Sailing Nonprofit Brings Patients out for ‘Day of Healing’

The air was brisk, the breeze gentle, the boat bobbing up and down at a steady tempo. The creak of wood, the clank of mechanical pulleys, and the dulcet melody of casual conversation filled the air.

“Can I offer anybody a drink?” asked Gary Gregory, captain of the 12-meter wooden sailboat Valiant. “We’ve got water, beer, other beer . . . ” Gregory is a host captain for Sailing Heals, a nonprofit that offers free yachting excursions to cancer patients and their caregivers. He’s been working for the group since it was founded in 2011.

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