week.
  • We will help you arrange transportation, provisioning, ice, etc.
  • Early arrivals are welcome and can receive free docking beginning on Tuesday. Hail “Schooner Race Dockmaster” on VHF 16 as you enter the harbor. You will then be asked to switch to VHF 68.
  • For information about mail, packages and faxes in Baltimore, contact

In Norfolk

  • Expect to arrive in Norfolk between Friday morning and Saturday morning, depending on the weather and your speed. Make sure your family knows how to communicate with us in event of personal emergencies.
  • For information about mail, packages and faxes in Norfolk, contact

Schedule at a Glance

See the Participants’ Events for details.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

  • 1000-1200 Salute to Schooners
  • 1200-1400 Open Docks
  • 1700-1900 Open Docks
  • 1900-2200 Sailor’s Potluck Dinner

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

  • 0900 Educational Programs
  • 1000-1400 Open Docks
  • 1200 All schooners must be docked in Baltimore
  • Mandatory Captains’ Meeting
  • 1600 Parade of Sail
  • 1900 All Hands Party

Thursday, October 17, 2019

  • 0630 Mandatory Skippers’ Meeting – Schooners not represented at this mandatory meetings will be disqualified. Captains unable to attend must arrange official representation and notify the race committee.
  • 0730 Cast-off for the Start

Friday, October 18, 2019

Saturday, October 19, 2019

  • 1200 Deadline for calling in finish time
  • 1300-1700 Pig and Oyster Roast / Awards Ceremony
  • 1700-2100 Schooner Social
  • 2100-2400 Sailors’ Evening and Sea Chanty Sing-along

Sunday, October 20, 2019

  • 0730 Mandatory ??Captains’ Meeting – Schooners not represented at this mandatory meetings will be disqualified. Captains unable to attend must arrange official representation and notify the race committee.

Monday, October 21, 2019

  • 0900-1600 Educational sails / dockside

Safety Statement

This is meant to be a fun race; however, the safety of the vessel and her crew is the sole and inescapable responsibility of the captain, who must ensure that the vessel is sound, seaworthy and manned by experienced crew who are physically fit. The captain must further ensure that all equipment is properly maintained and stowed, and that the crew knows its location and proper usage. It is also the sole and exclusive responsibility of the captain to decide whether or not to start or continue in any race. Vessels will be disqualified for unsafe operation or failure to have formal representation at the Skippers’ Meeting on Thursday morning. The race involves sailing at night in an area busy with commercial traffic. All participating vessels must fly radar reflectors, maintain a radio watch and keep a good lookout at all times. Vessels unfamiliar with night sailing on the Chesapeake are encouraged to seek local knowledge before entering the event