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.
Latest Activity: on Tuesday
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.
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