About Us

Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) is dedicated to making the thrill of sailing a reality for physically and developmentally disabled individuals.

Sailing operations are based at Sandy Point State Park.  CRAB's office is located at 177 Defense Highway, Suite 9, Annapolis, MD 21401.

CRAB relies on it's volunteers as skippers, crew, shore-side assistance and special events staff.

If you would like to volunteer, please see our Volunteer page.


To bring the thrill and freedom of sailing to physically and/or developmentally-challenged individuals, recovering warriors, and their families regardless of their financial circumstances.

Board of Directors

Brad La Tour, President
Brian JamiesonVice President
Hank Lucas, Secretary
Ian Palmer, Treasurer


Paul Bollinger, Jr., Executive Director
Sarah Winchester, Operations Manager
Elizabeth Bollinger, Office Manager
George Pappas, Fleet Director
Tom Spitzer, Fleet Director
Vicki Niedenthal, Volunteer Coordinator

Positions currently open


CRAB is currently accepting applications for a 12-week paid summer internship.

CRAB is seeking a summer intern for a wide variety of programmatic and administrative task including: office tasks, marketing and outreach, sailing instruction and skippering, and maintenance task. The internship starting and ending dates are flexible to accommodate the typical academic calendar. We are expecting an inter to work approximately 12 weeks, full-time, between June and August. Candidate must be at least 18 years old. 

Applicant should be IT savvy, mature, and have empathy for working with our guests.  Not necessary to be an experienced sailor, but must be interested in adaptive sports and/or services for disabled individuals, and should be highly motivated and engaged. 

Sought skills:
Office Skills – particularly Microsoft Suite – Excel, Word, Publisher, etc.
IT Savvy
Red Cross lifesaving certification
ASA basic keelboat sailing certification
Excellent small boat handling skills
Excellent written and verbal communication
Strong work ethic
Physically and mentally fit
Experience working with persons with disabilities
Easy going and a sense of humor

Interested persons should send a cover letter and resume to Sarah@crabsailing.org

Don Backe, CRAB Founder

Don was an extraordinary man whose vision made CRAB possible. Learn more about Don.


Strategic Plan

CRAB’s Board of Directors has developed a strategic plan to build on CRAB’s past and guide CRAB’s growth in the coming years. This report is intended to be a concise, short, and simple summary of the most important actions that will need to be addressed in order for CRAB to thrive and grow. Read the CRAB Strategic Plan.


177 Defense Highway, Suite 9
Annapolis, MD 21401

(410) 266-5722


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