F.A.Q.'s

Q: Where do you sail?

Our base of operations is out of Sandy Point State Park. However, we sometimes hold events at Annapolis Yacht Club, Eastport Yacht Club and the National Sailing Hall of Fame.

Q: How do I sign up to go sailing?

You can reserve a spot for a particular event on the event page. For our SailFree Sunday events, you can show up without a reservation; however, it is first come, first serve.

Q: Do I stay in my wheelchair?

No. Our Freedom 20 Sailboats have special seating that is secure and comfortable that allows you to leave your chair at the dock!

Q: How do I get in the boat?

Guests board the boats based on their particular style. Some folks simply hop aboard, some require the assistance of strong hand, some transfer from wheelchairs under their own power and a transfer slide box. And for those who need additional help we have a Hoyer lift mounted on the dock to safely move sailors in and out of the boats.

Q: What happens if the boat tips over?

The Freedom Independence Sailboats are specially made for sailors with disabilities, and are therefore extremely safe and nearly impossible to flip.

Q: Will I get wet?

On a windy day, it is likely that you will get wet.

Q: How long is the sail?

The length of the sail depends on the event, but typically guests are on the water for 45 minutes to an hour and a half.

Q: How much does it cost to sail with CRAB?

There is no cost for sailing with CRAB. However, if you would like to provide a donation to help with operational costs, we are very appreciative.  

Q: What should I bring with me to go sailing?

Water, snacks, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, appropriate shoes, and weather appropriate clothing – noting that it is cooler on the water. We will provide PDF’s for all participants.

Q: How many people can fit on a boat and how many boats do you have?

We have four Freedom 20’s and each can accommodate two people who require special seating, and 2-3 additional guests. On our two Capri 22’s we can take 4-5 guests, and we have a Martin 16 with a Sip n’ Puff system that accommodates one and the skipper.

Q: What happens if the weather is lousy?

Obviously sailing requires the cooperation of the weather. In the event that it is raining or too windy, we will not be able to go out. Safety is our number one priority.

Q: Can I bring friends or family members?

Yes! Our SailFree Sunday event is open to families and friends of those with disabilities. They can also come to the Regatta to watch you race.

Q: How can I volunteer?

We welcome everyone with a desire to volunteer with CRAB. Please go to our volunteer page and fill out the interest form. Or you can email Sarah at sarah@crabsailing.org