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TISC's Vision

After 18 years, we are so happy to be asking the TIDA and the City of San Francisco for a long term lease. This is a very important moment for TISC and we would like to share our vision of what San Francisco's sailing center has and will provide our community. For a complete look at what we have accomplished and what we are planning, please read the following: TISC's Vision - October 2017


Treasure Island Sailing Center Awarded the 2016 US Sailing’s Jim Kilroy Outstanding Outreach & Inclusion Award

San Francisco Nonprofit Recognized for Creating Public Access to Sailing 

More than 3,600 Youth and Adults Impacted through TISC Programs in 2016

San Francisco – March 12, 2017 - At the 2017 US Sailing National Symposium held in Austin, Texas, the Treasure Island Sailing Center (TISC) was recognized for their significant efforts in creating access to the water for thousands for San Francisco Bay Area youth and adults. The Jim Kilroy Outstanding Outreach & Inclusion Award is given annually by US Sailing, the national governing body for the sport of sailing, to a Program Director or Program that has made notable contributions in promoting public access sailing by identifying and actively including people who would normally have no access to sailing.

"Treasure Island Sailing Center is a model community sailing program that delivers engaging and innovative sailing programs that provide access and inspiration to new and seasoned sailors alike,” states Jack Gierhart, Executive Director of US Sailing. They do a wonderful job connecting all the various stakeholders in the Bay Area sailing community – from yacht clubs and sailing schools to community groups, local businesses and government officials – to align around a common goal of promoting sailing and serving the local community. They are well deserving of this recognition and are a beacon for other sailing organizations to learn from.”

We are incredibly honored to receive this award and be acknowledged by US Sailing for our commitment to increasing accessibility and opportunity for children of all ethnicities and sociodemographic backgrounds, which is the very basis on which the Treasure Island Sailing Center was founded,” said Carisa Harris Adamson, Chair of the Board of Directors and one of the TISC founders. “It is our sincere belief that inclusion and diversity are the foundation for a strong community that fosters empathy and kindness, and we are proud to contribute to a movement that will help shape a thriving future for sailing throughout the United States.”

In 2016, nearly 3,600 children, youth and adults sailed, paddled or kayaked on Clipper Cove in San Francisco Bay through TISC programs. Their most recent outreach projects, both enabled by generous grants from the St. Francis Sailing Foundation, have been the development of a high school racing team for Oakland’s Envision Academy launched in partnership with OCSC Sailing School, and Set Sail Learn, a one-day exploration trip for San Francisco fourth graders that incorporates sailing into a hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) curriculum that fosters learning and a love for San Francisco Bay.

"The St. Francis Sailing Foundation is proud to have played a significant role in bringing thousands of Bay Area schoolchildren to the unique and sensitive environment of San Francisco Bay through our support of the Set Sail Learn program," said Bill Kreysler, Foundation president. "We can think of no more creative way to teach science, technology, engineering and math than through the life-changing experience of being on the water in boats, and look forward to continuing to support this and other similar efforts."

Most of our participants would have never had the opportunity to touch the Bay, learn about its history, wind patterns and currents, and its impact on our ecosystem on our region if TISC had not reached out to them,” said Harris. “Through these programs, we have the opportunity to help people explore the water but also bloom into nature advocates and caretakers of the San Francisco Bay for decades.”

Anthony Sandberg, founder of OCSC Sailing, initiated the program with Envision Academy by offering orientations to first time High School Sailors. “This blossomed into a first-time sailing team out of TISC” he added. “Bringing sailing to inner city youth is one of my proudest accomplishments. There is a great future for sailing if we make it accessible and inclusive.”

This award was recently renamed in honor of Mr. John B. “Jim” Kilroy, Sr. in 2016. While Mr. Kilroy had much success in his life – a prominent California real estate developer and founder of Kilroy Realty who was also a champion yachtsman and renowned philanthropist – the success he most cherished was sharing the sport he loved with youth who may not otherwise have the opportunity to sail. He lived by his mother’s philosophy, “If successful, you carry others with you for the benefit of mankind.”


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April 17, 2017

This statement is posted to clarify some statements made at an April 2017 meeting of the California Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) Commission.

In November 2016, Dave Guinther, Vice Chair of the TISC Board of Directors drove to Sacramento to attend a DBW Commission meeting and voice support for a marina expansion compromise agreement reached between TISC and Treasure Island Enterprises (TIE) in November of 2016.  His public comments included statements such as:

"TISC and Treasure Island Enterprises have settled on a compromise for the footprint and location of the marina proposed for Clipper Cove.  A compromise that addresses the minimum space needs of TISC programs." 


 "While this footprint will reduce the range and depth of some our programs, it does provide the minimum space we need to access the beach and continue all of our current programs in the cove.  We acknowledge the meaningful changes that TIE made that will allow our programs to continue."

