On April 5, the crew of S/Y Aglaia set about converting a secured area in the STP shipyard in Palma de Mallorca into a party venue for more than 300 people, including a covered bar which not only served beer, wine and specialty shots, but also protected us all from a late rain storm.
Many yachts and businesses, both locally and from as far away as Florida, donated time and money to support the event, which raised more than 12,000 euros for a local charity.
The grills served more than 500 burgers and sausages with accompanying salads over the course of the evening, all food being donated by the yacht. And a mixology team served a selection of three exotic cocktails and a DJ provided non-stop music.
The crew of Aglaia once again made all the hard work look easy. The interior staff worked the bar, appropriately dressed as bunnies for Easter, and Capt. Mark Stevens, Tom Sell of Complete Marine Freight, and other crew served food and provided the music.
Attending yacht crews, local businesses and industry professionals not only donated money but also goods, as evidenced by the huge mountain of donated clothing, toys and food for distribution through the charity. Our special thanks to Techno Craft, who built the bar tent for the event, and Pinmar USA and Dania Cut Superyacht Repair Facility for picking up the tab on the beer.
More than 9,500 euros was raised at the party itself, then additional donations came in from Bar Mojo in Sta. Catalina, MTN Satellite Communications and A2B Yacht Management to raise the total to 12,000 euros, surpassing our goal. And all just by throwing a party.
The money and donations were sent to Mediterranea (mediterraneaong.com), a humanitarian aid volunteer organization helping families and especially children in Mallorca and abroad, with a focus on Africa.
Laura Cubie is Chief Stew of the 66m S/Y Aglaia. Comments on this story are welcome at email@example.com.