The 2021 virtual race will be August 25th to the 28th. The race down the bay will be October 5th to the 11th. Details will be available shortly, but in the meantime, we invite you to continue browsing just to get a taste of the race

2020 Virtual Race Information

Each year for the past 31 years, the Chesapeake Bay has been graced by our iconic Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race, held each October over the Columbus Day weekend. But COVID 19 has changed everything. This year instead of a gathering of historic vessels racing from Annapolis to Norfolk, the race will go virtual, creating instead a fundraising event held over the same time period to benefit the nonprofit organizations which the race would normally support. 

We have determined that a physical race this year would be impractical, and a liability for the organization. At the same time, wanting to create an event so that our message doesn’t fade away, we’ve decided to run a “Virtual GCBSR”, or VGCBSR. 

Each boat will partner with a non-profit organization of their choice which fits into the GCBSR mission of preserving the Chesapeake Bay’s history & ecology. The race will consist of a 4-day long fundraising event October 14-17 co-sponsored by a schooner and a non-profit partner; both reaching out to their constituents for donations. (Educational boats with their own 501-c3 status could raise money for themselves.) These donations will be collected on the GCBSR website, on a page dedicated to each team. When the week ends, the team with the greatest amount of money raised, wins. All collected donations would then be given to the non-profit partners. 

During these upcoming months, Schooners and their non-profit partners will be creating content for their constituents which will be pushed out via social media, news outlets, and posted on their websites. The idea is to benefit our communities as we normally do, while all can stay safe, stay involved with our boats, and connect with new friends. 

The winner of the race will be the schooner which raises the most money in donations. Please consider helping us as we race virtually down the bay from Annapolis to Norfolk.