UPDATED 30th September: We hauled out our yacht for re-fit in Progreso, Yucatan.
Our 97-foot boat has sailed over 8,000 nautical miles and conducted 8 humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations in the Caribbean in over 3 years, supporting dozens of other yachts in the region with volunteers and supplies.
Thunderbird 5 has been our flagship and focal point in the Caribbean, now IRG is re-fitting for a new mission to set up operations in Asia, based in the Philippines. It may take between 4 to 6 months.
If you wish to stay aboard in Progreso, help re-fit our yacht and would like some experience in a marine yard on hull steel, wooden rig, electronics and painting etc., come and join us! We will be extracting the old 450HP Volvo diesel , repowering and servicing our biggest Lugger generator so there's a lot of work to be done... Strongly considering putting in electric motors and running off the generators so anyone interested in an Eco-conversion could help with this, whether remotely or here in Mexico.
We would also like to go an outreach with a short documentary and web page - this could be a full-time project for an enthusiast.
LEARN HOW TO SAIL A TRADITIONAL 100-TON GAFF-RIGGED KETCH! During the Gulf/Caribbean shake-down cruise in April to June 2019 you will learn sailing, navigation and weather forecasting.
COST: IRG will feed you but we are entirely an unpaid volunteer organization so you are expected to make your own travel arrangements (we're a charity, we don't have a budget for flights...)
Note that this can be delayed for various reasons, this is the best stab at timing. Volunteers who have hard stops may not find this voyage suitable.
We are using local contractors for the heavy work such as pulling the propshaft, take out the old engine etc. We will do our own various jobs like grinding, welding and re-priming steel where there is corrosion, taking of some old machinery, refresh the electronics and Nav, install a radar, do some sail repair and rig work etc.
Some people react badly to being offshore becalmed for more than a few hours or offshore for more than a few days or have a "hard stop" date to fly to another location... if so this may not be the voyage for you. If you wish to truly hone your sailing skills, you will learn a lot. This yacht has been under sail only for over 2,500nm in the Bahamas, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico so we have a lot of experience!
Find more VOYAGE NOTES and CREW APPLICATION FORMS to the right ===>>.
Location: Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico
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