What is Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB)?
CRAB is a non-profit organization that exists to offer boating experiences to people with disabilities through sailing programs for children, families, and the elderly. CRAB also offers a racing program for handicapped sailors who would like to challenge themselves and test their sailing knowledge and ability.
Who can sail with CRAB?
CRAB exists primarily to make the joy of sailing available to people with disabilities of all kinds. But we offer Sail Free days on the fourth Sunday of the month (April through October) where everyone is welcome to join us and sail on a first come, first served basis. No prior experience with sailing is necessary. Our skilled volunteer skippers make sure everyone has a great time.
Where and when can I go sailing?
CRAB operates out of Sandy Point State Park at the western end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. We offer Sail Free Sundays for the general public on the fourth Sunday of each month. Check our calendar for dates and times. No reservations are necessary – just come by.
We also schedule sails for individuals or groups on any day of the week, as our resources permit. Please call or email our office to make arrangements.
What kinds of boats do you sail?
We primarily sail Freedom Independence 20s, a very stable and easily handled day-sailor. There is more information about our fleet at the bottom of the About Us page.
Will you take me fishing or power-boating instead?
We’re working on that. We are currently adding accessibility features to a 31 foot cruising power boat that was generously donated to us last year. Check back here or contact the office for updates.
Is it free?
CRAB does not charge any fees. There is a charge for admission to Sandy Point State park. Park admission is free to people with disabilities, however. Discount passes are also available to seniors. Please see the Maryland Department of Natural Resources site for more information.
How can I contribute?
There are many ways to help CRAB open the world of boating on the Chesapeake to the disabled members of our community. You can make a financial contribution, donate a boat, buy a boat, or volunteer. There are further details on our Donations page.
If you would like to volunteer your time, please call the office or come to one of our Sail Free Sundays to meet some of us and go for a sail.