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.


Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Tentative Salute to Schooners · 10:00-12:00 On the water, schooners and other vessels will “fire” cannons, horns, etc. On land, students from Baltimore City schools will sing and play a musical tribute to the USA. To confirm your participation or for more information, please contact us at maryland@gcbsr.org

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

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Tentative Expeditionary Learning Experience aboard selected schooners · 0900 Hours  Selected schooners host area students for a hands-on learning experience in Baltimore.

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 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 twp 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  Buses depart Anchorage Marina parking lot at 18:45. Party will be held at the Polish Home Club in Fells Point (512 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231) – same place as 2015. This is a private (invitation only) party for captains, crew, sponsors and volunteers at a location to be determined.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

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 7, 2021

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 9, 2021

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  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!to  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 · 2100-2400  All are encouraged to come and lend your voice! Shanties are about having fun, not perfect pitch. Songbooks provided and possibly discount drinks for those wearing Race Shirts! Download Shanty Songbook

Sunday, October 10, 2021

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 11, 2021

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.