IRG Reserve - Captains and Boats


IRG Reserve - Captains and Boats

HURRICANE IRMA and MARIE RESPONSE: Click here for our GoFundMe fundraiser. Looking for boats to take supplies to needy locations in the Caribbean, Turks & Caicos, St. Martin, Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, Dominica etc. We can source water filters and are building coordination teams in the disaster zones. Even if our boats arrive weeks after the storm's devastation, help is still desperately needed! Please sign in and introduce yourself, your location and where you can pick up supplies.

Take the opportunity to introduce yourself and your boat! Do you have a co-captain? Let's hear about where you are located, your cruising plans, what kind of missions you envision getting involved with and where, your range, etc.

The IRG Reserve are cruisers all around the world who believe in International Rescue Group's Mission and would like to contribute to humanitarian aid and and do their part in times of emergency. Using our global text messaging and email network, when we respond to disasters, we will alert the whole network and especially IRG Reserve Boats in the area.

People like IRG Reserve Captains Dale Bagnell (Moonshadow, San Francisco), Jan Kanafoski (Schooner in Acapulco), Pastor and Captain Raymond Bideaux in Haiti and Gringo Ben (Caribbean) are ready to pick up medical supplies, take on staple foods and even anchor off a disaster zone and make water. Even 250 gallons per day can provide clean drinking water for up to 1,000 people in emergencies!

If you are within sailing distance, IRG will direct you to a coastal town near you -warehouses and hospitals - where you can pick up supplies for free, and transport the vital goods to survivors. Even if you are 2 weeks or more away from a disaster zone, your help may be needed even more than the next day... especially if you are arriving with a big bag of antibiotics! If donations allow it, we'll even pay for your fuel.

You will be given an opportunity to sit in on a 1-day online training event, or can be trained by an already qualified IRG Reservist near you.

Sign in to the right here to join the IRG Reserve and we'll be in touch!

Location: Worldwide
Members: 30
Latest Activity: on Monday

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volunteer vessel w/captain

Started by Nathan Mayo. Last reply by Nathan Mayo Sep 14. 8 Replies

I'll be heading down from south carolina to florida at the end of the month on my caliber 47.  Then can help bahamas, cuba, haiti, or jaimaca mid october.  I can make 320 gallon of drinking water a…Continue

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Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on Monday

All IRG Reserve boats,

Please register at and send us your mailing address, we will send you two IRG t-shirts and caps to identify you in the disaster zone.

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on Monday

OK Jennifer,

We will have more volunteers arriving to our command centre in Hollywood, Florida soon and we will assign a sourcing person to help you get supplies to meet your cargo space. If you don't hear from us in 2 weeks, please ping back and we'll get started.

Comment by Jennifer on Monday
As of now, we will likely leave Savannah and go directly to the Bahamas.
Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on Monday

Hi Jennifer, 

What s your voyage plan? From where you are the choice is to jump straight off to the Virgin Islands, or the most common plan I've seen over the past few years is to sail to Florida and jump off through the Bahamas. If you choose the latter, we have a fantastic meeting point in Hollywood with great free and unharrassed anchoring close to a dinghy dock and lots of ICW shops, entertainment, bars and restaurants all with dinghy access. One restaurant allows us to use their dock for multiple boats to bring in vans to load cargo, we turn it into a local event.

Here is the latest list of materiel required (this may change as we get more intelligence from the ground).

Captan Ray

Comment by Jennifer on Monday

We are heading down from Savannah, GA in our 39' monohull. Hoping to shove off November 1st.  We have space to take supplies.  Please let me know how/where to get any supplies that may be available in the area.  I am working to gather supplies on my own as well, but will likely still have space available.  We also plan to hang around in the Caribbean and assist with the rebuilding efforts.  



Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on October 7, 2016 at 8:48am

Welcome Captain Bamba, what size is your watermaker? If you can make a few thiusand litres a day, that could make a big difference in some coastal communities,even weeks after, because of contaminated water supplies. In Ile a Vache, for example, all the 100 cisterns have been demolished and the wells contaminated. There is a good chance of cholera and other medical problems. On Thunderbird 5 we can stand off and make 6,000 litres a day, which is the UN emergency standard of drinking water for 3,000 people. He island can use help in rebuilding cisterns and I can put you in touch with the water management group, all volunteers. Also, thir water taxi fleet to the mainland is amost wiped out. Food and water deliveries from Les Cayes could be a big deal, it is only 10km!

Comment by Andy Bamba on October 7, 2016 at 6:30am
Good Morning Everybody,

My Name is Capt. Bamba and since a couple of years, I live on a 45ft Cruising Catamaran from 1968 together with my Wife Joanna, two dogs and a cat. Currently, we are located in Luperon, making the boat ready to go. I am a Delivery Captain and Joanna works with Babys and Kids as Nanny and Teacher. We speak German, english and a bit spanish. We live on a very low budget, but we are wondering if there is a way for us to help.

We have a Watermaker and some more survival Gear on bord, lot of Space for people or Material. So soon as the boat is ready, we could sail there within 2-3 days I guess. We don't have a proper idea how we could help. But if there is a way - we will cancel our plans and go to Haiti.

May God have merci with this people.

Capt. Bamba
S/V Bamba Maru
Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on October 6, 2016 at 5:50pm

Hello Neil, just writing your message is the beginning, and please do sign in on the ITG Reserve, which is a forum for private boats to join our Reservist fleet. Because communications are vital, members and IRG can discuss issues.

Also there is a Hurricane Matthew logistics page that is coming together here:

Regards, Captain Ray

Comment by Neil Davies on October 6, 2016 at 5:26pm


Good to hear that IRG is responding.  I think it would be very helpful if you could offer members some more guidance on how they can help.  For instance, we are currently located in the northern Gulf (Pensacola area), and I am still working.  For us to mobilize to Haiti in our boat during hurricane season would be difficult and expensive at best.  If there is a plan to mobilize in stages (and after hurricane season), that is more of a possibility.  Similarly, if there is anything we can do to volunteer locally or for a few days somewhere.....or a financial donation?  Also, I suspect many members, like us are members of social media groups, yacht clubs etc.  If we were to set up something like a Patreon page, maybe we could ask members to spread the word among friends and see what donations we could raise.  I think people are willing to support financially - but it has to be simple to do - 3 clicks.  Let me know what you think - I would be happy to help more.


S/V Midnight Sun II

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on October 6, 2016 at 5:11pm

Welcome Andy, please tell us about yourself. Fair winds, Captain Ray


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Discussion Forum

volunteer vessel w/captain

Started by Nathan Mayo. Last reply by Nathan Mayo Sep 14. 8 Replies

I'll be heading down from south carolina to florida at the end of the month on my caliber 47.  Then can help bahamas, cuba, haiti, or jaimaca mid october.  I can make 320 gallon of drinking water a…Continue


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