Press & Advocacy

February 25, 2022

To the Honorable Supervisor Haney,

On behalf of the Treasure Island Sailing Center Board of Directors, Operations Committee, and
staff, we wholeheartedly support increasing access to safe public transportation on and off of
the island from both San Francisco and the East Bay. However, the implementation of a costly
toll presents some real challenges that need discussion and problem solving before its approval
and implementation. Therefore, we respectfully ask that the toll as proposed not be
approved at this time.

December 7, 2021

To Members of the Treasure Island Mobility Management Agency,

On behalf of the Treasure Island Sailing Center Board of Directors, Operations Committee, and
staff, we wholeheartedly support increasing access to safe public transportation on and off of
the island from both San Francisco and the East Bay. However, the implementation of a costly
toll presents some real challenges that need discussion and problem solving before its approval
and implementation. Therefore, we respectfully ask that the toll as proposed not be approved at
this time.


Against a ton of odds, Treasure Island Sailing Center is approaching week 6 of its summer camp programming, a feat that was considered maybe impossible to pull off just a few months ago. Three camps of three weeks each will… 


Dear TISC Community,
Our thoughts continue to go out to all of you as you take care of yourselves and your families. Everyone at TISC is doing the same. We are all committed to follow the national and local health agencies’ directions and advice to help “flatten the curve” and reduce the spread of Covid-19. Let’s work together to keep our community as healthy as possible during these extraordinary times.

US Sailing Announces First Round of Siebel Centers

Treasure Island Sailing Center, DC Sail, Columbia Sailing School Selected as Siebel Centers

BRISTOL, R.I. (September 12, 2019) – In April, US Sailing announced a new community sailing program
made possible by a major donation from the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation. The purpose of this
ground-breaking Siebel Sailors Program is to increase diversity and opportunity in the sport of sailing by
providing resources and support to youth sailors at public access sailing centers across the country.
Today, US Sailing announces the first round of primary and supporting Siebel Centers who will
implement this innovative program. These designated centers at locations throughout the country will
support an important US Sailing objective of providing increased access to sailing for youth, regardless of
socioeconomic background, and will receive a fleet of sail boats, other necessary equipment, and expert

US Sailing has selected three regions to launch the Siebel Program and is actively selecting qualified
community sailing centers to establish two more regions this winter. Networks will include three to four
community sailing centers: one Primary Siebel Center and additional Supporting Centers. Center
selection is determined based on several criteria, including an established infrastructure for learning,
safe facilities, and equipment for youth, and a record of working with underserved youth populations.
Siebel Sailors will have access to a range of sailing experiences and boat types, with the RS Feva XL as
the primary boat. A US Sailing provided Siebel Coach will lead each region, providing instruction and
mentoring to participating sailors. The goal is to retain new sailors in the sport by starting with a solid
foundation of seamanship and safe boating, and providing ongoing opportunities to develop racing,
leadership, and career skills.

Meet the inaugural Primary Siebel Centers:

Treasure Island Sailing Center – San Francisco, California    FULL PRESS RELEASE BELOW

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Carisa Harris Adamson, Board Chair and Founder of the Treasure Island Sailing Center

Awarded the 2019 US Sailing’s Virginia Long Award

San Francisco Nonprofit’s Board President Recognized for Sail Training Service and Support

Honoring individuals who, through their efforts, unselfishly assist and enable a sailing program or sailing instruction San Francisco, CA – January 31, 2019 – At the 2019 US Sailing National symposium held in Jacksonville, Florida, Carisa Harris Adamson and the Treasure Island Sailing Center (TISC) were recognized for their significant efforts that enable and support excellence and safety in sailing instruction and/or programs. The Virginia Long Award is given annually by US Sailing, the national governing body for the sport of sailing, to honor individuals who, through their efforts, unselfishly assist and enable a sailing program or sailing instruction in a supportive role.

