Report from Royal Marsh Yacht Club, Abaco, Bahamas
Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is on Abaco, Bahamas, devastated by Hurricane Dorian. Our thanks to Scott Coles for this report. See Relief Efforts.
Hurricane Dorian and the aftermath have devastated the Abacos. These are our friends and our cruising ground and our winter home. It is difficult to watch the videos and personal accounts emanating form the area on news outlets and social media. This area was the best place to spend the winter and will be once again. The people of Abaco need our help.
The Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club faces it’s own challenges as well. If we don’t stay together as a group, we cannot help our friends with their rebuilding efforts. I implore you to renew your membership with the RMHYC. At $30 per year, the RMHYC has been, and STILL IS, the best deal in the Bahamas! The Club will be donating 100% of the renewal dues collected during this current renewal season to various humanitarian and rebuilding efforts. There is no shortage of need but we want to make sure that our donation finds the hands of those who really need it. We will try to target specific projects or organizations that align with our goal to get back to Abaco! Please don’t wait. Renew now!
Essentially all of our members will be displaced for the upcoming cruising season. Many of our present and past members have a connection to or are located in the Stuart Fl. area. Therefore, we will be adopting Stuart as our home this season and as it happens to be, Stuart is also the sister city to Hope Town! Our social calendar will be severely limited this year; however we are obligated to have our Annual General Meeting. The meeting will likely be held at a location in Stuart but plans are still up in the air. Information on time and location will be made available as soon as we can.
No one has a crystal ball that can tell us what is going to happen in the Abacos this year or in the years to come. The Abaconians are a very resilient and creative group. If anyone can pull the proverbial rabbit out of an empty hat, they can do it. We as a club need to remain strong so that we can help them as best we can. Hopefully, someday soon, we can get back together in the Abacos and visit the people and places we hold so dear. Abaco Strong!
Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club