Sailing: The perfect left-brain, right-brain sport!
Waterfront Director: Brett Bastien
Youth 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 in 2010 to fund junior and high school sailing programs at the GGYC.
The Mission of the foundation is to build a competitive youth sailing community based on good sportsmanship, camaraderie, and the opportunity to learn life skills in a safe and fun environment.
Junior sailors (8-12 years old) learn to sail and race on our fleet of single-handed Optimist dinghies.
High school sailors learn to sail and develop racing tactics on the double-handed CFJs and more advanced C420. All youth sailors are encouraged to race on the club's fleet of J22s, C420s, Laser and Cal25 throughout the racing season.
Over the past 25 years, the GGYC has coached and mentored hundreds of junior and high school students from the School of the Arts, Lowell, Galileo, Lycee Francais, French American, Drew, Gateway, Mission, Archbishop Riordan and City Arts & Tech. GGYC is committed to building a diverse sailing community and welcomes students from all backgrounds. To sign up for high school sailing or start a new team at your school click here
High School Sailing Program
All San Francisco high school students (grades 8-12) are eligible to participate.
Spring: C420 clinic, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30 - 7:30pm and weekends.
Summer: Bay Area Youth Sailors' regatta series and J22 match racing.
Fall: CFJs, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30pm - sunset and weekends.
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 sail is a must. The following forms are required to complete registration.
Student registration fee is $500 per semester. Fees offset coaching expenses, travel costs, boat maintenance, and school registration. Fees do not cover individual regatta entry fees. Scholarships are available to qualifying students.
Students must have their own wet-suit, footwear and gloves. Life jackets are available for use but students are encouraged to have their own.
Students racing in the High School Sailing Program qualify for an Annual GGYC Youth Membership. This membership enables students and their families to access the club house whilst they're enrolled in the High School Sailing Program.
Regatta racing provides leadership challenges and opportunities for our students to build camaraderie and individual confidence. Coaches, students, and parents collectively decide which regattas to attend. At least one GGYC coach will attend each regatta to provide coaching and on-water safety assistance. Parents are responsible for student regatta registration, transportation, and daily lunches.
Support the Students
The GGYC High School Sailing Program is only possible through the great volunteer efforts of our club coaches, parents, members and donors. 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 how 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 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, J22, 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.