PRESS RELEASE: Pride of Baltimore II to Appear at 2015 Governor's Cup

Contact: Laura Rodini 202-669-3065 (cell)

BALTIMORE, July 17, 2015 – Pride of Baltimore II, America’s Star-Spangled Ambassador, will serve as the Committee Start Boat for the oldest and longest overnight race on the Chesapeake Bay. The 42nd Annual Governor’s Cup Yacht Race will be held July 31 and August 1, 2015 and will depart from Annapolis, the current seat of government, heading 70 miles south to St. Mary’s City, the state’s original, pre-Revolutionary capital.

As the Committee Start Boat, Pride will occupy one end of the starting line. Officials on board will go through the starting sequence and officially begin the race. Members of the press are welcome to capture the race’s exhilarating start from aboard Pride. To RSVP, contact Laura Rodini at or 202-669-3065 (cell).

“For many years, Pride of Baltimore has had a great relationship with the Governor’s Cup, and this year we are thrilled to function as the Committee Boat,” says Executive Director Rick Scott, “This is the 2nd year in a row that Pride will serve in that function. We are also looking forward to celebrating Pride’s rich heritage with the citizens of Annapolis that weekend.”

Pride will offer free deck tours beginning at 10 am on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2 before returning to Baltimore on Monday, August 3.

Pride of Baltimore’s 2015 Sailing Season

Pride‘s 2015 sailing season will run through October. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in the unique and historical experience of stepping aboard a topsail schooner through our interpretive dockside tours, as well as day sails and overnight guest crew opportunities.

Pride is also available to be chartered for private day sails of up to 35 people as well as dockside receptions for 100; Contact our office for details.

For a complete schedule of Pride’s activities, visit

To learn more about the Governor’s Cup, click here.

About The Pride of Baltimore

For nearly four decades, the Pride of Baltimore and the Pride of Baltimore II have represented the people of Baltimore, spreading a positive message and extending the hand of friendship throughout the world. Since her commissioning in 1988, Pride II has traveled more than 250,000 nautical miles and visited 40 countries in 200 ports. Pride II has become one of the most well-known U.S. sailing vessels in the world, capturing the imagination of millions of people.

For more information, contact Laura Rodini at or call 202-669-3065.

SAIL MAIL: Celebrate July With Pride!

Celebrate July With Pride!



Fort McHenry, credit Tim Ervin
Fort McHenry, credit Tim Ervin

Celebrate Independence Day with America’s Star-Spangled Ambassador, Pride of Baltimore! After a successful visit to Philadelphia as part of the Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden festival, Pride has returned to Baltimore, just in time for Independence Day weekend!

Pride will be at the Inner Harbor on Friday July 3rd. As part of our free deck tour program, generously sponsored by Exelon Corp, you have the opportunity to explore the ship, learn about past and present life aboard schooner privateers, and interact with our passionate and knowledgeable crew. We will also feature day sails in the afternoon and in the evening.

On July 4th and July 5, Pride will be docked at the pier at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. There will be a lot of excitement at the Fort all weekend long, with Ranger-led talks throughout the day and interactive events that allow you to raise the stars and stripes, all while learning its important history.

This video, produced by Fort McHenry, has all the details:


Pride at Fort McHenry, credit John Zalusky
Pride at Fort McHenry, credit John Zalusky

Pride will also offer a day sail on Saturday afternoon. How many times can you say you saw Fort McHenry just like Francis Scott Key did during the War of 1812, from aboard a tall ship on the Patapsco River?!

Also on July 4th, you’ll have a special opportunity to see the fireworks from one of the best locations in the Inner Harbor – aboard Pride of Baltimore herself! Pride is offering a limited number of guests the unique perspective of watching the fireworks from a location on the water, between Fells Point and Tide Point.

On Sunday, July 5, Pride will again be at Fort McHenry, offering free deck tours. There will be a Tattoo Ceremony with the US Army Old Guard, patriotic music and pageantry at 2pm. For parking and other Fort McHenry Visitor information, click here.

