IRG Reserve - Captains and Boats


IRG Reserve - Captains and Boats

HURRICANE MATTHEW RESPONSE 5-OCT: Looking for boats to take supplies to Ile a Vache, a safe island off the south west coast of Haiti. They were worst hit, the island has no water or food. We can source water filters and are in communication with the Mayor's coordination team. Even if our boats arrive weeks after the storm's devastation, help is still desperately needed! Please sign in and introduce yourself, your location and where you can pick up supplies.

Please donate to IRG's Haiti respose now!

Take the opportunity to introduce yourself and your boat! Do you have a co-captain? Let's hear about where you are located, your cruising plans, what kind of missions you envision getting involved with and where, your range, etc.

The IRG Reserve are cruisers all around the world who believe in International Rescue Group's Mission and would like to contribute to humanitarian aid and and do their part in times of emergency. Using our global text messaging and email network, when we respond to disasters, we will alert the whole network and especially IRG Reserve Boats in the area.

People like IRG Reserve Captains Dale Bagnell (Moonshadow, San Francisco), Jan Kanafoski (Schooner in Acapulco), Pastor and Captain Raymond Bideaux in Haiti and Gringo Ben (Caribbean) are ready to pick up medical supplies, take on staple foods and even anchor off a disaster zone and make water. Even 250 gallons per day can provide clean drinking water for up to 1,000 people in emergencies!

If you are within sailing distance, IRG will direct you to a coastal town near you -warehouses and hospitals - where you can pick up supplies for free, and transport the vital goods to survivors. Even if you are 2 weeks or more away from a disaster zone, your help may be needed even more than the next day... especially if you are arriving with a big bag of antibiotics! If donations allow it, we'll even pay for your fuel.

You will be given an opportunity to sit in on a 1-day online training event, or can be trained by an already qualified IRG Reservist near you.

Sign in to the right here to join the IRG Reserve and we'll be in touch!

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Latest Activity: Apr 23

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Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on April 28, 2014 at 10:33am
Comment by David and Rebecca Luethcke on April 28, 2014 at 9:42am
Additionally, we are both physicians and would be willing to share our professional expertise as needed.
Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on April 28, 2014 at 9:36am

Thank you David and Rebecca, a 300 gallons per day watermaker can provide enough emergency clean water to support a coastal community of over 1,000 people. We were recently informed that Thunderbird 5's capabilities alone puts IRG into the top 100 humanitarian aid organizations in the world (!) but if we can call on dozens of other cruising boats in the region, together we can make a major difference.

Comment by David and Rebecca Luethcke on April 28, 2014 at 9:33am
We are David and Rebecca of the s/v Pas de Deux, a 42 ft. Catamaran. We are also equipped with a 300gpd water maker and would love to be of assistance when needed.
Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on August 14, 2013 at 11:33pm

John Duke - thanks for joining! Tell us more about you and your boat on the East Coast. Also, please spread the word, we're only beginning to build an IRG Reserve around the world. When a major disaster hits, we know a lot of captains will sign up to help, but better before then so that we can co-ordinate more effectively.


Captain Ray

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on March 19, 2013 at 12:22pm

Cruisers say they want to help after disasters...

...but do they really?

Jimmy Cornell says there are about 10,000 cruising yachts around the world, and that's enough of a population to make a large impact in many regions. Some of our members, for example, have told us of many boats supporting the Haiti earthquake response.

For the first time ever, new communications like WiFi, cellphones and satellite messaging means that disaster response can be coordinated, and IRG has built up this global communications system ready for action.

But help us please - after over a year, we can't understand why there have been so few signups of active cruising boats. Are we doing something wrong? Are cruisers so independent that they reject connecting? Do we need an expensive advertising budget to get the word out? Are we too impatient? Why don't the sailing magazines write something about this? What have we missed?!


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