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!)

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.


2016 HMR: The results are in.

Thank you to all volunteers and participants! Saturday was perfect. Sunday the wind did not cooperate, and we did not race. Alas.

Long time BAADS member John Greener prevailed. Here is the final score sheet baads-day-1 

There are numerous people to thank. Because Sunday wrapped up abruptly, we did not have the awards ceremony and acknowledgements of great appreciation. This will be scheduled for a future day. Let it simply be said at this time that everyone was supportive and patient in hot and trying conditions. Thank you to all.




There will be a BAADS election for the Board of Directors. All BAADS Members in good standing (2016 dues have been paid for by December 1) are eligible to run for the Board of Directors as well as vote in the general election. The link to the ballot will be sent out in the week of October 24.  If you are unsure whether you are a current BAADS member, contact Treasurer Brian Pease at treasurer@baads.org. You can renew your membership by going to www.baads.org/join .

Seven Director Positions will be available. Seats up for election are those now held by:


  • Dylan Young (currently Commodore)
  • Kathi Pugh (currently Vice Commodore)
  • Brian Pease (Treasurer)
  • Allen Darnell (Director)
  • Cristina Rubke (Keelboat Director)
  • Chris Naughton (Dinghy Program)
  • Ed Bridges (Veterans Programs)


Any member may nominate him or herself, or another member. The names of potential candidates need to be emailed to elections@baads.org or submitted via our voice mail system ‘Sail Mail’ (415-281-0212).  Final nominations will be received at October membership meeting. To nominate a candidate, one must include the name, phone number and email of the potential candidate. The maximum number of potential candidates any member can nominate is seven. All potential candidates will be contacted by the election committee to confirm interest in running for the board. All nominees will have an opportunity to submit a candidate statement, but must do so by Saturday, October 23.

In the week of October 24, an email link to the ballot will be sent to BAADS members with the names of the candidates and their statements. The ballot and candidate statements will also be available on the BAADS website. The maximum number of board candidates any member can vote for is seven. Ballots cannot be changed after being submitted and any subsequent ballots will be disqualified.

Individual members are eligible to submit one ballot and family memberships are eligible to submit two ballots. If you do not receive an email link to the ballot by October 30 or you need assistance voting, contact elections@baads.org or leave a message on Sail Mail (415-281-0212). All voting must be completed by 9 AM on November 20 (before the November membership meeting).

The results of the election will be announced on Sunday, November 20. The seven new board members will be elected to two-year terms and begin serving their terms at the first board meeting in 2017 (tentatively scheduled for January 15). Their tenure will expire at the first board meeting of 2019. The terms of the remaining seven board members will expire at the first board meeting of 2018.

Angel Island & Ayala Cove BBQ – Sign Up Today

All information for this year’s Angel Island Takeover and Ayala Cove BBQ is now available. If you are interested in participation please sign up today or contact Ed Bridges with any questions.

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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