Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race
|2017 Trip Info|
|Dates:||October 11 – 15, 2017|
|Route:||Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race – Baltimore MD to Portsmouth, VA|
|Pricing:||$825 per person
|Board in Baltimore:||12:00 – 3:00 PM on Wednesday, October 11th|
|Disembark Portsmouth:||10:00 AM Sunday, October 15th|
You'll experience the thrill of racing amidst a fleet of over 50 tall ships. In 2012, the LIBERTY CLIPPER sailed at 14.7 knots and set a new ship speed record! This was done while sailing past the mouth of the Potomac River - what a thrill it was! This cruise is a favorite and space is limited so book your spot now for this historic race down the Chesapeake.
2017 Intinerary & Scheduled Events
Tuesday, October 10:
A limited number of our guests may opt to board one-night early on Tuesday, October 11th, 2014 and stay on the ship that night for a small additional charge. On the evening of the 11th there is a free concert, Schooners & Crooners, which starts at 7:00pm. No matter how you choose to spend your evening, it will be one of merriment and anticipation for the big race.
Wednesday, October 11:
12:00 – 3:00 PM: You'll board the ship between 12:00 noon and 3 PM to kick off this annual tall ship event!
5:00 PM: The Liberty Clipper will participate in the Parade of Sail and sail Baltimore Harbor in the company of a fleet of tall ships! Be sure to have your camera ready as over 50 ships participate in this event. As a guest aboard the Liberty Clipper, you will be eligible to join the party ashore later that evening at the Schooner Party. The festivities will continue with the Sailors' Evening.
Thursday, October 12:
As the sun comes up this morning you will feel the excitement in the harbor as the Fleet moves into the Chesapeake Bay and heads towards the starting line of the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. The Liberty Clipper is the 2005 Champion - we'll be out there this year to win back the title!
1:00 PM – Starting gun of the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race!
October 13 – 14: Racing through the Chesapeake Bay
This itinerary of this cruise is determined by the winds. The fastest race time to date is 11 hours 18 minutes, set in 2007. If the winds are light, unusual at this time of year, the race can be significantly longer and may last up to 20 hours. In either event, you will enjoy sunset under full sail in the Chesapeake Bay and some night-time sailing. Our Chef will prepare wonderful food to keep you going during the excitement of the race.
Once we arrive at the finish line, 127-miles south in Portsmouth, Virginia, we will stay for the award ceremonies and give you a chance to explore the town.
Sunday, October 15th
10:00 AM – Disembark in Portsmouth. The Norfolk and Newport News airports are very close or you may take an easy train ride back to Baltimore for a round-trip flight.
For more information about the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race, please visit the Race's official website.