In order to provide a safe space for our event and to comply with local restrictions, GCBSR highly recommends that all participating captains, crew, passengers, volunteers, sponsors and guests be fully vaccinated. GCBSR accepts no liability for COVID infections that may occur at this event. Finally, all of this is subject to change with the changing policy environment.


Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Open Docks · 1200-1400 and 1700-1900 Dockside viewing at Anchorage Marina.

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Expeditionary Learning Experience · 0900-1200 Approximately 100 students
from neighborhood schools will board a few, selected, vessels for a special learning
opportunity. Students will be able to connect to past and present aboard a
working vessel.

All Schooners Dockside by 1200 Hours  All schooners are expected to dock in Baltimore no later than 1200 hours on Wednesday. You are welcome to arrive as early on Monday as you wish; docking will be arranged.

Open Docks · 1000-1400 Hours Schooners may be viewed dockside at Anchorage Marina.

At the Dock · 1200 Hours All schooners to be docked in Baltimore by 1200 hours.

Captains’ Meeting 1300 1400 Hours In the Boater’s Lounge at Anchorage Marina. The captains of all vessels racing to Norfolk MUST attend this meeting. Due to space limits, no more than two people per boat

Parade of Sail ·1600 Hours  An opportunity for all of the beautiful schooners in the race to show off in Baltimore. Cast off ca. 1600 and the parade officially begins at 1700.  The public is invited to view the schooners from the Canton, Fells Point, Harbor East and Inner Harbor shorelines. Spectator vessels are reminded to please allow ample room for the vessels to maneuver safely.

All Hands Party · 1900 Hours  On the docks at the Anchorage marina. Wrist bands required.

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Skippers’ Meeting · 0630 Hours  In the Boater’s Lounge· All participating schooners MUST have formal representation or risk disqualification. Captains may not delegate attendance.

Cast-off for the Start · 0730 Hours  The distance from the Baltimore docking area to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge at Annapolis and the starting line area to its south is about 21 NM. Spectator vessels are reminded to please allow ample room for the vessels to maneuver safely.


Thursday, October 5, 2023

Race Start · 1200 Hours  The race begins just south of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge near Annapolis as a magnificent gathering of schooner-rigged vessels begin their adventure down the Chesapeake Bay. Spectator vessels are reminded to please allow ample room for the vessels to maneuver safely.


Saturday, October 7, 2023

Schooners may be viewed dockside in Norfolk on Saturday. Some may be open for tours.

Deadline for Calling in Finish Time · 1200 Hours See Racing Rules and Sailing Instructions.

Pig and Oyster Roast Awards Ceremony · 1300-1700 Hours This a private party, by invitation only, at Freemason Harbor, Norfolk, VA for captains, crew, sponsors, volunteers and supporters. The race results will be announced and awards will be presented.

Schooner Social · 1700-2100 Hours   We all like meeting other classic boat sailors and seeing each other’s boats. Captains and crew are encouraged to host those from other vessels and show them all the neat things that you love about your boat. All are encouraged to knock on the hull of a vessel you would like to get to know and wait to be asked aboard.

Sailors’ Evening and Sea Shanty Sing-along · 2000-2300  Sailors’ Evening and Sea Chantey Sing-along – The Norfolk Boat Club is hosting a Sea Chantey Sing and we are all invited to come and lend our voices! Chanteys are about having fun, not perfect pitch, so come join in the festivities.  Songbooks provided. Location is just 2 ½  blocks from Freemason harbor, 432 W Freemason St. Download our songbook. 

Sunday, October 8, 2023

Captains’ Meeting · 0730 Hours  Schooner captains meet to discuss the race results. Location TBD.

All Hands Breakfast · 0900 Hours  Schooner captains and crews gather for breakfast to share some sea stories and say a fond farewell to volunteers, sponsors and fellow sailors. Location TBD. This event is not open to the public.

Monday, October 9, 2023

Tentative Education sails / dockside · 0900-1600  at Nauticus, 1 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, VA. Schooners are encouraged to continue the education experience and those with commercial licenses will be running charter day sails from the Nauticus docks.