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.
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.
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.