9-JAN-2016: Tandemeer just landed in Haiti with medical suppies and goods for missions, schools, clinics and orphanages.
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.
Latest Activity: Dec 24, 2015
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.
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