The superyachts, luxury villas and performance cars
provide a stark contrast to an altogether different side of the Balearics, and that’s poverty.
After 27 years helping to run the annual Pinmar Yachtsman’s Golf Tournament and channelling the
proceeds to many local charities, GYG's Nick Entwisle had became well aware of the crude reality
of those facing the risk of social exclusion and poverty on our islands.
When retiring from GYG in May 2019, Nick was keen to stay involved in the yachting community and also to help those in need. He used his extensive industry contacts to enlist support for his Yachting Gives Back initiative, hoping to organise regular, seasonal drives to collect donations for several local charities. However, the yachting community embraced the initiative right from the beginning to such a degree that Nick and his team found themselves picking up donations almost on a daily basis. Support from Pinmar Supply, who provided donation boxes and storage space in the early days, was invaluable. After the STP shipyard kindly provided a central point of collections in the form of a container, YGB´s activity is now focused around their "headquarters" at STP, open three mornings a week. Yachting Gives Back now collects food, toiletries, cleaning materials, meals prepared by the yachts' chefs, clothing, bedding and other useful items to deliver to various charitable organisations on the island. Financial support from companies and individuals allows YGB to respond to specific needs like washing machines, fridges and other equipment in the soup kitchens and homeless shelters.
“The yachting industry is surrounded by incredible luxury and it’s very easy to forget that people are struggling right on our doorstep,” says Nick. “Employment in the Balearic Islands can be seasonal and low-paid at the best of times let alone now, in the grip of the pandemic with the tourism sector on its knees. The soup kitchens and food banks report that now even middle class families are joining the queues for food donations. Whether yacht crew or service businesses, we are fortunate to make our living from some of the wealthiest people on the planet and many, but by no means all, of us are therefore in a position where we can easily give something back to this beautiful island community we call home."
The YGB Team comes from all walks of yachting life - we have worked as crew members, captains, chefs, yachting entrepreneurs, office all-rounders and high tech specialists, but at YGB we are, above all, volunteers. We bring our particular skill sets and personalities to the project, roll up our sleeves and get on with it. We share Nick's desire to do something for our community and are committed to the task at hand. However, this doesn't mean we take ourselves too seriously - like any yachties, we love having fun and enjoy lighthearted banter! Please swing by the container to say hi even if you don't have a bag of donations with you. We would love to see you!
After 8 years working on yachts Nick
spent 22 years with Pinmar. He retired from the board in 2016 and completely three years
later. Thanks to the Pinmar Golf Tournament, he knew many local charities. He could see
there was a potential opportunity to channel surplus food and materials from yachts to
people in need in Mallorca and founded YGB at the beginning of 2019.
After a busy career in marketing & PR in the UK, Louise went in search of a lifestyle change, jumped on a yacht and spent the next 15 years in various roles within the Palma yachting sector. Louise volunteers at YGB helping with the collection and delivery of crew donations and also manages the YGB Facebook page.
Arrived in Mallorca on a new build
delivery from Cape Town 1986 and forgot to go home!!! Worked on several boats before
coming ashore in 2000 and since then specialised in the supply of safety equipment to
Retired (sort of !) in 2016 but still involved with the yachts and all the many friends.
YGB is an added interest to keep me out of trouble (devil finds work for idle
Anne started her yachting career as a chef fresh out of culinary college in 1983. She worked full time and freelanced in the industry, on and off, until 5 years ago. Anne volunteers at the YGB container and manages the Instagram account.
With an extensive nautical background,
from crewing on yachts to running a small nautical business and working in various admin
roles in nautical companies, Aila is now working as a freelancer while volunteering at
the container and managing the YGB website.
YGB's valuable connection to tourism and hotel sector. David worked for over 25 years in sales and marketing, most of it with Melia Hotels, before setting up his own company providing consultancy and digital marketing services to hotel chains in Spain.
The yachting community has proved to be a
force to be reckoned with. Your donations of foodstuffs, clothing, bedding, cleaning
products, toiletries, cash or bank transfers, the ready made meals and the funds raised
in challenges and collections of all kinds - have all meant that we have been able to
deliver a substantial amount to those who need it most. Thank
It is an impossible task to mention every donor by name, so instead we highlight your donations on our very active FB page, and try to show the destination of the donations and what is being purchased with the funds received. On our FB page we celebrate your generosity with names and pictures - unless you prefer us not to.
All donations are equally welcome, whether they come with a yacht name, face, a company logo or are completely anonymous.
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