"Living in San Francisco isn't quite complete without a sailing lesson."
- Anonymous Dinghy Sailor
GGYC sailing instructors know this to be true and understand recreational sailing isn't easily accessible in San Francisco. So they've teamed up to host Open Sail, a free recreational sailing day for adults that is safe, fun and open to GGYC sponsored guests.
GGYC's friendly atmosphere, experienced coaching staff, and great location in the Marina District make it an ideal place for sailors of all levels to team up and experience the excitement of sailing on the San Francisco bay. Open Sail takes place every other Sunday with lessons available on FJs, 420s, Laser, J22 and Cal25.
Next Open Sail is scheduled for 3 Mar 2019. To sign up as a guest sailor click here
GGYC instructors are all qualified with a minimum Level 1 US Sailing Instructors certificate and adhere to the policies and procedures set forth by United States Sailing Association. Our team of instructors and coaches have extensive sailing experience in San Francisco bay and coaching on the GGYC fleet of boats.
Other prerequisites for sailing instructors include:
> First Aid/CPR certification
> NASBLA Safe Boating Certificate
> US Olympic Committee SafeSport Certificate
Brett Bastien is the GGYC Waterfront Director, a certified US Sailing Instructor and lifelong sailor. Growing up in Connecticut, he began fleet racing at age 12 and was a varsity sailor in high school. Brett has racing experience on Lasers, FJs, 420s and a variety of keel boats. He has been racing in the Bay for three years as a bowman on a Farr 395, Farr 40 and C&C 115, participating in the Rolex Big Boat Series and OYRA Offshore Series. A graduate of Fairfield University, Brett is an Enterprise Account Manager at Square. Off the water, Brett enjoys spending time with friends in the Marina District.
Mills Forni is a certified US Sailing Instructor, lifelong sailor and triathlete. Growing up in Michigan, he learned to sail on Lake St. Clair, racing Optis, Lasers, FJs, 420s and J24s at Crescent Sail Yacht Club and on his high school sailing team. A graduate of Michigan State University, Mills was Captain on the sailing team. During the summers, Mills coached junior sailing at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. Mills is a Vice President with Axicom, U.S. in San Francisco, prior to that, he worked in Washington, D.C. These days, Mills spends his time biking, swimming, running and sailing. He races Farr 395s, Express 27s, dinghies and a variety of other classes.
Henry Pease is a certified US Sailing Instructor who enjoys just getting out sailing. Henry started sailing seriously in college and fell in love with racing FJs and 420s. He was Commodore of the Princeton Sailing Team his junior year and loved teaching new sailors and recruiting more people into the sport. After getting his bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and spending a year on the East Coast, he found himself working in the Bay Area as a software engineer for BMW. He now enjoys building his big boat experience and racing in as many regattas as possible. Off of the water, Henry is an avid skier, golfer, and runner.
Alberto Rivera is a certified U.S. Sailing Instructor who learnt to sail at a young age from his father in Puerto Rico. In college, Alberto was the Captain of the Syracuse University Sailing Team. Alberto polished his sailing skills racing FJs, 420s, Lightnings and J24s around the East Coast. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, Alberto moved to the San Francisco and began crewing on a Cal25 where he quickly learned the challenges of the SF bay. Alberto enjoys coaching the high school sailing team, teaching club members and racing in regattas. Outside of sailing, Alberto worked as a Research Engineer at Ford Motor Company and is now building his own startup.
Alex Salogub is a certified U.S. Sailing Instructor who loves flying, running and mentoring youth. Alex grew up boating on Long Island, NY and has been sailing in San Francisco for 20+ years. He has ASA certifications in basic keel-boat, coastal cruising, bare-boat cruising and International Safety at Sea. He's an active coach for the club's Opti, C420, FJ, J22, Cal25 programs and races on a Farr40, Farr395 and Moore 24. He's competed in the Rolex Big Boat Series, Moore 24 Nationals, Pacific Cup Championships and California Coastal Cup. Alex graduated from Southern Illinois University, earned an MBA from St. Mary's College and is a pilot for Southwest Airlines and the U.S. Air Force.
Christopher Johnson is a certified US Sailing Instructor, GGYC Director, and lifelong mariner. Christopher was raised in Detroit and learned to sail on the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay. He has more than a decade of racing experience on J105s and competitively sails on a Farr 395, Olson 40, Moore 24, and J22. Over his sailing career, he’s participated in the Rolex Big Boat Series, Chicago to Mackinac Race, OYRA Offshore Series, Annapolis Race Week, and two J105 North American Championships. Off the water, Christopher is a Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility at Bank of the West and also an avid oenophile. He holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a Masters in International Affairs from George Washington University.
Natasha Jarett is a certified US Sailing Instructor who raced FJs competitively for three years at UC Davis. As Team Captain, she helped new sailors learn the basics and hone their skills. When she wasn't sailing, she was busy earning her degree in Biomedical Engineering and singing with the Davis Chamber of Choir. Natasha works as an R&D Engineer designing surgical tools and loves to paint with watercolors, hike and rock climb. Future aspirations include learning how to surf and kite board. In the past two years, Natasha has raced on an Olson 40, Farr 395, J-105, and the GGYC's J-22 Bottoms Up, but will always remain a dinghy sailor at heart!
Brett Davis is an avid sailor who learned to sail on Lake George in Upstate New York. He sailed at the University of Virginia and actively raced out of Itahca Yacht Club on J/24s, competing at 2012 World Championships, all whilst earning his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at Cornell University. Following his graduate work, Brett moved with now wife, Sarah Clement, to San Francisco. He joined the GGYC in 2015 and now leads the J/22 racing program. Brett has racing experience on Express 27s, J88s and Melges 24s. In 2016 Brett competed in the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac earning a 3rd place in section. Brett is on the Board of Directors and hopes to foster more club sailing.
Sarah Davis is a lover of the outdoors. If she’s not out sailing, you can find her hiking, running, or taking pictures of nature. Sarah grew up in Ohio and Michigan sailing the family Sunfish on the Great Lakes. During her ten summers at Camp Birchwood, an all-girls summer camp in Northern Minnesota, Sarah learned how to sail X Boats, C Scows, and Ynglings. While at Cornell University, Sarah returned to Camp Birchwood for two summers as a Sailing Counselor and Director. Sarah has a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Environmental Engineering. Sarah actively competes on the J22, J88, J105 and Express 27 and is the GGYC Membership Chair.