Our Story

Sailing Heals engages boat owners to provide patients and caregivers a spirit-lifting day at sea! Here’s a little more about how we do that and who’s involved.


Our Story

Sailing Heals was launched in 2011. The interest from the sailing and medical communities was immediate. Originally hosted on private boats, programming has expanded to included larger group sails on chartered boats which provide more opportunities for socialization between participants.

Click here to read what participants have to say about their healing sails.

Our board of directors 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 embraces the belief that a day on the water is a perfect escape for many patient guests and that Sailing Heals is the organization to provide it.

Lori Wirth, MD
Medical Oncologist with MGH-CC
Ken Adam
Retired Wireless Communications Consultant
Dudley Welch
Lawyer with Davis & Welch
Peter Gamage
Board Member
Retired from print and digital publishing and business development consulting.
Brenda Lormil, N.P,
Equity Nurse Practitioner at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Pamela O’Connor
Board Member
Real Estate Sales with William Raveis