Help Mike & Amy Get Home




Mike & Amy spent the majority of their time chartering a 45ft luxury catamaran, Lady Alexandra, in Tortola, BVI. While they also lived on Lady A, Mike also had a sailboat in case they needed to leave “work”

Mike & Amy's Caribbean Experience Facebook Page

They had just wrapped up a summer season, when a late arrival decided to barge in on September 6, 2017, Category 5 Hurricane Irma.


There currently is zero infrastructure on the island. Not a single thing was spared in Irma’s wrath. Road Town, Tortola took a direct hit and will take months to become the paradise it was just a short week ago. Mike said, ‘Not a single blade of grass or leaf was untouched by Irma.”


A few short weeks ago, they took guests, from all over the world, on seven day adventures in the beautiful British Virgin Islands, a cluster of islands located in the Caribbean.


First update from Mike & Amy:

September 10, 2017

‘Hiiiiiiiii lovely's myself and Mike just wanted to give you an update. We are absolutely fine. Limited power on island so you may not hear much from us the next few weeks.....or months and definitely no beautiful images of the Islands as I don't think there is one inch that hasn't been touched by Irma full force. Its been a crazy couple of days here, we made it to Hodges Creek the day after the storm with the idea of helping get things back together only to discover how torn apart the area is. Our beloved Lady A with most of our belongings still inside, flipped backwards, and upside down landing on the other side of the C dock to where she was anchored and secured. Also, Mike's personal boat, The Phyllis B, is gone, not one sign of her...so he has lost everything he owns apart from a duffel bag of stuff grabbed before we left. But our losses are nothing compared to others. We are alive, well and together, and have more to be thankful for than ever right now. There are people here who have lost everything and have absolutely nothing but the clothes they stand in.
It's been a crazy couple of days, we have had no contact with the outside world since Irma hit until our internet sparked up this evening, like most we spent yesterday awaiting Jose that was rumored to be cat5 but turns out went North of us. We have a few more hurdles before we can rest easy, but we just wanted give you an update on our current situation and say thanks for all the messages, means the world. Shall try uploading some images.......they won't be the ones you're used to from our Facebook page no fluffy clouds and beautiful beaches but with time, and tourist's returning to this amazing place it will regain its beauty. Thanks again for all the kind words, we will check in again when we can. Until then, wish us luck getting off this island.’



These boats were their homes. Their livelihoods.
Everything they owned were in these two boats.

The current plan is to help Mike (US) and Amy (UK) to travel to the mainlands to build up resources until the rebuilding process can begin.

They are both eager to share unforgettable retreats secluded amongst the palm trees in the BVI as soon as possible.

The funds donated will go towards getting off of the island as soon as possible and establish resources to help them during the rebuilding process.

Costs are estimated as it is unclear how long it will be before they can return to the island.

Thank you so much for reading their story and please help, even by sharing their story with your friends and family. <3

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I am Cheryl Murphy, cousin of Michael Jones, from Pensacola, FL. These funds will be used for Mike and Amy to acquire accomodations and basic necessitites until they can reestablish their home back in Tortola. 
Mike and Amy will be receiving these funds directly, not through me.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Cherylyn Murphy 
Organizer
Michael Jones 
Beneficiary
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