Q: Where do you sail?
CRAB's base of operations is Sandy Point State Park. However, events also are held 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 CRAB event page. Reservations for CRAB's SailFree Sunday events are highly recommended as Sandy Point does reach capacity and closes.
Q: Do I stay in my wheelchair?
No. CRAB's Beneteau First 22A sailboats have special seating and seatbelts that provide a secure and comfortable place to sit in the cockpit of the boat. You will leave your chair at the dock!
Q: How do I get in the boat?
Guests board the boats based on their particular style or physical requirements. Some guests step aboard, others require minor assistance, some transfer from wheelchairs under their own power onto a transfer slide box. And for guests with less mobility, CRAB has a Hoyer lift mounted on the dock to safely transfer guests from their wheelchair to the boats.
Q: What happens if the boat tips over?
CRAB does not sail when the winds are too high for safe and comfortable sailing. The Beneteau First22A sails can be reefed or furled to ensure that the boats are not overpowered by the wind. In addition, CRAB Skippers are trained to reduce and motor back to the dock if conditions become uncomfortable for guests.
Q: Will I get wet?
Not likely. But on a very windy day you may get a little spray. We always recommend to guests to dress warm in layers.
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 during a SailFree Sunday or an hour and half for a Group Sail.
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, your donation will be put to good use.
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 life jackets (PFD’s) for all participants.
Q: How many people can fit on a boat and how many boats do you have?
The CRAB fleet is six Beneteau First 22A’s and each boat can accommodate two guests who require adaptive seating, and 2-3 additional guests. CRAB also owns a Martin 16 with a Sip n’ Puff steering system that accommodates one guest 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. Guests who register for the event will be notified if it is cancelled.
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 regattas and watch you race.
Q: How can I volunteer?
CRAB welcomes everyone with a desire to volunteer with CRAB. Please go to our Volunteer page and fill out the interest form. Or you can send an email to Sarah Winchester, Operations Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.