CRAB offers opportuntities for guests take sailing to a more competitive level by participating in sailing regattas
Regattas, a series of sailboat races, are a way to provide CRAB guests with an opportunity to take what they have learned in other CRAB programs and apply their knowlege while enjoying the social aspects of the boating community.
CRAB currently offers four regattas in the Annapolis area: two for recovering warriors, one in the Spring and one in the Fall; the Don Backe Memorial CRAB Regatta is for sailors with disabilities and hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club in June; and The CRAB Cup, CRAB’s largest regatta and fundraiser, which is open to all sailors and hosted at the Eastport Yacht Club in August. Every year more than 100 sailboats participate in CRAB Regattas.
If you are interested in sailing in a regatta, please contact us. With the exception of the CRAB Cup, CRAB regattas are invitation only for sailors who have participated in our introductory programming.
The CRAB Cup is CRAB’s largest fundraiser. In 2023 it boasted 88 boats on the line for the pursuit race and 8 in the 2nd Annual Poker Pursuit. The party is held at Eastport Yacht Club. It attracts more than 500 guests and offers live music and delicious food provided by its founding sponsor Boatyard Bar & Grill.
Don Backe Memorial
The Don Backe is a harbor regatta and is held at the Annapolis Yacht Club every June in memory of CRAB’s Founder. Sailors with any disability can come compete on one of CRAB’s Beneteau 22(A) sailboats.
Step 1: Join Us for One of Our Entry-Level Programs
To sail in the Don Backe Memorial, sailors must first attend one of our Family Sail or Group Sail events.
Step 2: Let Us Know Your Interest
Step 3: Get a Recommendation
Because the Don Backe Memorial is an invitational Regatta, sailors need to be recommended by a CRAB skipper to be eligible.
Step 4: Participate
CRAB invitational regattas are a great way to meet other sailors who are interested in taking their sailing skills and knowledge to the next level. Now that you are an experienced sailor, you will enjoy talking to other sailors about their time on the water.
Recovering Warrior Sailing Regattas
CRAB hosts semi-annual Recovering Warrior Sailing Regattas currently sponsored by Move United and Mission BBQ. The regattas are scheduled in May and September and they provide a great opportunity to share and experience the thrill and freedom of sailing with family members, fellow warriors, and volunteers.
More information about participating in CRAB Regattas