The award is presented by Eco-Mer, an organisation which holds regular donations on board yachts in the Mediterranean to collect supplies, clothes, tools and building materials for people in need around the world. Eco-Mer then works with charities such as YachtAid Global and the Superyacht Aid Coalition to distribute them to those areas most in need.
Slipstream is being recognised with this year’s award after it joined Eco-Mer and YachtAid Global in Antibes in November 2017 to collect supplies, including carpentry tools and construction materials, which it then transported across the Atlantic to be used in the rebuild of the Caribbean islands most affected by the hurricanes. During the process Slipstream sailed to Palma, Mallorca, the South of France and the Italian Rivera to gather as many donations as possible and, once unloaded in Dominica, the crew continued on to Sint Maarten to take part in rebuild projects on the island.
The award, which was designed by artist Sylvia Wohlgemuth and depicts Ceres (the goddess of nature and abundance), was presented in Cannes on June 11 by Commandant Oliver Troy of the French Royal Navy. Also in attendance at the ceremony were navy veterans and representatives from Eco-Mer, YachtAid Global, MYBA, the Professional Yachting Association and the Association de Marins et Marins Anciens.
Slipstream, which is offered for charter with Burgess, is just one of the many superyacht Samaritans which took part in the post-hurricane relief effort in the Caribbean. To find out more about Eco-Mer and how you can get your yacht involved visit eco-mer.com.