Burlington, Vermont


Respite for Cancer, Inc., EIN 46-5040637 (503c)
[email protected]
802-673-7245 (SAIL)

Operating Location

Burlington Community Boathouse
A Dock, Slip 2

Office/Mailing Address

Contact us by snail-mail here:

174 Battery Street, 2nd Floor
Burlington, VT 05401

Healing Winds Vermont launched in 2014, with the donation of a 29 foot O’Day vessel dubbed “Jubilee”. For three sailing seasons Jubilee sailed out of Perkins Pier on the Burlington waterfront. In that short amount of time, she took over 530 guests sailing! As our demand quickly grew, so did our need for a larger vessel.

In May of 2017, Healing Winds retired Jubilee after the very generous donation, by Rives Potts, of a 39 foot O’Day vessel, appropriately named “Gypsy Wind.”
With the support of our friends at the Burlington Parks, Recreations and Waterfront Department, “Gypsy Wind” found a new home at the Burlington Community Boathouse. We couldn’t be more thrilled by our new location! Find us on A Dock, Slip 2, right in front of the ECHO Center.


Have questions about Healing Winds? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more information! Don’t see the answer your looking for? Contact us at [email protected]

We love the enthusiasm of our sailor friends and volunteers, and encourage you to sign up as volunteer captain or crew! At this time our model is to use our own dedicated vessel for our guest sails. Having a signature vessel serves our interests and those of our guests in a number of ways. It allows us to equip the vessel in a way that maximizes both the comfort and the safety of our guests. Having our own boat also allows us to control all aspects of the guests’ experience and assure the best possible outcomes.

Healing Winds primarily serves those who are currently in treatment, living with cancer, or who are terminally ill. However, we encourage you to fill out a nomination form for yourself or a loved one.

No! We serve guests of ALL ages with ALL types of cancer!

Congratulations! A volunteer will contact you within 48 hours to discuss scheduling your sail. They will be able to answer any questions you may have about sailing with Healing Winds. We look forward to sailing with you!

We have many volunteer opportunities that do not require sailing experience! Healing Winds is volunteer driven organization. We rely on the support of volunteers with many different talents and interests. Please fill out a volunteer form and we will contact you to discuss all of the volunteer opportunities.

Our sailing excursions are 3 hours long- departing at 10:00am, 2:00pm, and 5:30pm, Tuesday – Sunday. We can accommodate up to 10 guests per sail.

We strive to make all of our sailing excursions relaxing, refreshing and memorable for all of our guests! Our dedicated vessel, “Gypsy Wind,” is fully equipped with all safety equipment to put your mind at ease . We will always work with you to make sure all of your guests are as comfortable as possible and will tailor your sail to your needs. Our volunteer crew will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.


Suzanne Johnson
Founder, Board Member, and Licensed USCG Captain

Board of Directors

Stew Jensen
Board Member
Mark Perkell
Board Member
Barbara Swan
Board Member
Elvira Tripp
Board Member
Erin Tsai
Board Member
Kathie S. Weibust
Board Member
Dwayne Williams
Board Member


Mike “Spike” Hendrickson