Through the generous support of sponsors, donors, and participating vessels, the GCBSR is able to support the environmental and educational programs of outstanding Chesapeake Bay organizations, including:

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Founded in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest independent conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Bay. Serving as a watchdog, CBF fights for effective, science-based solutions to the pollution degrading the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. Their motto, “Save the Bay,” is a regional rallying cry for pollution reduction throughout the Chesapeake’s six-state, 64,000-square-mile watershed, which is home to more than 17 million people and 3,000 species of plants and animals.

With offices in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, 4 education centers, and 11 field operations, CBF leads the way in restoring the Bay and its rivers and streams. Over the last four decades, CBF has created broad understanding of the Bay’s poor health, engaged public leaders in making commitments to restore the Chesapeake, and fought successfully to create a new approach to cleanup that features real accountability-the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.

Elizabeth River Project

The Elizabeth River Project, is dedicated to restoring the Elizabeth River to the highest practical level of environmental quality through government, business and community partnerships. Their education programs include River Star Schools, Princess Elizabeth, youth presentations and adult education.

Oyster Recovery Partnership

The Oyster Recovery Partnership promotes and implements consensus-based and scientifically-sustainable shellfish ecological restoration, aquaculture and commercial fishery activities to improve the environment and expand economic opportunities in the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays and beyond.

Sail Baltimore

Sail Baltimore brings ships—glorious tall ships, high-tech naval warships and other ships of historic, environmental and educational interest from around the world to Baltimore.


Additional organizations have benefited from donations raised
by participating vessels, including: