Despite the Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) organization having been in service for over 28 years, it first appeared on my radar through my friend, Brad LaTour, this past spring. Catching up one day, he introduced me to this awesome non-profit organization and how it brings the freedom of sailing the Bay to wounded warriors, people with disabilities and their caregivers, and at-risk youth from local neighborhoods, some of whom have never even seen the Bay, despite living mere miles from it. He described how powerful it was to see people leave their wheelchairs behind on the dock or the seeing sense of peace that comes over the veteran when the tranquility of the open water is before him. "Come out for a sail and see for yourself the smiles on these faces. You'll never forget it," he said.
When my family participated in a sail a few weeks later, it was incredible. An interactive experience, where everyone on the boat learns how to sail if they are able, we saw first-hand the thrill the guests got when they operated the jib or trimmed the sails to set the destination. It was life-changing, just like Brad promised, and I wanted to help however I could.
CRAB’s services are provided free of charge to the majority of guests and the organization relies heavily on donations, sponsors, and grants. This Skipper's Challenge is a fundraiser to help CRAB finance sails for those in need. Please consider donating to the Crabtown Warriors team to give the gift of freedom and joy on the Bay to those who cannot do it alone. CRAB is a 501-C3 organization and all donations made to CRAB are tax deductible.