About Us

Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with the singular mission:

To make the therapeutic benefits of sailing and the freedom it provides a reality for physically and/or developmentally-challenged individuals and their families regardless of their financial circumstances.

CRAB was founded in 1991 as an offshoot of the National Ocean Access Project of Newport, Rhode Island. We operate out of Sandy Point State Park at the eastern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and maintain an office in Annapolis, MD.

CRAB has low overhead and relies heavily on volunteers to skipper and maintain our boats, organize our racing and events, and help with all aspects of our operations. If you would like to volunteer, please contact our Program Director.

Board of Directors

Lance Hinrichs, President
William L. Sandberg, Vice-President
Brian Jamieson, Secretary
Ernestine H. “Ernie” Shineman

Don Backe, Founder

Victoria C. Niedenthal
LTC (Ret) Mark Chapin
Alvin F. Towle
Thomas J. Spitzer
Ned Ross


Sue Beatty, Executive Director
Dick White, Program Director

Contact Info

Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating
P.O. Box 6564
Annapolis, MD 21401
Suite 3B
612 Third Street
Annapolis, MD 21403
Email: info@crabsailing.org
(410) 626-0273
Fax: (410) 626-6070

The Fleet

Freedom Independence 20
Overall Length: 20′, 6″
Beam: 8′
Draft: 4′
Displacement: 2,080 lbs.
Keel: Fin; 900 lbs
Sail Area: 230 sq. ft.
Crew: 1 to 3 people
Manufacturer: Catalina Yachts

The Freedom Independence 20 was designed by Gary Mull, a noted naval architect and designer of the Freedom Yachts fleet, (which includes the Freedom 28, 30 and 36).

The Freedom 20 is designed specifically for mobility-impaired sailors and features two chairs, counterbalanced below-decks, which pivot from one side of the boat to the other for tacking and jibing. The boats also have a 900-pound fin keel, which makes them exceptionally stable. The sails consist of a fully-battened mainsail and a club-footed jib (a jib with a boom).

CRAB operates a fleet of four Freedom Independence 20s: Fiddler, Blue, Hermit, and Steamed.