He fell in love with Ile á Vache, Haiti, when he first sailed into the Bay of Feret more than 20 years ago. In addition to delivering much needed clothing and supplies to Sr. Flora's orphanage over the years, he wrote a cruising guide to Haiti. Today, between the long overdue recognition of the virtues of the Windward Passage that Virgintino revealed and his Cruising Guide to Haiti, Ile á Vache sees an average of 20 cruising boats a week and several additional coastal villages welcome cruisers. Beyond the economic benefits to local villagers of sustainable, increased cruiser traffic, Virgintino conceived Second Life Sails. This initiative receives used sails from cruisers and sail lofts and conveys them to Marina ZarPar, Boca Chica DR, from whence they are carried by boat to Coastal Haitian villages where they are distributed by lottery to fishermen who must sail farther and farther to reach productive fishing grounds.