Pride of Baltimore’s Independence Weekend Schedule:

Date Location Event Time Cost
July 3 Inner Harbor Deck Tours 10am-12pm FREE
July 3 Inner Harbor Day Sail 1-3pm Buy Tickets
July 3 Inner Harbor Day Sail 6-8pm Buy Tickets
July 4 Fort McHenry Deck Tours 10am-2pm FREE
July 4 Fort McHenry Day Sail 3-5pm Buy Tickets
July 4 Inner Harbor Fireworks Experience 8:30-10:30pm Buy Tickets
July 5 Fort McHenry Deck Tours 10 am-2pm FREE
July 5 Fort McHenry Deck Tours 3:30 pm-5:30 pm FREE


Volunteer With Us!

Due to the diligence of our volunteers and crew, Pride completed uprigging in record time, photo credit Pierre Henkart
Due to the diligence of our volunteers and crew,
Pride completed uprigging in record time,
photo credit Pierre Henkart

Pride is looking for a few good volunteers to assist with the Fourth of July weekend festivities. Duties include welcoming guests aboard Pride, handing out information to visitors and other duties on board the ship. Any and all help is appreciated. If you are interested, fill out our Volunteer Form!

We thank you for your support!

Take a Private Charter Aboard Pride!

TeambuildingStaff appreciation, networking events, leadership/teambuilding experiences, family reunions, birthday parties… Endless possibilities!

Pride of Baltimore provides an exclusive way to entertain clients, customers, employees, or friends. The vessel’s sleek hull, raked masts, and intricate rigging provide a dramatic setting for any occasion. The vessel can be chartered for a sailing or dockside reception at any of her ports-of-call. Pride, Inc. staff and crew will work with you to make your event truly unique – leaving an unforgettable impression on your guests.

Per U.S. Coast Guard regulations, the number of guests for a dockside reception is limited to 100 on the vessel; more if shore facilities are available. Sailing charters can accommodate 33 guests. Contact us to learn more.

More July Events With Pride

July imageOver the years, Pride has voyaged to ports around the world in order to participate in festivals and other War of 1812 Bicentennial events. But this year, Pride’s main focus is Baltimore. Pride is thrilled to celebrate her rich heritage with the citizens of her namesake town, which is why will be docked in Baltimore throughout the summer! Come and join us!

Date Location Event Time Cost
July 11 Inner Harbor, Constellation Pier Deck Tours 10am-2pm FREE
July 11 Inner Harbor, Constellation Pier Day Sail 3-5pm Buy Tickets
July 12 Inner Harbor, Constellation Pier Deck Tours 12-4pm FREE
July 12 Inner Harbor, Constellation Pier Sunset Sail 6:30-8:30pm Buy Tickets
July 16 Inner Harbor, Constellation Pier Sunset Sail 6:30-8:30pm Buy Tickets
July 18 Inner Harbor, Constellation Pier Deck Tours 10am-2pm FREE
July 18 Inner Harbor, Constellation Pier Day Sail 3:30-5:30pm Buy Tickets


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Speaking of Trivia…

Trivia Time!

Congratulations to everyone who correctly answered last month’s question!

The British were impressed with the sailing abilities of French frigates of Hermione‘s design, and when they captured her sister ship Concorde, they brought her back to England, carefully measured her, and saved her “lines”. Thirty years later the Baltimore Clipper design was outsailing anything in the Royal Navy, and when the Baltimore letter-of-marque schooner Lynx was captured in 1813, they again saved her design details. Original shipyard construction plans were lost in both cases, so reconstruction efforts relied on our common enemy who kept good records.

This month, in lieu of a Trivia question, we invite you to step away from your computers – and join us in Baltimore, at the Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry!

Until next month,

Rick Scott

Executive Director, Pride of Baltimore, Inc.