March 20th 2017. By Kim Kavin.

Yachting for Charity

With all of the opulence and luxury that the yachting lifestyle affords, it can be easy to forget just how often the owners of yachts give back to the community.

Some yacht owners participate in fishing tournaments and events to raise money for charity. Others donate charter time or supply space on their yachts to help those in need. Still others donate their entire yachts outright, with the proceeds from a sale benefitting a charity of their choice. Here’s a look at several ways that yachting for charity has become a community all its own.

Delivering supplies to those in need is part of the mission for yachters working with Yacht Aid Global.

Delivering supplies to those in need is part of the mission for yachters working with YachtAid Global.

Donations of Time and Onboard Space

A number of yachts donate time and onboard space to YachtAid Global, which delivers disaster aid and other relief to coastal communities worldwide. Yachts ranging from Sir Richard Branson’s 105-foot CMN Necker Belle to the 147-foot Aquos Big Fish to the 240-foot Silveryachts Dragonfly (one of the Top 5 Yachts from Silicon Valley) have delivered supplies everywhere from the Caribbean to the South Pacific after major storms.

Other yacht owners donate a week of charter onboard to benefit charity auctions. The owner of the 177-foot Alloy Tiara, for instance, donated a week in Southeast Asia to benefit One Drop, which helps communities access clean water. Tiara charters with Y.CO.

Another yacht whose owner donated a week aboard for charity is the 145-foot Pendennis Hemisphere. The donated charter benefited Christie’s Bid to Save the Earth auction and brought in $150,000, the largest donation in the event’s history. Hemisphere charters with Burgess.

Tournaments and Events

With red pennants flying from boats in the Fish For a Cure tournament on Chesapeake Bay, the Annapolis harbor gets quite crowded with yachts and fishing boats taking part.

With red pennants flying from boats in the Fish For a Cure tournament on Chesapeake Bay, the Annapolis harbor gets quite crowded with yachts and fishing boats taking part. The Alltackle.com boat, center, is both a tournament sponsor and a competitor.

Fish for a Cure, held each November in Maryland, is a fishing tournament that benefits the Cancer Survivorship Programs at the Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute at the Anne Arundel Medical Center. Started just under a decade ago the tournament grows on a yearly basis, and since 2010, has donated over $1,000,000 to the Medical Center.

The name must be catchy, because there’s also a Fish for a Cure tournament in Florida. This one benefits a number of charities focused on assisting cancer patients and finding a cure.

The Newport Yacht Rendezvous held every August, benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County in Rhode Island. The event, which last year generated more than $250,000, draws hundreds of participants with music, dancing, dining, a silent auction and more.

The Fisher Island Club has held its Yacht Rendezvous for the past 30 years and has raised more than $30 million to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County, Florida. The November event includes a yacht hop, dinner and dancing, and celebrity entertainment.

Yacht Donations

Legendary singer/songwriter Billy Joel donated his 57-foot commuter yacht Vendetta to benefit the International SeaKeepers Society in 2016. The society works to benefit the world’s oceans.

Also in 2016, Spanish soccer star Xavier “Xavi” Hernandez Crues donated his 30-foot boat La Pelopina for an auction to benefit Proactiva Open Arms, which helps refugees who arrive by sea.

Organizations including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum regularly accept whole-boat donations. In early 2017, the museum received a 41-foot Hoopers Island dovetail as a gift. Built in 1934, the boat will be used for outreach.



Kim Kavin
Kim Kavin is an award-winning writer, editor and photographer who specializes in marine travel. She is the author of 10 books including Dream Cruises: The Insider’s Guide to Private Yacht Vacations, and is editor of the online yacht vacation magazine www.CharterWave.com.


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