Update Sept. 18
About one ton of food was collected from yachts this morning during the annual Yachts du Coeur in Cannes. About 500 people attended, according to event organizer, Jean-Luc Annone, president of Ecomer.
Lord Mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard, spoke at the event and described the town as “facing to the sea and not showing its back to it,” in reference to the effort of assistance that is shown by seafarers through the Yachts du Coeur.
The food, typically thrown out at the end of the season, will be donated to local food banks.
“At sea, mayday [from the French m’aider] has a real meaning, and all seafarers understand it,” Annone wrote in an email.
Posted Sept. 17
By Dorie Cox
Yacht crew and members of the marine community will bring food donations for the 16th Yachts du Coeur in Cannes tomorrow (Sept. 18), according to event organizer, Jean-Luc Annone, president of Ecomer.
Annone shared a photograph of M/V Ecomer tied at the dock and loaded with cans, boxes and bottles of food today, on the day before the event.
“Here we go, ready for tomorrow,” Annone said by email from France. “Ecomer is fully loaded with food donations.” He said he will be standing by for more donations in Port Canto with Taape, a French Navy Supply ship, S/Y Trinakria and SNS 262, a Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer lifeboat.
Volunteers will form a line to pass the donated goods to a food bank truck from 10:00-11:30 a.m. on the quay of the harbor master’s office. Cannes Mayor David Lisnard and Marc Pajot, a five-time sailing world champion, are expected to be at the event.
“Since 2010, we’ve now collected 20 tons of food from superyachts, seafarers and marine corporations in and around Cannes on the French Riviera,” Annone said in a press release.
In six years, the equivalent of 40,000 meals have been collected and handed out to local food banks. The charities have redistributed the donations to 105 specialized associations to feed more than 30,000 people, Annone said.
“That’s around 200,000 euros of food at 5 euros per meal that did not go to landfill,” Annone said.
For more information, or to participate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.yachts-du-coeur.com and www.eco-mer.com.