Thunderbird 1 - Acapulco MX Mission Status

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Thunderbird 1 - Acapulco MX Mission Status

This boat pioneered IRG's approach to humanitarian aid by sea, we regard this beautiful Albin Stratus as our "Scout ship" developing relations in ports along her voyages and providing aid where needed. Though IRG's smallest vessel, she can carry critical medical supplies, provide accommodations for tired doctors and nurses and we hope to install a powerful watermaker (fundraising in progress).

IRG Captain Lou Rodriquez completed installation of Thunderbird 1's permanent Acapulco mooring and arranged shore services, now completing refit for her next mission to Panama.

View the CAPTAIN'S BLOG to find out the latest news.

Message Captain Lou if you are interested in joining the boat or sign up on this page if you are a health professional who would like to accept a tour of duty!

Location: Puerto Marquez, Acapulco, Mexico
Members: 21
Latest Activity: Jan 18, 2017

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Sincerely,

The Captain

Discussion Forum

Mexico customs and immigration

Started by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG. Last reply by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Mar 13, 2013. 8 Replies

Mexico crew advices for luggages

Started by Captain Evelyne Mar 7, 2013. 0 Replies

Before T1 re-launch in La Paz

Started by Captain Evelyne. Last reply by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Mar 7, 2013. 1 Reply

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Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on April 4, 2013 at 12:37am

Thunderbird 1 departs from Isla Isabela and is on the way to a morning arrival at Puerto Vallarta.

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on March 31, 2013 at 1:23am

Excellent passage Thunderbird 1, have a good time in Mazatlan. We've all been watching every SPOT you're sent, wishing we were there!

Thunderbird1

 Latitude:23.18331
 Longitude:-106.42302
 GPS location Date/Time:03/31/2013 00:56:53 PDT

 Message:Anchored in Mazatlan enjoying ourself!

 Click the link below to see where I am located.
http://fms.ws/BZO1r/23.18331N/106.42302W

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on December 18, 2012 at 3:14pm

Thunderbird 1 having a propeller strut repair job done in La Paz. Picture Courtesy of Jack Li.

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on October 16, 2012 at 4:22pm

Thunderbird 1 departs for Mexico from Sausalito!

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on October 16, 2012 at 4:22pm

Captain Ray inspects the underside of Thunderbird 1's boom...

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on October 12, 2012 at 9:26am

 Humanitarian aid by small boat - commencing on Mexico Pacific

Well, today starts the first leg of our voyage to transit our humanitarian aid vessel Thunderbird 1 to Mexico from San Francisco with our volunteer crew! On the way, we make a presentation to Pierpont Bay Yacht Club in Ventura, then we join the Baja Ha-Ha in San Diego to race to Cabo San Lucas with the Latitude 38 fleet of over 130 boats, all to help generate awareness - and have a little fun along the way! We're still dealing with the small problem of a blown oil feed pipe, but we have some hose and clamps, but had to remove the exhaust and other bits - hopefully we'll make it to the departure mooring in Sausalito tonight...

Comment by Evelyne Dubuc Dumas on October 4, 2012 at 10:36am

OOfficial Baja Ha-Ha crew picture!

Comment by Evelyne Dubuc Dumas on September 13, 2012 at 12:06pm

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on September 9, 2012 at 11:36am

Captain Jerome of the IRG Reserve trawler Kinda Blue sent us this FANTASTIC link to free anchorages from San Francisco to San Diego! This will eliminate all docking fees getting the Thunderbirds to the Baja Ha-Ha entry at San Diego. I've stayed on the hook at quite a few of these and confirm they are good hangouts. However, where we can get a free dock space at a yacht club we'll be speaking at, that's preferable...

Also, copied below is Latitude 38's Anchoring out points south including San Diego (edited).

Captain Ray

Anchoring in San Diego — The San Diego Harbor Police have always been very supportive of the Baja Ha-Ha rally. This year they’ve set aside a free ‘special event’ anchorage for exclusive use by the Ha-Ha fleet. The anchorage is located near Glorietta Bay, close to the Coronado (Island) Golf Course and will be open to officially-registered Ha-Ha entries October 1 through November 1. 

Berthing at Cabo — At Cabo San Lucas, you should be prepared to anchor in the free public anchorage. 

Cojo Anchorage — Just around Pt. Conception. It’s beautiful, it’s unspoiled, it’s free and there’s often some good surf.

Santa Barbara Harbor — Anchor off Stearns Wharf at no charge. Check with the Harbor Master for dinghy tie-up instructions. 

Santa Cruz Island — There are great places to anchor all over the island. 

Paradise Park — This anchorage is around the corner from Pt. Dume inside of Santa Monica Bay. 

King Harbor (Redondo Beach) — There is a well-protected anchorage behind the breakwater, but you must — by regulation — set a bow and stern anchor, and with good reason. 

Catalina — There are tons of places to anchor for free at Catalina, and some guys live on the hook year ‘round. 

Dana Point — Anchor for 5 days protected by the breakwaters in the west or east basin, on a single anchor, though they recommend bow and stern anchors if it’s crowded. 

Mission Bay — We haven’t been to San Diego’s Mission Bay in a long time, but the last time we were there you could anchor for free for 72 hours in Mariners’ Basin, which is in the outer part of Mission Bay.

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on August 30, 2012 at 2:20pm

Quick update: there have been other interested parties, but so far they haven't signed into this Group. Out of those of you who are signed in, one has put in significant volunteering work and would like to take this boat out, but there's still time before the October 7th departure! Two long-time IRG volunteers, including a sailing instructor, are going to be joining this boat from San Francisco to as far as Cabo San Lucas, so there is excellent support and introduction for the new IRG Captain who is lucky enough to gain this boat for their next 2 years.

Operational status:

  1. There is a small punch list to be completed by incoming crew, including renaming the boat, rebuilding the galley sink fresh water tap and replacing the water pump (already sourced). The incoming Captain will also be asked to source (through donations that we request from manufacturers, we have standard letters!) a watermaker, solar panel and inverter/charger, roll-up inflatable dinghy (or small rigid boat) and outboard motor. It may sound like a lot, but it just takes some effort to find equipment donations and we're pretty good at it...
  2. IRG's Board of Directors will select this volunteer crew after Latitude 38's Crew List Party September 5th If you're in the Bay Area, this is one of the biggest sailing events in the area, you should attend!).

Cheers,

Captain Ray

 
 
 

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Discussion Forum

Mexico customs and immigration

Started by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG. Last reply by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Mar 13, 2013. 8 Replies

Mexico crew advices for luggages

Started by Captain Evelyne Mar 7, 2013. 0 Replies

Before T1 re-launch in La Paz

Started by Captain Evelyne. Last reply by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Mar 7, 2013. 1 Reply

Commissioning Thunderbird 1 - job list

Started by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG. Last reply by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Sep 28, 2012. 11 Replies

Security

Started by Evelyne Dubuc Dumas. Last reply by Evelyne Dubuc Dumas Sep 28, 2012. 8 Replies

Supplies

Started by Evelyne Dubuc Dumas. Last reply by Evelyne Dubuc Dumas Sep 25, 2012. 25 Replies

Transit to Mexico - Baja Ha-Ha plan

Started by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG. Last reply by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Sep 15, 2012. 2 Replies

Confirmed crew introductions

Started by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG. Last reply by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Sep 15, 2012. 5 Replies

Discussing Thunderbird 1's 2-year Captain's mission contract

Started by Chad Barton. Last reply by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Aug 23, 2012. 1 Reply

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