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The Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing and Education Center

In one of the most successful fundraising events in the institution’s history, Roger Williams University raised $1.7 million during its 10th Annual Captain’s Cup Regatta on May 11, 2013 and unveiled plans for a new waterfront Sailing Center to be built on its Bristol campus. Upon completion, the Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing and Education Center will offer a home for the University’s sailing team, a coed program started in the late 1970s that in recent years, under the leadership of Coach Amanda Callahan, has become a national powerhouse. The team achieved the #1 national ranking for the first time in May 2011 and has held the top spot intermittently since then; that month, they became national champions, capturing the 2011 Intercollegiate Sailing Association Team Race National Championship. Watch their spectacular win and learn more about the Sailing Center Campaign in the below video:

This important facility will not only benefit the University’s nationally-ranked sailing team, but its design transforms the functional requirements of boat storage and athletic infrastructure into a more expansive experience, providing a direct connection to the waterfront for the entire campus community. In addition, the Sailing Center will serve the extensive regional sailing community in numerous ways, such as providing an ideal venue to host regattas and as a sail-training site.

“This new Sailing Center will be a venue of tremendous value to the campus as a whole and to the local community, but it is also absolutely essential for Roger Williams to remain a nationally ranked sailing team,” says University President Donald J. Farish. “Our objective is to raise the entire $3 million cost of the building through philanthropy, and on Saturday [at the 10th Annual Captain's Cup Regatta, May 11, 2013] we witnessed an outpouring of support unlike anything I have seen at RWU. Donors clearly share our view that the Sailing Center has transformative potential for a waterfront school.  Coupled with the $390,000 raised previously, we stand now at $2.1 million, and we hope to break ground next March.”

See the Sailing Center Brochure for full details:

RWU Sailing Campaign

Plans for this new facility are underway and contain design elements that will transform the University’s waterfront and greatly enhance the experience for our world champion team. Your support for this project will help propel RWU Sailing to even greater heights.

Visit the RWU Sailing website for team information and schedules.

Read more about RWU Sailing and the Sailing Center at the following links:


For more information contact:

Office of Institutional Advancement
(401) 254-5383