This boat pioneered IRG's approach to humanitarian aid by sea.
Captain Ray and Lou Rodriquez completed installation of Thunderbird 1's permanent Acapulco mooring, shore services.
Now recruiting a VOLUNTEER CAPTAIN to accept a long-term contract plan to return her to San Francisco and manage her as IRG's volunteer training boat in the area. You maintain the boat in the condition we give her to you and respond to IRG missions - and we'll help you raise funds for Thunderbird 1's cruise! Note: All IRG captains, operatives staff and board of directors are unpaid volunteers. Captain's license not necessary, we're looking for cruising experience mixed with passion for our cause, resourcefulness, independence, proven boat management capability and competence. Spanish speaking and medical training a plus. Message The Captain if you are interested.
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Message The Captain if you are interested in joining the boat in either a medical mission or to boat-sit Thunderbird 1 while on operational standby. Good Spanish would be essential.
Sign up on this page if you are a health professional who would like to accept a tour of duty aboard Thunderbird 1!
Location: Puerto Marquez, Acapulco, Mexico
Latest Activity: Aug 23
I'm flying to Acapulco on Tuesday to join the amazingly resourceful and Spanish-speaking Lou on Thunderbird 1. He's found some things that need fixing and getting on with what he can do locally - thanks Lou! We have developed shore relations and a permanent base here on the beach at Puerto Marques. Our plan is for Thunderbird 2 to join her and resupply in November this year, which will seriously establish IRG as a disaster relief and humanitarian aid support presence in the area, we're very excited. Thunderbird 2 has a 10-ton cargo hold, so we will be able to transport major amounts of medical supplies and goods "Por Los Ninos" in Zihuatanejo on the way, plus provide a very well-equipped workshop where we can fabricate almost any wood, fibreglass and metal parts and spares for both vessels - and has a 12 kW.hour per day solar panel array which means free sunlight power for both boats. Please contribute to our mission, click DONATE to the right!