Captain's Blog: 3-Feb-14, Marco Island, FL to Miami

19-Feb-14: Loaded 2 pallets of medical supplies bound for Haiti at Conch Harbor Marina, we got a free night there but had to move off the dock at 0700. Now in another free dock at Stock Island Marine, arranged by our friend Kevin who would like to sail with Tandemeer to Cuba in late May. Now ready to sail to Miami tomorrow morning, whoo-hoo! Looking at our satellite weather charts (and, it looks like we'll have to beat as far as we can on a port tack to gain easting and enter the Gulf Stream, which will give us a lift towards Miami of up to three knots, then tack onto starboard and ride the escalator all the way. That's the theory anyway...

3-Feb-14: Our crew Brian, Daniel and Patrick worked hard on caulking the deck hatches today and I did a little service on the diesel engine including coolant and alternator belts. Looks like we need to buy 4 more belts to have a safe supply of spares aboard, I'm concerned that our large alternator is chewing through double belts too quickly. Two of our house bank batteries are at the end of their life and the huge charging demand isn't helping... I need to get on my little folding bike and solicit for cast-off batteries from a generator supplier, they usually have a stack of pretty good batteries ready for recycling.

Work is coming along well and apart from replacing some internal woodwork represents the biggest item on our job list to ready Tandemeer for sea bound for Haiti to take 1,000 cubic feet of recycled sails to subsistence fishermen, 1,000 pounds of donated tools, a barrel full of goods to an orphanage and of course medical supplies donated by at least two hospitals.

We've been busy! Departing 11th February, we are still adding volunteer crew and hope to have a total of 5 or 6 aboard by the time we clear Miami.

We are planning a wine-and-cheese fundraiser event as a bon voyage party and need to get invitations out to yacht clubs. We've called the newspapers in the area and passed the word but haven't done enough to ensure a successful "ad-hoc" event yet!

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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

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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


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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