211: Hank Schmitt // Caribbean Hurricane Relief

12 Oct

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#211. Hank & Andy sat down at the Annapolis Sailboat Show to discuss the ongoing relief efforts in the Caribbean due to Hurricane’s Irma & Maria. The successive storms destroyed two of Hank’s favorite islands – St. Martin & Dominica – also the places he calls home aboard ‘Avocation’ during the winter sailing season. Hank discusses his focused effort to help the people of those islands rebuild, and how YOU can help.

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