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YAG Man Challenge 2015 has two events:
Six have risen to Challenge for Sept 6, most for Sept 5 too.
Mark Drewelow – YAG Man, YAG founder and Visionary, C2C inc President
Mark started competitive swimming at a young age. By the time he reached high school the pool time was split between water polo and swimming. Mark was an All American at the Junior College level in swimming. On the polo side he attended University of California Irvine on a scholarship and was one of 13 team members in 1982 that won the NCAA division I Championship, at that time considered the finest collegiate polo team ever assembled which had a 32-0 season.
Richard Drewelow – Little YAG Man, CommVault company Executive
Inspired by his older brothers aquatic performances – Richard Drewelow started training with their High School team at age 12. He went on to win gold in the US Nationals, become a 1988 Olympic Trial finalist, All-American top 15, and world ranked long distance swimmer for ten years. Richard attended UCLA with a full athletic scholarship. He continues to enjoy the sport with his siblings as a committed Masters Swimmer and open water competitor. In 1988 he placed 1st out of 1369 athletes in the La Jolla Rough Water Swim with a time of 20:17.
Kelly Drewelow-Scanlan – Big Drewelow
Our sister Kelly did a fine job training the Drewelow parents. Kelly also grew up as a competitive swimmer and continues to compete in open water swims around California and beyond. He favorite is the skin class Alcatraz to San Francisco.
Grew up in Northern California, played water polo in college at the University of Massachusetts, then worked as a lifeguard in Seal Beach for a number of years. While in Seal Beach got to know Sean Collins, the founder of Surfline and started writing surf reports for them, and has since worked as a writer and editor for ESPN, The Surfer’s Journal and Surfer Magazine. Someday dreams of not having a cell phone.
Los Angeles country lifeguard and veteran of the Maui Channel Swim we are all looking to Dave for hot tips on how to place at the top !
Cory lives in Hawaii and came to us via our long long long time friend Kim Treloar who lives on Maui.
April 18 , 2015 Cyclone PAM damage to Vanuatu
YachtAidGlobal is in the news recently due to our disasterrelief work in Vanuatu.
We have a secure payment gateway on our site for those of you who want to donate click here we seek funds for ongoing disaster relief efforts http://yachtaidglobal.org/wp/donate-now/
We have been monitoring and studying rapid onset disaster over the years and see a few trends in how yachts and crew are impacted:
- Yacht immediately departs the area with all crew aboard
- Yacht immediately departs the area but one or more crew stay behind, they have local friends and want to help
- Yacht stays and dedicates crew and assets to help for a specific time frame
- Yacht commits to to help but requires relocation from far away
Our duty at YAG is to prepare yachts for what to do in situations 2, 3, 4 outlined above. It will be the same scenario during future rapid onset disasters, cyclone, tsunami, earthquake, etc. The key criteria that align to put an area on our watch list are:
- On the cruising route and a place that Superyachts visit
- Well defined cyclone season
- Major yachting hub nearby, in the case of Vanuatu it is Auckland, where yachts depart from typically after cyclone season which is April / May
We did our first Vanuatu project with superyacht Slojo back in 2011 which formed the foundation of our location relationships in Vanuatu.
- Michael Rettig – LIFT non profit logistics
- Sam and Jess Bell – Kaleva Yachting Services superyacht support specialists
- Dave and Lynn – Butterfly Trust rural communities access to health care and education
- Michael Benjamin and team – Promedical emergency medical care, search and rescue, community support and more
- Derik Wagner – MTN providing bandwidth enhancement during critical times of need
- Steve Fischer – Rivergate Shipyard and Marina funding thousands of water containers
- Christian Troy – http://www.wavesforwater.org water filtration
- Countless donors – Funding
Thank you everyone !!!!
- Detailed report from the World Food Program – Impact of Cyclone Pam
- Interesting read on how the UN cluster system works
What We Do As A Humanitarian Organization
YachtAid Global orchestrates the delivery of disaster relief, development and conservation aid to coastal communities worldwide. The organization was founded in 2006 and we are a registered nonprofit providing tax benefits to donors. We utilize a network of volunteers who coordinate logistics, patrons who sponsor supplies and yacht owners and crew that offer to transport them.
We 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. We 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.
The box below has an audio interview from May 28, 2009 between Diane Byrne www.megayachtnews.com and Captain Mark Drewelow, founder of YachtAid Global. The interview is about 25 minutes long and provides an excellent background. When coupled with the video on the right of this page, a 360 view of YAG will be provided.
