Membership meeting 4/15

BAADS Membership meeting tomorrow, 4/15, 11:30am at South Beach Harbor Community Room!

BAADS keelboat training starts 4/21

BAADS is offering a free 5-day keel boat training to BAADS and SBYC members.

Sat 4/21, Sun 4/22,
Sat 4/28
Sat 5/5, Sat 5/12

– sailing theory and trim
– docking, hoyer assisted transfers
– radio protocol, currents
– reefing, heaving-to, man overboard maneuvers
– anchoring (if time allows)

Each short morning classroom session will be followed by on-the-water practice.

– classes start promptly at 10am
– there will be an on-line quiz every week due Wednesday before the weekend class
– there will be a written and a practical final test
– everyone is expected to have studied the US Sailing Basic Keelboat manual before the start of the first class (link on sign up page)

Space is limited

Sign up today through the link below :

About the instructor
Alex Hruzewicz was introduced to sailing by his parents as a toddler. After college, he worked on a 105 ft, 195 gross ton off-shore commercial fishing vessel (out of Herman Melville’s New Bedford, MA) and crewed on transatlantic sailboat deliveries (personal record: 21 days, double-handed, no autopilot). He has since logged well over 10,000 nautical miles on blue water, a good chunk of them after unexpectedly acquiring a bionic spine in 2004. He was one of the first BAADS members with a spinal cord injury to cruise from the Bay to the Sea of Cortez. He also sailed from Hawaii to SF.

He competed in the 2007 Access Nationals (1st liberty manual) and Worlds (4th) and raced the BAADS sonars on Friday nights, in the Jazz Cup, Round the Rock Race and the Plastic Classic.

Alex is a certified US Sailing Instructor and is curious about and inspired by the intersection of fitness, disability and function.

UPDATE: Skipper Training

BAADs is offering free Keel Boat classroom and on the water  training for members of BAADS and South Beach Yacht club. The classes will commence April 21 at SBYC at 10am.

The class will be taught by Alex H.  He has extenstive sailing experience and can be very entertaining to make the  class interesting.

Please register for the class here

Textbook for the class:  US Sailing Manual

Thank you

Ed Gallagher BAADs Keel Boat Program Director.

Skipper Training

Mark  your calendars  we’re organizing skipper training in late April. In the meantime get your US Sailing Manual.


BAADS is again kayaking with Environmental Traveling Companions

On Sunday, May 6th, BAADS is again kayaking with Environmental Traveling Companions. Everyone will be paired up in two or three person kayaks depending upon your skill level. We’ll embark from ETC’s office and kayak around the Sausalito area including the houseboats for about a two hour cruise. Our discounted price is only $20 per person. If you want to kayak, contact  We had a great time last year.


BAADS kayaking with ETC

Monthly Member Meetings are Back!

BAADS is once again holding monthly member meetings. We want the meetings to be educational, collaborative and enjoyable and give the members an opportunity to get to know each other. We do not plan on rehashing what the Board of Directors just discussed but will be announcing upcoming activities. The meetings will be short (11:30 AM – 12:15 PM) and feature a guest speaker who will talk on a particular topic at each meeting. We also hope to have light refreshments. If you have ideas on potential guest speakers or group activities, please send them to

Chris Childress will speak at our upcoming February 18th meeting. Chris is a certified sailing instructor and USCG licenced captain, with 6 years of keeping boats out of trouble on San Francisco Bay. He will be speaking briefly on some updates to BAADS safety policies and local hazards associated with sailing on the San Francisco Bay. All skippers are highly encouraged to attend but everyone who sails with BAADS should be aware of our safety policy including how fill out an incident report. Chris will also explain how to determine windspeed while on the water as well as how to identify safety hazards around the bay. We hope to see everyone there!

Board Of Directors Election Results

Thank you all for voting in the 2017 BAADS Board Of Directors election.  Here is a list of those members elected to the board:

Chris Childers

Alex Okrut

Jeff Breen

Eric Roberts

Stan Freedman

Ed Gallagher

Tim Grant

BAADS mentioned in Outside magazine!

Wow. To our suprise BAADS is currently talked about in Outside magazine about adventure trips you can do in a wheelchair.

BAADS Election 2017: Here is the ballot link

This link is the ballot for the BAADS Board of Directors Election 2017.

Review the candidate statements (link) at your leisure, and vote for up to seven candidates. 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 need assistance voting, contact 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. Election results will be posted on

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:

Thanks everyone
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