Nominating YOUR HERO for a Healing Winds sail is easy! You can nominate an individual and remain anonymous if you prefer or you can nominate yourself! We keep all information strictly confidential. – See below for FAQ’s.


Nominate any healthcare worker from any healthcare facility that needs a break. We mean housekeeping, RN’s, maintenance, sterilization teams….ANYONE who is involved in the healthcare field.

Nominate someone or yourself for a free private sail. Each sail will be approximately two hours long. You can invite three people to join you on your sail.

Our vessel, Gypsy Wind is located directly behind ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain. After the nomination has been sent, we will reach out to the Hero directly to schedule their sail. (slip #8, look for our sign).

Healing Winds Vermont is currently accepting nominations. We are scheduling sails 2-3 times on weekend days and/or on days when volunteers are available.

Let’s face it, the pandemic has taxed our healthcare workers like never before. We didn’t want the Covid-19 situation to stop us from offering the gift of a therapeutic sail on Lake Champlain. Who better to share our program with than the folks who have risked it all to care for their community?

How many people will be sailing? Up to six people: 1 captain, 1 crew, the hero and 3 guests

You can bring food and beverages (even the adult variety) on your sail.

Safety around Covid-19: All guests and crew will wear masks. The boat will be fully disinfected in between sails. Everything you bring on board will leave with you.

In the event of bad weather, fret not, everyone is eligible to cruise on the Spirit of Ethan Allen at no charge. Our HWVT Captain will escort you over to the ticket booth to get you settled in. The folks at the ticket booth will hold your food & beverages while on your cruise.

We’re sorry, no pets are permitted on the sails. Although we love our furry friends!

All ages are welcome.