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.
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.
Community organizations that serve people with disabilities enjoy exclusive sailing outings during the sailing season. We develop sailing experiences that align with the comfort level of participants. As guests develop skills and gain confidence, so does the program rigor.
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.
Military Support Programs
CRAB is a proud supporter of the Military and offers several program options specifically designed for recovering warriors.
Clinics & Camps
CRAB offers two-day sailing clinics and kids sailing camps to organizations looking to provide youth, 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.