Because I’m a founding member of the U.S. Superyacht Association (USSA), I receive regular updates on the organization’s efforts to both promote the American megayacht industry and effect change on its behalf. But a few days ago, I received word of how the USSA is trying to effect change for what’s arguably a bigger cause: abused kids.
On December 2 the USSA will have a team, called Team U.S. Superyacht, participating in the Kids in Distress Inlet Challenge, a cycling fundraiser. Kids in Distress is a nearly 30-year-old, nationwide agency that focuses on child-abuse prevention and the care and treatment of abused and neglected children. It does so through a variety of services, including shelters, foster care, and parental education. The Inlet Challenge, now in its sixth year, is a ride along South Florida’s A1A, starting and stopping near Bahia Mar, which hosts part of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show each year.
The ride isn’t called a “Challenge” for nothing. Riders pledge to complete one of three different distances: 31 miles, 62.5 miles, or a whopping 100 miles. The members of Team U.S. Superyacht have cycling skills that run the gamut. They’ve just begun training, and they need all the encouragement they can get. Of course, they’re also collecting pledges, from now until December 2. Any amount is welcome. To donate, contact Rupert Connor of the Luxury Yacht Group: [email protected].