TISC continues to discuss the merits of this compromise and acknowledges that every compromise has limitations for both sides.  

At the April 2017 DBW Commission meeting referenced above, a representative of TIE  stated that TISC is pleased with the proposed marina expansion compromise plan presented by TIE.  TISC is not pleased about losing 25% of the protected cove to the marina expansion (the current marina consumes 7% of the Cove), just as we assume that TIE is not pleased to have @90 fewer boat slips.  However, we are pleased that an agreement between TISC and TIE has been reached, removing the threat of a much larger marina expansion that would effectively take over almost the entire Cove and eliminate many of TISC’s programs.

The public value of Clipper Cove is the free open water protected by the Cove which is @ 3,797,430 sq. feet.  The footprint of the proposed compromise marina layout would consume @1,195,275 sq. feet, an area equivalent to 32% of Clipper Cove, not 15% as stated by TIE’s representative during the DBW meeting.  We can only assume that TIE’s calculation of the entire Cove area includes space immediately outside of the mouth of the cove.  Although some TISC sailors and programs do utilize Bay waters immediately outside the Cove (but west of the Pier 1) the majority of our sailors are beginners and rely on the protection of the current-free waters inside the Cove. 

The negative impact of the proposed compromise marina expansion would not be limited to high school and collegiate sailing, as stated by TIE’s representative at the April DBW Commission meeting, although there would indeed be a large negative impact on high school and collegiate sailors since their practice area would be reduced and they would likely no longer be able to host regional and national events due to the size limitations of the racing area imposed by the new Marina.   

In addition to the impacts on high-school and collegiate sailing, adult racers who use the cove weekly for 7 months of the year would also be negatively impacted.  

Additionally, our beginner sailing program and our Set Sail Learn program that teaches science through sailing to over 2,000 4th graders each year would both be impacted since the proposed marina would consume about a third of the space that these two programs currently utilize for on-the-water classes and practice. We have also been clear that, under the proposed compromise agreement, some beginning youth sailors would no longer be able to directly access/sail into the Cove or reach the beach at the west end of the cove – a very important location to teach the safety lessons required for our programs, and an important milestone for beginner sailors. 

We made these concessions knowingly so that an agreement could be reached between our entities to ensure that at least a good part of the Cove would be preserved for public use.

TISC and TIE have entered this compromise agreement, and no other entities are party to this proposed compromise. The agreed-upon marina footprint has been accepted by TISC Board of Directors and staff. However, TISC can only represent the needs of TISC programs.  We do not represent other entities, stakeholders or users of the cove.  Although we asked that other stakeholders (Anchorage folks, TI Marina tenants, kayakers, Save Clipper Cove, etc) be involved in the formal TIDA planning meetings multiple times, the suggestion was declined.  Thus, the proposed compromise agreement between TISC and TIE may not adequately address the concerns of other Cove stakeholders (Baykeeper, Save Clipper Cove, Sierra Club, raft-up community, current tenants etc.) regarding the proposed Marina expansion plan, and no one should represent the TISC/TIE agreement as doing so.

TISC does not assume that any of the above misstatements were made intentionally at the April 2017 DBW Commission meeting. However, TISC has an obligation to clarify these types of statements when they are made in public settings. 


Carisa Harris- Adamson

Chair, Board of Directors




Date: November 11, 2016
From: Treasure Island Sailing Center Board of Directors
Subject: Clipper Cove Marina Development - Compromise Reached

TISC and Treasure Island Enterprises (TIE) have settled on a compromise for the footprint and location of the marina proposed for Clipper Cove.

The November 2, 2016 TIE plan, which addresses the minimum space needs of TISC programs, includes two critical dimensions:

  • The eastern edge of the transient dock will be located no more than 1,144’ from the west end of the cove. This placement provides adequate space - protected from waves, current and commercial traffic - for beginner sailors to practice sailing upwind in Clipper Cove.
  • The southern-most point of the 789’ transient dock and its 236’ extension will be limited to a 1,014’ protrusion into Clipper Cove. That length, about 2/3’s the distance from Treasure Island south to Yerba Buena Island, opens a passage to the beach that is sailable by many beginning sailors.

While this footprint will reduce the range and depth of some TISC programs, it does provide the minimum space needed to access the beach and continue all our current programs in the cove. TISC acknowledges the meaningful changes TIE made that will allow our programs to continue and we want to thank our community for their support during this challenging negotiation.

The TIE plan, including key dimensions for the eastern position and southern tip of the transient dock with its extensions, is located here: ("OVERALL SITE PLAN - MARINA - Adjusted Slip Configuration dated 11-2-16").



Carisa Harris-Adamson
Treasure Island Sailing Center, Chair



Date: October 21, 2016
From: Treasure Island Sailing Center Board of Directors
Subject: Clipper Cove Marina Development – October 2016 Update

Below are two documents that summarize meetings and discussions held, and analyses completed during September and October, 2016 regarding our progress on keeping Clipper Cove open for Treasure Island Sailing Center programs as well as for access by the general public.

