Private boats sail off to help hurricane relief efforts in Virgin Islands

WASHINGTON — One boat at a time, volunteered private sailing vessels are helping create a supply chain between the U.S. mainland and the Caribbean, to the tiny, hurricane-ravaged Jost Van Dyke of the British Virgin Islands.

“We’ve organized several private vessels to augment the commercial shipping,” said Chris Cloud, who, together with his wife Debbie, lived on the island for more than two years and managed a small resort there. They moved back to Northern Virginia last spring.

The boat leaving from Southwest D.C. on Saturday is a 50-foot catamaran sailboat with the nonprofit International Rescue Group that helps coastal communities after hurricanes and tropical storms.

This Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 photo provided by the Royal Navy shows the devastation left by Hurricane Irma in Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands. Irma, once the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the…

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