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Medevac for clipper race crew member successful

June 27, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

On Friday the 24th, a Clipper Round the World Yacht Race crew member from aboard the IchorCoal was airlifted to hospital after experiencing severe chest pains.

Chris Drummond, 62, from High Wycombe, UK was in the North Atlantic Ocean 220 miles from Canada’s Nova Scotian coast when the symptoms first appeared. ClipperTelemed+, the race’s Emergency Medical Support Partner, provided remote assistance and he was stabilised by one of the team’s two on board medics. Due to the nature of the symptoms, it was decided that a medical evacuation was the best option for Chris’s health. The Canadian Defense Department sent a C130 helicopter to airlift Chris to safety.

Clipper Round the World Race 2016 - IchorCoal

Clipper Round the World Race 2016 – IchorCoal

However, due to strong prevailing winds the initial plan had to be abandoned. On the second attempt in calmer conditions, two Rescue 913 helicopter crew were lowered onto the IchorCoal before winching Chris to safety at 0914 UTC. Chris was then taken to Halifax’s Queen Elizabeth II hospital where he has received further treatment.

Rich Gould, the Skipper aboard the IchorCoal, stated:

“This might be an amateur race, but from what I have seen from my team in the past 24 hours I can assure the crew are anything but!

“The total time of the whole operation was little more than 30 minutes from when Rescue 913 began to track us for the primary plan.  Once we changed to the secondary plan it took 14 minutes from the time that we made contact with their guide line.  It was very impressive stuff – 14 minutes to lower two men, collect the casualty and extract all three people.

“I must say a massive thank you to all involved in the rescue, everyone from the Clipper Race team to the doctors at ClipperTelemed+, each operator that I was in contact with from Falmouth, UK, the USA and Canada, both on the phone and via email, the air crews of both the C130 and Rescue 913 and of course the winchmen that came down on the wire.

“Myself and the crew would like to wish Chris a swift recovery.  We are thinking of you.”

The IchorCoal has returned to where it left the race to Derry-Londonderry in Northern Ireland and continues to head across the Atlantic Ocean. Current race standings can be found here.

Superyacht Unbridled available for Mediterranean charter

June 23, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Built in 2009 and refitted in 2015, 28m/191ft UNBRIDLED is an outstanding luxury yacht designed for entertainment and socialisation. The exterior design by Trinity Yachts plays with warm and cool colours to distinguish different sections of the yacht: the Jacuzzi and bar on the sundeck utilises a bright yellow to offset the cool water and add a distinctive Mediterranean quality.

Luxury charter yacht Unbridled

Luxury charter yacht UNBRIDLED

On the bridge deck, the formal alfresco dining area is situated between the main saloon and the outside lounging area. Relax under the evening sky after a meal from award winning Chef Micail Swindells: Placing second in ‘Yachts over 50m’ at the MYBA 2016 Awards, you are assured an exceptional fine dining experience wherever you journey.


Superyacht UNBRIDLED – Saloon


Patrick Knowles combined contemporary sensibility with classical European style to envelop UNBRIDLED’s interior. Wood panelled walls, marble flooring and detailed paintings of rural scenes acknowledge the rich culture of the Mediterranean, with influences from France, Spain, Greece and Italy. Guests will be treated to the opulent ambiance whether entertaining together in the dining room or working in solitary in the study.

Superyacht UNBRIDLED - Sundeck

Superyacht UNBRIDLED – Sundeck

As an approved RYA Water Sports Centre, guests can learn how to use the water toys, which include waverunners, kayaks, water skis and scuba diving equipment. UNBRIDLED also carries two tenders for beach excursions and taking to access diving spots during your luxury charter.

12 guests can sleep in restful comfort in one of the 6 cabins located on the main and lower decks. With a crew capacity of 13, you can sail the Mediterranean without a care in the world.

Prices range from €240,000 per week to €315,000 per week depending upon the season, Contact CharterWorld today to find out about current pricing and to make a reservation.

