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Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island has everything needed for a fantastic team building or leadership development sailing event. A short drive from Boston or Providence, the city boasts consistent breeze, fantastic sailing waters, and a rich nautical history.

The site of the America’s Cup for many years, Newport is home to many classic 12 meter yachts and today’s hottest racing boats.

GEL’s BoatWorks and RaceWorks experiences can be conducted on nimble J22’s or the slightly larger J24’s.

Looking for lower intensity or to accommodate a larger group? Ask about match racing events aboard the classic America’s Cup yachts which call Newport home.

Rhode Island Weather

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Boats Available

  • J22
  • J24
  • America’s Cup Yachts


  • J 22 Events, up to 48
  • J24 Events up to 40
  • AC Events up to 70

"I didn't realize how challenging, inspiring and just plain fun our time on the water would be. This ranks as the best leadership training exercise we've done by far."


"The parallels between what goes on on land — i.e., our working environment — and what went on on the water were uncanny."

Ernst & Young

"Merging two large, geographically dispersed organizations offered some unique challenges. Jay and GEL were tremendous."

Partner, Booz Allen Hamilton

"Jay and his team put together one of the most effective and enjoyable days of team-building activity that it has ever been my pleasure to participate in (and I've been in far too many)."

IFC/World Bank

"Most of our leadership program participants have never sailed before. Trepidation? Sometimes. Positive feedback? Always."

The Symphony Group