Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, GGYC youth sailing programs are limited to single-handed sailing only.  We are currently hosting a modified version of the Siebel Sailor program with 6 sailors.  We intend to get all youth sailors back on the water as soon as possible.   

Waterfront Director:  TBD
Program Manager: TBD

Head Coaches:
  Alberto Rivera
C420: TBD
Opti:  Alex Salogub
Feva: Chris Childers, Alberto Rivera, Alex Salogub, George Legget

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

The GGYC Youth Sailing Foundation’s mission is to provide safe and fun youth sailing programs for all Bay Area kids. Our ethos is teaching Life Skills through Sailing. Our goals are to provide youth sailing programs that are fun, educational, and accessible. GGYC waterfront is a great place for student sailors to learn sailing, racing, and build lifelong friendships.

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 a new partnership with US Sailing and the Siebel Sailors Program, together we will launch a landmark community sailing program at the GGYC for all Bay Area youth on the RS Feva XL.  This Siebel Sailors program is designed for kids 10-15 years old, prior sailing experience is not required and scholarships are provided for those that qualify.

US Sailing Coach Chris Childers and the GGYC staff are hosting a modified version of the Siebel Sailors program, currently the Fall program will consist of 6 and the following dates.

Spring:  TBD
Fall: Nov 7th, 14th. Dec 5th, 12th, Jan 2nd, 9th.

GGYC Summer Camps:  Summer 2021 will be posted in Spring.

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, GGYC youth members are encouraged to train on the club’s fleet of C420s, RS Fevas, Lasers and J22s.

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 sailors 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 are very excited about our programs in 2020 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 their own wet-suit, sailing boots, gloves, lifejacket, and a bailer (aka Arizona Ice Tea jug).  The following forms are required before sailing:

  • Student Information
  • Medical Information and Directives
  • Liability waiver (parents please print, sign and bring to first practice)

Registration for Spring 2021 is currently postponed. 
Fall season runs Sept-Dec and is limited to 25 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 ggycwaterfront@gmail.com.

Regattas provide great opportunities for students to build confidence racing, working on their leadership skills and life long sailing friends. Coaches, students, and parents collectively decide which regattas to attend. Parents are responsible for student regatta registration, transportation, and daily lunches.  A GGYC coaches will attend each regatta on the GGYC coach boat for safety and coaching.

Spring 2021 regattas are TBD. 

Support the Students
The GGYC Youth Sailing Programs are only possible through the great volunteer efforts of our club coaches, parents, sponsors, members and donors. We believe youth 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!

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