6 Expert Tips For The Ideal Yacht Charter

June 15, 2016

Written by Rebecca Pascoe

Chartering a luxury yacht to some of the most exotic, most isolated spots on the planet can become the most rewarding and satisfying ways to travel, explore and experience. Yet one charter may in no way reflect the next adventure – or misadventure – even when taken to the same location.  Bad experiences can happen in all areas of the tourism industry: Ensure that the gloss doesn’t come off at any point during your yacht charter experience by following these all-important tips.

1. Use a Charter Broker.

You may have heard this advice more than once before, but that’s because it’s true.

And by charter broker I mean retail charter broker. These guys represent you and you alone on your holiday quest. They represent you before your trip to get the right yacht and crew. During, to ensure things run smoothly. And, even after the charter has finished in some cases. Yes, their incentive is to get a sale, but more than that it’s to get you coming back again (and hopefully with friends). For this reason alone, they will give you the top insider advice, the best yacht and the finest service possible to achieve this. Somehow plenty of confusion remains about what a charter broker actually is and what they even do. So let’s clarify:

A charter broker is certainly not a central agent. Central agents legally represent the yacht’s owner, not you and often you won’t know by how they conduct themselves alone. This is a type of broker or brokerage company that directly markets and represents the yacht owner and his yacht and then with duplicity, act like they are helping you. Their real incentive is to sell you the boats they only directly represent and their real incentive is to make sure the owners are happy, because that’s who they work for. They may even want to really help you, in their ‘heart of hearts’, however whether they like it or not, this situation is by definition a classic conflict of interest. And it often ends in tears. Especially if anything goes wrong and you need someone in your corner. The central agents won’t help you, they will help the owner.

In other words, be aware. Make sure your broker is an impartial retail broker who has access to all the yachts and has no incentive to push one boat over the other. Make sure your broker is both in a position and has the leverage to ‘bat for your corner’ if needed. The legitimate impartial retail brokers have both the knowledge and the incentive to give you the best deal so that you come back happy and book again one day, and maybe even refer your friends.

And, while we are talking about the benefits of a retail charter broker, it goes without saying that you should never use a travel agent to book a crewed yacht charter. This is a very specialist area and travel agents do not have the first idea about how to represent you properly in this arena. They just want quick commission like with a resort (and who can blame them?). They have no expertise, experience or back up to offer you whatsoever.

2. The crew IS as important as the yacht.

Actually, to optimise your holiday experience, I would say that the calibre of the crew is actually more important than the physical yacht selection. The quality of crew on a yacht still varies wildly in this industry and even more so in various parts of the world. You don’t want to be stuck with a bad crew. You need the best crew. Your broker has access to many reviews of crew so they should be able to find you a good one. Ideally, you should be matched with a crew that will be suitable for your own character and for what type of holiday you want. If you want a family holiday with plenty of wholesome water activities, then certain crews are far better suited to this. Similarly, if you want to have friends on for a party most nights, then others crews will be better suited to your requirements.

I know that it seems counter intuitive to place crew quality alongside the size, value and newness of a yacht but it cannot be overstated how important the crew are. Just remember, when selecting a yacht for charter, you are also selecting the people on board who run the boat and who can make or break your vacation.

3. Be realistic about the season.

If you want a vacation at a certain time of the year, then study up on your weather. Summer holidays are best spent in Europe or the South Pacific. The Caribbean and Asia are best for winter holidays. The various shoulder seasons sitting between these main travel times do become a little more complicated. The weather in different locations can change quickly and it can be a bit tricky to get it right. Your broker can tell you the best places to visit at any time of the year. Or, if you know you want to see a certain area, then they can tell you when to, and when not to, consider booking.

4. Don’t be afraid to go off the beaten track.

The vast majority of luxury yacht charters take place in the Mediterranean. That’s a fact and there is very good reason for this. Plenty of cultural and natural variety lends a hand, as does proximity to population centres. There’s a reason most of the yachts are here. However, if you see the opportunity to go somewhere different you should definitely give that option a chance. Occasionally, great boats (meaning nice yachts that are complimented with great crews) cruise further afield on world trips. You can sometimes pick up a once in a lifetime experience in an exotic location with an excellent yacht.

