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!)

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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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BAADS and San Francisco Fire Department team up for in water rescue drill.

Do not miss the very unique opportunity to actually experience how to rescue adaptive sailors in the water, and see how the SFFD do it with their equipment.

What: Live in water rescue demonstrations by SFFD and BAADS personnel and equipment in McCovey Cove.

When: Saturday June 3, 2017, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am

Where: Meet at Pier 40 Small Boat Dock for briefings and equipment review.  In water rescues will be in McCovey Cove from roughly 10:30 to 11:30 am Debriefing session at SBYC afterwards.  Viewing of in water rescues from SBYC deck is possible, as well as along the seawall railing.

How: SFFD personnel will demonstrate the use of their skiffs, jet skis and heavy lifting boat equipment during these live in water demonstrations.

Why: Because everyone needs as much training and experience as possible to prepare for person in water situations.  This is a must go to event.

Be there.

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.

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)



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