This is a list, by no means comprehensive, of websites that may be of interest to Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race (GCBSR) participants and spectators. We hope you find it useful!
SCHOONER SHANTY SONGBOOK
One of the signature events of race festivities, shanty singing gives us a chance to reconnect to those sailors who made their way on the seas without the benefits of electricity or internal combustion engines. Back when all the power a sailor has was within their own two hands, shantys gave sailors a cadence to coordinate their efforts and a way to relax, laugh and enjoy each other’s company. Recordings of all of these shantys can be found online by searching for “shanty” and the song title. Enjoy!
SCHOONER-RELATED ORGANIZATIONS AND EVENTS
The American Schooner Association fosters, promotes and encourages the enjoyment, traditions, and preservation of schooners by supporting individuals and organizations that are in sympathy with their object, by maintaining a record of those vessels past and present, and by coordinating a program of racing and cruising.
The Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous takes place on the Choptank in Cambridge, Maryland, at the end of October. Many of the schooners that participate in the GCBSR also attend this annual event.
The annual Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta & Yacht Race, held in early September, brings splendid sailing and magnificent vessels to Cape Cod.
The Gloucester Schooner Festival, held in early September, is the annual commemoration of the significance of the classic fishing schooner to the history of Gloucester, Massachusetts, the oldest fishing port on the East Coast. For three days, the City’s harbor hosts a unique mix of old and new, as modern day fishermen share their home port with the traditional vessels of an earlier era.
SpinSheet, based in Annapolis, MD, is an independent monthly print magazine devoted to Chesapeake Bay Sailing.SpinSheet publishes the official program for the GCBSR each year in the October issue.
The Clean Marina Initiative is a voluntary, incentive-based program promoted by NOAA and others that encourages marina operators and recreational boaters to protect coastal water quality by engaging in environmentally sound operating and maintenance procedures. A list of U.S. State Clean Marina Programs is available on this NOAA site. Boaters are encouraged to patronize certified Clean Marinas and to adopt clean boating habits.
The Maryland Clean Marina Initiative recognizes and promotes marinas, boatyards and yacht clubs of any size that meet legal requirements and voluntarily adopt pollution prevention practices. The program was developed as an alternative to additional regulations on the marina industry and all marinas and boatyards are encouraged to participate. The collective effort of individuals and businesses will improve the quality of Maryland’s waters from Deep Creek Lake, to the Chesapeake Bay, to the coastal bays!
The Virginia Clean Marina Program promotes the voluntary adoption of measures that prevent or reduce pollution from traditional and non-traditional marinas, boatyards and recreational boats. Anyone interested in the link between clean marinas and clean waters in VA should explore this site.
The Chesapeake Bay is in trouble. Polluted waters are threatening our crabs, fish and oysters. You can be part of the solution. Join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Boaters for the Bay program and help protect this national treasure.
“The Mad Scientist’s Guide to Being a Better Friend to the Bay“, Cindy Wallach, SpinSheet, June 2009, pp. 49-51. The sidebar to this articles contains a handy list of smart, cheap and green cleaning solutions.
“What’s Muck Got to Do with It? Clean Marinas and You“, Kristen Berry, SpinSheet, March 2009, pp.51-55.
BOAT CLUBS – GCBSR Sponsoring Clubs
LEARN TO SAIL
The Downtown Sailing Center, located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, is a non-profit outreach organization whose mission is to make the joy of sailing accessible to everyone, regardless of age, income, ability or disability. They offer free or affordable access to quality sailing programs and events without the cost of private ownership or boat maintenance.