International Rescue Group's mission

Support and disaster response to coastal and island communities - by sea.


IRG has been awarded the GuideStar Exchange Gold Seal, demonstrating our commitment to transparency.


International Rescue Group is a Public Benefit Non-profit Corporation.

510-463-4IRG (510-463-4474)


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Support and disaster response to coastal and island communities - by sea.

IRG now operational with two vessels in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico fleet.

SAILING IRG'S 97' FLAGSHIP FROM BAHAMAS TO FLORIDA click here for latest details and sign up! To make a donation please click here

2015: Two voyages to Dominica after over two dozen dead and devastation from Tropical Storm Erika. Thunderbird 5 was in St. Lucia on standby during a 10 month voyage and worked with Dominica and St. Lucia authorities, VIDEO.

56' ketch TANDEMEER and our 97' ketch SIR MARTIN II are now preparing our 3nd annual operations Haiti in aid of orphanages and clinics with supplies. 

Our 2015 mission transited Sir Martin II from the Caribbean and back to Florida for our 3rd Haiti relief resupply voyage!

PACIFIC AMERICAS: IRG has established a permanent base in Acapulco (Mexico Pacific) with a disaster relief boat. IRG Captain Lou Rodriguez is refitting THUNDERBIRD 1 now with a mission to Panama in progress.

Enrolling crew and medical professionals, Click here to apply.

Google employees are now donating to IRG! Google gave us a $250,000 AdWords Grant, now we have been registered in Google's internal donations platform.


-- Medical professionals, come join us on our boats for 1, 3 or 6 months.

-- Join the IRG Reserve and use your own boat in disaster relief missions in your area. See SAIL MAGAZINE article "Cruisers to the Rescue"!

Latest Activity

Lillian Sanpere is now a member of International Rescue Group
Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG posted a status
"Hurricane Franklin hits Mexico in Gulf…"
Aug 10
Russ Neal posted photos
Jul 23
Kurt V Ahlstrom II joined Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG's group
Jul 20


Thank you IGY Rodney Bay Marina for docking space so we can load Red Cross supplies destined for Dominica after the Tropical Storm Erika disaster!

Findacrew donates a premium account so that IRG can find great crew, thank you Kylie!

Fortress Anchors have given us their FX-125, the largest anchor they make. This baby has 27,000 pounds of holding power, enough to take Thunderbird 5 through a hurricane in a good anchorage! Click here for more information.

Great Circle Systems provided Thunderbird 5 with fantastic software that manages our ship's operations, thank you!

Unbelievable! Trojan donated a huge bank of L16 batteries to Thunderbird 5, we're overwhelmed...

Spencer Boat Company of Miami helped us with haulout and yard space so that we could rebuild Tandemeer's rudder!

Tandemeer's "heads" were suffering being 34 years old with very little service - so Groco did a total rebuild of our awesome Model K toilets - like new! Thank you John Cly!

The wizards at Nobeltec have made it possible for us to navigate the Caribbean by donating electronic charts for our vessel Thunderbird 5 - we are VERY happy we won't get lost!

HawkEye gave us a very nice depth sounder for Thunderbird 2, just in time!

Peterson Power of San Leandro are stars - they donated a bank of batteries for Thunderbird 2's solar power system - thank you!!

Eastwood gave us a new torch for our MIG welder after the old one died. They didn't have to...

Forespar contributed all the Marelon seacocks for Thunderbird 2! Perfect for a steel boat.

The paint companies are really coming through for us! Rustoleum have donated enough anti-fouling paint for Thunderbird 4.

SHURflo, lovely folks, sent us a macerator pump to deal with Thunderbird 2's sanitation system.

Rule Pumps have sent us four beautiful bilge pumps, but went the extra 10 miles and included all the hose and thru-hull fittings as well!

International Paint have offered us a donation of much-needed antifouling paint! 

Centek have offered Vernalift exhaust systems for Thunderbird 2, a vital part of our green diesel-electric propulsion system, you are stars!

Thank you so much NovaFlex, for your fabulous donation of exhaust hose that would have broken our budget!

Richard and Susan Countess of Pierpont Bay Yacht Club, thank you so much for your club's warm welcome and your personal donation!

James Jensen, thank you for your Bristol 30 donation, a wonderful coastwise-worthy boat designed by Herreshoff, we'll name Thunderbird 3. Looking for a small crew to man this boat on her 3-year mission!

Danny and Marilyn of Grass Valley - for donating nearly 1,000 pounds of lead for Thunderbird 2's ballast, plus smelter and ingot former! Thank you so much.

Spinlock USA - you are champs! Thank you for the top-of-the-line PFDs to help Thunderbird 2's crew be safe.

Outback Power - we can't enthuse enough about the MPPT Charge Controllers you sent us. With the 1.5 kilowatt solar panels from BenQ Solar and your brilliant devices, we can run our watermaker up to 250 gallons PER DAY, enough to sustain a village of 1000 survivors after a coastal disaster! Click here to see what we installed.

Liz Hughes, IRG's creative manager who designed our logos, brochures etc!

Jeffrey Weissman (George McFly from Back to the Future Parts II and III)

Sean Matthews, for longstanding support from our earliest days!

William Dobbs, IRG's Phuket Commodore who contributed boxes of IRG Polos and T-shirts!

Alice Wang, a long-time supporter and donor.


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International Rescue Group is a 501(c)(3) Public Benefit Nonprofit organization and your donations can be applied against US taxes.

You can also donate marine equipment or donate a boat that we can use for missions.


Haiti - the poorest country in the Americas.

Started by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG in Sample Title. Last reply by John O Duke Oct 20, 2016. 2 Replies

IRG's latest vessels Tandemeer and a newly acquired 97' steel gaff-rigged ketch (more news soon) are…Continue

Tags: Nonprofit, NGO, Non-profit, Donate, Donation


Started by Debby Mohr in Sample Title. Last reply by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Sep 2, 2015. 3 Replies

Who is going to the storm areas in the Dominican?? I'm ready :) xo Continue

Medical supplies and fundraising

Started by David and Rebecca Luethcke in Sample Title. Last reply by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Sep 4, 2014. 8 Replies

I am in contact with the IDA Foundation, a non-profit organization that supplies high quality medical supplies to organizations like the WHO and the Clinton Foundstion. They produce the Interagency…Continue


Started by Captain Evelyne in Uncategorized Jan 11, 2013. 0 Replies

Gerry Anderson, who inspired IRG, died just after Christmas. He is already missed.Continue


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