Over the past week the yachting industry, and the world, watched with sadness as Hurricane Dorian devastated the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama on 1 September 2019. This special part of the world has a close association with superyachts and as the scale of destruction has become clear, IYC yachts have gone into rescue mode. IYC is currently working to support the rescue intitiative.
IYC has also been proud to see one of its charter yachts, 47.24m (155’) M/Y Loon
, playing an active role in first response hurricane recovery support efforts, working with YachtAid Global (YAG) to travel to the Abacos with greatly-needed supplies. The yacht and her crew spent three days collecting supplies from fellow yachts in Nassau, before departing directly for the Abacos, which was one of the worst hit areas. Three more yachts in the IYC charter fleet – 164’ (50m) M/Y Hospitality
, 55.4m (181’) M/Y Turquoise
and 132’ (40.23m) M/Y Perla
– all donated a significant number of supplies to Loon
before she departed Nassau. Loon
is travelling with a specialist support team that includes doctors and security, and on arrival will spend time providing on-ground support and helping to distribute supplies.
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YachtAid Global is a registered charity that provides humanitarian aid, conservation, and disaster response leadership, with previous initiatives including disaster support for Dominica, following Hurricane Maria and aid in Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam. It is now working with the yachting community to support the communities of the North Bahamas, with partnerships including that with Loon.
Tourism is a central focus for the people of the Bahamas and other key ways support can be given to the Bahamian community is by continuing to visit the unaffected parts of the area, to help maintain economic stability for residents. The majority of islands remain largely unaffected and the IYC team can provide detailed information on affected areas – please reach out if you have any queries or wish to provide direct support.
To donate to YAG click here.