ADVENTURE: SAIL a 56 foot yacht from Miami to Philadelphia

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ADVENTURE: SAIL a 56 foot yacht from Miami to Philadelphia

Time: June 12, 2014 to August 14, 2014
Location: Commencing in Miami
City/Town: Miami
Phone: 408-256-1290
Event Type: sailing, voyage, gulf, stream, fundraiser, passage
Organized By: Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG
Latest Activity: Jun 30, 2014

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Event Description

OUR NEXT MISSION: Help prep our boat for sea, offshore passage and fundraiser, two exciting events starting July 23rd 2014 in Philadelphia. Join the crew immediately to get the boat ready in her Miami base, sail and help run IRG's first major fundraiser event this year! We start with a Yacht Club presentation in Philadelphia and the crew will be warmly welcomed. We are also planning a large fundraiser event which will include sailing trips aboard Tandemeer for guests.

THIS ISN'T JUST A VOYAGE, IT'S AN ADVENTURE: being part of planning, preparing the ship for sea (there's paint and varnish involved!), learning how to sail a large yacht, navigation, experiencing coastal and offshore sailing 1,000 nautical miles and learning how to take advantage of the Gulf Stream and finally supporting fundraiser events!

COMMITMENT: 6 weeks from mid-June (you can join us NOW!) to 14th August. You will be expected to cover your own travel and fee of $250 per week, which will cover food and fuel, expenses etc. You only pay from 1st July to 14th August, if you arrive in June to help prepare you get a free berth aboard, but share in the food.

LEARN: Some boat work in a yard, voyage planning, navigation, offshore passage-making, managing a watch, supporting an island charity and helping in events. No experience required, your Captain will teach you everything you need to know.

IRG S/V Tandemeer is very well equipped and is the very boat you see in the final clip from the movie "Trading Places (with Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis, click here to view the scene)! Now in company with recently donated 97' gaff-rigged ketch IRG S/V Thunderbird 5 as part of IRG's Caribbean Fleet, we'll stay aboard Thunderbird 5 as "mother ship" while prepping for the voyage.


  • Jun-16 to 30th: Prepping Tandemeer at Spencer's Boat Company, Miami River
  • Jul-1: Sail to 6pm "Bon Voyage Event" at Coconut Grove Dinner Key
  • Jul-2: Sail to join Thunderbird 5 at dock near Fort Lauderdale, provision for main voyage
  • Jul-3: 7pm "Bon Voyage Event" at dock
  • Jul-4 Independence Day: Weather permitting, commence sailing to Philadelphia

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Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on June 30, 2014 at 7:55pm

If you have a favourite sleeping bag for such jaunts, please bring it. We have jack lines and plenty of towels and sheets, blankets etc.

Comment by Margaret A Baker on June 29, 2014 at 7:37am

2 Questions: What about bedding and towels? Are you (hopefully) planning to run jack lines and use them during the voyage?

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on June 12, 2014 at 3:44pm

Tandemeer goes into a Marine Yard for rudder repairs Monday June 16th. We can sleep aboard and during the day we'll experience painting and varnishing plus other boat prep tasks! When we leave the Yard 1st July, we'll anchor out near Thunderbird 5 and buddy-boat in "cruise mode" for a few days while provisioning and preparing for our voyage north!

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on May 21, 2014 at 11:15am

What to I need to know to crew on one of IRG's fleet?

Greetings All,

We are still working out some of the details but here are some general guidelines for those interested in this adventure.

Will I need a Passport?
Only foreign nationalls will need a Passport. More specifically, you will need a current passport and visa that will not expire until mid August. The vagaries of wind and wave coupled with the uncertainties of any relief mission make it prudent to have at least that much of a buffer period on your travel documents.

How long will I be gone?
This is a 6 week commitment. We've got a few stops to make along the way to meet up with other like-minded sailors and spread the word of our humanitarian mission. We're positive these few extra days will pay great dividends in future assistance from those we meet and network with enroute.

We plan to spend time working and establishing local relationships and our presence in the Caribbean HQ Miami; many times in disaster relief, the hardest part is getting the people who need help to realize that you are a resource and how to get to you. If you can stay longer after our voyage in Philly, that's great, but if you can't be gone that long, that's fine too. 

There will be other missions later in the season where we may be able to fit you in. We'd love to hear from you with details of your future availability.

OK, so what's the plan?
What will we be doing when we get there?
Meeting other aid groups, establishing networks, making contacts and, above all, helping make a difference in the lives of thousands. And of course, preparing and running our fundraiser events which will include sailing trips with guests.

Can you be more specific?
Not right now, there are too many details to be worked out once we arrive. However, if you were the kind of person that needs a stable, rigidly ordered schedule, you probably wouldn't be considering the opportunity anyway. Right?

How about money?

Everybody on this mission is a volunteer so nobody is going to get paid for the voyage or the work we do. You will however, be free to claim bragging rights for participation, resume/CV points, and good karma. We recommend that you find a sponsor or sponsors to help defray the costs of your travel and costs. Any excess sponsor monies will be gratefully accepted by IRG in the furtherance of this mission. All our members can create their own personal profile on IRG's website and develop fundraising messages, invite their friends, family and colleagues to watch your boat's progress and use our online infrastructure to accept donations that can be tracked to your efforts.

Note: In the interest of friendly competition, there will be a very nice prize for the person who presents IRG with the largest monetary sponsor donation.

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on May 19, 2014 at 2:22pm

What about phone and internet access?

We can't answer this right now. Our boats are not equipped with satellite WiFi (that's staggeringly expensive) but we do have a multiple access WiFi hotspot when close to shore. We will have 2GB per month group WiFi access on the boat via 3G for light use, but if that runs out we will have to pool the cost for more data. 

What should I plan on bringing?
Nothing out of the ordinary, but no hard luggage - plan on a soft duffel or "sea bag". Waterproof sea bags are recommended for anyone with electronics. You'll be amazed how often cellphones, tablets and computers get wet in the dinghy... Packing lists and the details of required and suggested items will follow. Multiple layers of light clothing are recommended. Our boats have enough foul weather gear for all crew including harnesses and personal flotation devices.

How about food?

We will provide meals on board from the point when you embark in Florida until the point you depart in Philadelphia. We'll work out diets and preferences prior to provisioning runs.

What about my medical conditions?
If you should have any chronic medical needs (hypertension pills, allergy medicines, etc.) you will need to bring enough to carry you through the actual voyage with at least 10 additional days, just in case. 

IRG does not carry medical insurance for our crews, that is a matter for personal decision.

What if I have to leave early?
If, in case of personal emergency back home, you need to return to your home sooner than your vessel arrives in Philadelphia you will be responsible for your own travel. This can be quite expensive so if you have any doubts about the stability of things at home, we strongly discourage you from applying for this voyage. There will be other missions throughout the year and you'll accomplish more if you can keep your mind in the game without having to worry about your home situation.

Speaking of back home…
You will need to provide us with a solid point of contact to chat with if something happens to go wrong while you are there. This should be a mostly responsible individual who has some inkling of your past and your ongoing doings. Therefore, if you happen to be an international spy who is deeply undercover and/or wanted by Interpol, you should probably forego this opportunity.

Please don't let our crew application form daunt you, it solicits much of the information mentioned above, please fill it out as best you can and if we have any questions we'll contact you. There will be more to follow very soon.

All the best,

Captain Ray
IRG Vessel Tandemeer - Nautical Development 56' Marconi-rigged ketch.

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