Sept 14-15 / 9am - 12pm  

GGYC Kids..Beginner Optimist lessons, Ages 8-14, Sign Up Here.

Waterfront Director: Brett Bastien  
Program Manager:  Sharmaine Ramasamy 

  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 Golden Gate Yacht Club. 

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.  Our coaches focus their instruction on water safety, teamwork, sportsmanship, sailing fundamentals and racing tactics.   
GGYC has two youth programs: Opti Kids and the High School Sailing Team. 

Our junior program, Opti Kids, runs Sept-Oct.  Opti Kids (8-14 years old) learn to sail and race on our fleet of single-handed Optimist dinghies. Classes are tailored to the availability and skill level of the students. For more information on the Opti Kids program email       

Our High School program runs in the Fall and Spring.  Students learn basic boat handling skills and racing tactics on the double-handed CFJs and more advanced C420.  All GGYC High School students are encouraged to train on the club's fleet of J22s, C420s, Laser, and Cal25 throughout the racing season.     

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 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 Programs

All San Francisco high school students are eligible to participate. 

Spring: High School CFJ, C420 and J22 Match Racing Clinics. Weekends,10am-3pm.   
Summer: BAYS Summer Series (C420, CFJ, Laser) and J22 One Design Racing Series. 
Fall:  High School CFJ, C420 and J22 Match Racing Clinics & Fall J22 One Design Racing Series.  Weekends, 10am-3pm.    

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 are essential. The following forms are required to complete registration.

  • Student Information

  • Medical Information and Directives

  • Liability waiver

Students must have their own wet-suit, footwear and gloves. Life jackets are available for use but students are encouraged to have their own.

GGYC will host 14-16 students for the Fall 2019 season, Sept 7th-Nov 16th. Team practices will be held on Saturdays between 10am-3pm. Registration fee is $525.00. Fees offset coaching expenses, travel costs, boat maintenance, and school team registration.  Fees do not cover individual regatta entry fees. Scholarships are available to qualifying students.

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 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 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. 

Golden Gate Yacht Club
  • 1 Yacht Road    San Francisco, CA 94123