Please help us to help victims of Hurricanes Irma, Jose, Maria!
On September 6, hurricane Irma reached its peak intensity with 185 mph (295 km/h) winds and a minimum pressure of 914 hPa (27.0 inHg), making it the second most intense tropical cyclone worldwide so far in 2017, behind only Hurricane Maria, and the strongest worldwide in 2017 in terms of wind speed. The storm caused catastrophic damage in Barbuda, Saint Barthélemy, Sint Maarten, Anguilla, and the Virgin Islands as a Category 5 hurricane. As of September 27, the hurricane had caused at least 124 death
Hurricane Jose threatened the Lesser Antilles within days of catastrophic damage by Hurricane Irma, especially in Barbuda, which was 95% destroyed by Irma.
With peak winds of 155 mph (250 km/h) early on September 9, multiple active hurricanes in the Atlantic simultaneously had wind speeds of at least 150 mph (240 km/h) for the first time in documented history
On 19th September Hurricane Maria made landfall on Dominica as a Category 4 hurricane and then passed over Puerto Rico just missing the British and US Virgin Islands
That's the story.
On 8th September 2017, a group of five marine industry stalwarts, all of whom have strong links with the Caribbean, were so moved by the devastating news coming out of the Islands in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, that they immediately united to set up 'Sail Aid UK', a major fundraising initiative to support its victims . Peta Stuart-Hunt, Liz Lotz*, Katie Walker, Philippe Falle* and Simon Boulding are the Founders and Trustees of Sail Aid UK, co-ordinating the PR, marketing, logistics, legal and administrative, international contribution, general support and volunteer requirements.
The S&S Swan Association donated £ 1,000 and ten copies of the book "S&S Swan. A legend"**, please, if you can, jump onbord with us as our splendid Marine Artist Luca Ferron did, creating one of his masterpieses (a painting of a S&S Swan) to be auctioned in favour of Sail AID UK.
* Liz Lotz , Owner of S&S Swan 36/067 Shaytana, is S&S Swan Association (fabolous) responsible for the UK
* Philippe Falle* is skipper of S&S Swan 65/004 Venator, and of course an S&S Swan addict!
** thank you to all the passionate Sailors and Friends who bought one or more copies of the book and therefore did a lot to help Sail Aid UK!