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Schooner Virginia Race

Cheer on the Schooner Virginia and her crew as she participates in the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race! The race will begin in Baltimore, Maryland, and end in Norfolk, Virginia.

Schooners come from all over the world to take part in this unique event and enjoy the camaraderie of other traditional boat sailors. The race is a fundraising event, the proceeds of which are donated to support the environmental and educational programs of outstanding Chesapeake Bay organizations.

The following events are open to the public and we encourage you to come and have a great time!

Events in Baltimore:

  • Tuesday, October 4, 2022
    • 12:00-2:00 pm and 5:00-7:00 pm: Open Docks at Anchorage Marina
  • Wednesday, October 5, 2022
    • Expeditionary Learning Experience aboard selected schooners: Students from neighborhood schools will board a few racing schooners for a special learning opportunity.
    • 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Open Docks at Anchorage Marina
    • 5:00 pm: Watch the Parade of Sail! 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.
  • Thursday, October 6, 2022
    • 12:00 pm: And they’re off! The starting line is just south of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge at Annapolis. This year, one end of the starting line will be marked by the historic Chesapeake Bay buy boat, Nellie Crockett. Spectator vessels are reminded to please allow ample room for the vessels to maneuver safely.

Events in Norfolk:

Saturday, October 8, 2022

8:00-10:00 am: Open Docks at Freemason Harbor Basin at the Pagoda in Norfolk. Some may be open for tours.

9:00-11:30 pm: Please join us for a Sea Chantey Sing-along at Nauticus. Download our songbook.

Monday, October 10, 2022

9:00 am-4:00 pm: Education sails and charters at Nauticus. Schooners are encouraged to continue the education experience and those with commercial licenses will be running charter day sails from the Nauticus docks.