Salty Dawg Sailing Association raises $30,000 for hurricane relief in BVI

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The Salty Dawg Sailing Association said it completed its fundraising program to support Hurricane Irma recovery efforts in the British Virgin Islands and said it elected veteran bluewater sailor Hank George as its new president.

At the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis last month, the nonprofit group presented a check for $10,000 to the management of the Bitter End Yacht Club to be placed into the BEYC Employees’ Relief Fund. The contribution will help the employees of the Bitter End Yacht Club rebuild their lives.

The remainder of the contributed funds — nearly $20,000 — has been transferred to the BVI Rotary clubs to pay for repairs to the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School in Sea Cow Bay, Tortola.

“On behalf of the people of the BVI, we thank you and the donors for the efforts that you are making to help with the restoration of lives in BVI following the devastation caused by the hurricanes and floods this year,” said Rotary District 7020 past district Governor Vance Lewis in a statement.

“After years of support from the BVI for our events in the islands, we were pleased to be able to give back in their time of need. We sincerely hope that our contributions will make a difference,” said Linda Knowles, SDSA vice president and a founder.

At its recent annual meeting the SDSA board elected George president, succeeding Bill Knowles, who had reached the end of his term. Knowles will continue on the board.