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.

BAADS Member meeting Sunday & last chance to vote for the BoD

This Sunday 11/20 marks the last opportunity to vote for the Board of Directors election.

Link to online ballot:

You can click on the link to access the online ballot including candidate statements.  For questions, assistance, or comments, please e-mail or call Alex at 415-530-1565.  Voting ends after the membership meeting on November 20th.  We will have ballots available for those who wish to vote at the meeting.


Join us for our annual Thanksgiving Potluck!

BAADS members, family and friends are invited to join us for our Annual Thanksgiving Potluck on November 24th at South Beach Yacht Club. Sign up to bring a delicious side dish, dessert, or salad.   We plan to start with appetizers at 11:30 AM.  We are also looking for help setting up and cleaning up.  Check what others are bringing here and sign up here!

Help Needed for the San Jose Abilities Expo

San Jose Abillities Expo.Help needed. BAADS will be participating in the San Jose Abilities Expo from 11/18 – 11/20. The Expo. is free and is from 11 – 5PM on Friday and Saturday and 11 – 4PM on Sunday. We will have 2 of our dingy boats at the exhibit and the booth will be staffed by different BAADS members. Our Commodore Dylan Young will be giving a short presentation from 4:00 – 4:30 on Saturday in the Events Arena. Please come and see us at the booth and enjoy the Expo. You can learn more about the Expo by going directly to the website at Our booth number is 312. I need volunteers to staff the booth for the 3 days. If you have questions or can help, please send me an email and let me know what day(s) and times you are available. If you are flexible, please let me know that as well. Thank you for helping. 

Nominate someone for a US Sailing award

Adaptive Sailing Award: Gay S. Lynn Memorial Trophy