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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
410-266-5722
 
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.

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