Sailing Programs

CRAB Sailing Programs

CRAB is the leading provider of outdoor, therapeutic, recreational sailing programs on the Chesapeake Bay for people with disabilities. CRAB’s services are offered free of charge and have been perfected over its 30-year history. Its programs and adaptive equipment are now models for other adaptive sailing programs throughout the country.

Photo of a family enjoying a CRAB Sailing Program

Family Sails

Designed to introduce people with disabilities and their families to the therapeutic value and pure joy of the wind and water by sailing on Chesapeake Bay. With specialized boarding equipment on the docks and sailboats customized for accessibility, guests can board boats easily and sail safely.

Photo of the Bennett Blazers from Kennedy Krieger's Bennentt Institute after a great day on the water with CRAB

Group Sails

Community organizations that serve people with disabilities enjoy exclusive sailing outings during the sailing season. CRAB develops sailing experiences that align with the comfort level of its participants. As guests develop skills and gain confidence, so does the program rigor.

 CRAB Boats enjoying a bit of competition in one of CRAB's regattas, hosted throughout the sailing season.


Some of CRAB’s guests want to take sailing to a more competitive level by participating in regattas. CRAB offers four regattas in the Annapolis area: two for recovering warriors in Spring and Fall; the Don Backe Memorial CRAB Regatta for disabled sailors and hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club in June; and The CRAB Cup, open to all sailors and hosted at the Eastport Yacht Club in August.

Group photo of Recovering Warrior Sailing Regatta.

Military Support Programs

CRAB is a proud supporter of the Military and offers several program options specifically designed for recovering warriors.

Group photo of CRAB guests and volunteers on dock from a CRAB clinic event.

Clinics & Camps

CRAB offers two-day sailing clinics and kids sailing camps to organizations looking to provide youth from underserved communities, people with disabilities, or recovering warriors an opportunity to learn the basics of sailing and racing. The clinic or camp concludes with several races to test these new sailing skills. Classroom, textbook, and on-the-water instruction promote a comprehensive and diverse learning environment.