“This year’s winner had a vision for San Francisco. She saw an opportunity to create a world class sailing location to grow the sport, to provide another avenue for high level sail training and
competition and, most importantly, use sailing as a tool to enrich the lives of San Francisco school children and to help prepare them for adulthood and citizenship. So, with very little besides her passion and perseverance, she and other elite racing sailors from the Bay Area founded Treasure Island Sailing Center. Selected as Chairperson of the Board of Directors 18 years ago, she has remained in that role ever since, overseeing the tremendous growth and success of TISC”, said Charlie Arms, US Sailing Board Member and Education Division Chair.

“Over the years, we have built a place where every child has the opportunity to connect with nature, with science and with kids who are different than they are. And by doing so, we are not only giving kids the opportunity to thrive, but helping sailing to thrive as well.  Each year, around 2,800 sailors take over 28,000 hours of  instruction at TISC; 85% of our kids qualify and receive partial or full scholarships.  We never turn a child away.” said Carisa Harris Adamson, Chair of the Board of Directors and one of the TISC founders.

In 2018, nearly 3,600 children, youth and adults sailed, paddled or kayaked on Clipper Cove in
San Francisco Bay through TISC programs. TISC has been providing the Bay Area sailing
programs since 1999. A short list of their accomplishments are:
 Providing scholarships to 80% of youth sailing campers
 Starting a girl's empowerment program for underserved and at-risk girls. It started with
10 girls and, within two years had grown to include 230 kids.
 Hosting a number of elite regattas including the High School National Championships, Collegiate PCCs and 2000 Olympic Trials.
 Collaborating with the St. Francis Sailing Foundation on the Puddles to Podium initiative, which focuses on building the base of the pyramid for competitive excellence, but also ensuring that there are many on ramps and few off ramps for sailors in their care to keep sailing.
 Recognition as one of the first accredited US Sailing Community Sailing Centers in the country.

 Outstanding fundraising success including a $43,000 grant to support a 5th grade STEM program, a five-year, $965,000 award to support their Summer Camp from DCYF and a $50,000 grant from the St Francis Sailing Foundation which they are using to supplement NOAAs grant for Sailing to Save the Sea.

“Being a volunteer at TISC has given me all of the same gifts that sailing gave me as a child-
courage, grit, and community.  Most of all, TISC has given me the joy of passing forward the gift
of sailing and all of the opportunities that accompany it”, Harris says. “I invite you join us at TISC
by passing on the gift of sailing to all kids in your community.  We guarantee that, like us, you
will receive much more than the time or money that you give.”

“Carisa Harris Adamson has shown that, as the leader of one of the most vibrant public access
programs in the country, she is truly deserving to be recognized as the winner of this year’s Virginia Long Award”, says Arms. “Her leadership has helped ensure that TISC will continue to provide opportunities for sailors of all interest and skill levels for years to come.”

“I’ve known Carisa since the early days of the Treasure Island Sailing Center.  Her passion and commitment to youth from all walks of life, and her firm belief that sailing is the best youth development tool in sports were always an inspiration to me. Her creation of and years of high level cultivation and support of TISC make her a model for us all to follow.”  Richard Jepsen, US Sailing Vice President and retired OCSC Sailing CEO For more information, please visit

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
Treasure Island Sailing Center, Chair

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.

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:
Treasure Island Sailing Center Letter to the TIDA Board of Directors (With TISC Recommendations)
To see what others are saying about this:
You can help by voicing your opinion:
  1. Send comments to the TIDA Board of Directors.  When writingRich Jepsen 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.


Inspiring our Junior sailors

TISC featured in Episode 6 of Out the Gate Sailing podcast. Executive Director, Travis Lund was interviewed, find out what he had to say and what’s new at TISC!

“ Many Bay Area kids and adults have learned to sail on Clipper Cove, the largest, most well-protected cove on the San Francisco city shoreline. Travis Lund is the Executive Director of the Treasure Island Sailing Center, a sailing school on the cove.” CBS Sports TV broadcast