The first document – Shared Approach Overview – contains the TISC position, program needs and rationale for our proposed shared approach solution for the use of Clipper Cove, including two compromise options and supporting analysis.

A second document – Clipper Cove Marina Expansion Economic Feasibility Study– provides a cash flow snapshot of three marina configurations, including development costs, dredging costs, and operating costs and revenues. Our analysis found that a range of marina configurations is economically feasible, including a 306-slip shared-use marina layout.

View Entire Report


Thanks to the support of so many of our participants, parents, friends and partners, we feel a resolution for shared space in Clipper Cove is now on the horizon.


Carisa Harris-Adamson
Treasure Island Sailing Center, Chair


Date:  July 31, 2015

From:  Treasure Island Sailing Center Board of Directors

Subject:  Cliper Cove Marina Development - Overview of Current Marina Development plans


As many of you know, the development of Treasure Island is moving forward.  This project has been in the planning process for some time and we are looking forward to a day when the island is a vibrant new neighborhood of San Francisco. Thankfully, the Treasure island Sailing Center is a part of the future development plans and will have a home adjacent to our current location. 

The shoreside space and facilities outlined in the development plan is perfect.  It will allow us to teach thousands more kids each year and will allow us to expand public access to the cove in sailboats, kayaks and stand up paddle boards, if we have enough safe, protected water to do so.  Unfortunately, we (the TISC Board of Directors) cannot support the scope and location of the marina planned for Clipper Cove.  We are extremely concerned that the scale of the Marina, as most recently proposed (Overview of Current Marina Development plans).  The elongated wave attenuator and its footprint extended to the East of the Cove, will significantly reduce and negatively impact youth sailing and community recreation in the Cove. The proposed footprint places the recreational area so far to the east of the Cove that a third of it is in strong current presenting challenges that will limit the scope of our educational and recreational programs and require us to re-structure our programs in a way that will limit service offerings to our youth sailors, adaptive sailors (sailors with special needs) and the public at large. 

Currently, we teach over 1800 kids per year, 89% who qualify for a partial or full scholarship.  We also have public events that attract between 550 to 700 people in a day who want to recreate on the Cove. And, we expect the demand for public sailing and other water recreational opportunities (Kayaks, SUPs) on the Cove to rise dramatically over the next 10 years as Island development proceeds.  After much research and consideration, we have identified that a 1600 foot diameter sailing circle out of the current is essential for safe and accessible recreation in Clipper Cove (TISC Proposal).  

Therefore, we are asking public officials and other constituents to immediately and comprehensively review the scale of the marina project to ensure that Clipper Cove remains accessible to all San Franciscans.  There is only one Sailing Center in San Francisco and it ensures that any San Franciscan has the opportunity to enjoy and connect with the Cove. 

Let’s work together to ensure that Clipper Cove remains open and accessible to all. Please take the time to read some of the information on this topic and voice your opinion using the suggestions below.



Carisa Harris-Adamson

Treasure Island Sailing Center, Chair




Information regarding redevelopment activities:
TISC Board of Directors Response:
To see what others are saying about this:
You can help by voicing your opinion:
  1. Send comments to the TIDA Board of DirectorsWhen writing the TIDA Commissioners, please be sure to put the following in the subject line:  “Concern regarding the development of Clipper Cove” and be sure to address your comment to:   TIDA Commissioners.
  2. Contact your District Supervisor ( and let him or her know of your concerns and the importance of keeping Clipper Cove accessible to all.

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October 15, 2015:  St. Francis Sailing Foundation Launches Set Sail Learn at the Treasure Island Sailing Center.  See the Press Release
July 12, 2013: The Treasure Island Sailing Center would like to thank the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame (BASHOF) for their generous contribution to our Youth Sailing Program.  We were able to purchase much needed new wetsuits for our kids!
Previous Announcements

October 13, 2010: Big Team Regatta 2010 Post Event Press Release

September 27, 2010: Big Team Regatta 2010 Pre Event Press Release

July 15, 2010: Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame Awards TISC $1,800 Grant

May 20, 2010: National Safe Boating Week 2010 Event Press Release


TISC In the News

November 30, 2016 Healing Powers of Sailing

October 20, 2015 Scuttlebutt Article on Set Sail Learn

October 19, 2015 SF Examiner Aritcle on Set Sail Learn

August 12, 2015 SF Supervisor Jane Kim's Newsletter

April 1, 2011 Bay Crossings 

October 20, 2010: Scuttlebutt

September 22, 2010: Sailing Guide

September 1, 2010: Bay Crossings

August 19, 2010: San Francisco Chronicle

June 19, 2010: San Francisco Chronicle

May 19, 2010: View from the Bay

May 1, 2010: Bay Crossings

April 3, 2010: Yachting Examiner