Yachting Community Responds in Hurricane Affected Regions

Yachting Community Responds in Hurricane Affected Regions

Resources desperately needed for relief efforts in the Caribbean... Please help spread the word among sailors preparing to head in that direction.

By Daria Blackwell - 26/09/2017

Agustin Martin, OCC Port Officer in Gran Canaria, is organizing collection of humanitarian relief supplies in the Canaries to be taken by yachts across the Atlantic from Europe. The ARC organization is on board as is the Caribbean 1500. One of our members, Chris Russel, will be in the ARC and will coordinate distribution on the ground from St. Lucia.

Suzanne Chappel is taking part in the Salty Dawg Rally to the Caribbean from the US and is coordinating the same at that end. However, the base that Salty Dawg was going to in the islands has been destroyed so they are trying to find an alternative destination for the Rally. Their Board is also considering how best to deploy the fleet once it reaches the Caribbean.

The greatest difficulty right now is obtaining water, food and building supplies to rebuild shelter. The devastation is total in Barbuda (all people have been evacuated) and Dominica, and the islands of Anguilla, St. Martin, Virgin Gorda, Tortola, Nanny Key, Jost Van Dyke and others have been severely affected. The scale of destruction is like nothing anyone has dealt with before.

Sailors in Puerto Rico and St. Croix had set up bases for relief, but they were hit hard by Maria. The navies of the US, UK, Netherlands and France are dropping supplies and evacuating people on the return trip. But supplies are running short in many places. Antigua, St. Lucia, Guadeloupe and Grenada are the hubs from which relief efforts have been mustered.

Ground support is needed in the Canaries, Trinidad, St. Lucia, and Grenada. If you can volunteer to assist, please let us know.

Please do help spread the word among any sailors you meet who may be in a position to help.

More specifics:

International Rescue Group is focusing on relief for the hardest hit areas of Dominica. http://members.internationalrescuegroup.org/ They have already sent off an ocean going tugboat laden with emergency supplies and are looking for volunteers and boats to help load/unload and redistribute supplies to areas unreachable by land.

The Waitt Institute is focusing all its efforts on Barbuda. http://waittinstitute.org/ They are focusing on helping to rebuild Barbuda and will be matching funds donated up to $100,000.

The British Government is also providing relief funds for many of the islands including Barbuda and Dominica. The British Government is also matching public donations of up to £3 million to the British Red Cross’ appeals for Hurricane Irma and Maria. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/priti-patel-extra-uk-aid-to-dominica-following-deadly-hurricane-maria

Jonathan Robinson of Sea Mercy has informed us that their desalination units and communications equipment are already on their way to the Caribbean. Anyone with a watermaker on board could be very helpful.

Sailors Helping has been established and is operating out of Puerto Rico. They are looking for volunteers and donations. http://sailorshelping.org/ To volunteer or make a donation, visit the Sailors Helping website. And while the comments above reference USVIs and BVIs, that’s not the limit of their focus—at top of the wish list: a peace keeping group to evacuate large number of people at once from St Martin (where the reports of destruction and raiding have been extreme).
To read the latest news, please see their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/sailorshelping/

Three Sheets Sailing is operating out of St. Croix in conjunction with Sea Boss.
https://www.facebook.com/Threesheetssailing/ They have a call out for boats that can help distribute supplies as communications on the island are still poor.

Yacht Sea Boss

Scott and Brittany Meyers (of Windtraveler and Aristocat Charters) have started this fund to provide immediate relief to the BVI....

YachtAid Global sent out a call to action for the Superyacht industry to collectively engage in relief efforts to benefit those who will be impacted by hurricane #IRMA, and those already impacted by tropical storm #Lidia in Mexico. They are a good point of contact for those wishing to assist. Reach out to #YachtAidGlobal to find out when and where to leverage your assets.


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