SAIL AID - 50' CATAMARAN RELIEF/ADVENTURE VOYAGE

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SAIL AID - 50' CATAMARAN RELIEF/ADVENTURE VOYAGE

ANNOUNCEMENT Rendezvous Cay, a 50-foot Voyage catamaran, took on a full load of supplies and donations bound for Jost Van Dykes Preservation Society and was set to depart first week in November, but before sailing it was determined that both saildrives were leaking and a haulout required to re-build. This was especially disappointing because the same work was done just 11 months earlier. What should have been a simple 1 week job became too many weeks and no urging could speed things up. IRG sincerely apologizes to the people who need aid supplies in the British Virgin Islands but the vessel is now steaming again and picking up new crew readying for nonstop passage to the BVI from the mouth of Chesapeake Bay.

THERE ARE STILL BERTHS AVAILABLE FOR NEW CREW TO SAIL WITH A MISSION if you can join the vessel before 2nd January 2018, please contact Captain Ray directly.

You will not only be part of an ever-expanding collaborative of sailors helping to build them back up to a self-sustaining state once again, but you will also have the opportunity to boost local economies with your presence and patronage in your two-week stay aboard Rendezvous Cay, a 50-foot Voyage catamaran after we have dropped off the cargo. This is part of a larger operation managed by International Rescue Group with many boats sailing aid to multiple islands. 

Tighten your sailing skills as well as gain nautical mileage for your sailing resume on this 1400nm journey aboard a fast 50' ocean-crossing catamaran, whose skipper is a lifelong sailor with more than 45,000nm of ocean sailing experience. This luxury boat has 4 queen-sized berths all with en suite heads. Two of those cabins will be used during the Atlantic passage - as two will be filled with relief supplies! Yes we'll "rough it" and during the passage and hot-bunk, with comfortable cushions in the cockpit and salon.But this is not a "mint-on-the-pillow" experience... Once we have arrived in the Caribbean and the cargo discharged, the fully en-suite guest cabins will be fully opened up for a short period in the Virgin Islands - people need tourist trade to help their economies!

Departure date from the Atlantic "jumping off point" is 3rd January 2017, weather permitting. Then follows a 7 to 10 day sail to the BVIs, where we will unload supplies. 

CONTACT Captain Ray       
email: ray.thackeray@internationalrescuegroup.org Phone: (954) 348-4409

Location: Washington DC
Members: 5
Latest Activity: Dec 29, 2017

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Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on December 27, 2017 at 6:02am

The boat is now back in the water and saildrives repaired, now getting ready to sail ASAP. We lost over a month stuck in the Yard with mechanics making us wait before they would get started, very frustrating, but almost ready to sail.

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on December 22, 2017 at 3:43pm

Rob, Rendezvous Cay only just launched today after major work on an engine and both saildrives, she's almost ready to sail again. Please contact Captain Matt atmatt.hock@internationalrescuegroup.org 

Comment by Rob Luciano on December 22, 2017 at 2:54pm

Hi Capt Matt., I may have literally missed the boat as I see your departure is around Xmas.  I'm curious to know how I can gain approval to join this adventure and join you in a port.  This is exactly what I have been looking to do this winter, I'm kicking myself for only finding it now.  

 

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