The 127 mile Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race (GCBSR) starts October 17th. This year’s fleet includes several schooners familiar to us here in Gloucester ___ Adventurer 65, Hindu, Liberty Clipper, Light Reign, Norfolk Rebel, Pride of Baltimore II and Virginia. http://www.schoonerrace.org/fleet13.htm
Every boat will have a tracker to enable watching the race live. Keep your eye on the race website for a tracker link to be posted prior to the start. The Chesapeake can get pretty rough, and this has often been the case. To add interest you can get real time wind info as well as the forecast along the route from the NOAA site. I did this race in Green Dragon six times and am familiar with the bay and many of the boats, so it’s great sport watching on the internet. An all-nighter at the computer in a safe, dry, warm place with a little rum is not a terrible alternative to racing.
There is an all-day pig and oyster roast / awards ceremony at the Portsmouth, VA Visitor Center. I got these shots from the adjacent Marriott Hotel.