Thursday, October 5, 2017


Pride's 2017 Sailing Season Ends November 1

Take advantage of these final opportunities to come aboard!

Baltimore Deck Tours & Day Sails

Saturday, October 7
Pier 1, Inner Harbor
Free deck tours 10 AM-2 PM
Ticketed day sail 3-5 PM (buy tickets)

Sunday, October 8
Pier 1, Inner Harbor
Free deck tours 10 AM-4 PM

Saturday, October 21
Pier 1, Inner Harbor
Free deck tours 10 AM-2 PM

Sunday, October 22
Pier 1, Inner Harbor
Free deck tours 10 AM-2PM
Ticketed sunset sail 4:30-6:30 PM (buy tickets)

The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race ★ October 9-14

In 1988, when the City of Baltimore launched Pride of Baltimore II, Captain Lane Briggs, of the tugantine Norfolk Rebel—the world's only sail-powered schooner-rigged tugboat—challenged the new schooner from Baltimore to a race from Baltimore to Norfolk, reviving a historic rivalry between schooners, captains and cities on the Bay. With the challenge accepted, the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race (GCBSR) was born.

This year, Pride II will join more than two dozen other schooners for the GCBSR, with race week starting in Baltimore and ending in Portsmouth, Virginia, after a 127-nautical-mile race down the Bay.

If you live in or near Baltimore, view all of the schooners dockside in Baltimore on October 10 and 11, and be sure to head to the waterfront for the Parade of Sail on Wednesday, October 11 at 5 PM. Friends near Portsmouth can see the schooners dockside on October 14. Click here to view the entire GCBSR schedule.

Downrigging Weekend 2017 October 27-29

It all started back in November 2001, when the newly launched schooner Sultana and Pride of Baltimore II took a casual sail together on the Chester River the weekend before both vessels "downrigged" for the winter.
Now in its 17th year, Sultana's Downrigging Weekend Tall Ship and Wooden Boat Festival has evolved into one of the largest annual tall ship gatherings on the East Coast. Visitors to the festival can expect to see a waterfront packed with ships, schooners, and wooden boats; performances by world-class musicians; lectures by nationally recognized authors and filmmakers; plenty of opportunities to go sailing; and the chance to spend the weekend in Chestertown—one of America's best preserved historic seaports. Don't miss it!
More details can be found on Sultana Education Foundation's website.

Guest Crew Opportunities

Portsmouth, VA, to Annapolis, MD
October 15-19 | $600

You will begin in Portsmouth, at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, and sail up to historic Annapolis.

Chestertown, MD, to Portsmouth, VA
October 29-November 1 | $500

This is the last guest crew opportunity of the year! You will sail out of the Chester River and down the length of the Chesapeake Bay to Portsmouth, where Pride II will go into dry dock.

As guest crew, you will work alongside Pride's professional crew and participate in all aspects of life aboard the ship. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply today!

Where Will Pride II Go After November 1?

Pride will sail down to Portsmouth, VA, and go into dry dock. She goes into dry dock almost every year—it's an important part of maintaining her nearly 30-year-old hull.

As a certified passenger ship, Pride is required to undergo USCG inspections bi-annually. Putting her "on the hard" also gives the captains and crew the chance to inspect the bottom of the ship. She will receive a variety of exterior and interior inspections to asses her physical construction and hull condition; they will also examine her seams and re-caulk if necessary. After maintenance is complete, the hull will receive a fresh coat of bottom paint.

After dry dock, Pride will return to Baltimore for downrigging and winter maintenance. Keep an eye out for her soon-to-be-announced 2018 sailing schedule!