Hurricane Dorian Update
UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 12, 2019
Due to Hurricane Dorian’s devastation of Abaco, our fleet has relocated to Palm Cay Marina, Nassau, and is open for business. All bareboat and by the cabin charters departures that were scheduled from Abacos will now depart from Nassau. Our team will contact those customers with bookings to share the new details.
Many clients and partners are asking how they can help the Abacos aid efforts and we have included some links we support in our September 5 statement below.
UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 5, 2019
How you can help
Many of you will have seen now the aerial footage of Abaco and, in particular, Marsh Harbour, which has been devastated by the hurricane winds and storm surge. With little infrastructure remaining, the people of the impacted islands are in desperate need.
We have been overwhelmed with offers of support from concerned customers who have sailed in the Bahamas or have boats based there. You can support the recovery in three ways:
- Our customer, Bob Piccoli, has set up a Marsh Harbour Disaster Relief Fund, which you can donate to. Bob is one of our yacht owners and was one of the first to base a boat in the Bahamas, a destination he feels passionate about.
- The Islands of the Bahamas Tourist Board has listed Hurricane Dorian relief efforts on their website.
- The tourist board has also shared a list of needed items on their website, which can be dropped off at approved collection points in the USA and Canada.
Current status of the Islands
The Islands of the Bahamas Tourist Board has said: “Islands that were not impacted by Hurricane Dorian remain open and are receiving visitors. In the Northwest Bahamas, these include the Bahamas capital of Nassau and neighboring Paradise Island, as well as Eleuthera, Harbour Island and Andros. Islands in the Southeastern and Central Bahamas remain unaffected, including The Exumas, Cat Island, San Salvador, Rum Cay, Long Island, Acklins/Crooked Island, Ragged Island, Mayaguana and Inagua. Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in Nassau remains open.”
UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 2, 2019
We are relieved to confirm that all of our team in Marsh Harbour are safe and accounted for following the category 5 storm in the Bahamas.
Our fleet of 30 boats based at Abaco were removed from the path of Dorian and taken to Nassau, as part of our advance hurricane planning. In terms of operations, the base, docks and islands have sustained heavy damage. For the next two months, all departures will take place from our base in Nassau.
Loic Bonnet, founder and CEO of Dream Yacht Charter says: “Our thoughts are with the people of Abaco during this challenging time and as they start to think about the recovery ahead of them. Our Abaco fleet sustained no damage and this is thanks to the incredible work of the base team, who worked fast under difficult circumstances to protect our fleet. We are thankful everyone is safe.”