Farewell - Maryland Science Center
Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race Inc.
Farewell - Maryland Science Center
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Andy Merrill built Farewell in his backyard and launched her in 1972. Her second owner started racing the schooner in the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race in 1994, and often won her class. Captain Linda Gunn purchased the schooner in 1998 after surviving cancer, and she has continued the tradition. A lover of schooners, Linda has served as Captain, Mate, and Educator aboard several different vessels. She now lives aboard Farewell, and is proud to be racing on behalf of the Maryland Science Center. 

As Maryland’s largest institution dedicated to informal STEM learning, the Maryland Science Center provides valuable educational experiences both at their location in Baltimore and through outreach programming across the mid-Atlantic region.  Whether they’re providing free field trip admission for every student in Maryland, offering teacher’s professional development opportunities, or expanding their outreach programs in every county, the Maryland Science Center relies on generous donors to help further their mission to inspire, empower, and engage through science education. With your help, the Maryland Science Center will be able to continue to spark excitement for STEM in the next generation. 

ABOUT 2023 Virtual Race

Welcome to the 2023 Virtual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race!

While normal sailboat racing happens on the water, this race is completely online. Each participating schooner has teamed up with a nonprofit partner, and is racing to raise as much money as possible for their charity. YOU can participate in the race by choosing a schooner, making a contribution, and sharing this webpage with your family and friends! 90% of gifts will go directly to the charity of your choice. The other 10% will help the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race achieve its mission to promote awareness of the Chesapeake Bay’s heritage; to encourage preservation of the Bay’s resources; to support Chesapeake Bay education and clean-up efforts; to bring historic schooners to the Bay; and to encourage schooner sailing and preservation. 

Please take a moment to learn more about our schooners and the organizations they support. At the start of the race, please come back here to make a donation and support your team!

Donation links will be available from 12:00 noon on Wednesday, August 23 through 3:00 PM on Saturday, August 26. 

Thank you for supporting our schooner community!


Please note: The Chesapeake Bay schooner community could not exist without people like you, and we're eager to keep in touch. GCBSR will share your contact information and notification preferences with the charity you donated to.  If you do not wish to be contacted by GCBSR, please opt out of communcations on the donation form.

Name Date Amount Comments
Valerie Sullivan 08/26/2023 $20.93  
Amanda Bernheimer 08/26/2023 $26.08 Finish Strong
Steven G Briggs 08/26/2023 $103.39 Great job Capt. Gunn!
Christine Hinton 08/25/2023 $51.85 You’re amazing, ❤️ and we appreciate you!
Joseph Marschner 08/25/2023 $51.85 Best of luck, Captain Linda!
Kyle Fennell 08/25/2023 $250.00 Middle River Landing Marina
Laura Menard 08/25/2023 $51.85 Fair winds Farewell!
Mary Mulrooney 08/25/2023 $26.08  
Diane Bellomo 08/24/2023 $25.00 "A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind." Fair winds and following seas, Linda!
Anonymous Friend 08/24/2023 $51.85 For Captain Stormy!
Allie Sponar 08/23/2023 $51.85 Fair winds and following seas, Capt. Gunn. Love ya.
Jeremy Browning 08/23/2023 $103.39 Sail fast!
Joanne Smith 08/23/2023 $36.39 Best of luck, sail fast, and thanks for supporting the Science Center's programs.
Andrew Zink 08/23/2023 $103.39  
Stephen Henson 08/23/2023 $51.85 Good luck Cap’!
Paul O'Neil 08/23/2023 $11.65 FAIR WINDS CAPTAIN GUNN!
  Total $1,017.40