IRG Reserve - Captains and Boats

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IRG Reserve - Captains and Boats

HURRICANE IRMA and MARIE RESPONSE: Click here for our GoFundMe fundraiser. Looking for boats to take supplies to locations in need in the Caribbean, Turks & Caicos, Virgin Islands, Dominica, Puerto Rico etc. We can source water filters for you and have coordination teams in the disaster zones to welcome and support you. Even arriving 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.

We provide:

  • A warm welcome and support with security, advice and equitable distribution of supplies, and help your volunteers at your destination.
  • Advice on secure destinations.
  • En-route weather information if you have Garmin inReach.
  • Support for fundraising to buy supplies that are hard to obtain in the disaster zones and cash to spend in your destination. Cash helps stimulate the local economies.
  • IRG has some warehousing in Florida with supplies to be picked up, and our IRG Commodores in St. Lucia and other islands close to disaster zones can help with supplies and donations.
  • Support with your clearance documentation.
  • 1 hour phone discussion to help you with your aid voyage plan.

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.

Website: http://internationalrescuegroup.org
Location: Worldwide
Members: 35
Latest Activity: Nov 5

AID SUPPLIES LIST

EMERGENCY SUPPLIES NEEDED
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Food
Water
Roofing materials
Lumber
Plywood
Windows
Doors
Nails
Roofing screws
Generators (5kva to 10kva)
Chainsaws with cans, oil, fuel
Communications equipment
Tarps/Plastic sheeting
Hygiene kits/Comfort kits
Medical supplies
Baby supplies (formula/baby food)
Wipes
Diapers
Adult pampers
Water purification kits / water filters
Fuel
Energy biscuits
Cots
Mattresses
Portable stoves
Flashlights/batteries
Solar lanterns
Kitchen sets
Collapsible water containers (gallon)
As of September 22, 2017

Discussion Forum

Sailboat in Washington state looking to pick up supplies and bring help to virgin islands/ areas affected by hurricanes irma and mariah

Started by Ronald James Peck Nov 5. 0 Replies

Hi,We're a 65 ft sailboat with a crew of 6-8 people currently in Seattle area soon (end of November) to be heading down the west coast towards the Caribbean. We're looking to pick up relief/building…Continue

Tags: virginislands, hurricanenrelief

volunteer vessel w/captain

Started by Nathan Mayo. Last reply by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Oct 8. 12 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

Escapade headed to Florida

Started by Joseph Hunter Vinarcsik Sep 25. 0 Replies

Hi my name is Joe and my dad's name is John Vinarcsik.  We plan on sailing our 50 foot sailboat from Houston, Texas to Florida in a week.  We intend on assisting with relief operations as soon as we…Continue

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Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on October 31, 2017 at 11:40am

CARGOES READY FOR PICKUP IN THE CHESAPEAKE, FLORIDA AND ST. LUCIA FOR SHIPPING TO PUERTO RICO, VIRGIN ISLANDS AND DOMINICA - ARE YOU SAILING THIS SEASON?

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on October 1, 2017 at 12:56am

Jenna, you will get a big welcome and we will have plenty of supplies bound for Dominica!

Comment by Jenna Miller on October 1, 2017 at 12:21am
Terrific. We will plan on St. Lucia as our second stop.
Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on September 30, 2017 at 4:56pm
Hello and welcome Jenna. If you can get to St. Lucia we have a supply depot there.
Comment by Jenna Miller on September 30, 2017 at 3:52pm
We're a family of 4 on a Lagoon 500. Heading to Barbados from the Canary Islands in early January, then route plan TBD based on where we could best help during the winter.
Comment by Andy Bamba on September 29, 2017 at 12:28pm
I agree. Thought it doesn't make much sense to line up next to the big government cargos. I would have a look more for the remote small Places west of PR. This devastated villages where there is not a lot of public focus anyway. It's like last year. There was help for Haiti, but barely nothing for Ile a Vache where we cruisers where able to make a big difference. We are definitely able to fill this gap
Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on September 29, 2017 at 11:25am

WHERE IS THE GREATEST NEED FOR BOATS DEPARTING FROM EAST COAST USA?
My opinion, based on reports, is the West Coast of Puerto Rico. Even when the container port gets power and distribution of shipments starts to flow, it will take months and it is a given that the remote outlying areas usually end up with nothing. IRG Reserve boats fill the gap by reaching remote island and coastal communities with aid directly.

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on September 29, 2017 at 11:21am

Jennifer, does your Bahamas cruising permit allow you to exit and re-enter on the same permit (if within the same year)? I didn't know that. Most of the Bahamas is OK but watch out for the customs and immigration arseholes in George Town, Exuma, they will mess you up. As for supplies, it usualyl goes two ways. 1. Boats do a fundraiser or supplies donations campaign locally and independently load up. 2. Come to an IRG depot and accept cargo. At the moment we only have the Fort Lauderdale location.

Comment by Jennifer on September 29, 2017 at 10:28am
Well, you tell me how we need to load. We are aiming for Puerto Rice or USVI's depending on need. Going thru the Bahamas, as our permit is still good from last season (barely).
Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on September 29, 2017 at 8:08am

Jennifer, how are you planning to load supplies?  What is your destination and route plan? What load can you handle?

 

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Discussion Forum

Sailboat in Washington state looking to pick up supplies and bring help to virgin islands/ areas affected by hurricanes irma and mariah

Started by Ronald James Peck Nov 5. 0 Replies

Hi,We're a 65 ft sailboat with a crew of 6-8 people currently in Seattle area soon (end of November) to be heading down the west coast towards the Caribbean. We're looking to pick up relief/building…Continue

Tags: virginislands, hurricanenrelief

volunteer vessel w/captain

Started by Nathan Mayo. Last reply by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Oct 8. 12 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

Escapade headed to Florida

Started by Joseph Hunter Vinarcsik Sep 25. 0 Replies

Hi my name is Joe and my dad's name is John Vinarcsik.  We plan on sailing our 50 foot sailboat from Houston, Texas to Florida in a week.  We intend on assisting with relief operations as soon as we…Continue

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