5. Communicate your preferences.

Take a little time to consider what you really want and what will work for you and your group. Preference sheets include everything from food and wine to music and shore-based reservations. It doesn’t take long to communicate your wishes to your broker but it’s certainly it. This doesn’t need to stop once you get on board, either. Definitely keep in direct touch with your broker. Give them a call or email them if you desire changes, have questions, or even (heaven forbid) have any problems you need taken care of. The sooner you tell your broker what you want, the sooner they can make it happen.

6. Last but not least: RELAX!

By the time most people finish their charter they are in the desired state of relaxation. It’s a pity sometimes that it doesn’t happen sooner. It commonly takes a couple of, some would say wasted, days to let the relaxation wash over. If you can try to flick the switch and make the mental adjustment to relax as soon as you are aboard, then you can maximise the time you are ‘in the zone’ and having the time of your life.

Have a luxury yacht or a destination in mind? Contact the experienced charter brokers at CharterWorld and turn your fantasy into reality.

USP Profile Unveiled at Monaco Yacht Show

September 23, 2015

Written by Eva Belanyiova

An online app assisting yacht crew and recruiters make successful work placements has gone love today! Unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show, USP Profile provides your traditional CV with a dynamic new twist and optimises crew recruitment. The new application provides crew with the platform to tell recruiters not only about their work history, but also about their personality and potential.

USP Flyer

“Having the xfactor just does not stand out on paper,“ explains Jens, who has received positive feedback on the project. Captain of 45m Sailing Yacht Artemis, Lars Klische comments; “This makes hiring crew so much easier. It’s about time something like this has come along!”

Sailing yacht Artemis

Sailing yacht Artemis

USP Profile is a mobile and desktop application and includes a video introduction, written introduction, photos, role aspirations, professional history, education, skill ratings, personality presentation and references. Once complete, it can be shared directly via URL, or downloaded as an interactive PDF.

Founder of the project, and owner of Palma based recruitment agency Invisible Crew, Jens Oomes believes it’s time to upgrade the recruitment process by utilising digital technology; “We live in an age where information has to be relayed quickly and effectively. Based on our experience of successfully placing Crew we created the USP Profile app, which is easy to complete by Crew and easy to compare by recruiters.”

The USP Profile team are currently in Monaco at the MYS, from 23rd to 26th September 2015, and will be happy to answer any questions or introduce your to this new and exciting app. Crew, captains, recruiters and press are invited to visit the ACREW lounge at La Rascasse for a demonstration of the app.

The Crew Coach and Interior Yacht Services Announce Collaboration

September 11, 2015

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The Crew Coach (TCC) and Interior Yacht Services (IYS) have  announced their partnership to offer  superyachts a comprehensive training solution that will assist the crew to reach the highest levels of professionalism, service, loyalty and dedication.

The Crew Coach and Interior Yacht Services Join Forces

The Crew Coach and Interior Yacht Services Join Forces

Founded by industry crew training experts Alison Rentoul and Peter Vogel, The Crew Coach and Interior Yacht Services both aim at igniting in crew the passion, motivation and enthusiasm required to bring guests the ultimate in yachting experiences, making their alliance a natural amalgamation with far-reaching benefits.

Representing one of the yachting industry’s top hospitality training providers, Interior Yacht Services provide absolute excellence in interior skills, giving this vital department the confidence and knowledge required to offer truly exemplary service for their guests throughout their entire stay onboard. Meanwhile The Crew Coach addresses overall operations by working with the whole crew to fine-tune team performance, streamline crew communication, reinforce strong leadership and increase individual crew members’ motivation and drive to exceed expectations in every way.

