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Caribbean - Tandemeer

26-Apr-2016: Tandemeer is about to sail through the ICW to Philadelphia to join the Corinthian Yacht Club, where there will be fundraising activities for her next mission to Haiti and other points!

IRG's Caribbean fleet yacht TANDEMEER accepted a new Captain, Sequoia Sun, at Corinthian Yacht Club in Philadelphia in July 2014 on a "Star Trek" like 3-year mission! Please congratulate Sequoia on his IRG Page here.

Join a crew to get the boat ready for her Caribbean base! 

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 refit and commissioned the boat 2013 for humanitarian aid missions in the Caribbean, so we've been very busy... now sailing her 2nd mission to Haiti with recently donated 97' gaff-rigged ketch IRG S/V Thunderbird 5.

Location: Caribbean
Members: 24
Latest Activity: Oct 17

TANDEMEER's POSITION, CREW AND VOLUNTEERS

We left Martha's Vineyard at the end of September 2015, with many boxes of donated Medical supplies from MVH, spent October in Essex, CT where we were hosted by Sister Cities Essex Haiti (SCEH), Brewers Essex Island Marina and Essex Yacht Club where we loaded a cargo of musical instruments books and other supplies bound for DEschapelles, Haiti. Spent November in Village Creek, CT preparing the boat for our voyage south. Stopped in Deltaville, VA where we received a huge cargo of new and used sails, ropes and rigging from Friends of Ile a Vache Haiti for the fishermen there. Yesterday we received a large shipment of boxes bound for Little Footprints, Big Steps in Les Cayes, haiti. We are departing Dania Beach Ft. Lauderdale this week for the Bahamas, delivering soccer balls, medical supplies and baseball equipment to New Providence schools, will arrive St. Marc, Haiti on Jan 8 2016 to deliver 20 boxes of supplies for Sister Cities Essex Haiti in Deschapelles: books for the new library, musical instruments for the band, tennis racquets and strings for the team and classes, soccer balls etc. then on to Ile a Vache to deliver sails, ropes rigging medical supplies, water, shoes, clothes, diapers and many other items needed and work with our partner organizations there.  In February, March and April we will sail to Jamaica, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Mexico and Cuba again. Follow, join and/or support our voyages if you feel so inclined as it takes all of us to fulfill our missions and dreams.

POSITION: The Caribbean after delivering aid supplies to Haiti.

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 (Ile 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 a 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.

Discussion Forum

Preparations for voyage to Bahamas, Haiti and Cuba this winter

Started by Sequoia Sun. Last reply by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Oct 10, 2015. 4 Replies

Tandemeer is safe and happily at her new home port dock at Village Creek in South Norwalk after a wonderful sail from NYC and a day sail on Long Island Sound last weekend. Here we will be working on…Continue

Call for crew and Open Boat on Tandemeer

Started by Sequoia Sun. Last reply by Sequoia Sun Sep 8, 2014. 2 Replies

Ahoy sailors and friends of IRG, Tandemeer will be sailing from Philadelphia to NYC soon, expected departure date this Wednesday or Thursday, arrival in NYC on Friday or Saturday Sept 12 or 13, with…Continue

Tandemeer News and updates

Started by Sequoia Sun. Last reply by Sequoia Sun Sep 8, 2014. 9 Replies

Tandemer has a new transmission... Yesterday Dave Turpin and John Paula helped me bring the new transmission on board by hand, dinghy and halyard, today we being the installation and soon comes the…Continue

REFIT STATUS

Started by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG. Last reply by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Jun 27, 2014. 1 Reply

We're setting up TANDEMEER for the purpose of humanitarian aid. This means that we may not be bringing her up to full "Yacht finish, Bristol-fashion", but pretty close for crew comfort. As she's been…Continue

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Comment by ADRIANA DO AMARAL GOMES on March 13, 2016 at 8:10pm

I am biologist navy, I would love to embark with you
I attended deck hand to be able to work on board.
but the best work is what you guys are doing.

Comment by Sean Matthews on December 24, 2015 at 11:57am

Thanks for the update Capt Sun!

