The premier accessible boating organization, Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, is seeking a Fleet Manager to ensure the safe operations, transportation, and maintenance of our fleet of sailboats, a powerboat, and an inflatable RIB.
The position offers flexible hours, but the primary commitment of time is from March through October. CRAB’s fleet operates from Sandy Point State Park. The previous manager was averaging about 100 hours per month during the season (8 months). The pay is negotiable, but will be approximately $20/hour, plus expenses. During the off-season the boats are stored on land and major repairs or upgrades to the fleet will be performed on an as-needed basis from Londontown Marina, Edgewater, MD. The time commitment during the off-season is approximately 20 hours per month
CRAB offers sailing for persons with disabilities from Sandy Point State Park. We have SailFree Sundays once a month and Group Sails on Tuesday and Thursday of each week for organizations representing the disabled.
CRAB also operates four regattas during the year at the Eastport Yacht Club, Annapolis Yacht Club, and the National Sailing Hall of Fame docks. Transporting the fleet to these locations will be performed by volunteer skippers, but will require the Fleet Manager’s active participation.
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.
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!
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.
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.