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.


Link for 2016 Board Election

Dear BAADS members,

Please vote for the BAADS Board of Directors election 2016.  You can click on the link below to access the online ballot including candidate statements.  For questions, assistance, or comments, please e-mail elections@baads.org or call Alex at 415-530-1565.  Voting ends after the membership meeting on November 20th.  We will have ballots available for those who wish to vote at the meeting.

Link to online ballot:


Pirate Party and Herb Meyer Awards Ceremony – October 29th

All BAADS and SBYC Members are invited to the Herb Meyer Regatta Awards Ceremony and the infamous Pirate Party on Saturday, October 29th, 5:30-11pm at the South Beach Yacht Club. The Herb Meyer Regatta Awards Ceremony will start at 5:30 and the Pirate Party will follow. Pirate costumes are encouraged! Food will be available to purchase from Chef John until 8pm. Live music by Dave Badilla starts at 7pm. We are asking for a suggested contribution of $10 (at the door) to help cover our costs for the amazing live music. Please sign up here.


The 2016 Blind Match Racing World Championships wrapped up last weekend on September 25 and capped off a week of action packed racing.  Walt Raineri, Skipper of Team USA 1 representing BAADS, along with main trimmer Scott  Ford and jib trimmer Kris Scheppe, lead his team to a Bronze Medal in the Championships.  This is the first time a USA team ever won a podium spot in the Blind match Racing World Championships.

On a related note, it turns out that the TV network CNN thought that the concept of blind match racing generally, and the Team USA 1 story specifically, would make a good documentary so they had a production crew out for the pre-race practices and the documentary under the CNN “big Picture” segment category will be airing in mid-October on CNN.  On the same topic, the subject matter also caught the eye of the producers of the National Public Radio program entitled “Our American Stories” and Walt Raineri will be featured in an upcoming version of that radio program as well highlighting the sport of blind sailing. Stay tuned for additional information about these national media programs in upcoming newsletters.  Go Team BAADS.

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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