Schooner Alliance is a 105’ steel schooner built in 1995 in Florida. She is owned and captained by Greg and Laura Lohse of Yorktown Sailing Charters, LLC.
Alliance is sailing this year on behalf of The Watermen’s Museum, also based in Yorktown, VA. The museum's mission is to demonstrate the role Chesapeake Bay Watermen, from pre-colonial to modern times, have played in the shaping of our nation. The museum hosts historical exhibits depicting military and civilian water craft and activities, the crafts and methods of their trade, and a look into the lives of the people that have worked and fought on the water. The museum also is the destination for educational field trips, running programs for hundreds of schoolkids every year. GCBSR has lent its support to the Watermen's Museum's summer camp programs - sponsoring children in need of financial assistance and the families of military members and first responders.
The Alliance and the Watermen's Museum have been longtime partners. Alliance is often seen bringing kids from the summer camp program out on the water, or having a cannon battle with the camp’s shore battery.
The virtual race is scheduled for October 14, 12 noon to October 17 at 3p. The donation links will not be active until that time.