- At May 6, 2013
Harmony is the next in a series of luxury yachts moving aid from Panama City to Islas Secas. Once again, a round of applause to Mitchell Heath and he merry crew for rising to the noble cause. Images to follow.Read More»
Motor yacht SEAWOLF is moving humanitarian aid in Panama validating the trend of significant luxury yachts getting involved with YachtAid Global . SEAWOLF, a 193 foot motor yacht (http://www.seawolfexpedition.com/index.php) is the second of two high profile luxury yachts moving aid to the Islas Secas area of Panama. Aid was shifted aboard in Panama City on […]Read More»
Motor yacht Lady Lola http://www.yachtladylola.com/index.html , a 62 meter Oceanco, has answered the call and will be moving school aid from Panama City to the Islas Secas area of western Panama in the Gulfo Chiriqui. Since 2007, YachtAid Global has been providing aid to the schools in this region so the kids have the goods they need […]Read More»
Cyclone Evan slammed Fiji just before Christmas 2012. Big Fish was in Auckland where disaster relieve aid was loaded aboard. This simple web site provides good information www.projectbigfish.org To everyone involved with this inspirational effort, thank you !!Read More»
November 25, 2012 Motor yacht SURI took aboard a few tons of humanitarian aid in Los Angeles with the Tsunami impacted Robinson Crusoe Island as the destination. SURI departed Los Angeles and ran non stop to the island arriving on November 25. The islanders where there to greet the Captain and crew. We will be posting more […]Read More»
November 22 the Drewelow family completed a memorable aid delivery. This was their first aid delivery to the actual beneficiary as a family in the 7 years that YachtAid Global has been in existence. The target schools were two in the highlands of Isla Isabella in the Galapagos islands of Ecuador. Local Galapagos agent Antonio Moreno, owner […]Read More»
- At May 14, 2012
Just prior to the Monaco Yacht Show, YachtAid Global received confirmation from Tim Davey that ISS GMT will provide YAG with travel solutions. ISS GMT is a great supporter of YAG. Tim Davey, President of ISS GMT, donated a r/t ticket to Dhardra Blake (YAG Events Advisor) to attend MYS 2011 and help her spread […]Read More»
March 11, 2012. News flash for immediate release. For several weeks YAG has been putting together another delivery of aid for Captain Chance and his merry crew on Steadfast. There were a variety of challenges faced along they way to get the aid aboard. YAG founder Captain Mark Drewelow says, ” YAG Operations Advisor Judi […]Read More»
News Alert for immediate release. YAG founder Captain Mark Drewelow announces Daria Brovchenko has joined the board as Legal Advisor. Ms. Brovchenko resides in San Diego and is a California-licensed attorney with international experience. Her practice is focused on corporate and business law, taxation and immigration law issues with a growing interest in the non profit […]Read More»
Miami Boat Show Week Charity Event Benefiting YachtAid Global. This is the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/293879174007988/ Capri South Beach, 1445 16th Street, Penthouse 3 & 4 Friday, February 17, 2012 from 8 pm to 1130 pm A charitable evening high in the sky above South Beach overlooking Biscayne Bay in designer penthouses with spectacular terraces while contributing […]Read More»
News Alert ! On February 11, 2012 YAG founder Captain Mark Drewelow announces Lisa Choi is joining the board as Social Media Advisor. Lisa resides in San Francisco and works at www.vitrue.com as Director, Business Development. Lisa will be putting her touch on all aspects of our social media efforts and will roll out awareness […]Read More»
A great start to 2012 for YachtAid Global. Click on the link below to go to The Crew Report article. YachtAid Global – Aid To Jamaica More information to follow soon.Read More»
This is from Jessica aboard sailing yacht Seljm in Palma: hello to all interested and hopefully interested future parties…!!! i know you are all probably really busy right now, but i wanted to touch base about THANKSGIVING, which is the last thursday in november, so approx 3 weeks from today, so i need to start […]Read More»
At approximately 0930 on October 9th, 2011 Kerrie Wassall makes history as first across the finish line amongst the 10 athletes swimming in the YAG Man Challenge. She beat out not only YAG Man, but also Olympic caliber swimmers Richard Drewelow and Nick Dolphin. Photos and the full story will be posted soon.Read More»
YAG Man Challenge is taking place in San Diego, October 9, 2011 and has been created to raise awareness and funds for YachtAid Global. The Challenge is, who can better Mark Drewelow ( YAG Man ) in a 1 mile open water swim? Ten have risen to the Challenge. Weather will be perfect sunshine no […]Read More»
On June 8, 2011 YAG made contact with Keleva Yachting Service Vanuatu Sam and Jess are the owners of that yacht agency. They worked tirelessly to not only support Slojo during their visit to Vanuatu, but they also engaged YachtAid Global and were successful at importing all the humanitarian aid of Australia origination duty and […]Read More»
YAG makes front page of The Triton. CLICK HERE to view the article.Read More»
Click here to read the Wall Street Journal article released on December 22, 2010Read More»
Patrons Can Now Make Tax-Deductible Donations to Charitable Yacht Organization Benefiting Underprivileged Children Worldwide (San Diego, September 21, 2010): YachtAid GlobalTM—also known as YAG—an organization that coordinates the delivery of humanitarian and development aid to underprivileged children in coastal communities by way of the Superyacht fleet, was recently approved as a project under the United […]Read More»