High School and Junior Sailing Programs
Program Manager: Sharmaine Ramasamy
FJ/420 Head Coach: Mills Forni
High School Head Coach: Alberto Rivera
Junior Sailing Coach: Alex Salogub
Additional Coaches: Brett Bastien, Chris Johnson, Natasha Jarett, Brett Davis, Sarah Davis, Henry Pease
GGYC Youth Sailing Foundation (GGYC YSF)
The 501(3)(c) foundation helps fund our youth sailing programs and provides financial assistance to qualifying high school students. The high school sailing program is part of the youth sailing foundation and is being offered to any San Francisco high school students eager to sail and compete in the Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Association Regattas. Students meet after school twice per week for classroom academics, boat handling drills and race practice. Regattas require at least 2 students per school to qualify for competitive racing.
The GGYC YSF has no direct affiliation with the SFUSD or its contingencies, but it is an excellent option for PE credits for schools that offer alternative PE arrangements, such as School of the Arts. Lycee Francais, Lowell, Drew, Gateway, Mission, Archbishop Riordan and City Arts & Tech.
Any San Francisco high school student in grades 9 - 12. Sailing experience is not required. Early registration is encouraged and any students pre-registered for semester one (Sept -Dec) can practice for FREE throughout the summer during the GGYC Sunday Club Series. We are currently hosting 16 student sailors from Lowell, Ruth Asawa School of the Arts and Galileo High School.
Wednesday evenings (1630-1930) and Saturday (0930-1230). Additional practice available for High School students on Sunday Club sails.
Golden Gate Yacht Club, 1 Yacht Road, SF.
The ability to swim 50 yards is required. Enthusiasm, commitment and a sincere desire to learn to sail. Students and/or parents must sign the following forms:
- Student Information
- Medical Information and Directives
- Consent and Liability
Student registration fee is $400.00 per semester to help offset travel costs to regattas, boat repairs and coaching expenses. Students must pay for their safety gear (wetsuit, booties, gloves) and regatta entrance fees. Regattas outside the Bay Area may also require hotel, travel, and food expenses.
Students must have their own wetsuit to sail. Dinghy booties, spray jacket, and sailing gloves are highly recommended. GGYC life jackets are available for use but students are encouraged to have their life jackets.
As students enrolled in high school sailing and competing in regattas will be offered Youth Member status at the Golden Gate Yacht Club. As GGYC Youth members, students and their parents will have access to club amenities during the sailing season.
The coaches, students, and parents will determine which regattas to compete in. At least one coach will attend each regattta. The coach(es) will ensure race boats are delivered and provide on-water assistance via the GGYC safety boat throughout the regatta. Parents are highly encouraged to attend and responsible for ensuring student transportation, food, and hotels.
Regatta competition provides an opportunity to compete against 30-40 boats in a single race. This type of environment naturally provides leadership challenges and opportunities for our students to build camaradarie and individual confidence.
GGYC junior sailing program practices every other Sunday, normally conciding with the FJ/420 Club sailing program. GGYC junior club members learn basic sailing fundamentals on the Optimist dinghy. The Optimist is a small, single-handed, one-design sailing dinghy intended for use by children ages 8-15. The Optimist is recognized as an International Class by the International Sailing Federation with over 150,000 registered world-wide and many local club regattas.
GGYC Sailing Coaches
Alex Salogub is a certified Level 1 US Sailing insrtuctor 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. In 1997 he moved to San Francisco to pursue his passion for sailing and flying. He purchased Alpha III, a Cal25 based out of the Presidio Yacht Club in 2000 and quickly became fascinated with all the unique local challenges of bay area sailing. Alex is a certified US Sailing Instructor, with ASA certifications in basic keelboat, coastal cruising, bareboat cruising and International Safety at Sea.
Alex fulfills his flying passion as a 737 pilot for Southwest Airlines and a C-17 Instructor Pilot in the Air Force Reserve. Alex has a BS in Education from Southern Illinois University and an MBA from St. Mary's College. He is very active in the local sailing community, spending most weekends sailing on the club's 420s/FJs, J22, and Cal25 or racing on a Farr 40, Farr 395 or Moore 24. Alex is a member of the GGYC Board of Directors and the Waterfront Director.
Brett Davis is an avid sailor taking advantage of opportunities to race and be on the water. He grew up on the East Coast with his brother and sister, learning to sail on Lake George in Upstate New York. The family would trailer their Club 420 sailing on the NY lakes and Buzzards Bay, MA. Brett sailed briefly in college at the University of Virginia, but lacrosse took over as the main sport during that time period. While earning his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at Cornell University, Brett actively raced out of Ithaca Yacht Club on J/24s participating in fleet events across Central NY including the 2012 J/24 World Championships at Rochester Yacht Club.
Upon completing his graduate work in 2014, Brett moved with now wife, Sarah Clement to San Francisco. Brett joined the GGYC in 2015 and now races on the Bay, primarily with GGYC’s J/22 program. Brett also has experience on Express 27s, J88s and Melges 24s, among other boats. In 2016 he competed in the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac earning a 3rd place in section. Brett is a member of the GGYC Board of Directors and hopes to foster the growth of sailing at the club.
After graduating with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering, Sarah moved to Washington D.C. to start her career. In 2014, Sarah and her now husband, Brett Davis, moved to San Francisco where they joined GGYC less than a year later. Since moving to the Bay, Sarah has become a more active sailor competing on a variety of boats including a J22, J88, J105 and Express 27.
Mills Forni is a certified US Sailing Level 1 Instructor, lifelong sailor and triathlete. Growing up in Michigan, he learned to sail on Lake St. Clair, racing Optis, Lasers, FJs and 420s at Crescent Sail Yacht Club, his family’s J24, and on his high school sailing team. A graduate of Michigan State University, Mills was a captain on the sailing team, competing against colleges across the Midwest. During the summers, he coached junior sailing at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club.
Mills is a Vice President with Axicom, U.S. in San Francisco and prior to that, worked/lived in Washington, D.C. These days, he spends as much time as he can outdoors - biking/swimming/running and sailing SF Bay. He races Farr 395s, Express 27s, dinghies and a variety of other classes.
Natasha Jarett is a certified US Sailing Level 1 Instructor who sailed FJ's competitively for three years with the Sailing Team at UC Davis. During her time as Team Captain, she helped inexperienced sailors learn the basics and hone their new skills. When she wasn't sailing, she was busy earning her Bachelor's of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering and singing with the Davis Chamber of Choir.
Natasha now works as an R&D Engineer designing surgical tools in San Francisco and somehow finds time to paint with watercolors, hike, and rock climb on the side. Future aspirations include rounding out her water sports by learning how to surf and kite board. Natasha has been taking advantage of living in The Bay to learn more about sailing larger boats. In the past two years, she has raced on an Olson 40, Farr 395, J-105, and the GGYC's J-22 Bottoms Up, but will always remain a dinghy sailor at heart!
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