ST. PETERSBURG, FL — Mount Desert Island sailor Jim Fernald and three others have visions of spring breezes to buoy them through the frigid winter months. Mr. Fernald and his team will compete for the second time in the National Hospice Regatta Alliance (NHRA) Championship in 2013.
“It is really an honor and a privilege to represent Maine and Hancock [County],” said Mr. Fernald. To qualify for the event, he and his team members had to notch top finishes in the Hospice Regatta of Maine. Mr. Fernald clinched third overall in that event, riding the wispy winds in the Luder class boat SeaBee.
The Maine state regatta benefits Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, a nonprofit organization that provides free support to individuals facing death as well as their families. The Maine event generates more than 10 percent of the organization’s annual operating costs.
Mr. Fernald was the originator of the Maine regatta.
“Because I am a funeral director, I have worked with hospice caregivers all the time,” said Mr. Fernald. “There is truly a difference for a family that has had hospice involvement…when they come into our care, they seem more prepared to talk about what needs to be done.”