Sailing Heals Welcomes You!

We offer patients and their caregivers a spirit-lifting day at sea!

OUR MISSION is to provide a free day of relaxation and joy for our patient guests those who are undergoing treatment for cancer or dealing with the effects of a serious illness or injury as well as their caregivers.

We couldn't do this without the partnership of many respected medical organizations; the gracious hospitality of yacht owners from many parts of the country; the sailing community; our corporate sponsors and, especially, our individual donors.
To learn more about how you can help create transformative experiences for patients and their caregivers, please click here.

Our 2019 VIP patient sails are scheduled! Click on the calendar to see where we'll be sailing this season and join us for a spirit-lifting day at sea!

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Pirates and Princesses Treasure Hunt Adventure, 2018

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What Our Guests Say

Photos from Sailing Heals Wicked Strong Sail 2017

Sailing Heals Wicked Strong Sail 2018

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Our annual Wicked Strong Sail honors Boston Marathon bombing victims.

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June 25, 2019 WBZ 4 CBS Boston

Kids Battling Cancer Get To Play Pirates On North Shore

It was a day for eye patches and parrots for children and their families dealing with cancer. WBZ-TV’s Paula Ebben reports. Watch News Report on WBZ 4 CBS Boston Here!  

June 21, 2019 Providence Business News

For the very sick, sailing a chance to ‘refuel their souls’

Katelyn McSherry’s memories of her mother on the water stretch back to when she was growing up in Portsmouth. “Growing up, we always had a boat,” she said. When her mother, Beth McSherry Goyette, was diagnosed with lung cancer, she and her daughter found themselves back out on a boat in 2015. This time, though, […]

June 19, 2019 The Patriot Ledger

Scituate captains help cancer patients set sail

Local volunteer captains treated cancer patients to a day of sailing through Sailing Heals. Jessica Zamanski has lived near the coast her entire life but had rarely been out sailing before Wednesday when she took her sister and mother out for a day on Scituate Harbor. For Zamanski, a patient at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, […]

May 24, 2018 Bay Weekly

A day on the Bay is therapy at its best

A sunhat on her head and a content grin on her face, Fran Eppig takes a deep breath and relaxes. “This is perfect. Just beautiful,” she says to her fellow sailors on the 43-foot Fountaine Pajot catamaran Dreamweaver. Eppig, diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2009, is a strong woman. She’s a triathlete,


Sailing Hearts - Tributes to Very Special People

A Loving Tribute

Dr. Charles Havener Kite, Sr.

Dr. Charles Kite born in Montreal, Canada (1949) had a life long love of the water that began on Saratoga Lake in NY, when his father took him sailing in his 16' Rebel. Later he would further his love through his parent's summer homes on the shore of Chesapeake Bay and then Chatham, MA, where he sailed everything from a Sunfish to a 33' Swiftsure (named of the America's Cup winner in 1962). He was always at peace when sailing, despite what the conditions may have been. His love of sailing has been passed on to his children and grandchildren. Sailing heals is a great organization that provides this peaceful enjoyment to people go through tumultuous times.

August 15, 1949 - January 4, 2019


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