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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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

Board Of Directors Election Results

Thank you all for voting in the 2017 BAADS Board Of Directors election.  Here is a list of those members elected to the board:

Chris Childers

Alex Okrut

Jeff Breen

Eric Roberts

Stan Freedman

Ed Gallagher

Tim Grant

BAADS mentioned in Outside magazine!

Wow. To our suprise BAADS is currently talked about in Outside magazine about adventure trips you can do in a wheelchair.

https://www.outsideonline.com/2255916/six-adventure-trips-you-can-do-wheelchair

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)

American Stories Radio MP3

 

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

Keelboat maintenance day was a great success!!

A very big THANK YOU to our wonderful keelboat maintenance team: Tom Allegretti, Jared Brockway, Lee Burnette, Ananth Ugrasenan, Nina Riehs and Alex & Julia Okrut !! The team was small but the accomplishments were huge!!! We scrubbed and cleaned out both Orion and Tashi and got rid of at least 6 dock carts full of trash and unnecessary stuff. These boats are now tons lighter and probably way more competitive in future races There are lost and found items in the shed in pier 40. If you are missing something, have a look there soon, as they will be discarded by end of August. In addition, we repaired the outhaul on Tashi. We had to take off the boom (!!) to reach to a block system that was inside of it to re-attach the outhaul. We also properly attached the bilge pump on Orion, adjusted the idle speed of her engine and greased the throttle both on Tashi and Orion. Last but not least, both Heidi and Tashi are now flying BAADS burgees and Orion has now a BAADS banner attached !!

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