During the last days many concerned clients called to ask us about the situation in the Caribbean Yacht Charter Destinations after the Hurricane “Irma” had passed this region. From direct feedback of our charter fleet partners and public sources in the Caribbean we plotted the situation as described in the article below.
The Hurricane Irma entered the Caribbean
Sea at the 05th of September at Barbuda and reached Florida Keys at the 10th of September.
Path of Hurricane "Irma" through the Caribbean Sea
In these five days Irma moved 1,300 nautical miles West-Northwest over Sint Maarten/Saint-Martin, through the Virgin Islands and then along the North Coasts of Puerto Rico, Haiti and Cuba. "Irma" passed the Bahamas southerly and finally hit the Florida Keys.
The pictures of destruction e.g. on St. Martin and the BVI’s were broadcasted on all media channels. From charter providers on these islands we received reports about heavy damages. Moorings posted on their website that all charter clients having departures in between now and 31st October 2017 from St. Martin or BVI should contact them for rearranging. A similar message was published by Dream Yacht Charter.
The yacht charter bases that were not directly on the path of the Hurricane “Irma” were lucky. Alboran Charter, the owner of the charter base in Cienfuegos at the South Coast of Cuba, responded “TODO BIEN”. Also Charter Fleets Partners having their bases on Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Lucia reported that they were not directly affected by the Hurricane “Irma”. There, the charter business can continue as usual.
If you plan a charter vacation in the Caribbean or not, in any case you can help the victims of the Hurricane “Irma” with your donation. A compiled list of trusted charity groups you can find on Charitynavigator.org.
Felix Wolf is co-founder and owner of YachtBooker. He is a charter skipper himself and enjoys discovering new sailing areas.