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San Francisco

GEL’s founder has lived and sailed in Boston, New York, Chicago, Annapolis, MD, Newport, RI and Auckland, New Zealand. While each port city has its own unique charm, San Francisco holds sway, and we've made our headquarters here since 1995.

The San Francisco Bay Area’s consistent winds and unparalleled scenery make it one of the world’s premier urban sailing venues. Your staff will see the majestic Golden Gate Bridge and craggy rocks of Alcatraz from a new perspective while they broaden their own perspectives on leadership, teamwork and camaraderie.

GEL partners with the finest sailing schools in the Bay Area to offer team building and leadership development programs in multiple locations. The breadth of venues allows us to help tailor an event to your specific needs.

Alameda offers warmer temperatures and lighter breeze.

Berkeley offers a fantastic meeting facility and accommodates our largest groups.

San Francisco’s city front offers a dramatic backdrop and premier meeting facilities.

Sausalito and Tiburon provide warmer temperatures and easy access for groups coming from the north.

San Francisco Weather

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Boats Available

USA76 (20 pp)

Colgate 26
Other 30-40' Keel Boats
High Capacity Schooners


8 – 150

A Sailboat on San Francisco Bay in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

"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