The Virtual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race (VGCBSR) was born in 2020 as a way to continue supporting area non-profits despite having to take a COVID break from the Bay Race. The 3-day fundraiser was a huge success and the Virtual Race became part of GCBSR’s regular calendar.

Each participating vessel identifies a non-profit organization doing good work around the Chesapeake watershed then reach out to family and friends for contributions. The boat that raises the most money wins! See details about the 2023 Virtual Race.


The Virtual Race raised $35,199.18 for the following non-profits.

Maryland Science Center

Originally established as the Maryland Academy of Sciences in 1797, the Maryland Science Center strives to build a community that shares their love of science by creating connections through innovative programs, authentic experiences and advocacy for their mission.

Ocean Research Project

The Ocean Research Project‘s mission is to monitor humanity’s impact on the Ocean through dedicated interdisciplinary field expeditions.


Nauticus is a maritime discovery center located along the waterfront in downtown, Norfolk, VA, offering a unique form of experiential learning for all ages. Through interactive exhibits and STEM to STERN programming, Nauticus uses the museum, Battleship Wisconsin, sailing center, and Schooner Virginia to tell the story of the maritime environment, industry, and the military.

Watermen's Museum

The mission of the Watermen’s Museum in Yorktown, VA is to demonstrate the role Chesapeake Bay Watermen, from pre-colonial to modern times, have played in the shaping of our nation. The Museum offers school and civic groups eleven different educational field trips and conduct summer children’s programs

Vessel Disposal and Reuse Foundation

The VDRF helps waterways achieve sustainable health through removal of abandoned and derelict vessels, public outreach and education.

Gloucester City Sail

Gloucester City’s Tall Ship, the Schooner North Wind, is home to experiential youth programs and is the premiere sailing charter in the Philadelphia/Camden County area.

Severn River Association

The Severn River Association connects the people who live, work and play on the Severn River to restore and protect it for all of our communities.

Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race

A portion of the proceeds from the Virtual GCBSR support the organization’s educational programming.

Magothy River Association

The Magothy River Association, works for the preservation and improvement of the water quality, plants, and wildlife of the Magothy River and its watershed.

The Downtown Sailing Center.

The Downtown Sailing Center is raising grant-matching funds to support their Young Mariners Institute, a workforce development program and sailing instructor training program for Baltimore City high school students.

Pride of Baltimore II

Pride of Baltimore II’s mission is to promote historical maritime education, foster economic development and tourism, and represent the people of Maryland in every port she visits.

Past Virtual Race Results

2022     • 2021     • 2020

Additional Recipients

The following organizations have also benefited from donations raised by participating vessels: