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Brad LaTour

Brad was introduced to CRAB in 2003 when his good friend suffered a life altering accident leaving him paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. CRAB proved to be a life-line, allowing Brad to act as the able bodied sailor supporting his friend in the Don Backe Memorial CRAB Cup Regatta.

Joining the Board in 2016, Brad has brought his entrepreneurial energy to CRAB from his two decades of working with start-ups and high growth companies.  His work experience ranges from travel, wireless, fitness, wellness, digital marketing and real estate. Brad has proven to be natural collaborator executing on a shared vision. This philosophy has made an immediate impact on new programs like the Skippers Challenge, a virtual fundraising competition in conjunction with the Annual Boatyard Bar and Grill Regatta.  He has managed to double the fundraising in just its second year.

Boatyard Bar and Grill Regatta Party Photos are Up!

The 10th annual Boatyard Bar and Grill Regatta is now in the history books. This was a certified clean Regatta. Many thanks to Dick Franyo, owner of Boatyard Bar and Grill, Mary Ewenson, owner of Spinsheet and Eastport Yacht Club for a great party on August 20! We appreciate all of our great sponsors for their tremendous support to CRAB! Click here to read about the Regatta featured in the Capital Gazette.

To check out all the pictures from the party posted on Facebook click here. Thanks to all for your support. Hope to see you next year!

For CRAB Regatta, success where it counts

Nancy Noyes Correspendent  

Capital Gazette August 27, 2016

It was a classic August experience on the Chesapeake Bay: the breeze softened up enough that fewer than half of the racers could finish before the time limit expired last Saturday. But once again the real winner of the this year's Boatyard Bar & Grill Regatta to Benefit CRAB was its beneficiary and the mood at the post-race party was upbeat and celebratory, marking another year of success where it counts for the event.

Where it counts, of course, for nearly everyone who took part, is in generating support for one of the region's outstanding and creative non-profits, Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating — CRAB — which provides access to the thrill and freedom of sailing to physically and developmentally-challenged individuals, recovering warriors, and their families, regardless of financial circumstances.

This year, 85 teams registered to race in a 7-mile pursuit-start contest out on the bay, while 15 Harbor 20 skippers signed on to sail their own course, up the Severn from R'2' to a finish off the deck at host Eastport Yacht Club.

Tom Ostrye breaks through with first CRAB Cup win

Crab Cup winner Tom Ostrye has developed as a sailor since joining CRAB.

Tom Ostrye  won this year's 17th annual Don Backe Memorial CRAB Cup. To read the article as reported in the Capital Gazette-Sports Section (July 3, 2016) click here. Tom was introduced to sailing by Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating 5 years ago. 

17th Annual CRAB Cup Hosted by AYC

The Don Backe Memorial CRAB Cup Regatta hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club on June 18-19,2016 was a great success with two beautiful days of light to fair wind sailing through a very busy harbor over Father’s Day weekend.   If you think racing sailors are competitive, they don’t hold a candle to racing sailors with disabilities.  The Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) sailors are tenacious when it comes to racing and the freedom it offers from their disabilities.

The regatta is sailed by one skipper and crew with disabilities, and one able-bodied crew member.   The wild card this year was having Scott Gitchell, one of the AYC’s top tacticians sailing with a few, lucky skippers.  For some reason, the boats he crewed on had an abnormally high number of wins?!  After a late start the first morning, this regatta actually waits for its skippers, the AYC Race Committee most ably lead by Peter Gordon, got four races in for the day.  At the end of the day, Lance Hinrichs, the perennial favorite, was in the lead by two points over Tom Ostrye, with Kevin Detwiler in third.  Race results and tactics were talked about that evening over a delicious dinner served at the AYC Yachting Center.

CRAB Announces Selection of New Executive Director

For Immediate Release - 4/29/2016
contact: Paul Bollinger
After a nationwide search, the Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) Board of Directors voted unanimously to select Paul “Bo” Bollinger as CRAB’s new Executive Director. In announcing the selection, CRAB President Brian Jamieson commented, “We have very ambitious goals for CRAB and the Board wanted someone with extensive experience building small non-profit associations into robust operations, who had a passion for boating, and a commitment to the disabled community. We firmly believe that Bo Bollinger meets and will exceed our expectations.”
Bollinger has worked in senior positions, including President, of four associations in Washington, DC for the past 30 years.  He is the founder of the Recovering Warrior Sailing Regatta which is supported by CRAB and the National Sailing Hall of Fame.  Bo also created the Greater Washington Aviation Open (GWAO), a 501(c)3 that is the largest aviation charity in the region.  Bo has served on the Board of Directors of several non-profits including the GWAO, CRAB, the Corporate Angel Network, and the Bollinger Foundation.  He earned his USCG Masters License in Sail/Power in 2006 and has written articles for numerous boating publications.

Recovering Warrior Sailing Regatta

Recovering Warrior Sailing Regatta Flyer, CRABS

 The 7th Recovering Warrior Sailing Regatta was held on Saturday, April 30th in our nation's "Sailing Capital," Annapolis, Maryland.  The regatta is sponsored by the Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, the National Sailing Hall of Fame, The Connected Warrior Foundation, Warrior Events, and The Valhalla Sailing Project with support from the US Naval Academy.  After everyone was front and center, Gary Jobson of NSHOF and Brian Jamieson of CRAB offered a warm welcome to the warriors and wished them a great time on the water.  The warriors and their family members and friends staid at attention for the singing of the National Anthem by St. Mary's High School A Cappella group "Nothing But Treble" to start the festivities.  It was all hands on deck as warriors were assigned to USNA and CRAB sailboats.  With fair winds and calm seas in the Annapolis harbor, three races were held in a two-hour period with the most able assistance of volunteers on the race course handling the start and moving mark buoys.  The competition was tough and the warriors were not shy about making it known they wanted to win a trophy!  Upon returning to the dock, everyone could smell the hot, gourmet pizza from Sammy's.  After a hearty lunch with plenty of conversation between the Midshipmen and the warriors it was time for Assistant Secretary of the Army Katherine Hammack and VADM Phil Cullom to offer their congratulations to the warriors, Midshipmen and volunteers.

Join us for Monthly SailFree! April - October

Come join us for Monthly SailFree on Sunday!

Our volunteer skippers are ready to take disabled sailors, new and old, out for a 45 minute sail on the Chesapeake Bay.

Our SailFrees are held at our dock at Sandy Point State Park (unless noted on the calendar) located at the western edge of the Bay Bridge. We are in the marina area of the park.  Look for the building with the CRAB sign.

Please be aware that entrance to Sandy Point State Park is controlled and when the park is full, the police close the entrance to the park.  So, please plan to arrive early. We are unable to provide alternative access to the park and CRAB's facility.

The first boat is ready to go at 9:30 am. The last boat leaves the dock at 2:30 pm.

Tentative SailFree dates are now scheduled on these dates and locations: May 15, June 26, July 17 (at Eastport Yacht Club), August 21 (Annapolis Yacht Club), Sept 18, October 16. Please check the calendar for further updates.


Quadripalegic Sail - Baltimore to Annapolis

On Friday, May 22, 2015 three quadriplegic sailors sailed 26 miles in Steamed, one of CRAB’s adapted 20 foot Freedoms. With winds gusting over 20 knots, they sailed from Under Armour’s dock in Baltimore to Annapolis’s Sandy Point State Park in just under four hours. 

Lance Hinrichs, Josh Basile, and Patrick Rummerfield were on a mission to raise funds for the purchase of a mouth controlled “Sip n Puff” system for sailboats which allows an individual with no physical movement in their arms or legs to control a sailboat with just their breath. 

They also wanted to raise awareness about sailing opportunities for disabled sailors. Their adventure was a tremendous success.

Wounded Warrior Sailing Regatta - September 12, 2015

The 6th Wounded Warrior Sailing Regatta (WWSR) was held on Saturday, September 12th in our nation’s “Sailing Capital,” Annapolis, Maryland at the National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) dock with sailboats provided by the Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) and wounded warriors coming from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, The Connected Warrior Foundation, and Warrior Events.



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