A Charter Crew Who Cares

The crew of charter yacht At Last, a 145-foot Heesen, helps out an orphanage in the Bahamas.

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When thinking about a yacht charter in the Bahamas, we typically conjure up images of white-sand beaches, turquoise water, palm trees and myriad other screen-saver-worthy scenes. What we don’t immediately remember is the poverty that natives of these exotic locations sometimes endure.Courtesy Churchill Yacht Partners

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The crew of At Last, a 145-foot Heesen that offers charters in the Bahamas through Churchill Yacht Partners, was once blissfully blind to this too.Courtesy Churchill Yacht Partners

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Then chief stewardess Joanne Farrell discovered an orphanage on the Island of Nassau that had been founded in the ’70s and receives no government funding.Courtesy Churchill Yacht Partners

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The 18 to 30 children it houses lacked basic amenities, such as beds, toys and electricity. In an effort spearheaded by Farrell and Capt. Herb Magney, the crew of At Last dived head­first into helping.Courtesy Churchill Yacht Partners

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Between rallying friends to donate and pooling a percentage of their own gratuities, they were able to contribute cots, linens, ­toiletries, construction tools, a generator and other supplies to the home.Courtesy Churchill Yacht Partners

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In addition to monetary gifts, the crew donates perhaps the one thing more valuable than that: their time, which is spent playing games with the children.Courtesy Churchill Yacht Partners

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If you would like to learn how you can help their cause, email charter manager Els Bucknell at ebucknell@churchillyachts.com.Courtesy Churchill Yacht Partners