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.


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

Brian Pease Memorial – Saturday, April 29th

Brian’s memorial will be on Saturday, April 29th at the South Beach Harbor Community Room, at Pier 40, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94107.  Coffee and danishes will be available starting at 10:15am.    The memorial will begin at 11:00 with a few speakers and then open for everyone to say few words and remember Brian.  At about 11:45 we’ll go to the boats. Brian’s favorite purple boat will be towed behind another boat.  The purple boat will carry Brian’s ashes and we’ll let people decorate the boat with flowers.  It will be towed to McCovey Cove.  We may also have an 8 Bells ceremony either on land or in McCovey cove.  Then, we’ll sail to the designated spot to spread the ashes.  The site to spread the ashes will be outside McCovey Cove, at this location: 37°46’40.4″N 122°22’48.1″W.  We’ll also leave flowers at this location.

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.

Save the Date: BAADS Spring Membership Meeting on April 30

Please join us on Sunday, April 30 at SBYC, 2 pm – 4 pm for our BAADS Spring Membership Meeting. Enjoy mingling with your fellow sailors and make some new friends. The meeting will include short presentations from our programs: small boat, keelboat, veteran sailing, racing, and blind sailing. This is also a great opportunity to check out volunteer opportunities for our members. BAADS will provide food, and drinks can be purchased at the bar. Contact Alex Okrut if you have questions, comments, or suggestions.

Please go to our Facebook event to let us know if you plan to attend by clicking on the “Interested” or “Going” so we can plan our member meeting lunch. Thank you! https://www.facebook.com/events/213658179109534/

New Dinghy Dock Carpet – A Big Thanks To Everyone Involved

On December 3, nine intrepid volunteers replaced the carpet on the BAADS dinghy dock.  The project took more than 70 person hours, but through their undaunted courage the project was completed on time and under budget.  Of course, the budget was helped in that we only had to pay the volunteers a free lunch.  The majority of the work was finished on Saturday, but some finishing work and cleanup was done on Sunday.
The project got a jumpstart when John Wallace organized us to remove the old carpet on Friday.  Michael Marinaro donated lunch.  Having the new carpet will reduce the wear and tear on the dinghies, and provide a better environment for both SBYC and BAADs.  Please remember to thank the volunteers when you see them.

Pictured (left to right): Lloyd Yu, Josh Maddox, Dan Courter, Tom Green, Carl Pearl, Stan Freedman, Christopher Naughton. Not Pictured: Chris McMahon, David Trollope, Charles Wienbar, Mike Satterlund, and Dave Corbin

Pictured (left to right): Lloyd Yu, Josh Maddox, Dan Courter, Tom Green, Carl Pearl, Stan Freedman, Christopher Naughton. Not Pictured: Chris McMahon, David Trollope, Charles Wienbar, Mike Satterlund, and Dave Corbin

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