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Super Wealthy Yacht Owners Rally Together to Help Disaster Victims with YachtAid Global

Jim Dobson - Forbes
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March 31, 2015

Superyacht Dragonfly helps victims in Vanuatu

Through the efforts of YachtAid Global, some of the greatest superyacht owners and crews in the world have been orchestrating the delivery of disaster relief, development and conservation aid to coastal communities worldwide. The organization was founded in 2006 and is a registered nonprofit providing tax benefits to donors. They utilize 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 centers and other organizations 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.

So many recent disasters have inspired yacht owners to spring into action. Cyclone Pam was one of the most powerful storms ever to make landfall with the islands taking a devastating direct hit. Hardly a tree stood straight after Pam came across the South Pacific nation, where some 260,000 people live. Vanuatu, which lies east of Australia, is an archipelago comprising 83 small islands, 65 of them inhabited and many remote and lacking infrastructure.

YAG’s mission simply is to seek out and find like-minded Captains and Owners to participate in their humanitarian efforts. There are so many yachts that travel close to areas in need whatever the cause. It’s the organizations suggestion to deploy private yachts as a transport vehicle for donated aid a relief supplies. With YAG assisting in disaster relief, literally any region is accessible because yachts can move easily into isolated areas that are mostly unreachable by the larger ships of relief organizations.

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