Alison Rentoul of The Crew Coach and Peter Vogel of International Yacht Services

Alison Rentoul of The Crew Coach and Peter Vogel of International Yacht Services

Alison Rentoul explains: “We are absolutely delighted to now be able to offer yacht owners and captains a fully integrated solution for the interior and whole team onboard that is guaranteed to bring about exemplary results. Interior Yacht Services are the best of the best, and this collaboration delivers outstanding overall crew performance across all departments, giving guests and owners the kind of 7 star experiences they expect at the very top of luxury hospitality.”

Peter Vogel agrees: “Collaborating with The Crew Coach brings an even greater depth to the work we do, allowing our training to extend to the entire yacht and giving our clients and crew all the professional and cutting edge tools and techniques they need to run a highly successful operation. We are thrilled to be joining forces with such a well respected and reputable company.”

IYS and TCC put their collaboration to the test with excellent results recently in the sought-after French Riviera yacht charter destination Antibes, aboard 73m motor yacht Odessa II during a 5-day interior training course. Feedback from the participants illustrated how valuable it was to combine IYS’s hospitality and service training with a 1 day TCC Crew Dynamics workshop.

Following are some excerpts from the rave reviews received after the training:

“Very productive team building and analysis. It was great to actually stop and think where exactly the team is and what we want to do to get to new heights, greater achievements and how we can improve as a team in general.” Megan Downie

“All over a very good day. Makes me feel very passionate about what I do and what I want to change. Thank you!” Jonna Eriksson

“Fantastic – loving the group sessions & tasks, good to share our thoughts as a team. Very uplifting and positive, loved it – I want more!” Emma Windever

“Wish we had longer with you! A great team bonding experience. Alison you are incredible, keep doing what you are doing!” Brittany Coates

The combined TCC and IYS onboard training packages are fully bespoke and designed to meet the specific requirements of each yacht they work with. Packages range from three to five days with the option of including yachting’s exclusive PYA recognized GUEST (Guidelines for Unified Excellence in Service Training) certificates and the UK’s ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management) Leadership Training certificates for participants as required.

YOTSPOT – Online community for Captains, Crew and Employers

June 29, 2015

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Launched in 2010, Yotspot is a successful online community that brings Captains, Crew and employers together for jobs, sailing opportunities and much, much more.

Yotspot Banner 3

Are you looking for a crew for a private yacht or a charter yacht?

Captains, hiring management or head of department can register for a membership to The Yotspot 24/7 account, which will provide them with the possibility of dealing with candidates directly. Becoming a member, there is a 24-hour, 7 days a week access to crew options, with unlimited CVs, contact details, references and certificates. A dedicated crew consultant is also available for assistance when needed.

If you are an Agency

As a recruitment agency you need to have the confidence that when you put a candidate forward for a role that they are the best available. With our Yotspot recruitment package you can promote roles directly to the database and take advantage of Yotspot’s unique crew filter and intelligent matching software. This system is incredibly fast and something every agency should have at their disposal.

If you are searching for a new job?

Yotspot is a great platform to find a new job aboard a charter yacht or a private yacht, sailing opportunities as well as training courses. There is something for everyone!

12 coveted bursaries at UKSA still left to allocate

July 01, 2014

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Students leaving school, who are not able to secure or fund a place at conventional university, and young workers looking for an alternative career path, would do well to contemplate the highly professional and burgeoning international maritime sector.

Jake Howard

Jake Howard

Isle of Wight-based youth education charity UKSA still has 12 coveted bursaries left to allocate on its world-renowned four-year cadetship, which includes a Foundation Degree in Operational Yacht Science delivered in conjunction with Falmouth Marine School and validated by the University of Plymouth. Training begins in October and allows students to ‘earn whilst they learn’ and train for a well paid and exciting career on superyachts, which typically sell for over £100million.

These Yachting Cadetships for 18-25-year-olds are generously part funded by two of the leading UK maritime charities, which makes them accessible to everyone and an immediately viable option for those considering vocational training over the more traditional study or career paths.

