Our Story

We partner with the owners of beautiful boats to give patients and their caregivers a spirit-lifting day at sea! Here's a little more about how we do that and who's involved.

Trisha Gallagher Boisvert
With more than 20 years of executive-level experience in the corporate world and as an entrepreneur, our Executive Director Trisha Gallagher Boisvert co-founded Sailing Heals as a result of witnessing too many friends and family members (including both her parents) struggle with cancer and other life-altering medical issues.

Our Story

Sailing Heals was launched in 2011 by Trisha Gallagher Boisvert, in collaboration with founding sponsor Panerai. The interest from the sailing and medical communities was immediate and, since its founding, Sailing Heals has completed more than 150 healing sails thanks, in large part, to their support — as well as the support from our corporate sponsors and generous individual donors who make up 80 percent of Sailing Heals' current funding. Click here to read what our VIP Guests have to say about their healing sails.

Medical Organizations and Professionals

Sailing Heals has worked with the world's leading medical organizations to provide healing sails for their patients. Some of our alliances include: And many others. For more information, pls. info@sailingheals.org or 978.914.6609.
The Sailing Heals team and VIPs celebrating after a successful sail.
2018 Board of Directors:  Bill Richard, Jeff Bauman, Ken Snyder, Susan Bragdon, Gregg Child, Dr. Lori Worth, Rick Fishkin, Trisha Boisvert (Exec. Dir.), Pamela O'Connor, Drew Dearborn, Holly Fabyan, Cindy Gottfried (Bookkeeper).  Missing from photo: Ken Adam, Gary Gregory, Pam Ray, Dudley Welch, and Reid Tomlin.

Our board of directors, which was convened by our founders, is made up of yachting captains, medical professionals and leaders from the business world.

While a diverse group, our board members' personal experiences with cancer and other health issues had convinced each of them of the therapeutic and restorative powers of time spent away from the clinical environment. As longtime New Englanders and/or boaters, the board shared Trisha's belief that a day on the water was the perfect escape for many patient guests and that Sailing Heals was the organization to provide it.