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In order to provide a safe space for our event and to comply with local restrictions, all participating captains, crew, and passengers are required to have been fully vaccinated by the time of the race. Volunteers, sponsors and guests will also be expected to be fully vaccinated or to have a COVID-free test result within 48 hours of any event they attend. Mask wearing is encouraged, and everyone is required to wear a mask whenever indoors in both Baltimore and Norfolk. Finally, all of this is subject to change with the changing policy environment.

Thank you for your understanding and compliance.


2021 Bay Race 
Registration and Information

October 5-11, 2021

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 1st 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, so you may register right up to the beginning of the race, 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. Your entry fee is not refundable and you are not completely registered until you have paid in full. If you have any questions, please contact


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

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 Duncan Hood before the Skippers’ Meeting starts on Thursday morning.

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 likely 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 the race organizers in event of personal emergencies.
  • For information about mail, packages and faxes in Norfolk, contact

Schedule at a Glance

See Participants’ Events for additional details.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

  • 1000-1400 Open Docks
  • 1700-1900 Open Docks
  • 1900-2200 Sailor’s Potluck Dinner

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

  • 0900 Expeditionary Learning Programs
  • 1000-1400 Open Docks
  • 1200 All schooners must be docked in Baltimore
  • 1300 Mandatory Captains’ Meeting
  • 1600 Push off for Parade of Sail at 1700
  • 1900 All Hands Party (outdoors on the Marina dock this year due to Covid)

Thursday, October 7, 2021

  • 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
  • 1200 Start of the Race

Friday, October 8, 2021

Saturday, October 9, 2021

  • 0800-1800 Open Docks
  • 1200 Deadline for calling in finish time
  • 1300-1700 Pig and Oyster Roast / Awards Ceremony
  • 1700-2100 Schooner Social
  • 2100-2330 Sailors’ Evening and Sea Chantey Sing-along

Sunday, October 10, 2021

  • 0730-0900 Captain’s Meeting
  • 0900-1100 All Hands Breakfast

Monday, October 11, 2021

  • 0900-1600 Tentative 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