At this time, four crew are fully committed (Captain Ray, Patrick Merckle, Matthew Hock and Georges Clement) and maybe one close to or all but signed on (based on travel plans made), this will be kept up to date. The members to the right include interested parties and shore support.
IRG has accepted the donation of a 1998 50-foot catamaran Mayotte Voyage 500 "Rendezvous Cay" which is presently in the south of France. I will be travelling to France soon to conduct all the paperwork and supervise the yacht's transit from France to Florida, where she will be placed in service to support IRG's mission.
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This is an opportunity for anyone who would enjoy the learning and experience of an Atlantic and Caribbean passage aboard a well-maintained catamaran with an experienced captain. We even have two sextants aboard for anyone who wants to try celestial navigation.
Calling anyone interested in joining this voyage as crew. Our usual rules apply, IRG is an all unpaid volunteer organization and we all pay our own way, even me. Crew pay just $20 per day and that covers all provisioning and consumables for the preparation and voyage. This will not be a "dry" voyage though you are responsible for laying in your own supply of alcoholic beverages (in moderation!). Crew are responsible for their own travel to the departure point and from the arrival point.
This yacht has four queen-size cabins en-suite with head and shower plus comfortable sleeping room in the salon, so she is an extremely comfortable vessel and of course any couples that may join this voyage will be allocated their own cabin. With a large salon and patio, we could accommodate up to 8 crew comfortably.
This should be a comparatively rapid passage, we will carry enough fuel to motor over half the distance.
So this is a short call for interested crew as we hope to sail 25th May weather permitting to beat most of the tropical storm season. We will of course be carrying all the appropriate modern safety equipment including EPIRB and marine SSB but will also have a satphone and 2-way satellite communicator for email and texts and will be contracting a professional shore-based weather and voyage routing service for an efficient transit and storm avoidance.
Please join this Group and post a comment with your interest and any questions.
Fair winds and following seas,
Location: Marseille, France
Latest Activity: May 31, 2016
Please download and complete the Volunteer Application form. This has not been edited specially for this mission so just fill out what you can. The form may seem onerous at first glance, but most of…Continue
We are still working out some of the details but here are some general guidelines for those interested in this cruise aboard IRG's new donation Rendezsvous Cay, a Voyage Mayotte 500 catamaran…Continue