Schooner Race from Annapolis, MD to Portsmouth, VA
Race down the Chesapeake Bay on one of the fastest schooners!
- October 14-18, 2015
- $900 plus tax per person
Wednesday, October 14:
- Teach all “guest” crew how to sail Woodwind as we sail from Annapolis to meet up with the other schooners in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
- Parade of Sail in Baltimore Harbor (late afternoon)
- “Crew Only” Party for all of the Schooners, volunteers and organizers.
Thursday- Friday, October 15-16:
- Teach all “guest” crew more sailing techniques on the Woodwind as we make our way to just south of the Bay Bridge.
- 1:30 pm Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race starts
- We split into crew watches and sail the boat day and night until we reach the finish line at Thimble Shoal Light at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.
- Racing 130 miles down the bay can take as little as 12 hours and as much as 40 hours depending on the wind speed and direction.
- Once across the finish line, we make our journey up the Elizabeth River past Norfolk to Portsmouth, VA.
Saturday, October 17:
- Catch up on sleep
- Great Woodwind Breakfast to celebrate our finish.
- Party around 1:00 pm, with oysters and a pig roast, beer truck, sea chanteys, and the awards for the race.
- Other schooners may have parties that go on through the night or wander in town and catch up with the other crews.
Sunday, October 18:
- “All Hands” Group breakfast for all schooner crew, volunteers and organizers on Sunday morning.
- Noon, we bid our Schooner “guest” crew farewell.
This is our favorite event all season! We have won our class many times, and have won the overall trophy four times. We are very competitive and love to train the guest crew everything they need to know about racing. You will be responsible to stand watch and help out. All food and parties included while aboard the boat.
The Interior Layout of Woodwind
The layout of Woodwind has 4 private guest staterooms (cabins) all with double sized berths. These guest cabins are all located in the separated forward cabin area accessible by a separate companionway (stairs). This area provides 2 heads with built in showers. Each cabin has a complete set of sheets, blankets, pillows and towels. All staterooms have opening ports (windows) and the two most forward cabins have opening hatches as well. There is a seat and hanging locker in each area with space for storing a soft duffel. All cabins have standing headroom for dressing. The large dinette or the comfortable cockpit can seat 10 for breakfast and lunch. There is a fully equipped galley and separate captain and crew quarters.