TMM YACHT CHARTERS POST IRMA and MARIA UPDATE
Prior to the storms we had 14 of our boats secured and ready at Road Reef and another 19 boats secured in Paraquita Bay. Despite our efforts, a direct hit from Category 5 Irma caused catastrophic damage to the entire BVI. To add insult to injury, two weeks after Irma, Hurricane Maria passed just south of the BVI, also as a Category 5. Most of the boats in the TMM fleet are damaged, some more than others. We hope that at least 14 boats will be repairable within a relatively short period of time along with 4 other new boats that will be arriving in the BVI to join the fleet in the next couple of months. We have already heard from charterers who wish to book yachts in the future through TMM! We are currently working towards re-opening the TMM base at Road Reef. It is our goal to start sending out charters by mid-Dec. We have kept a core team of 9 employees in the BVI to deal with the aftermath of the hurricane damage and they have been working tirelessly to salvage the yachts and begin necessary restoration works. TMM MD, Barney Crook and I have evacuated temporarily to TMM’s Stateside Office to direct operations from there. We can be reached at 1-800-633-0155 Mon-Fri. Additionally, Barney and I, along with Don Pietrykowski, will be at the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis October 5–9. Barney has owned TMM and been contributing to the BVI community for over 3 decades. The TMM team has been a significant force in the development of the tourism industry in the BVI.
Many of you have asked how you can assist TMM. Pre Hurricane Irma, TMM employed 20+ people, most of whom have lost their homes and possessions in this storm, and have also now lost their livelihoods. Please consider contributing to this cause: www.youcaring.com/tmmtortolastaff-952274 To those of you who have already donated, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Thank you for your patience as we move forward towards our goal of re-building TMM. Please continue to check our website www.sailtmm.com to review the yachts and their schedules as they become available for charter.
TMM will be back, better than ever! Lin Crook, Director #tmmyachtcharters