FAQs

Currently we sail out of the Corinthian Yacht Club and the Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead, as well as Yacht Clubs in Nantucket; Marion and S. Dartmouth Mass. In addition, we sail in Newport, New York City and Miami. Please check the "Where We Sail" link on our website under the Programs tab for updates as our list of ports expands.

Guests usually come to us from our team of "hospital navigators." There are professionals who work in a hospital setting and are familiar with our program. They are the key contacts that we work through when we are making arrangements to host a sail. They ensure the program is promoted at the various hospitals that we work with and recommend healing sails to patients, caregivers and staff.

The following organizations have participated in our program:

  • CancerCareGood
  • Samaritan Hospital, West Palm Beach
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • North Shore Medical Center, Miami
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • John Theuer Cancer Center (Hackensack, NJ)
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Nantucket Cottage Hospital
  • Miami Children's Hospital
  • Rhode Island Women and Infants
  • Survivors by the Sea

Although most of our guests come through the relationships we have with these organizations, it is not an exclusive list. If you would like a healing sail and do not see your hospital or organization listed, please check "other".

Usually we greet our guests at the agreed upon location & time, share a light lunch together and then board the boats for a sail which is typically 2 hours long. However, sails may go a little over so please plan plenty of time for your sail. Although we have never needed to shorten the length of a sail upon request of a Patient Guest or Caregiver, our main goal is your enjoyment so if a guest requests a shorter sail, our Host Captains and staff will make every effort to accommodate our guests' preferences.

No. Nada. Nothing. The sailing experience is courtesy of volunteer Host Captains and Sailing Heals typically provides the lunch.

Every VIP Patient Guest may take at least one personal guest. If we know up front, you would like to bring another guest or two, we will do our best to accommodate based on available space. If we have last minute cancellations, we also may get in touch with you a day or two before the sail to say we have extra space and invite you to add an additional guest or two.

We will have sunblock on board but it's a good idea to apply appropriate sun block before leaving for the sail. All boats have the appropriate number of lifejackets. Guests are encouraged to wear them but it is optional. Be sure to dress for the weather, keeping in mind it is often cooler on the water. Wear sunglasses and a hat that is unlikely to blow off. Please wear tennis shoes or another no-heal, light-soled rubber shoe. Please avoid flip flops or sandals that slip. We will provide a light lunch and/or snacks and beverages for the boat. If you have dietary restrictions, please tell the coordinators of the sail at the time of registration. Oh yes—don’t forget your camera!

The Captain, Crew and Staff will feel gratified if you and your guest(s) have a great day! If you would like to share your experience or send a thank you, you can do so through our social media channels, (Facebook and Twitter) or via our online blog (see "Message in the Bottle" on our website). If you would like to send a personal note to your Captain, you can send it to the Sailing Heals office either via the email address, (info@sailingheals.org) or to their physical office address: 5 Winchester St., Bradford, MA 01835, and it will be forwarded in a timely fashion. Although our sails are completely complimentary, if you wish to make a contribution to Sailing Heals when you determine your charitable gifts for the year, we would be most grateful. Sailing Heals' Tax ID number is 45-2859863.

Please keep in touch with us by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter. We also send e-newsletter updates 5 times a year for all guests that have furnished a working email address.

While our "healing sails" come through the generosity of our Host Captains and other volunteers, it takes effort, time and money to make these special events a day to remember. Sailing Heals is committed to offering a quality experience to our VIP Guests, Medical Affiliates and Host Captains. We supply—free of charge—lunches, beverages, snacks and small gift bags to our VIP Guests and occasional Sailing Heals promotional "gear" to our Host Captains.

All of this takes administration, coordination, communication, community relations, logistics, transportation, insurance and many other aspects that, unfortunately, come at a price. In order to ensure that meet and exceed the expectations of our guests and volunteers, the Sailing Heals Board has hired an experienced Executive Director and a part-time Administrator. Other expenses include marketing, software and other technology-related expenses, tax filing fees, accounting and legal advice as needed and insurance. More on our expenses and revenues can be found by downloading the Annual Report on our website.

Tax-deductible donations may be made at our website or by sending a check to Sailing Heals, Inc., 5 Winchester St., Bradford, MA 01835. Sponsorship levels start at only $2,500 and maybe found on our brochure or under the “Programs” tab on our website at www.sailingheals.org. For more information, please contact trisha@sailingheals.org or call 98-914-6609. Sailing Heals’ Tax ID number is 45-2859863.