October 23, 2015
Hurricane Patricia makes landfall in SW Mexico complete destruction of some communities
Calling all yachts in Mexico and California or ones heading to Mexico from the Caribbean or South Pacific.  Hurricane Patricia made landfall on a stretch of coast about mid way between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo.  Landfall was at a place called Cuixmala.  There is complete destruction and 100% of homes destroyed in many areas.   If you intend to cruise mainland Mexico during 2015/16 please ask us how you can help the impacted communities.
October 2, 2015
Hurricane Joaquin destroys parts of the Bahamas
 Calling all yachts in South Florida
YachtAid Global is seeking yachts that can take aboard disaster relief and transport to areas of greatest damage in the Bahamas.
Contact us for more details info@yachtaidglobal.org
YachtAid  Global  is accepting donations for use to benefit the people of Dominica after severe flooding and landslides devastated the island nation.  

We are also gathering up intel from friends in Chile  to  determine how we can help on the north coast of Chile  due to damage from the recent earthquake and tsunami.


April 18 , 2015 Cyclone PAM damage to Vanuatu

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YachtAidGlobal is in the news recently due to our disasterrelief work in Vanuatu.

We are a registered non profit and have a published code of ethics CLICK HERE TO VIEW.

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 are nearly 10  years doing meaningful projects around the world.  #YAG is the #Superyachtindustry authority on integration of superyachts as an asset during rapid onset disaster and for moving developmental aid around the world into isolated coastal communities.

 We have been monitoring and studying rapid onset disaster over the years and see a few trends in how yachts and crew are impacted:

  1. Yacht immediately departs the area with all crew aboard
  2. Yacht immediately departs the area but one or more crew stay behind, they have local friends and want to help
  3. Yacht stays and dedicates crew and assets to help for a specific time frame
  4. 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:

  1. On the cruising route and a place that Superyachts visit
  2. Well defined cyclone season
  3. 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.

Most recently we provided funding to local npo Promedical  http://www.promedical.com.vu/  in 2014 in the way of a $ 20,000 usd grant for EMT training.
The disaster relief efforts by YachtAid Global in Vanuatu carry on every day to this date since the storm hit. We started pre planning for how to handle the storms impact 10 days before the storm hit.  At first it was a broad geographic area which narrowed and focused on Vanuatu as the storm aged and strengthened.
As of April 18 there are two more yachts in the pipeline to help, one confirmed and one pending.  All the disaster relief work is being planned directly with the United Nations cluster groups in Port Vila Vanuatu as well as the National Disaster Management Office ( NDMO ) a branch of the Vanuatu government. Tasking for the yachts comes directly from the UN clusters and government offices NOT from YAG.  What you all see in the media is not a singular effort by a Captain and crew, it is a very very large effort of behind the scenes people and entities, the yacht and the crew are the end result tools that save lives and alleviate suffering and it is very difficult and high risk work.
YAG is the conduit to find yachts that want to help, define the capabilities of the yachts as an asset to use, establish rules of engagement with NDMO and the cluster groups, draw together the right team to support the yacht and act as the buffer between the yacht and NDMO and the cluster groups and more.  In addition to hands on work, the yachts involved collect and transmit actionable data back to NDMO and the cluster groups on a daily basis when on site.  Actionable facts and data are a HUGE void in the first days or weeks of a natural disaster.
Cyclone Pam has required us to use every tool in our roster, and draw from every experience accumulated over the years and reach out to multiple contacts around the South Pacific for support.  The operating theater in Vanuatu is complex and extremely challenging and uniquely suited to yachts, essentially self contained disaster relief vessels.
Key partners and supporters of the relief work, along with captain and crew of DF and Umbra who really put themselves out there in a high risk constantly changing environment :
  • Michael Rettig – LIFT non profit logistics
  • 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
  • Countless donors – Funding

Thank you everyone  !!!!

For those of you with time to read, here is some general info and links to excellent info about the UN clusters and Vanuatu disaster relief work:
Captain Mark Drewelow
Founder, YachtAid Global

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.


April 22, 2013 – Motor Yacht HARMONY also validating the trend

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.

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March 6, 2013 SEAWOLF delivers !! Nice group photo of the seafolk.  

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February 28, 2013 – Motor Yacht SEAWOLF validating the trend.

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 […]

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February 5, 2013 – Motor Yacht LADY LOLA steps up in Panama

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 […]

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January 31, 2012 – Motor Yacht BIG FISH does it again !

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 !!

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November 25, 2012 – Motor Yacht SURI delivers aid to Robinson Crusoe Island

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 […]

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November 22, 2012 – Drewelow family complete first YAG Aid delivery in Galapagos

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 […]

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YachtAid Global Announces Travel Partner ISS GMT

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 […]

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March 11, 2012 – STEADFAST picks up YAG Aid in Panama City

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 […]

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YachtAid Global welcomes Daria Brovchenko to board of advisors

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 […]

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YachtAid Global event at Miami Boat Show Feb 17 @ 8 pm

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 […]

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YachtAid Global welcomes Lisa Choi to board of advisors

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 […]

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January 13, 2012 STEADFAST delivers YAG Aid to Jamaica

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.

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SELJM in Palma organizing T – Giving meal Nov 24 or 25

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 […]

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Crew X – Kerrie Wassall – wins YAG Man Challenge

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.  

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The YAG Man Challenge – Ten diverse athletes rise to the challenge

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 […]

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SLOJO and Vanuatu

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 […]

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Triton Article about YAG

YAG makes front page of The Triton.  CLICK HERE to view the article.

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Wall Street Journal Article

Click here to read the Wall Street Journal article released on December 22, 2010

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YachtAid Global Grows Sea Legs in Non-Profit World

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 […]

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