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.

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!

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.



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