Transformational Sailing

Transformational Sailing

The Power of Healing Through Wind, Sea and Sky


Sailing with Transformational Sailing

I went sailing with the Transformational Sailing crew this weekend and found it to be both a challenging and rewarding experience. I met new people and enjoyed the instant camaraderie. I’m a veteran and have PTSD and social phobias and this was a good opportunity for me to integrate and become more comfortable around new people. I found it to be very positive and I am grateful toward Tim and the crew for this wonderful way to help us all. Thank you Transformational Sailing!

D. Slayton

D. Slayton

USMC 68-70

R. Geidl

R. Geidl

US Navy

It was Another Spectacular Day for Me

It was another spectacular day for me going sailing with you. I can’t thank you enough. I didn’t have a clue how much of ‘me’ had slipped away into some cold stoic place. If one forgets who they are (which I did) they can forget their worth as a human being. I don’t think I could have found better therapy, or recovery team than what you have given me. I truly believe that you have taken on a project that will very quickly gain a life of it’s own… one with remarkable restoring healing properties. I look forward to next time.

Our Mission

Transformational Sailing is here to serve veterans and others facing stress-related challenges resulting from wartime experiences by providing a way for them to regain their sense of identity, their sense of value and their emotional equilibrium.

We take them sailing on San Francisco Bay where they experience camaraderie, joy, and renewal, in the natural healing environment of the wind, sea, and sky.

In the course of these trips, completely away from their day-to-day environment, they develop teamwork, as they learn sailing principles and relearn to communicate as they participate as a team in the operation of the boat. They relax and open up to new friendships and support in nonjudgmental and non-threatening surroundings in which they learn to succeed again.

Having been disconnected from friends, family, civilian work and career and having lost a sense of their place in society, and in some cases their identity, this experience helps them to reconnect with those essential aspects of life and begin the rebuilding and normalizing process they so desperately need.

Our Vision

Our Vision focuses around the goal of Assisting veterans and others with trauma who are disconnected from friends, family and normal living to reconnect with those essential elements of life.

We also want provide stress-management coaching and help them to recover and re-discover life skills of self-confidence, communication, working with others, and leading them to re-integrate into society.

Establish a regular schedule of sailing activity in a context of physical activity, open communication and reliance upon others.

Present introductory sailing instruction in order for the participants to develop a set of skills that permits them to achieve success as they undertake tasks as part of a team.

Provide a climate that encourages safe discussion, mutual support and regeneration.

Through collaborative relationships with therapists, agencies and organizations, establish a referral process to identify and invite prospects who may benefit from the program. 

Exciting News from Transformational Sailing!

New Cruising Sailboat Refit Underway for Program Launch

Transformational Sailing is thrilled to announce that efforts are currently underway to refit a new cruising sailboat for our transformative program. This sailboat will serve as a vessel of hope, adventure, and healing for our participants. The refit process is progressing smoothly, and we are eagerly preparing to embark on this incredible journey with our first responders and veterans.

Join us for Afternoon Sails to Support our Fundraising Project

As part of our ongoing fundraising efforts, we are delighted to offer 3-hour afternoon sails on a by-donation basis. These charter sails will provide an opportunity for sailing enthusiasts and supporters of our project to contribute to our cause while enjoying a memorable experience on the water. So gather your friends and family, and join us for a fantastic sailing adventure while supporting our mission!

Sailing Excursion on Tomales Bay - All Aboard!

Mark your calendars for an unforgettable sailing excursion on Tomales Bay in Marin County this August! We are proud to launch our proposed program with a small sail trailer and our 17-foot Montgomery sailboat. Everyone is invited to join us and experience the joy of sailing in the picturesque waters of Tomales Bay. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to embrace the beauty of nature and sail away with us!

Coming Soon: Sailing for Stress Resilience and Team Building

At Transformational Sailing, we are committed to expanding our programs to benefit various groups. We are currently developing a new program in collaboration with medical providers to work with medical groups. This upcoming initiative will focus on stress resilience and team building through the therapeutic power of sailing. We aim to create a safe and empowering environment for individuals to rejuvenate and build resilience. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting program!

Join us at Transformational Sailing as we navigate the waters of transformation, healing, and resilience. Together, we can make a positive impact and change lives through the power of sailing!

Transformational Sailing Featured in Press Democrat Article

Transformational Sailing is proud to have been featured in the Towns Section of the Press Democrat this last Sunday!

“Sea Changes” by Andrea Granahan offers an excellent view of the efforts Transformational Sailing invests into helping veterans, cancer patients and others suffering trauma or PTSD related stresses through the positive experiences that sailing can offer.
Transformational Sailing is a maritime organization serving veterans, first responders and others facing trauma and stress-related challenges through sailing. Providing an opportunity to learn valuable stress-management and life skills designed to build self-confidence, communication, and teamwork skills through learning how to sail. To learn more about the organization please contact Director Tim Blair at (415) 713-6876 or by email at

Our Partner

Sonoma County Vet Connect

We continue to develop strategic partnerships to further our mission. Through our collaboration with Vet Connect of Sonoma county, we have had over 35 sailing trips out of Sausalito with veterans referred to us through them. We are seeking relationships with professional therapists and other referral agencies to acquaint them with our program and integrate their programs with ours.
We would love to have your company listed as an official sponsor of Transformational Sailing!

Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are a vital part of Transformational Sailing. Whether they volunteer their time for helping with the actual sailing, or maintaining the boat, or helping with administration, volunteers are appreciated and recognized. If you have an interest in helping this program to provide its services to our Veterans, please fill out the Volunteer Form: