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SKY is at The Boat Works in Coomera, QLD, Australia after having gone through a total renovation of electronics, hydraulics and engine room issues in the spring of 2020. SKY is in better shape than it has ever been with major improvements made after 16,000 miles of ocean sailing.

We will update the site as we obtain more information in the future.

Heidi on the Helm

In Memory

My partner and my love Heidi Trilsch lost her two-year battle with lung cancer on May 29, 2021. Heidi was the main reason that we decided to sail the World ARC. We searched for the right boat and finally found the Vaudrey Miller 57, which was totally rebuilt to become SKY.

Heidi sailed from the age of 3, was a sailing instructor in summer camp for three years in her teen years, and sailed with her father on a Pearson Triton around the waters of Hingham, MA. She and her late husband Peter regularly sailed from Bristol, RI, to the Bahamas and Caribbean on their boat named Spartina.

As part of the crew of SKY, Heidi was known as the admiral, was very popular with other sailors, and with her easy smile, made friends effortlessly. Heidi loved animals, especially her golden lab Cruz, played tennis every day she was on land, even after she was being treated for lung cancer.

Heidi was a great motivator for the crew and made sure SKY was kept clean and organized. She loved sailing in all kinds of weather, had no fear when the waves got high, and loved being on the helm. Heidi sailed on SKY from St Petersburg, FL, through the Panama Canal to the Galapagos, and each place we stopped along the way, we had great adventures. Heidi encouraged me to finish the World ARC on SKY, and her spirit will be with us on the voyage. Thank you, Heidi, for loving me and the incredible adventures we have had together!

Our Mission

SV SKY is entered to sail around the world in the World Arc 2019.
Our goal is to raise as much money as possible for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Won't you give $25 today?

The Boat

SV SKY is a custom-built, 57-foot Vaudrey Miller designed by Simonis Voogd. The 4-cabin boat was designed to sail the world. Jopie Helsen owns the Sailor’s Wharf Yacht Yard where all the renovations and design changes are being made for easy and safe sailing with the latest in electronics, sail design, and sail handling. 

Why the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

We chose the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society because of their dedication towards finding a cure for blood cancers and chronic diseases. There are a lot of fantastic cancers societies out there. However, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society does research on several types of cancers. Read the Staggering Pace of Blood Cancer Therapy Approvals »


SKY is getting ready to cruise 2,000 miles to Darwin, NT, Australia to join the World ARC in September 2022. We will make many stops along the way and go to Brisbane, the Whitsundays, the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, and any places we feel are of interest.

SKY is at The Boat Works in Coomera, QLD, Australia after going through a total renovation of electronics, hydraulic systems, and engine room issues. After having sailed 15,000 miles and learning what could be improved, SKY is in better shape than it has ever been.

This site will be updated on a regular basis once we get on our way. Meanwhile, follow us on Facebook and YouTube.

Our Sponsors

We want to thank the following amazing companies that have helped and continue to help in our important cause:

Sailor's Wharf Yacht Yard
Sailor's Wharf Yacht Yard

Sea Hawk Premium Yacht Finishes
Sea Hawk Premium Yacht Finishes

Taco Marine
TACO Marine

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As we sail around the world, our goal is to raise money for the
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, every dollar helps.

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Sally Helm, Heidi Trilsch, Jopie Helsen & Gary Jobson

As a lymphoma survivor, I am so appreciative of all efforts to help accelerate cancer cures and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. I am thankful to Jopie and Heidi, and to all who are supporting this campaign to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
- Gary Jobson

Sally Helm, Heidi Trilsch, Jopie Helsen & Gary Jobson

Sally Helm (Group Publisher, Cruising World, Sailing World and NOOD Regattas), Heidi Trilsch, Jopie Helsen & Gary Jobson (


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