Port Fest Baltimore 2017


RACING TO Save the Bay!

October 9-13th

Thru History and Education!

Put this on your list!

As you all know, the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race (a 501c3) http://www.gcbsr.org has been a part of Baltimore Maritime History since 1988. As the Chair for the 28th – 2017 Event Oct. 9th-13th, I ask for your help. Let’s keep and build up this Race as part of our heritage and an opportunity to educate more students about the Port’s history and their potential future careers!

Last year the Schooner race and Port Fest paralleled with Fleet Week 2016 and Air show….so, we “coat tailed” with their marketing and assets. Unfortunately,  Fleet Week happens only every other year. That being said…the Schooner Race is an annual race, but it does run parallel with Port Fest’s educational tours that you have in the past helped with so generously.


Tuesday Oct. 10th- 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

Salute to the Schooners 

  • By water in front of Fort McHenry blowing horns and shooting blank cannons. (need projecting Speaker system, buses, lunches for volunteers, powder funds for schooners’ cannons)
  • By land, on Fort McHenry, 100’s of student singing Patriotic music accompanied by Sea Chanters or Band provided by the US Navy District Washington-   (the us Navy gathered thousands of hits on social media during this event)

Wednesday Oct 11th-9:00a.m. 1:00p.m.

  • Student tours/talks on board schooners and other working port vessels at Canton Marina (need vessels, bus money for students)
  • Captains meeting
  • Parade of Sail , public event.( this is a great place to show off your sponsorship burgee!, just saying)
  • Crew Party – this event has always been closed but we feel it would help raise funds if we could get sponsors to offset the costs (always a cash bar) and we could maybe evens sell tickets to have the public meet and greet the captains and crew…. (we would like to rent Canton park, tent it and have a sponsor or two fund the caterer…..)


 Thursday Oct. 12th- 

  • 7:30 a.m. Captains meeting ( we could use a sponsor for coffee)

  • 8:30a.m. Cast off from Canton to Bay Bridge Start




 Thursday, October 12, 2017

  •  Race Start · 1330 Hours · The race begins just south of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge near Annapolis as a magnificent gathering of schooner-rigged vessels begin their adventure down the Chesapeake Bay. Spectator vessels are reminded to please allow ample room for the vessels to maneuver safely. This is a beautiful sight, great opportunity to reward employees, sell tourist space etc.

 Transponders allow students to stay informed of the position of their favorite vessel position in the race…. (We need a sponsor there too)


During this week Port Fest Baltimore will be booking tours and I hope all will open your doors to the high school student from around the state to take a look at potential careers to set their sights on. Funding for buses and more are also needed…we have teachers and department heads waiting for the schedule to be set.


Bottom Line, we need your help….let’s keep these events happening and allow it to develop into an effective tool in encouraging qualified students into maritime jobs/careers/career paths.


Sponsors will be rewarded with logos anywhere we can, (t-shirts, web sites, social media etc.) high enough sponsors will reap burgees on vessels…and more we are creative and effective in appreciating our donors! Funding will go thru Baltimore National Heritage Area or GCBSR.


Please pass this around to those who may be interesting in being part of the solution. We need partners!


Thank you from the top of my decks!

Janet Caslow jlcaslow@hotmail.com

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Port of Opportunity Video Series


The Port of Opportunity is a one-hour television special produced by the Baltimore Port Alliance. It first aired on November 16, 2015 on WBAL. The program, hosted by Mary Beth Marsden, provides a unique behind-the-scenes look at the working Port of Baltimore and how it affects the regional economy. The original one-hour program has been edited into several short segments which are available online. A complete catalog of the segments and related classroom curriculum are provided on the Port Fest website – Port of Opportunity Catalog.