A brightly colored dinghy tacks in McCovey Cove

Our Mission

We strive to make all aspects of sailing accessible. Learn more about what we do.

Join Us

Membership is open to people with disabilities and their families, friends, caregivers and assistants – including you! (Read our guest policy!)

Dues are $50/year for individuals or $100 for families, and cover all the sailing you can stand. Join now!


Volunteers assist sailors, provide safety using a chase boat, teach basic sailing skills and help assemble and disassemble boats.  All you really need is enthusiasm for helping others and being out on the water. Learn more about volunteering.


We are a 501(c)(3) organization and rely on tax-deductible donations (tax ID 94-3067409), corporate sponsors, and grants to run our programs. Donate securely online through PayPal, or learn about other ways to help.


BAADS/SBYC Thanksgiving Potluck

BAADS members, family and friends are invited to join us for our Annual Thanksgiving Potluck on November 26th, hosted by Les Hennessey and Tammy DeSilva at South Beach Yacht Club. We are looking for help setting up and cleaning up. Sign up online!

Sailing Instruction for new sailors with disabilities

BAADS is excited to offer a FREE beginning sailing training program for people with physical disabilities for its small boat program. The course will start on Saturday, October 17th from 11am-4pm and will be held on eight Saturdays through the next few months. The course will be held at the northern entrance at South Beach Yacht Harbor at Pier 40 near AT&T Park in San Francisco. For more information, go to our Pioneer Grant Instruction page.

Thanks to all for a great 2015 Herb Meyer Regatta

Thank you to everyone who made the 2015 Herb Meyer Regatta a success, including Julia Okrut, John Wallace, Jeff Breen, Charles Wienbar, our PRO John Super, SBYC Rear Commodore Gerard Sheridan, John de Castro, Wendy Hanrahan, Chris Rubke, Ian McClelland, Rommel Barrientos, Victor Veysey (on guitar), Pam Prentice, Daniel Margulies, Chris Naughton, Ananth Ugrasenan, Nina Riehs, Josh Maddox, Harold Goldman, Ed Bridges, Vivian Snyder, Alex Okrut, Peter Garcia, Kelly Nelson, Allen Darnell, Paolo Flores, Terry Catania, Janelle Van Rensselaer, Eugene Hu, Adam Simmonds, Paul Walker, Dan Courter, Winnie Kelly, Kathy Shepherd, Tom Allegretti, Charlie Roskosz, Greg Meagher, Mr. D., Joe Monroe, Julie Curry, and all the wonderful SBYC and BAADS volunteers. Results are online at www.baads.org/hmr2015.

Maintain the Urgency: Reinstating Paralympic Sailing in Tokyo 2020

Our friends at US Sailing urge us to keep the pressure on the International Paralympic Committee to reinstate Paralympic Sailing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Please read more at US Sailing and send in your letter of support!

BAADS is looking for keelboat skippers and first mates!

Are you interested in becoming a keelboat skipper for BAADS? Do you have extensive sailing experience or would you like to learn everything necessary to take out our keelboats on a Sunday sail? Please send us an email listing your sailing experience and tell us why you would be a good skipper candidate. We are especially seeking skippers who have disabilities! If you do not want to take on all the responsibilities that a skipper holds, you can become more involved in our keelboat program with our first-mate group. As first mate you will be kept up to date on skipper and keelboat sailing training, regattas and racing training, regular maintenance parties and other keelboat related events. For more information and to sign up as skipper candidate or first mate please send your email to baads.keelboat@gmail.com

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