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Caribbean - Tandemeer

NEXT MISSION: IRG's Caribbean fleet yacht TANDEMEER accepts a new Captain, Sequoia Sun, at Corinthian Yacht Club in Philadelphia next week 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 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.

Location: Caribbean
Members: 13
Latest Activity: yesterday

TANDEMEER's POSITION, CREW AND VOLUNTEERS

POSITION: Tincum Island, Philadelphia, PA after fundraiser at the Corinthian Yacht Club and Tandemeer handover to new captain Sequoia. On August 5th she sails to Norwalk, CT to continue refit and then will rejoin the Caribbean Fleet in December.

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 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.

Discussion Forum

REFIT STATUS

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

MISSION STATUS

Started by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Dec 2, 2013. 0 Replies

We are picking up Dr. Peter Perez on December 27th in Florida. As our Medical Director, he…Continue

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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

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on June 30, 2014 at 5:37pm

While sailing to Haiti on a humanitarian aid mission, Tandemeer's rudder broke in the middle of the Gulf Stream halfway from Miami to the Bahamas. Oops. So we turned back and were able to complete the mission aboard Thunderbird 5, but Tandemeer has had to go into a marine yard (Spencer Boat Company, thank you for donating your help!!) and we stripped down the fibreglass and epoxy to find defective welding... This afternoon the stainless steel internal straps that connect to the rudder post and give it all its strength have been properly welded and tomorrow it's time to close up the wound with new poured epoxy and glasswork. Jeff the volunteer and I are exhausted, overheated in this muggy Miami River weather, but elated that we'll be able to steer without using ropes and winches!

To the left is me with my entire weight against the welds. It's never going to fail like that again.

We still need some money to pay the welder and buy the materials to complete the job, please pass the word to your friends, family and colleagues and send them this link! 

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/6mlL2/ab/03VW6c

Comment by Brian Miles Kobernuss on January 23, 2014 at 12:47pm
Delivering sails under sail. What more could a sailor want?
Comment by Sean Matthews on January 23, 2014 at 12:18pm

Great news!

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on January 23, 2014 at 11:08am

IRG's vessel TANDEMEER is delivering 1,000 cubic feet of recycled sails from Miami to subsistence fishermen in Haiti. http://sailsforsustenance.org Landing in Isla va Vache late February.

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on January 20, 2014 at 12:49pm

Haitians still living in appalling conditions. Click here for a recent Amnesty International report.

Comment by Brian Miles Kobernuss on December 23, 2013 at 1:24pm

happy as one could be to have joined the crew!

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on December 11, 2013 at 12:53pm

Hi Sean, Good idea, I just messaged John. We may well be in Key West about New Year's Eve!

 
 
 

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Discussion Forum

REFIT STATUS

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

MISSION STATUS

Started by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Dec 2, 2013. 0 Replies

We are picking up Dr. Peter Perez on December 27th in Florida. As our Medical Director, he…Continue

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