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

The Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing and Education Center provides a new home to RWU’s championship sailing team. Named after Board of Trustees Chairman Richard Bready HD'08, whose $1 million gift launched the multi-year campaign that brought the University's first fully donor-funded building to campus. This important facility supports the University’s educational mission and provides a significant resource to the surrounding community within Rhode Island and throughout the New England region. The Sailing Center facilitates competitive sailing, the maritime trades, environmental sustainability and public waterfront access for years to come.

The Sailing Center transforms the functional requirements of boat storage and athletic infrastructure into a more expansive experience that provides a celebration of the waterfront and creates access to this resource for the entire University community. By linking the shoreline and upper campus through the new building, the Sailing Center becomes fully connected into the life of the campus. This facility will bring sailing historians and enthusiasts, and those who simply appreciate the New England waterfront experience, together in a place where competition, recreation, learning and community-building will transform the RWU campus, enrich our traditions, and enable the goals of our public and private partners.

This new facility contains design elements that will transform the University’s waterfront and greatly enhance the experience for our champion team. Proceeds from this evening will help propel RWU Sailing to even greater heights.

“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. "It really provides a campus on the water its missing puzzle piece and opens the door to the top-level sailing talent," says Alex Rudkin '14, a member of the campaign committee and a three-year sailing team captain. "Many more people will learn that Roger Williams is not just a great palce for sailing, but a great school as well."

See the Sailing Center Brochure for full details:

RWU Sailing Campaign

The Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing and Education Center represents a historic achievement for Roger Williams University. With the help of more than 250 generous donors it is the first fully donor-funded building on the campus. This has been an enormous point of pride for Trustees, alumni, parents, staff and of course, the Sailing Team. Were it not for the initial group of parents who had the vision and persistence to promote this project, we would not have reached this milestone. It was both their confidence and generosity that launched this idea into the realm of serious possibility, and we are immensely grateful.Your support for this project will help propel RWU Sailing to even greater heights.

Campaign Committee 

Wendy and Harry Atterbury P’15 

Raymond (Ray) DeLeo II ’78 P’13

William (Bill) Ficker GP’15

Jared Gianatasio ’03

Stu Gilfillen ’03

Deon and Peter Macdonald P’15

Nanette and Ronald Reuss P’15

Alex Rudkin ’14

Bill Rudkin P’14

Marcia Whitney ’89


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