Motorboat & Yachting: Doug Jackson will be using his Nordhavn 76 to deliver supplies to the residents of Cabo San Lucas after the hurricane hit the Mexican coast with donated clothes, shoes, food and water.
Two weeks after a hurricane hit the Mexican resort town of Cabo San Lucas, a Nordhavn owner has taken it upon himself to deliver much-needed supplies donated by a local charity drive.
Doug Jackson, whose Nordhavn 76 (pictured above) is moored in Newport Beach California, will be embarking upon the 1,175-mile voyage later this month. He expects it to take three and a half days of continuous cruising in total.
His charity drive has seen local residents and businesses donate clothes, shoes, food, water and tools to help the residents of the resort town, which was hit by Hurricane Odile on 14 September.
“When I put the word out about collecting donations, everyone stepped up,” he said. “Everyone has been really generous.”
Cabo San Lucas is a popular destination for Nordhavn owners and local reports claim that vessels have been swept away from their moorings and slips.
More than two weeks after the storm, thousands of people are still without power, water and other basic necessities.
Mr Jackson moors Tortuga, his Nordhavn 76, in Cabo San Lucas for eight months out of the year, but was fortunate that both he and his boat were in Newport Beach when it hit.
Winds of up to 125mph made Odile the strongest hurricane to hit Cabo San Lucas to date, killing at least five people. And while Doug admits its tempting to shrink from the challenge, he adds: “It doesn’t help to stay away.”
Motorboat & Yachting: Kevin Gaskell has become the third Fairline CEO to leave his post in past three years, when he was asked to leave his job earlier this week.
Mr Gaskell took to his Twitter account to confirm the rumours on Wednesday (1 October), referring to a “difference of opinion” with Fairline’s shareholders, Better Capital.
The former managing director of Porsche UK and BMW UK wrote: “Chess pieces move and the CEO leaves the game. Good luck to all remaining…”
On the following morning, he added: “Fired yesterday for difference of opinion, gentle morning, buy new computer, start new business this afternoon, exciting!” Both posts have since been deleted.
The news comes just over 12 months into his tenure and only three weeks after a press conference at Cannes where he announced that 20 senior members of staff had been replaced since September 2013.
Investment group Better Capital completed its acquisition of Fairline last month (1 September), following a £7.1m buyout of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s last remaining shares in the Oundle boatbuilder.
At the time of writing, Fairline and Better Capital were not available for comment.