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.

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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.


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/

2017 changes to the BAADS Member Meetings

Hello BAADS Members,

We are going to try something different in 2017. Instead of monthly member meetings on the 3rd Sunday of the month. We will try having biannual or quarterly social gatherings instead. This may take the form of a dinner in the yacht club, or maybe have speakers come in to give a talk about sailing. Alex Okrut is spearheading the effort. We feel this will be a fun change up as the 3rd Sunday thing was becoming too routine. There will be no meeting this January 15th, 2017.

Please look out for further updates and dates!

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

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 board election results

Thanks to our 58 voting members and 12 candidates for taking part in the election!  Brian Pease, Chris Naughton, Daniel Margulies, Dylan Young, Ed Bridges, Kathi Pugh, and Walter Raineri will join our 2017 board.

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