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!

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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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Alma Sail!

BAADS sets sail on the historic scow schooner, the Alma, on August 17th! This event fills up fast, so sign up now by calling Sail Mail at 415 281 0212. The time of the trip is approximately 10:30 am (boarding) to 3:00 pm. When you call, leave your name, your phone number and the number of people in your party. More information about the Alma can be found at the National Park Service site. The August member meeting will be canceled so that we can sail instead!

Dock Clean Up – July 26th

We have another dock clean-up coming up on Saturday, July 26, 2014. It would be fantastic to have everyone’s help. You can contribute even if you cannot make July 26. Please sign up for a given job on our sign-up website. If you have questions concerning a particular task, please contact Julia (baads.org/contactor any member of the Friday maintenance crew (Allen, Eli, John W., Rommel).  THANK YOU VERY MUCH! 

Dinghy Committee

Dear dinghy folks,
To ensure the dinghy program can continue to function we would like to put up a committee structure to support and improve the program.
We have formed a “dinghy committee“. This committee focuses on the basic needs of the program (I outline 4 priorities below). Members to this date include:
Charles Wienbar, Eli Frank, Jeff Breen, John Greener, John Wallace, Josh McPhail, Julia Okrut, Kathi Pugh. We hold meetings via skype every 2 weeks.
We encourage you to send us your input by visiting the BAADS contact page and choosing Dinghy Committee from the dropdown.

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BAADS is looking for an outboard motor…

BAADS is looking for a donation of a good 40 or 50 HP 4 cycle outboard motor! Visit our donation page or contact us if you can help us out. Thanks!

UPDATE: U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2014 and Racing Clinic Boot Camp Oct. 20-24th in Galveston, Texas

The U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship will take place October 30 through November 2, 2014 at the Community Sailing Center in Galveston, Texas. In addition, there will be a racing clinic Boot Camp offered October 20-24th. See the Adaptive Boot Camp Schedule for details. BAADS is no longer planning to bring Liberties but encourages BAADS members to sign up for the Boot Camp and/or the Championship. For Championship registration and information, see US Sailing’s event page.

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