Champion the Cure Challenge Paddle 2019

Sail for the Cure: Whaleback to West Quoddy Head

Sail for the Cure; Whaleback to West Quoddy Head Light


Eight years ago, in 2011, my friend and colleague, Julio DeSanctis, neared the end of his 9-year battle with cancer. When Julio was healthier, I had taken him sailing on my 1940 Hickley Islander 31’ sailboat. As he prepared his affairs, he gave to me his WIndrider-16  – a glorified kayak with twin outer-hulls. Since he passed in September, 2011, I have sailed his boat largely on Pushaw Lake, a lake that Julio knew and near which he planned to retire.

This summer, 2019, in early-July in tribute to Julio and to benefit his chosen charity, now named Northern Light Health I will sail the Windrider from Kittery to Lubec, a distance in excess of 250 miles. The Whaleback Lighthouse marks the entrance to the Piscataqua River serving Kittery and Portsmouth to the south. The iconic West Quoddy Head Light marks the northern end at Lubec. I plan to pass both under sail.

Visit my Personal Page for more information on the genesis, planning and details of my Sail for the Cure.

Northern Light Health sponsors the Champion the Cure Challenge on a yearly basis. All funds raised are applied locally in the greater-Bangor area to support local cancer treatment and research for Maine people at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.  The Champion the Cure Challenge will now involve a Sail for the Cure. I invite you to visit me on Facebook and donate to the Champion the Cure Challenge 2019 through a web-link to my Sail for the Cure Challenge; Whaleback to West Quoddy Head Light, 2019



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