Mar 12th - May 21st!

Waterfront Director:  Chris Johnson 
Program Manager:  Sharmaine Ramasamy

Head Coaches:
Alberto Rivera
C420: Dylan Ale
Opti:  Alex Salogub
Feva: Chris Childers

Assistant Coaches:
  Brett Bastien, Henry Pease, Mills Forni, Brett Davis, Sarah Davis

The Golden Gate Yacht Club Youth Sailing Foundation's mission is to provide a safe, fun, educational sailing experience for all Bay Area youth. Our primary goal is to share the excitement of San Francisco bay sailing and to provide community youth programs where all kids can learn, race and build lifelong friendships sailing together. 
GGYC hosts four primary sailing programs: Opti Kids, Siebel Sailors Program, High School Racing and ClubSails.

Opti Kids is designed for 8-14 year old youth members sailing the Optimist dinghy.  Beginner lessons are held in the Fall and Spring.  Experienced youth sailors can participate in ClubSails and race in the Bay Area Youth Sailing (BAYS) regattas. 

GGYC is proud to announce our partnership with US Sailing and the Siebel Sailors Program that will launch a landmark community sailing program for all youth. This program offers youth sailing opportunities on the RS Fevas XL.  This Siebel Sailors program is primarily designed for kids 10-15 years old from all backgrounds and levels of sailing experience. 

US Sailing Coach Chris Childers will host the following Siebel Sailors classes:  

Spring:  March 12th - May 21st/Thursdays/4:00-7:00pm  
Summer Camps:  June 22nd-26th/July 6th-10th/August 3rd-7th  Daily/10:00-4:00pm
Fall: Dates TB          

The High School Racing Program is open to the public and currently hosts teams from Lowell, School of the Arts, Drew, Galileo, and Riordan Archbishop.  Junior Varsity students learn basic boat handling skills and racing rules on the collegiate flying junior (CFJ). Varsity sailors learn racing tactics on the double-handed CFJs and more advanced C420.  When not training on the CFJ, all sailors that are GGYC youth members are encouraged to train on the club's fleet of C420s, RS Fevas, Lasers and J22s during ClubSails.

Youth ClubSails are fun recreational sailing days for GGYC youth members and their guests.  ClubSails are hosted by GGYC's certified coaches and GGYC High School race team members on the 2nd Sunday in Jan, Apr, July, Oct. To learn more about GGYC youth membership or sign up for the next youth ClubSail follow us at Golden Gate Yacht Club-Waterfront.        

Over the past 25 years, GGYC coaches have coached and mentored hundreds of bay area youth and 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. We're very excited about our 2020 programs and look forward to a great year of sailing!    

   High School Race Team

The ability to swim 50 yards is required. Enthusiasm, commitment and a sincere desire to learn to race in regattas are essential.  Students need to have thier own wet-suit, sailing boots, gloves, sunscreen, water bottle, lifejacket, and a bailer (aka Arizona Ice Tea jug).  The following forms are required: 

  • Student Information

  • Medical Information and Directives

  • Liability waiver (parents please print, sign and bring to first practice)

Spring season runs Jan 11th - Mar 29th and is limited to 15 students. Registration fee is $525 per sailor. This fee offsets coaching fees, sailing expenses, travel costs and boat maintenance. Parents are required to pay registration fees for regattas, normally $25 per day.  Scholarships are available to qualifying students.  For more information about scholarships email the waterfront director at   

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. 

Spring 2020 Regattas
- PCISA 4, Feb 22-23, Treasure Island Sailing Center
- NorCal Divisional Championships, Mar 28-29, TBD
- Pacific Coast Championships, Apr 18-19, Encinal Yacht Club

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 Level 1 US Sailing Instructor and the Head Coach of the High School Racing 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 raced on the club's Cal25, J22s and a J88 where he quickly learned the unique local challenges. 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 on the water in Long Island, NY and has been sailing in San Francisco Bay 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 youth sailors on the club's Optis, 420s, CFJs, Fevas. 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. 

Thank you to our sponsors and volunteers, you make GGYC Youth Sailing possible!  

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