Six of the bursaries are available via Trinity House and amount to £17,880 of assistance/funding (£3,000 is towards the Foundation Degree in Year 2 and the rest for the first phase of training at UKSA’s Isle of Wight campus). But hurry as you’ve only got until mid July to apply for these six!

Alternatively, another six are available from Seafarers UK, at £10,500 for the 5-month phase one training (£2,000 of which is from the *Milo Hanlon Bursary). You have until mid September to apply and be selected and priority will be given to those who display a clear welfare need and/or have a proven family connection to the maritime industry.

UKSA Cadetship Manager, Emma Baggett, explains: “With expensive tuition fees and graduate unemployment rates, vocational training has definitely become the new university – and ours is particularly in demand because of these bursaries on offer.  Our yachting cadets can easily graduate debt-free because of what they earn during what amounts to some two years of paid work placements, plus food and accommodation is included in the cost of training. Once onboard a vessel almost all of the student’s living costs are covered by the yacht too.

“With the help of Trinity House and Seafarers UK, aspiring young captains can now take the first step into this unique career path, because the work placement phases – entry level professional deckhands can typically earn €2000 a month tax free (not including tips) working in locations across Europe (including the popular Mediterranean) and the Caribbean – are a proven means of funding the rest of the cadetship

“We currently have some 150 cadets at various stages of their training working in the industry and it’s our global relationships with crew agents and captains themselves that make the cadetship so successful. This support, which carries on throughout their careers, is unique to UKSA.

“The FdSc Foundation Degree was recently granted full-time status and can now be applied for through UCAS, plus successful 2014 cadets will be able to drawn down on student loans to assist them further – as well as taking advantage of all the other associated benefits that full-time students enjoy. Consequently, it’s become an internationally recognised qualification that will not only shape and reinforce a young crew’s career path, but also offer a transferable qualification for later life.”

Applicants should have obtained at least 120 UCAS points (or the equivalent in work experience) and have high grade passes in GCSE Maths and English. You must be seeking a genuine alternative to university and also demonstrate a keen desire for a long term career in the superyacht industry – and whilst previous water sports and/or yachting experience is highly desirable, it is not essential.

For further cadetship bursary details contact UKSA’s career advisors on 01983 203038, or email For those not accepted onto their chosen bursary, there is the option of a Career Development Loan worth up to £10,000 – and the rest contributed by the student.

Other routes via a career development loan include the 23-week Professional Yachtmaster Ocean course (£14,995), which is basically the first two phases of the cadetship. This is increasingly proving popular with the older generation too, who have a spare six months through redundancy, early retirement or a lifelong desire to try something different, but can quickly recoup the costs via a profession that offers very well paid starter salaries.

UKSA’s six-week Crew Training for 18-25s is the most simple and cost effective way of gaining employment as a deckhand or crew on yachts of all sizes, including superyachts. It costs just £3,995 (you would spend the same on a basic plumbing course, stuck at home, in your local college) but once employed students can typically earn enough money in a year to fund the cadetship.

If you want to skipper your own yacht, work with charter and flotilla companies, carry out short haul deliveries, or teach yachting, then Professional Yachtmaster Offshore opens doors to the whole industry. This 13-week intensive course costs £7,250, is world renowned, and also attracts 25-30 year old manager types, looking for a career change, but entry at the appropriate level. As an example, those working on decent sized charter boats can generally live on tips alone and double a circa £30,000 per annum salary that could remain untouched in the bank.

For those more suited to working below deck, or attracted to glitz and glamour, UKSA’s Superyacht Interior Foundation course (just three weeks long and only £2,600) is a whistle stop tour of working in the uber rich and cool superyacht industry. It will equip you with all the hospitality and personal skills needed to excel in the playground of the seriously wealthy, together with the essential safety training required for work on board.

*Set up in honour of former Seafarers UK cadet MichaelMilo’ Hanlon who tragically died aged 22 whilst pursuing his superyacht dream in the South of France. It’s an interest-free loan and recipients simply agree a realistic and achievable repayment schedule, so the bursary continues to be available.

