Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race« All Liberty Clipper cruise options
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Oct 16 '13
Singles can opt for willing to share at the same rate, or a single supplement of 50%.
Cruise fares do not include port taxes, an additional 5%.
Day 1 Embark in Baltimore
You'll board the ship between 12:00 noon and 3pm Wednesday October 16th to kick off this annual Windjammer Race event! The Liberty Clipper will participate in the Parade of Sail at 5:00pm and sail Baltimore Harbor in the company of a fleet of tall ships! Be sure to have your camera ready as over 50 ships participate in this event. As a guest aboard the Liberty Clipper you will be eligible to join the party ashore later that evening at the Schooner Party held in the Latin Room. The festivities will continue will Sailors' Evening in Fells Point.
Days 2-4 The Great Chesapeake Bay Race
On the morning on the 17th, you will feel the excitement in the harbor as the Fleet stands out into the Chesapeake Bay and heads towards the starting line of the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race with a starting gun at 1:00pm. The Liberty Clipper is the 2005 Champion - this is the year to win back the title!
This itinerary of this cruise is determined by the winds. The fastest race time to date is 11 hours 18 minutes, set in 2007. If the winds are light, unusual at this time of year, the race can be significantly longer and may last up to 20 hours. In either event, you will enjoy sunset under full sail in the Chesapeake Bay and some night-time sailing. Your Chef will prepare wonderful food to keep you going during the excitement of the race.
Once you arrive at the finish line 127-miles south in Portsmouth, Virginia, stay for the award ceremonies and explore the town.
Day 5 Disembark in Portsmouth
Disembark on Sunday morning, October 20th, 2013 at 10:00am in Portsmouth. The Norfolk and Newport News airports are very close or you may take an easy train ride back to Baltimore for a round-trip flight.
This cruise is a favorite and space is limited so book your spot now for this historic race down the Chesapeake. You'll experience the thrill of racing amidst a fleet of tall-ships! In 2010, the Liberty Clipper sailed at 14.2 knots and set a new ship speed record. In 2011 she sailed at almost 13 knots for the last leg of the race! This was done while sailing past the mouth of the Potomac River - what a thrill it was!
Itinerary NotesCruise fare includes:
All meals, accommodations and sailing. There is a bar aboard from which guests may purchase alcoholic beverages. Guests are responsible for diner on their own on day 1.
Deposit & Payment
Initial deposit is 55%, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/fourways.php
Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure.
Final payment by Visa, Mastercard, AmEx or Discover.
Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 70 days prior to departure.
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|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|70+ days||15% cruise cost|
|69-0 days||100% cruise cost|
- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 24
The Liberty Clipper is a 125-foot beautifully renovated gaff-rigged schooner, a replica of the renowned Baltimore Clippers, made famous over a century ago for their speedy and safe rounding of Cape Horn on expeditions to the California Gold Rush. Her authentic design is exceeded only by a state-of-the-art galley, modern accommodations for up to 24 guests, and a beautifully adorned grand salon.
The Liberty Clipper is rigged as a traditional gaff-rigged schooner. She carries three head-sails, or jibs. In addition, the sailing ship has a fore-sail and main-sail. The Liberty Clipper's size ensures safety and comfort aboard during a sailing vacation. Enjoy time on the main deck during the day without having to worry about the sails. If shade is preferred, there is plenty of space on the vessel in the shadow of a sail or spar.
Life on board your sailing vessel
Each cruise is a once in a lifetime sailing vacation where daily guests wake to the smell of freshly baked breads from their home on the sea. Nothing compares to setting sail each morning for a new harbor and a new adventure.
The main deck of the Liberty Clipper is spacious and beautiful. There is ample seating and find a place to relax and enjoy each day while a guest on this sailing vessel.
While the Liberty Clipper is traditionally rigged, she also carries modern comforts and amenities. The ship carries almost 1,000 gallons of fresh water and has a water-maker aboard so that hot-showers are available. Each of the passenger areas aboard the ship has a well-appointed bathroom with shower.
It is really just like being at home. A stay aboard the Liberty Clipper will be comfortable and enjoyable. Notice the attention to detail and care with which the ship is maintained - this same level of care is offered to all guests. The Liberty Clipper was specifically configured to maximize the comfort and enjoyment of guests.
A professional Chef is aboard the ship during your sailing cruise to provide home-cooked meals daily. All cruises will also feature a Caribbean Lobster Bake. There are fresh baked breads each morning, local seafood, fruits and other local favorites. The Liberty Clipper is renowned for her great fare and guests will never leave hungry.
Accommodations aboard the Liberty Clipper
The ship has 12 cabins with accommodation for 24 guests. Each cabin is appointed with yellow pine paneling providing a warm and comfortable feel. Cabins are fitted with comfortable linens, towels and soaps. If something is forgotten at home, such as sunscreen, toothpaste, or even a toothbrush, don't worry, there are extras on-board so that you can get back to enjoying your vacation!
Each cabin aboard the Liberty Clipper includes a vanity with a hot and cold running water sink and the ship has 110-volt outlets to charge cameras and other electrical devices. Each bunk also has a reading light. Imagine reading to sleep, after a wonderful home cooked meal, to the sound of the water lapping gently at the hull... feel transported back to simpler days.
Sailing Vacation Activities
During your cruise, enjoy access to all common areas of the vessel. On a ship this size, there is ample space to find a quiet place. Help the crew sail the ship by raising sails or even taking a turn at the helm under the careful supervision of the experienced US Coast Guard licensed captain.
During your sailing cruise, enjoy access other small boats. High-quality inflatable sea-kayaks are available for exploration. Each kayak is large enough to comfortably seat two people and still provide storage space for towels and/or snorkeling equipment.
Also, sail the Classic Catspaw Dingy - a beautiful 13-foot sailing dingy custom made in Newfoundland, Canada by master craftsmen. This beautiful boat can be sailed or rowed. Any of the crew will be happy to teach guests how to skipper this beauty.
12 comfortable cabins with upper and lower bunks, vanity with hot/cold water, shared bath facilities.