Please select your home edition

How cruisers can assist victims of Irma

by on 9 Sep 2017
Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean SW
Daria Blackwell, the Rear Commodore of the Ocean Cruising Club, reached out and asked for help spreading the word. Firstly, absolutely! Secondly, thank you for asking, as we are always glad to assist. Daria commented, 'We’ve been getting a lot of queries from members and beyond about what they can do to help the victims of Irma. Would you kindly help notify those about the one thing that we’ve identified?'

What it all really comes down to is helping Barbuda, which has no help from a Sovereign nation. Pretty much all of the northern Leewards took a bad hit, but St Barts and St Martin will be receiving aid from France, St Maarten from the Netherlands, the Virgins from the US and UK, but poor Barbuda (part of the independent nation of Antigua and Barbuda) has no such 'mother ship' and Irma’s eye went right over Barbuda, causing unimaginable devastation.

In this link there are ways to make a donation in cash, locations to drop off goods, and the people actually transporting them there, along with an email address to make contact with in case new avenues also open up. Given that a string of storms looks likely to remain in the greater area, this situation will undoubtedly remain fluid, so please also feel free to make contact with us as well, if you have any material that needs to be broadcast out. We’d love to hear from you via please email us.

Ultimately, thank you to all who assist in whatever way they can. We are all devastated for their losses. In a recent editorial we commented that perhaps seeing how Far North Queensland has rebuilt after Cyclone Debbie earlier this year could serve as positive reinforcement to help you all get through this. We do hope so, and are very much thinking of you all...

New information 10/9/17: Communications are down in a lot of areas, obviously. The latest info can be found here Sail-WorldCruising will continue to bring the latest information to you.

One of the saddest things is that Hurricane Jose is now a Category 4 and bearing down on Barbuda, the Caribbean is like a meteorological freeway at present. Thoughts and wishes with all that are there!
Zhik 2018 Yacht 728x90 BOTTOMMarine Resources BOTTOM

Related Articles

2018 Annual IMB Piracy Report
Piracy increased on the world's seas in 2018 Worldwide, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) recorded 201 incidents of maritime piracy and armed robbery in 2018, up from 180 in 2017.
Posted on 16 Jan
Building an 18th century Gajeta
West System epoxy products used for bonding In a remarkable project that combines traditional boatbuilding skills with modern techniques, a Croatian Gajeta receives its primary wooden framework, cut by computer and bonded with WEST SYSTEM® epoxy.
Posted on 16 Jan
S/V Nereida sails around the world - Day 104
We end up drifting in no wind - again.... Monday 10:20pm Sat in the cockpit for a time, after adjusting sails and Fred - a beautiful evening. A bright half moon sending a path of light across the sea to Nereida - refreshing, cool night air - not feeling cold at all... A few clouds...
Posted on 16 Jan
Ships that go dark in the night
From Victoria to Port Angeles to check into the US and begin our cruise We finally set off from Victoria for Port Angeles to check into the US and begin our cruise. The check-in process, and getting our cruising license, took only a few moments. A walk up to the grocery store had us stocked up with the perishables we wanted.
Posted on 15 Jan
Caution: Rough emotional seas ahead!
De-commissioning Mazu and leaving her on the hard in advance of hurricane season In April 2018 we left our boat Mazu in San Carlos, Mexico. Like many cruisers with no immediate plans to sail beyond Mexico, we de-commissioned Mazu and left her on the hard in advance of hurricane season, then headed back to Canada.
Posted on 15 Jan
Electronic Navigation Essentials
Develop an understanding of the most common electronic navigation tools Presented by Ken Gillstrom (Voyageur Sailing), Electronic Navigation Essentials will help participants develop an understanding of the most common electronic navigation tools and how to use them more effectively.
Posted on 15 Jan
Golden Globe Race day 198
Mark Slats cuts lead to 49 miles, but is on emergency desalinator With less than 1,700 miles back to the finish in Les Sables d'Olonne, second placed Dutchman Mark Slats has sliced a further 393 miles out of Jean-Luc Van Den Heede's lead In terms of distance to finish over the past eight days.
Posted on 15 Jan
Join the World Cruising Club at Boot Düsseldorf
Seminars, presenations and a glass of wine at Europe's biggest boat show Join us for seminars, presenations and a glass of wine!
Posted on 15 Jan
S/V Nereida sails around the world - Day 103
Beautiful, relaxed day of good sailing in bright sunshine Sunday Excellent speed continuing to be made - frequently seeing SOG just over 8kt and mostly in the 7-8kt range - making really good progress NE!
Posted on 15 Jan
OCA announces its 2019 Speakers
Great stories and photos about their cruising adventures The Bluewater Cruising Association is pleased to present the 2019 Ocean Cruising Adventure Series, with sponsorship support from Pacific Yachting.
Posted on 14 Jan