A brightly colored dinghy tacks in McCovey Cove

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

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

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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.

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News

Sail The ALMA August 23! Register here.

Dear BAADS members and friends,
The National Park Service invites us again in 2017 to sail on schooner Alma!  This exciting event will happen on Saturday, August 26, 10am-3pm, departing from and returning to Pier 40, San Francisco.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Alma, please check out this link. BAADS has been invited to sail on the 80′ schooner Alma for many years.  The boat is wheelchair accessible and kids friendly.  Please make your reservation soon as spots fill up quickly.  Alma will accommodate up to 40 people and up to 12 wheelchairs. Click here to sign up online.  Please contact Alex at aokrut@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Register Now For The 2017 Herb Meyer Regatta

The 2017 Herb Meyer Regatta will take place on Saturday, September 23rd & Sunday, September 24th.  Please visit the Herb Meyer Regatta page for registration & competitor’s information.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the volunteer form.

Can’t wait to see you on the water!

BAADS Small Boat Dockmaster – We’re Hiring!

BAADS is hiring a Dockmaster for Saturdays for its small boat program out of South Beach Yacht Harbor at Pier 40 in San Francisco. The ideal candidate would be an experienced sailor who could supervise volunteers to run the program for the 7-15 sailors who participate on any given Saturday. Starting pay is $17 – $20+ DOE with the possibility of additional bosun work on Fridays and flexibility on some Saturdays. Click here for more information: Small Boat Dockmaster Job Description

BAADS really does need new skippers!

Our current fleet is getting “old” and needs some refreshing with new people to pass on the skill of sailing. Skippers are a key component of our core mission: To teach disabled folks and their supports how to sail. Some candidates come to the task with previous sailing experience and some start totally new.

Alex Okrut will hold two info sessions where he talks about requirements for BAADS members to become keelboat skippers.  Members of all experience levels are welcome.  When: March 19 @ 12pm & April 23 @ 12pm, South Beach Harbor Community room, Pier 40, San Francisco.

BAADS Blind Sailing Is Making Big Wakes

BAADS blind sailing is making big wakes! Learn more about the world of blind sailing.

 

CNN Mini Documentary on Walt (skipper of Team USA 1), Scott and Kris about Blind Match Racing in the “Great Big Picture Program”, November 27 2016.

Blind at the bow: These sailors navigate with sound

http://www.greatbigstory.com/stories/blind-at-the-bow-these-sailors-navigate-with-sound/?xrs=CNNAPP

 

Blind Match Racing Explained by an Expert

https://youtu.be/h2csQ_rdOtE

 

Our American Stories Radio program on Walt Raineri and the 2016 Blind Match Racing World Championships, October  4, 2016.  Direct link to MP3 file (about 42 minutes without commercials)

https://d2ojl2p9f5n1cm.cloudfront.net/downloadable/audio/stories/100416+blind+sailing_Merge.mp3

 

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