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ARK - BWA AID

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Raised by 159 people in 5 months
Created September 7, 2017
ARK / BWA AID - BRINGING SUPPLIES AND SUPPORT TO THE DEVASTATED ISLANDS OF THE CARIBBEAN FOLLOWING HURRICANES IRMA AND MARIA.

So many of us have enjoyed working and playing in this amazing area of the world, and it has suffered immense and utter devastation at the hands of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, two of the strongest storms ever recorded.

Captain Lucille Frye of BWA St Maarten was the initial driving force behind this relief effort, and the group has grown to include Destiny Gagiano, Louise Clark, Noona Ayres, Francesca Fenucci and Antonella Della Pietra, the BWA Yachting communications team and many more.

STORY UPDATE

A big thank you goes out to the Owner, Captain and Crew of M/Y Suri, a 60m explorer yacht  <3 They have generously volunteered to bring over relief aid to the Caribbean and the people affected by this season's strong hurricanes, as part of the ARK BWA AID program that we've set up.

MY Suri
A well packed garage...
Massive thanks to the owner, captain and crew of MY Suri!

Having left Marina One Port Vell they are well on their way with much needed supplies.


Captain Juan Koegelenberg of MY Suri and Lucille Frye from BWA St Martin and of course, our campaign's tireless leader.

We would also like to extend a thank you to M/Y Aquarius, Azteca, Areti, Talitha, Nero, Solis, Symphony, Dinasty, Solaia, Jaguar, Maylin IV, Reverly, and Caroline, who have all supported the ARK BWA AID project!

HOW YOU CAN HELP IF YOU ARE A YACHT CROSSING TO THE CARIBBEAN
 
BWA is helping coordinate more ARK / BWA AID to come across the Atlantic with volunteering mega yachts returning to the region for the coming winter charter season.  
 
Each interested yacht will become an ARK AID vessel and can help by providing / soliciting donations from their crew, family and neighboring vessels and bringing these across to the Caribbean.
 
In order to ensure that we only take over just what is needed, we are gathering lists from families and charity organizations and we ask that the yacht brings only what is on that list. The yacht is in charge of filling the list. BWA will ensure that the items go directly to the families and organizations to ensure they get exactly what they need.
 

PLEASE EMAIL HERE TO BECOME AN ARK AID VESSEL - l.frye@bwayachting.com

YOU CAN ALSO HELP WITH MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS
 
ARK / BWA AID monetary fundraising efforts will also continue!
Since we are now moving from the initial rescue phase into assisting with the recovery stage monetary donations are of even more immense importance. We hope to continue to raise significant amounts of funding to help rebuild targeted organizations and those families hardest hit. 

The ARK / BWA AID group would like to give a MASSIVE thank you to all the donations given so far! The donations have been truly amazing and have already enabled us to make a difference in a significant way!  

 
THANK YOU!!!

 

TOGETHER WE ARE ONE – CARIBBEAN STRONG!!!
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Check out our updated story page, and how you can help by becoming and ARK, or donating to help us fund more aid purchases...

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THE ARK EFFORTS SO FAR – HURRICANE IRMA

The first 'ARK' was ‘S/V Lorena,’ chartered from RM Croisieres, who allowed us to re-purpose the yacht. Douglas Rapier’s Yacht Services Agency in Martinique provided invaluable ground support to set her up.
The ARK was Captained by Andy Sinkey, resident of Dominica; who immediately volunteered his help after IRMA smashed into St Maarten. Andy left his wife and elderly sister in Dominica, safe at their home, the beautiful Bananalama Eco Villa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM8l9MWyzt4&feature=youtu.be

The ARK’s crew on the way into St Maarten consisted of Lee Hallam, Luke Cagney, Max Laubser, Berit Bus and Laura Bijnsdorp. Here is Laura's story

http://caribbeannetwork.ntr.nl/2017/09/18/the-journey-back-to-my-island-st-maarten/

The ARK delivered 4 tons of immediate aid relief that included water and food and tarps and medical supplies that was handed over to K1 Brittania upon arrival who distributed the goods to the most desperate areas on St Maarten. The plan was to rotate the ARK between St Kitts and St Maarten with continued aid.

 PLOT TWIST – THEN HURRICANE MARIA HIT
 
Shortly after the ARK was unloaded, Tropical Storm Maria started approaching and the ARK was stranded in St Maarten while Dominica was slammed by a completely unexpected CAT 5, leaving the island and Captain Andy’s  family very little time to prepare for such a devastating storm.

Meanwhile, back in St Maarten; Andy had to put his heartache and personal worries aside and take the ARK sails off and urgently prepare her properly for the arrival of Maria. With the help of his crew and friends he tied her up like a spider in a web to the last remaining docks and pilings in Simpson Bay Marina to keep her safe, knowing it was his only way home to Dominica.
 
The ARK survived her ordeal and stayed in place with sustained TS force winds with gusts up to 100kts. 


With the curfew lifted and the wind subsiding in St Maarten, Captain Andy is now rushing to replace the sails and fill the ARK with whatever surplus supplies of aid he can find in St Maarten. The St Maarten hospital is generously paying forwards their extras to the island of Dominica. Andy will take the ARK to Guadeloupe where a new Captain is waiting and the ARK will drop Andy and the supplies at Dive Dominica just South of Roseau.



Once the supplies are safely delivered, Andy will start his arduous journey home, the final stretch on foot due to collapsed roads, with a sat phone, a waterproof back pack of medical supplies for his valley, and a machete to cut his way through the tangled, blown out jungle track; once he has managed to hike across the 3 rivers that challenge entry to his valley.
 
We will all be waiting with bated breath for his phone call once he gets there.. 

