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Adult and Family Sailing Adventures

Are you looking for a getaway from the ordinary daily grind? Try a sailor’s life! This all inclusive sailing adventure may be just what you are looking for. Reserve a bunk on the boat and step into another world. As a guest on board, you can “do as you please”. You can sit back and relax while the crew does the work, or you can participate in raising sails, steering, and standing watch.

The wind and tide determine where we go and where/if we anchor. These voyages can be one, two, or three nights depending on where the next port is located. Included in the price: three meals a day, a bunk for you and your stuff, breathtaking photographs, and unbelievable memories! Transportation before and after the cruise is not provided; however, our ports are accessible via public transportation. A packing list will be sent prior to boarding in order for our guests to feel comfortable and at home while on board.

See our schedule for dates and ports.

Adults (13-59) $125 per day
Seniors (60+) $100 per day
Children (7-12) $75 per day
Children under the age of 7 are not permitted on the sailing adventures, but are welcome on the public sails.


Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race

The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race (GCBSR) was founded to promote public awareness of the Chesapeake Bay’s maritime heritage and encourage the preservation and improvement of the Chesapeake’s natural resources. They accomplish this goal in part by donating the proceeds of the race to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, an organization working to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been donated to support children’s education programs of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The race begins in Baltimore, Maryland, and ends 127 nautical miles down the Chesapeake Bay in Portsmouth, Virginia.

A.J. Meerwald participates every October, and opens its “hatches” to guests. There is a limit to the number of guests and will be on a first come first served basis. There are three legs of the race which can be purchased individually or as a package. The cost for the entire trip (all three legs) $800.

Leg 1-Bivalve, NJ to Baltimore, MD
Winner of the First Annual “Epic Philadelphia to Baltimore Race”, the A.J. Meerwald will set sail early on Tuesday morning of Race Week and head to Baltimore. Feel the excitement of a race before a race. Once we are safely docked in Baltimore, you will get the chance to spend the day in town, admire the other schooners, and participate in the Parade of Sail through Inner Harbor and Fells Point. Disembark on Wednesday night. Included in the price: on board lodging for two nights, meals, Parade of Sail, Sailors’ Evening Party and a race T-shirt. Return transportation from Baltimore to Bivalve is not provided.

Leg 2-Baltimore, MD to Portsmouth, VA
Join the crew of New Jersey’s Tall Ship for the largest overnight schooner race in the U.S.! Board the boat in Baltimore on Wednesday and participate in the Parade of Sail through Inner Harbor and Fells Point, and join the other crews at the dockside Sailors’ Evening. On Thursday morning, get underway for the 127 nautical mile race down the Chesapeake Bay. The boat may finish Friday night, but the race officially concludes Saturday with an Oyster & Pig Roast and awards ceremony. Disembark on Saturday night. Included in the price: on board lodging for three nights, meals, all events and race T-shirt. Return transportation from Portsmouth to Baltimore is not provided.

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Leg 3-Portsmouth, VA to Bivalve, NJ
Help the crew return the A.J. Meerwald back to her home port. Board the boat on Saturday and participate in the Oyster and Pig Roast that afternoon. Depart Portsmouth on Sunday morning and arrive in Bivalve, NJ on Monday evening or Tuesday morning. Included in the price: on board lodging for two nights, meals, Oyster and Pig Roast, and race T-shirt. Return transportation from Bivalve to Portsmouth is not provided.

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