A brightly colored dinghy tacks in McCovey Cove

Our Mission

We strive to make all aspects of sailing accessible. Learn more about what we do.

Join Us

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 at San Mateo Mobility Expo Fri Oct 27-Sun Oct 29

BAADS is again participating in the Mobility Expo held at San Mateo County Event Center, Expo Hall from Friday, October 27 through Sunday, October 29. We are looking for 4 people per shift to sit at our booth for three hours shifts each day telling people with disabilities and their families about BAADS and our activities. We will have the Pink Panther (a 303 dinghy) there to show people as well as a servo to demonstrate. If you are available to participate, please sign up to schedule your shift.

Show Hours:
Friday, October 27th Saturday, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sat. October 28th Sunday, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sun. October 29th 11:00am – 4:00pm

Sign up here: https://doodle.com/poll/rqmthzmtxurx4zat

Thanks everyone
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Request for Nominations for 2017 BAADS Board of Directors 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 <aokrut@gmail.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 elections@baads.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 elections@baads.org 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.

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.

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



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)



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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