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 so bringing an extra layer is a good idea. 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, or high heels that might mark the boats. We will provide a light lunch and/or snacks and beverages. If you have dietary restrictions, please tell the coordinators of the sail at the time of registration. Oh yes, don't forget your camera!

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.

There is no cost to our VIP Guests. All expenses are covered by Sailing Heals through the support of our sponsors, donors, and volunteers.

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. Please reference your confirmation email for details.

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 contact us at info@sailingheals.org

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.

Recent sails have included...
  • Marblehead, MA
  • Nantucket, MA
  • Marion, MA
  • South Dartmouth MA
  • Newport, RI
  • New York City, NY
  • Miami, FL
The Captain, Crew and Staff will feel gratified if you and your guest(s) have a great day! 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: 27 Congress Street, Suite 205-3, Salem, MA 01970, and it will be forwarded in a timely fashion.

Tax-deductible donations may be made at by clicking the link in the upper right corner of our website or by sending a check to Sailing Heals, Inc., 27 Congress Street, Salem, MA 01970. For information on Sponsorship opportunities, please contact info@sailingheals.org. Sailing Heal's Tax ID number is 45-2859863.

While our "healing sails" come through the generosity of our Host Captains and other volunteers, there is a lot that happens behind the scene in order to make these special events a day to remember.

Each event takes administration, coordination, communication, community relations, logistics, transportation, insurance and many other aspects that come at a price. In order to ensure that we meet and exceed the expectations of our guests and volunteers, the Sailing Heals Board employs a small and efficient staff. Other expenses include marketing, software and other technology-related expenses, tax filing fees, accounting and legal advice as needed.

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