On New Year’s Eve, the 148-foot (45m) M/Y Big Fish pulled into Lautoka, Fiji, to deliver a mammoth load of supplies for victims of Cyclone Evan.
The effort was organized by YachtAid Global in partnership with Superyacht Support New Zealand and Yacht Partners Fiji.
The yacht’s nine crew, led by Capt. Winston Joyce-Clarke, unloaded 24 boxes of medical supplies along with portable generators, mattresses, a cache of hygiene supplies, 129 large bags of clothing, books, toys, tools, kitchen equipment, stationery, food and other items. The haul, valued at about $50,000 (New Zealand dollars), was collected from nearly 20 businesses in and around New Zealand.
Cyclone Evan caused widespread destruction across the Pacific and battered Fiji for more than 12 hours when it made landfall on Dec. 17. More than 11,700 people evacuated their homes, which suffered flooding and were hit with high winds.
“Fiji is a major destination for superyachts heading through the Pacific and quite often the last stop before the vessel arrives in New Zealand or the first stop after it leaves,” said Jeanette Tobin of Superyacht Support. “With Big Fish heading up there empty, it was a no-brainer.”
David Jamieson of Yacht Help Fiji contacted YachtAid Global to help, which made contact with Big Fish.