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
Sunday, October 8
Saturday, October 21
Sunday, October 22
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.
Guest Crew Opportunities
Portsmouth, VA, to Annapolis, MD
You will begin in Portsmouth, at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, and sail up to historic Annapolis.
Chestertown, MD, to Portsmouth, VA
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!