Twin crew cabins on superyachts over 3000 GT allowed by MCA

July 15, 2013

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Following thorough consultation with superyacht industry stakeholders and social partners, MCA has agreed to permit twin cabins to be built for non-officer seafarers on Large Commercial Yachts of between 3000 and 5000 GT. This decision is based upon a set of substantially equivalent arrangements presented by SYBAss on behalf of its members, the world’s leading superyacht builders.

Version 3 of The Large Commercial Yacht Code (LY3) includes the substantially equivalent Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) regulations established for large yachts. Members of the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) have proven that LY3 yachts over 3000 GT would be disproportionately affected by the LY3 rule which states that all seafarers should have their own single cabin. This arrangement is very uncommon on superyachts where the comfort levels for crew are significantly higher than on commercial vessels in many other ways.

“It is clear from our studies that large yacht crew members would not benefit from the application of this single cabin rule in our sector of the industry,” explains SYBAss technical director Chris van Hooren. “To reduce the considerable economic impact of single cabins, yacht designers would likely opt for minimum MLC-standard cabins. Onboard yachts over 3000 GT such cabins would have awkward dimensions with recessed bunks and no ensuite sanitary facilities. This would actually lead to crew having lower standards of comfort than is currently the case on superyachts.”

With this in mind SYBAss submitted to the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) an application for a substantially equivalent twin cabin option for seafarers onboard LY3 yachts over 3000 GT, conditional on minimum size and provision of en suite facilities. This has now been accepted and this substantial equivalence will be included as part of the UK’s MLC implementation package. MCA will also propose future amendments to the MLC once it is in force in order to provide more appropriate accommodation standards for yachts of all sizes, as have already been agreed as substantially equivalent standards with UK tripartite partners.

“We would like to thank the MCA, all members of the MCA MLC Tripartite Working Group and all members of the MCA MLC Sub Working Group for their constructive approach in this matter,” concludes Van Hooren. “One of the key roles of SYBAss is to facilitate regulations that reflect the unique nature of the superyacht industry. This decision by MCA helps support a level playing field for the large yacht sector.”

Bursaries Available for Future Luxury Superyacht Captains

June 25, 2013

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Isle of Wight-based youth charity UKSA, UK’s top maritime training provider, has still 12 places available on its highly-regarded Yachting Cadetship, a structured three-year apprenticeship – including a Foundation Degree in Operational Yacht Science with Plymouth University. Training begins in October ’13 and permits attendees to ‘earn whilst they learn’ and train for a high-income career on luxury superyachts.

UKSA Cadetship

UKSA Cadetship

What’s more, nine of these places are generously part funded via bursaries from the UK’s principal maritime charities, Trinity House and Seafarers UK (under the Professional Yachtsman’s Bursary Scheme*), which makes them accessible to everyone and an immediately viable option for those considering vocational training over the traditional university career path.

The Trinity House & Seafarers UK bursaries will cover the first phase of training (five months) at UKSA’s Cowes campus and amount to a minimum of £14,000 worth of assistance/funding. Both also include a handy living allowance of £200 per month during this time. Once employed as entry level professional deckhands in phase two of the course, students can typically earn €2000 a month tax free (not including tips) working in locations across the Mediterranean, Caribbean and worldwide.

Trinity House 2013 bursary applicants have to attend a two day Cadetship Selection on 9/10th July, with those who pass attending a final interview in London on 23rd July. The Seafarers UK bursary follows a similar application process but is open to candidates throughout the summer.

Daryl Pride

Daryl Pride

UKSA Director, Daryl Pride, explains: “All things considered, vocational training seems to be the new university – and ours is particularly in demand because of these bursaries on offer. Our yachting cadets can easily graduate debt-free because of what they earn during what amounts to some two years of paid work placements, plus food and accommodation is included in the cost of training. Once onboard a vessel almost all of the student’s living costs are covered by the yacht too.

“With the help of Trinity House and Seafarers UK, young people can now take the first step into this exciting career, as the work placement phases are an excellent and proven means of funding the rest of the cadetship.

