August 19, 2023 at Eastport Yacht Club
The 17th Annual CRAB Cup was held at the Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis, MD, on August 19, 2023. The CRAB Cup is the largest fundraiser of the year for Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating. Kicking off at noon, 88 sailboats participated in a family-friendly, competitive pursuit race to determine who will be the champion of the day. If you are not a sailor but enjoy a day of friendly competition, you can still join in the fun! There is a Poker Pursuit Race for Powerboats and The Skippers Challenge, an online peer-to-peer fundraising competition with great prizes. Proceeds make it possible for CRAB to offer its sailing and boating programs for people with disabilities, recovering warriors, and children from underserved communities at no charge.
The CRAB Cup is the second race in the Triple Crown of Charity. Scroll down to learn more about the Triple Crown and how you can make a difference in the community and win your name on the majestic trophy.
No matter how you choose to participate we appreciate your support and hope you will join us at the award-winning Shore Party!
The CRAB Cup Shore Party brings more than 500 people together each year to support adaptive boating programs.
The party is held at Eastport Yacht Club and starts immediately following the race at 4:00 pm. Entertainment begins with Caiso Steel Drum Band, one of DC’s finest Caribbean bands. The always fantastic Misspent Youth will follow them. They are definitely Maryland’s best cover band! Delicious food is provided by our founding sponsor, Boatyard Bar & Grill. This event has won “Best Fundraiser” from the readers of What’s Up! Annapolis in 2021 & 2022.
In pursuit-start racing, the slowest boats start first and the fastest last; whoever crosses the finish line first, wins.
The CRAB Cup Pursuit Race is open to boats of the following classes: CRAB/Beneteau First 22A, Alerion Express 28, Cal 25 (non-spinnaker), CHESSS (Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker), Harbor 20 (Full Crew, Singlehanded), J/30, J/70, J/80, J/105, PHRF A0/A1, PHRF A2, PHRF B, PHRF C, PHRF N, PHRF Cruiser, ORC, ORC Cruiser, and Viper 640.
Additional one-design classes will be accepted upon the receipt of six (6) or more paid entries by 2000 hours on Wednesday, 18 August 2021. Boats without a valid PHRF certificate may request a courtesy PHRF rating.
For Power Boats
The CRAB Cup Poker Pursuit allows powerboat skippers to join sailors in a day of fun on the water in support of CRAB while competing for prizes. Take your boat to designated locations on the Bay and snap a selfie photograph. Send the picture to the EYC Poker Pursuit link, and you will be sent an electronic playing card. Repeat four times to get a complete five-card poker hand.
Thank you to our 2023 CRAB Cup Sponsors
2023 In-Kind Sponsors
Triple Crown of Charity
The Triple Crown of Charity Sailing was created in 2018 to recognize the top sailor and fundraiser for The Maryland Cures Cancer Cup, formerly the Leukemia Cup, The CRAB Cup, and The Hospice Cup races.
Skippers must compete in all three races in order to be eligible to win the Triple Crown Trophy.
The calculation for the winner shall be the order of finish in each race and the amount of funds raised for each race. The amount of funds raised shall be given a higher multiplier (1.5) in the calculations.
The skipper with best score in the three races and highest fundraising will be awarded the Triple Crown of Charity Sailing Trophy in October at a public event hosted by the three non-profits at Annapolis Market House downtown. The trophy will be on display at the Annapolis Adaptive Boating Center in Eastport during the off-season. The winning skipper will receive a “keeper” trophy as well.