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.