“As part of the course, a dedicated team work with each cadet to educate and prepare them for the industry. Utilising our exclusive crew placement website, alongside our global network of industry contacts, we assist with securing their employment phases. Plus, there’s the opportunity of earning a very good starting salary at an early age, which you can’t do in most other professions.”

UKSA Cadetship Manager, Emma Baggett, adds: “These bursaries are an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the right candidates and geared towards MCA Officer of the Watch qualification.  Applicants should be between 18 and 25 years old, have obtained at least 120 UCAS points and have high grade passes in GCSE Maths and English.  They should be highly motivated, proactive and have a strong work ethic and professional attitude.

“Candidates must be seeking a genuine alternative to university and also demonstrate a keen desire for a long term career in the superyacht industry – and whilst previous water sports and/or yachting experience is highly desirable, it is not essential.

“Our three year course is a highly successful, structured programme and the recognition and support from highly respected maritime organisations like Trinity House and Seafarers UK is an effective endorsement of the UKSA Yachting Cadetship as a viable and practical career path alongside the traditional commercial routes or conventional university study.

“We currently have over 100 cadets at various stages of their training working in the industry and it’s our relationships with crew agents and captains themselves that make the cadetship so successful. This support, which carries on throughout their careers, is unique to UKSA.”

For more information on funding, dates and a Yachting Cadetship application pack contact Lauren on 01983 203038.

Aid-loaded Mega Yacht BIG FISH on her way to cyclone-struck Fiji

December 27, 2012

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Thanks to the excellent relief coordination by YachtAid Global,  22nd of December saw the 45m expedition yacht BIG FISH being loaded with aid destined for the people of cyclone-struck islands of Fiji. Superyacht Big Fish left Auckland, New Zealand, on the 26th December and is expected to arrive in Fiji on the 31st December.

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People of Fiji lost almost everything they had when cyclone Evan hit the area. Following the devastating event, YAG’s founder, Captain Mark Drewelow contacted Big Fish’s Captain Winston Joyce-Clarke and together they have decided to make better use of the space on board and help those in need. In addition to charter yacht Big Fish, companies that are working hard to assist the international relief in Fiji are C2C inc., Superyacht Support, Yacht Partners Fiji and Yacht Help Fiji.

About YachtAid Global

YachtAid Global orchestrates the delivery of humanitarian, development and conservation aid to coastal communities worldwide.  The organisation was founded in 2006 and is a registered nonprofit providing tax benefits to donors.  YachtAid Global utilises a network of volunteers who coordinate logistics, patrons who sponsor supplies and yacht owners and crew that offer to transport them.

They deliver to schools, medical clinics, cultural centres and other organisations in remote and isolated locations including Alaska, Indonesia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, French Polynesia, Mexico,  Chile, Brazil, Belize, Vanuatu, and more.  They work with an impressive roster of yachts to provide the owners and crew with an outlet to give back in a unique way that does not change the course of their cruise.

The simplified list of what has been collected by the McMullen & Wing built yacht BIG FISH came to over NZ$ 50,000 and 20 tons!

  • 129 black bags of clothes
  • 24 boxes medical supplies
  • 24 bags  of 2 paper hand towels
  • 23 boxes hand towel dispensers
  • 15 boxes toilet paper dispenser
  • 4 tissue packs
  • 108 x 8 rolls of toilet paper
  • 38 boxes of tinned or dried food
  • 28 boxes children’s stationary
  • 15 boxes books
  • 20 x water 20l
  • 5 mattresses
  • 1 tennis set
  • 3 boxes tools and nails
  • 9 boxes kitchen equipment
  • 5 boxes baskets and buckets
  • 3 portable generators

SURI and YachtAid Global

Motor Yacht SURI is another luxury vessel that collaborated with YachtAid Global. Suri took on board a few tons of humanitarian aid in Los Angeles in November, to help the Tsunami impacted Robinson Crusoe Island. SURI departed Los Angeles and travelled non stop to the island arriving on November 25.