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.
2017 BAADS ELECTION
In November there will be a BAADS election for the Board of Directors. The deadline for nominations is October 8.
There will be a BAADS election for the Board of Directors. All BAADS members in good standing (dues have been paid by November 1, 2017) are eligible to run for the Board of Directors as well as vote in the general election. If you are unsure whether you are a current BAADS member, contact Alexander Okrut <email@example.com>. 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:
- Chris Rubke
- Alex Okrut
- Chris Childers
- Tom Allegretti
- Harold Goldman
- Jeff Breen
- Jason Ravanell
Any member in good standing may nominate him or herself, or another member. The names of potential candidates need to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or submitted via Sail Mail (415-281-0212). by Sunday, October 8. 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 14.
The week of October 16, 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 23 or you need assistance voting, contact email@example.com or leave a message on Sail Mail (415-281-0212). All voting must be completed by 9 AM on November 19 (before the November membership meeting). If you vote and are not a member in good standing, your vote will be disqualified.
The results of the election will be announced after the membership meeting on Sunday, November 19. The seven new board members will be elected to two-year terms and begin serving their terms at the first board meeting in 2018 (tentatively scheduled for January 21). Their tenure will expire at the first board meeting of 2020. Election results will be posted on www.baads.org.
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 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
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! 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
Blind Match Racing Explained by an Expert
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)