Last chance to register for Herb Meyer Regatta; 303 sailors wanted.

Dear BAADS dinghy racers,


Libertys are filling up fast for the Herb Meyer Regatta Sept 23-24, only a few are left out of 15 available! It’s going to be a good race. We still need at least 4 more 303s however to form a class, just one 303 racer has registered so far. We are also recruiting volunteers to staff the dock, safety boats and help with hospitality. To sign up for racing or to volunteer please visit the Herb Meyer Regatta page at and fill out the appropriate Google form.


Lets race!


John Wallace

Eric Roberts

Herb Meyer Regatta Co-Chairs





9:00 – Continental Breakfast/Register racers – Community Room

10:00 – Skippers’ meeting

11:00 – Pickup Subway box lunch at BAADS dock. Loadout/Dock out/Sail to race area in front of Bay View Boat Club.

13:00 – 16:00 – Race (hopefully 3 races)

17:00 – No host bar SBYC


10:00 – Continental Breakfast – Community Room

11:00 – Pickup Subway box lunches. Loadout/Dock out/Sail to race area in front of Bay View Boat Club

13:00 – 16:00 – Race (hopefully 3 races)

17:00 – No host bar SBYC

18:00 – 21:00 – BBQ & Awards Dinner SBYC


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 <>. You can renew your membership by going to .

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 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 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

Sail The ALMA August 23! Register here.

Dear BAADS members and friends,
The National Park Service invites us again in 2017 to sail on schooner Alma!  This exciting event will happen on Saturday, August 26, 10am-3pm, departing from and returning to Pier 40, San Francisco.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Alma, please check out this link. BAADS has been invited to sail on the 80′ schooner Alma for many years.  The boat is wheelchair accessible and kids friendly.  Please make your reservation soon as spots fill up quickly.  Alma will accommodate up to 40 people and up to 12 wheelchairs. Click here to sign up online.  Please contact Alex at if you have any questions.

Register Now For The 2017 Herb Meyer Regatta

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 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.

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!

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!