Youth Sailing Programs

Waterfront Director: Brett Bastien  
High School Coach: Alberto Rivera
Junior Coach: Alex Salogub

Assistant Coaches: Henry Pease, Mills Forni, Brett Davis, Chris Johnson, Natasha Jarrett, Sarah Davis

The GGYC Youth Sailing Foundation (501)(c)(3) was established to support the Junior and High School sailing programs.  The mission of the foundation is to create a safe, fun learning environment for youth sailors to develop a love for the water, sailing, and build life skills and long lasting friendships. 
Junior sailors learn to sail and race the Optimist dinghy, whereas, our High School teams learn on Flying Juniors.  All youth sailors have opportunities to sail on the club's 420s, Laser, J22 and Cal25.   
Over the past decade, The GGYC has hosted dozens of students from Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, Lowell, Galileo, Lycee Francais, French American, Drew, Gateway, Mission, Archbishop Riordan and City Arts & Tech.  We're always eager to bring new sailors and schools into the program.  To sign up or start a team email the Waterfront Director at 

Any public or private San Francisco high school student in grades 9 - 12 is eligible to participate. 


Summer: Thursday evening and Saturday 9:30am-12:00pm 
Winter: Saturdays 9:30am -13:30pm. 


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 sail is a must. The following forms are required to complete registration.

  • Student Information
  • Medical Information and Directives
  • Consent and Liability


Student registration fee is $400.00 per semester.  These fees help offset coaching expenses, travel costs to regattas, boat repairs and school PCISA registration.


Students must have their own wet-suit or dinghy pants, booties and gloves. GGYC life jackets are available for use but students are encouraged to have their own.

Youth Membership

Students participating in the GGYC High School Sailing Program qualify for a Youth Membership. Youth Membership gives students and their parents access to club facilities throughout the semester racing.   

Racing Regattas

Regatta racing provides leadership challenges and opportunities for our students to build camaraderie and individual confidence. Coaches, students, and parents will collaboratively decide which regattas to compete in. At least one GGYC coach will attend each regatta. Coaches will ensure race boats are race ready, delivered to the regatta and will provide on-water assistance throughout each regatta. Parents are responsible for student regatta registration, transportation and daily lunches.  

Support the Students!

The GGYC High School sailing program is only possible due to the great volunteer efforts of our club coaches, parents, members and donors. The GGYC Youth Sailing Foundation (503c) was established to help fund and support the mission to foster recreational and competitive sailing opportunities for all bay area youth. We believe team sailing provides today's youth with invaluable life skills in teamwork, interpersonal skills, 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 look forward to the upcoming sailing season!

GGYC Youth Coaches

Alberto Rivera is a certified U.S. Sailing Instructor who 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 U.S. 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