Superyacht industry launches hurricane relief effort


The Superyacht Aid Coalition, which consists of 80 members, including superyachts, businesses and yacht support services, has joined with YachtAid Global to provide aid to Caribbean islands affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

“When the yachting industry unites, we can make big things happen,” Norma Trease, founding member of SAC, said at the 15th annual Westrec press conference at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Dr. John Collin McIntyre, acting prime minister of Dominica, was also on hand to provide a personal account of the damage, saying, “We were one of the islands flattened by Hurricane Maria. We’re very thankful for what you’re done for the Caribbean.”

SAC was formed during the Monaco Yacht Show. It was a work group consisting of many superyacht industry groups gathered to organize a response to the disasters that hit the Caribbean. The group says its role is to marshal the resources of as many yachting partners as possible, providing public relations and fundraising.

Capt. Tim Forderer, managing director, said 250 tons of aid and a ton of fuel were being readied to deliver to Dominica. YachtAid Global is a 10-year-old organization based in San Diego that coordinates the acquisition and delivery of humanitarian aid to coastal communities in need or impacted by natural disasters.

Since its inception, the nonprofit company has delivered aid to more than 20 countries, collaborating with more than 40 superyachts and 400 crewmembers to positively affect more than 100,000 people worldwide.