Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, GGYC youth sailing programs are limited to single-handed sailing only.  We are currently hosting a JV and Varsity Siebel Sailors program with 6 sailors per class.  We intend to get all youth sailors back on the water as soon as possible.   

Waterfront Director:  Brett Bastien
Program Manager: 

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

Assistant Coaches:
 Brett Bastien, Henry Pease, Brett Davis, Sarah Davis, Matt Barcus.

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’s 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 on the Optimist dinghy.  Beginner lessons are held each Spring and Fall. Experienced Opti sailors can participate in ClubSails and race in the Bay Area Youth Sailing (BAYS) regattas.

The Siebel Sailors Program is here at the GGYC.  The club is extremely proud to announce this new partnership with US Sailing and the Siebel Sailors Program, together we will launch a landmark community sailing program for all Bay Area youth on the RS Feva XL.

The Siebel Sailors program is designed for kids 10-15 years old, prior sailing experience is not required. US Sailing Coach Chris Childers and the GGYC staff are hosting a JV program for beginners and varsity program for intermediate level and above during the Spring session. The program is open to the public and currently accepting registration for Summer Clinics.  For more information, email the waterfront director.

Spring:  3/21-5/9.  Sunday: 9:30-12:00 (JV) 12:30-3:00 (Varsity)

Summer Clinics:  Summer 2021 schedule will be posted in April.

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.