Meanwhile ARK AID continues to soldier on and in addition to the ‘S/V Lorena’ (which is soon to be returned to her home in Martinique) the ARK has contributed to The tug boat coming out of Grenada with supplies for Dominica

https://www.facebook.com/DaveBeanMajesticSpirit/posts/10212053030573577
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ARK / BWA AID - BRINGING SUPPLIES AND SUPPORT TO THE DEVASTATED ISLANDS OF THE CARIBBEAN FOLLOWING HURRICANES IRMA AND MARIA.

So many of us have enjoyed working and playing in this amazing area of the world, and it has suffered immense and utter devastation at the hands of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, two of the strongest storms ever recorded.

Captain Lucille Frye of BWA St Maarten was the initial driving force behind this relief effort, and the group has grown to include Destiny Gagiano, Louise Clark, Noona Ayres, Francesca Fenucci and Antonella Della Pietra, the BWA Yachting communications team and many more.

THE ARK EFFORTS SO FAR – HURRICANE IRMA

The first 'ARK' was ‘S/V Lorena,’ chartered from RM Croisieres, who allowed us to re-purpose the yacht. Douglas Rapier’s Yacht Services Agency in Martinique provided invaluable ground support to set her up.
The ARK was Captained by Andy Sinkey, resident of Dominica; who immediately volunteered his help after IRMA smashed into St Maarten. Andy left his wife and elderly sister in Dominica, safe at their home, the beautiful Bananalama Eco Villa

The ARK’s crew on the way into St Maarten consisted of Lee Hallam, Luke Cagney, Max Laubser, Berit Bus and Laura Bijnsdorp.

The ARK delivered 4 tons of immediate aid relief that included water and food and tarps and medical supplies that was handed over to K1 Brittania upon arrival who distributed the goods to the most desperate areas on St Maarten. The plan was to rotate the ARK between St Kitts and St Maarten with continued aid.

PLOT TWIST – THEN HURRICANE MARIA HIT

Shortly after the ARK was unloaded, Tropical Storm Maria started approaching and the ARK was stranded in St Maarten while Dominica was slammed by a completely unexpected CAT 5, leaving the island and Captain Andy’s family very little time to prepare for such a devastating storm.
Meanwhile, back in St Maarten; Andy had to put his heartache and personal worries aside and take the ARK sails off and urgently prepare her properly for the arrival of Maria. With the help of his crew and friends he tied her up like a spider in a web to the last remaining docks and pilings in Simpson Bay Marina to keep her safe, knowing it was his only way home to Dominica.

The ARK survived her ordeal and stayed in place with sustained TS force winds with gusts up to 100kts!

With the curfew lifted and the wind subsiding in St Maarten, Captain Andy is now rushing to replace the sails and fill the ARK with whatever surplus supplies of aid he can find in St Maarten. The St Maarten hospital is generously paying forwards their extras to the island of Dominica. Andy will take the ARK to Guadeloupe where a new Captain is waiting and the ARK will drop Andy and the supplies at Dive Dominica just South of Roseau. Once the supplies are safely delivered, Andy will start his arduous journey home, the final stretch on foot due to collapsed roads, with a sat phone, a waterproof back pack of medical supplies for his valley, and a machete to cut his way through the tangled, blown out jungle track; once he has managed to hike across the 3 rivers that challenge entry to his valley!

We will all be waiting with bated breath for his phone call once he gets there..

Meanwhile ARK AID continues to soldier on and in addition to the ‘S/V Lorena’ (which is soon to be returned to her home in Martinique) the ARK has contributed to.

HOW YOU CAN HELP IF YOU ARE A YACHT CROSSING TO THE CARIBBEAN

BWA is helping coordinate more ARK / BWA AID to come across the Atlantic with volunteering mega yachts returning to the region for the coming winter charter season.

Each interested yacht will become an ARK AID vessel and can help by providing / soliciting donations from their crew, family and neighboring vessels and bringing these across to the Caribbean.

In order to ensure that we only take over just what is needed, we are gathering lists from families and charity organizations and we ask that the yacht brings only what is on that list. The yacht is in charge of filling the list. BWA will ensure that the items go directly to the families and organizations to ensure they get exactly what they need.

PLEASE EMAIL LUCILLE TO BECOME AN ARK AID VESSEL - l.frye@bwayachting.com

YOU CAN ALSO HELP WITH MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS

ARK / BWA AID monetary fund raising efforts will also continue!
Since we are now moving from the initial rescue phase into assisting with the recovery stage monetary donations are of even more immense importance. We hope to continue to raise significant amounts of funding to help rebuild targeted organizations and those families hardest hit.

The ARK / BWA AID group would like to give a MASSIVE thank you to all the donations given so far! The donations have been truly amazing and have already enabled us to make a difference in a significant way!

THANK YOU!!!

TOGETHER WE ARE ONE – CARIBBEAN STRONG!!!
The ARK survived Maria
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It was a very hectic start on this end, so now for some polish and many many thanks!

Lucille Frye was the initial driving force behind this, and the group has grown to consist of Destiny Gagiano, Noona Ayres, Francesca Fennuci and Antonella Della Pietra and the BWA Yachting communications team, and I'm sure this will be updated as we roll.
There is also the brave crew of the Ark itself,
Andy Sinkey
Max Laubser
Lee Hallam

While the initial focus was St Martin/Sint Maarten, the efforts are reaching further afield focussing on the worst hit areas. Lucille and her crew at BWA are working from France, Spain and on Sint Maarten itself coordinating the delivery of medical supplies as I write!

Massive thanks once again to all of our donators so far, with some truly amazing and generous amounts being giving.

Please share this campaign with all of your friends and contacts.
The intrepid Ark Crew loading supplies
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