Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors provides exciting and challenging experiences on San Francisco Bay for disabled sailors, friends and family at a world class location at McCovey Cove and the South Beach Yacht Club, a bright and airy second level club with a spacious patio overlooking the marina.
BAADS offers a surprisingly affordable membership and comes equipped with specially modified keelboats and dinghies, including a hoist to lift sailors who arrive in wheelchairs. An annual membership is only $40 and family membership costs $80. The group depends on volunteers and donations and one doctor even donated a keelboat. Whether a sailor suffers from post traumatic stress or a physical condition such as blindness, sailors have the chance to feel exhilarated and BAADS accommodates with respect and comaraderie.
United States Disabled Championship in San Diego August 27 – 29; Paralympics
Skipper Vivian plans to go to the United States Paralympic nationals competition in San Diego at the end of August this summer. The Olympic sailing competition will take place in August of 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The club asks members to continue lobbying the International Paralympic Committee to reinstate sailing at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. BAADS tells more on the website and asks that letters of support be sent to the Committee.
Meanwhile Vivian has been an avid outdoor adventurer all her life who turns 50 on August 4. She has come to experience joy again she says, for the first time since joining the military where she suffered major injury. Last spring Vivian helped spread the word as she volunteered at the Strictly Sail Pacific Boat show at Jack London Square. She was perusing the booths with her albino dog Snow Angel and enjoying the sunny day. The vendors seemed friendly and outgoing with all the latest gear including some colorful stories, such as providing gear for the Robert Redford solo film, ‘All is Lost’.
Related: Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show last spring, dancing to Eric Stone Band
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Sailors enjoy sharing stories and more at BAADS, each weekend starting with informal and small Friday night races near McCovey Cove at Pier 40, The Embarcadero. The club over the weekend offers day sailing and veterans’ dinghy and keelboat sailing. Members also work on the boats. A sail often begins with a bite to eat or some coffee on the pier. It’s home to an institution, a café dedicated to the Giants with lots of outdoor café tables on the Embarcadero overlooking the marina so it’s a great spot for members to gather before a sail, then go to the South Beach Yacht Club after. The pier has a parking lot and taking muni, biking and walking looks not only easy but spectacular.
For more information, contact BAADS at (415) 281-0212.