Comment by Sequoia Sun on December 22, 2015 at 5:45am

We left Martha's Vineyard at the end of September 2015, with many boxes of donated Medical supplies from MVH, spent October in Essex, CT where we were hosted by Sister Cities Essex Haiti (SCEH), Brewers Essex Island Marina and Essex Yacht Club where we loaded a cargo of musical instruments books and other supplies bound for DEschapelles, Haiti. Spent November in Village Creek, CT preparing the boat for our voyage south. Stopped in Deltaville, VA where we received a huge cargo of new and used sails, ropes and rigging from Friends of Ile a Vache Haiti for the fishermen there. Yesterday we received a large shipment of boxes bound for Little Footprints, Big Steps in Les Cayes, haiti. We are departing Dania Beach Ft. Lauderdale this week for the Bahamas, delivering soccer balls, medical supplies and baseball equipment to New Providence schools, will arrive St. Marc, Haiti on Jan 8 2016 to deliver 20 boxes of supplies for Sister Cities Essex Haiti in Deschapelles: books for the new library, musical instruments for the band, tennis racquets and strings for the team and classes, soccer balls etc. then on to Ile a Vache to deliver sails, ropes rigging medical supplies, water, shoes, clothes, diapers and many other items needed and work with our partner organizations there.  In February, March and April we will sail to Jamaica, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Mexico and Cuba again. Follow, join and/or support our voyages if you feel so inclined as it takes all of us to fulfill our missions and dreams.

Comment by Sequoia Sun on April 27, 2015 at 2:37pm
Just arrived at Spencer Boat Company operators of the Merrill Stevens Yacht Yard, the oldest yacht facility in Florida at the same location since 1885. Much thanks and gratitude to John Spencer for sponsorship of our haul out for needed repairs. Any IRG members or friends are invited to visit any time this week.
Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on March 23, 2015 at 11:46am

Captain Sequoia successfully sailed Tandemeer and her volunteer crew to Haiti for IRG's second mission there and our first Fleet Meet!

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on December 26, 2014 at 9:56am

Tandemeer made it to Ft. Lauderdale, getting ready to join the fleet in Hollywood.

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on December 22, 2014 at 10:40am

Tandemeer is now in the ICW in St. Augustine, FL a few days away from rejoining the fleet in Hollywood, FL. Almost ready for the next mission!

Comment by Sequoia Sun on August 9, 2014 at 1:53am

Joao in the engine room just before we use a block and tackle to lift out the transmission.

Comment by Sequoia Sun on August 9, 2014 at 1:49am

Maiden voyage of Tandemeer under my command, departed Corinthian YC in Philadelphia with excellent crew: Adrienne Thomason, Joao Bruges, Nick Piasecki, Charlie Wilmerding and Fred Cunningham on Wed Aug 6. Only 7 miles into the voyage the transmission seized so the mission was aborted and we sailed back up the Delaware against the current (she sails well) to the mooring at the CYC. Big disappointment and setback for all, but Joao rose to the occasion and helped me remove the transmission on Thursday and on Saturday we deliver it the a shop for rebuilding, ready to reinstall it good as new next week.

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on July 26, 2014 at 10:26am

This picture shows me (left) presenting the documents, Letter of Marque and keys to Tandemeer to Sequoia Sun, her new captain who will be completing her restoration and taking her out on disaster relief and humanitarian aid missions for 3 years. Please give Sequoia a welcome! In company with her young crewmember Nick and another member of the wonderful family who donated Tandemeer and hosted this event.

Captain Ray

 
 
 

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Discussion Forum

Preparations for voyage to Bahamas, Haiti and Cuba this winter

Started by Sequoia Sun. Last reply by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Oct 10, 2015. 4 Replies

Tandemeer is safe and happily at her new home port dock at Village Creek in South Norwalk after a wonderful sail from NYC and a day sail on Long Island Sound last weekend. Here we will be working on…Continue

Call for crew and Open Boat on Tandemeer

Started by Sequoia Sun. Last reply by Sequoia Sun Sep 8, 2014. 2 Replies

Ahoy sailors and friends of IRG, Tandemeer will be sailing from Philadelphia to NYC soon, expected departure date this Wednesday or Thursday, arrival in NYC on Friday or Saturday Sept 12 or 13, with…Continue

Tandemeer News and updates

Started by Sequoia Sun. Last reply by Sequoia Sun Sep 8, 2014. 9 Replies

Tandemer has a new transmission... Yesterday Dave Turpin and John Paula helped me bring the new transmission on board by hand, dinghy and halyard, today we being the installation and soon comes the…Continue

REFIT STATUS

Started by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG. Last reply by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Jun 27, 2014. 1 Reply

We're setting up TANDEMEER for the purpose of humanitarian aid. This means that we may not be bringing her up to full "Yacht finish, Bristol-fashion", but pretty close for crew comfort. As she's been…Continue

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