MISSION: Sailing 11th February with two IRG vessels to join a flotilla of nonprofit boats in Isle a Vache, near Haiti to support the humanitarian aid for the cholera epidemic, having accepted this beautiful 56' ketch from a wonderful family who wish their beloved boat a joyous and productive future.
BREAKING NEWS 8-Mar-14: We were en-route to Haiti and in the Gulf Stream Tandemeer's rudder failed. We were able to steer back to Miami and rejoin Thunderbird 5 at anchor under our own steam, now alll crew trying to find space on Thunderbird 5 to continue our mission. Tandemeer is under Commodore Victoria's watch until we return and take Tandemeer to a Yard to repair our rudder...
IRG S/V Tandemeer 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)! Ryan Chalifour and Captain Ray commenced refit and commissioning in November for humanitarian aid missions in the Caribbean starting January, so we've been very busy... now sailing in company with recently donated 97' gaff-rigged ketch IRG S/V Thunderbird 5.
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POSITION: Marco Island, FL after departing Key West, where we were donated a few days free docking at Conch Harbor Marina. The people there are wonderfully helpful and we hope to find new dedicated members of IRG.
CREW: We are all volunteers who pay our own way, sometimes with cash to share our expenses and sometimes using IRG's online infrastructure to do fundraising where all our members can create their own fundraising page, we are a501(c)(3) charity and US donors get a tax deduction. Members can solicit their friends, family and colleagues for donations online just like people who do 10k or marathon runs for charity...
Some crew join for a few weeks, some for long periods. The present mission is running medical supplies for the cholera epidemic between Florida and the beautiful safe island south of Haiti (Isla a Vache) where we will join a flotilla of boats and distribute the supplies to the mainland. No doubt we'll have plenty of adventures along the way as this is our first of a multi-year mission. Just before hurricane season starts, we depart on a fundraising cruise to the US East Coast for the summer, do events and sailing trips for supporters, then back to the Caribbean before the cold weather to continue our mission.
VOLUNTEERS: We're looking for volunteers to help us source donated equipment such as an anchor, solar panels, watermaker, autopilot etc. We're experts at getting manufacturers to part with their equipment for a good cause and can show you how. It's something you can do from home.
Dr. Peter Perez, IRG's Medical Director, joined us to tour hospitals on the Florida mainland to arrange a supply line of medical supplies for our first operation in the Caribbean.