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!

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.