Siebel Sailors Program and Summer Camp posted for 2020!!
Waterfront Director: Christopher Johnson
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 Youth Sailing Foundation (501)(c)(3) mission is to provide safe and fun sailing experiences for all bay area youth.
Our goal is to be the safest, friendliest and most enjoyable sailing club for youth sailors. Our coaches focus their instruction on water safety, teamwork, sportsmanship, sailing fundamentals and racing tactics. GGYC has three primary programs: Opti Kids, Siebel Sailors Program and High School Racing.
Opti Kids is primarily designed for our 8-10 year old club members. Sailing lessons are held Fall and Spring with year-round sailing available on monthly GGYC ClubSail days. Opti Kids can also learn to race our fleet of single-handed Optimist dinghies in the Bay Area Youth Sailing (BAYS) regattas.
GGYC partnered with US Sailing and the Siebel Sailors Program to launch a community sailing program on the RS Feva. This partnership allows us to offer sailing opportunities to all bay area youth on our brand new fleet of six RS Fevas. This program is primarily designed for kids 10-14 years old. US Sailing Coach, Chris Childers, will coach the following classes at the GGYC:
Spring FEVA: Mar 12 - May 21st. Thursdays: 3:30-6:30pm.
Summer FEVA: June 22-26 (Intro Sailing) July 6th-10th (Intro Racing) Aug 3-7 (Racing Clinic)
Fall FEVA: TBD
Our 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 the monthly ClubSail days.
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. To sign up for or get more information about any of the above programs click here
High School Race Team:
All San Francisco high school students are eligible to participate.
Spring: HS Race Team, 11 Jan - 29 Mar. Saturdays: Junior Varsity (9:30-12:30) Varsity (12:30-3:30)
Summer: GGYC Race Team at BAYS Regatta Series (C420, CFJ, Laser)
Fall: HS Race Team, 5 Sep - 14 Nov, Tues & Thurs (4:00-7:00) and Sat: Junior Varsity (9:30-12:30) Varsity (12:30-3:30)
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 hosts 15 sailors for the Spring and 25 in Fall. Spring season runs 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.
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.