The 47m/155ft motor yacht LOON will be heading out to the Abaco Islands on Wednesday to supply the Bahamian island chain with aid in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.
Over the last week, Hurricane Dorian has made landfall across the Bahamas and left a trail of devastation in its wake.
One of the island chains hit the hardest is the Abacos, which sits on the north eastern edge of the region. The surrounding cays and the neighboring island of Grand Bahama have also felt the wrath of the category five storm, which was downgraded to a category 3 on August 3.
With many major airports currently in limited operation, maritime transport links are crucial for supplying aid to the people of the Bahamas.
Motor yacht LOON is expected to be one of the first support vessels on the scene in the Abaco Islands. Working together with YachtAid Global, she will be making the journey tomorrow (August 4) to provide hurricane relief to the residents of the Abacos.
YachtAid Global is a not-for-profit organisation, which provides relief to coastal communities in times of crisis.
The organisation will be co-ordinating with a number of yachts in the region to provide emergency support to those affected by Dorian.
The volunteer fleet will be crucial to the process of bringing in supplies including medical equipment, sanitation kits, food and emergency materials to the devastated areas of the Bahamas.
They will also be transporting doctors, aid workers and volunteers into the region, as well as providing safe drinking water.
YachtAid Global will be co-ordinating with a number of yachts in the region to provide emergency support to those affected by Dorian.
LOON is planning to concentrate efforts around Marsh Harbour, which has been badly hit by Hurricane Dorian.
The crew has said they will be assisting to clear the area of debris.
In a statement, YachtAid Global has said; “Motor Yacht Loon is a 155ft Christensen and our flagship leading the 'convoy' heading from Nassau with tons of aid and key disaster relief personnel - we're grateful for their leadership in the field!”
- Donate to YachtAid Global. Helmed by a former superyacht captain, YachtAid Global is committed to providing disaster relief in times of coastal crises. In 2017, the charity played a key role in supplying emergency aid to the Caribbean in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Their mission to help the people of the Bahamas, which has been named ‘Operation Topaz’, is currently taking donations. Contributions go towards supplies including generators, desalination units, fuel and water containers.
- Donate to the Bahamas Red Cross. The Red Cross Society which works out of the Bahamas is currently taking donations for non-perishable goods, baby supplies, cleaning items and bedding. You can also make a monetary donation via the website.
- Donate to Hope 4 Hope Town. Created by yachting-industry veterans, this site aims to provide supplies and transportation to the areas affected by Hurricane Dorian. The organisation has 4 yachts at the ready to provide aid to the people living in affected areas.