Siebel Sailors Program coming in Mar 2020!!
Waterfront Director: Brett Bastien
Program Manager: Sharmaine Ramasamy
CFJ: Alberto Rivera
C420: Dylan Ale
Opti: Alex Salogub
Assistant Coaches: Henry Pease, Mills Forni, Brett Davis, Chris Johnson, Natasha Jarrett, Sarah Davis
The Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) Youth Sailing Foundation (501)(c)(3) was established to support junior and high school sailing programs at the GGYC.
The Youth Sailing Foundation mission is to provide safe, fun, educational sailing opportunities for all San Francisco youth. Our goal is to become the most accessible and enjoyable club for San Francisco youth sailors. GGYC coach instruction focuses on water safety, teamwork, sportsmanship, sailing fundamentals and racing tactics.
GGYC has both junior and high school sailing teams.
Our junior sailing program, Opti Kids, is primarily designed for 8-14 year old youth members. Free introductory sailing lessons are held Sept-Nov with year-round sailing available on monthly GGYC ClubSail days. Opti Kids learn to race our fleet of single-handed Optimist dinghies. Experienced sailors can participate in the Spring and Fall BAYS regattas. For more information on the Opti Kids program or youth membership email the waterfront director at GGYCWaterfront@gmail.com.
Our high school sailing program is open to the public and runs in the Fall and Spring. Students learn basic boat handling skills and racing tactics on the double-handed CFJs and more advanced C420. When not training on the CFJ, all high school sailors are encouraged to train on the club's fleet of J22s, C420s, RS Fevas, Lasers, and Cal25.
Over the past 25 years, GGYC coaches have mentored hundreds of students from the School of the Arts, Mission, Lowell, Galileo, Gateway, Lycee Francais, French American, Drew, Riordan Archbishop and City Arts & Tech. GGYC is committed to building a diverse sailing community and welcomes students from all backgrounds. To sign up for the high school sailing team or start a new team at your school click here
High School Sailing Program
All San Francisco high school students are eligible to participate.
Spring: High School Sailing Team, 11 Jan - 29 Mar. Saturdays (9:30am-3:30pm)
Summer: BAYS Regatta Series (C420, CFJ, Laser)
Fall: High School Sailing Team, 5 Sept 20 - 14 Nov 20 Tuesdays & Thursdays (4:00-7:00pm) and Saturdays (9:30am-3:30pm)
Golden Gate Yacht Club, 1 Yacht Road, San Francisco, CA 94123.
The ability to swim 50 yards is required. Enthusiasm, commitment and a sincere desire to learn to race in regattas are essential. The following forms are required to complete registration.
Medical Information and Directives
Liability waiver (parents please print, sign and bring to first practice)
Wet-suit, sailing boots, gloves, sunscreen, water bottle, lifejacket, and a bailer (aka Arizona Ice Tea jug).
GGYC will host 15 sailors for the Spring 2020 season, Jan 11th-Mar 29th. Registration fee is $525.00 per sailor. This fee offsets coaching fees and expenses, travel costs and boat maintenance. Parents are required to pay individual registration fees for regattas, normally 25.00 per day. Scholarships are available to qualifying students. All GGYC event registration is located at GGYC.rechub.net.
Racing in Regattas
Regatta racing provides opportunities for students to build confidence, leadership skills, and camaraderie. Coaches, students, and parents collectively decide which regattas to attend. Parents are responsible for student regatta registration, transportation, and daily lunches. A GGYC coach will attend each regatta to provide mentoring and on-water safety assistance.
Support the Students
The GGYC Youth Sailing Programs are only possible through the great volunteer efforts of our club coaches, parents, members and donors. We believe team sailing provides today's youth with invaluable life skills in teamwork, confidence, trust and friendship. If you would like to become a volunteer or donate to the GGYC Youth Sailing Foundation, please contact the Waterfront Director at GGYCWaterfront@gmail.com. Thank you for visiting and we look forward to the upcoming sailing season!
Alberto Rivera is a certified US Sailing Instructor and the Head Coach of the GGYC High School Sailing Team. Alberto learnt to sail at a young age from his father in Puerto Rico. Alberto was the Captain of the Syracuse University Sailing Team. He polished his sailing skills racing FJs, 420s, Lightnings and J24s around much of the East Coast. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, Alberto made his way to the San Francisco and crewed on a Cal25 where he quickly learned the unique challenges of sailing on the SF bay. Alberto enjoys coaching high school sailing, teaching club members and taking part 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 US Sailing Instructor who is passionate about flying, sailing, running and mentoring youth. Alex spent a great deal of his childhood boating on the Great South Bay in Long Island, NY and has been sailing in San Francisco for the past 20 years. Alex has American Sailing Association certifications in basic keel-boat, coastal cruising, bare-boat cruising and International Safety at Sea. Alex is very active in the local sailing community and spends most weekends coaching members on the club's Optis, 420s, FJs, J22s, Cal25 or racing on a Farr40, Farr395, or Moore 24. Alex graduated from Southern Illinois University and earned an MBA from St. Mary's College. When he's not sailing, Alex is a pilot for Southwest Airlines and the U.S. Air Force Reserves.