IRG Reserve - Captains and Boats


IRG Reserve - Captains and Boats

HURRICANE IRMA and MARIE RESPONSE: Click here for our GoFundMe fundraiser. Looking for boats to take supplies to locations in need in the Caribbean, Turks & Caicos, Virgin Islands, Dominica, Puerto Rico etc. We can source water filters for you and have coordination teams in the disaster zones to welcome and support you. Even arriving 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.


We provide:

  • A warm welcome and support with security, advice and equitable distribution of supplies, and help your volunteers at your destination.
  • Advice on secure destinations.
  • En-route weather information if you have Garmin inReach.
  • Support for fundraising to buy supplies that are hard to obtain in the disaster zones and cash to spend in your destination. Cash helps stimulate the local economies.
  • IRG has some warehousing in Florida with supplies to be picked up, and our IRG Commodores in St. Lucia and other islands close to disaster zones can help with supplies and donations.
  • Support with your clearance documentation.
  • 1 hour phone discussion to help you with your aid voyage plan.

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.

Location: Worldwide
Members: 35
Latest Activity: Nov 24, 2017


Roofing materials
Roofing screws
Generators (5kva to 10kva)
Chainsaws with cans, oil, fuel
Communications equipment
Tarps/Plastic sheeting
Hygiene kits/Comfort kits
Medical supplies
Baby supplies (formula/baby food)
Adult pampers
Water purification kits / water filters
Energy biscuits
Portable stoves
Solar lanterns
Kitchen sets
Collapsible water containers (gallon)
As of September 22, 2017

Discussion Forum

Sailboat in Washington state looking to pick up supplies and bring help to virgin islands/ areas affected by hurricanes irma and mariah

Started by Ronald James Peck Nov 5, 2017. 0 Replies

Hi,We're a 65 ft sailboat with a crew of 6-8 people currently in Seattle area soon (end of November) to be heading down the west coast towards the Caribbean. We're looking to pick up relief/building…Continue

Tags: virginislands, hurricanenrelief

volunteer vessel w/captain

Started by Nathan Mayo. Last reply by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Oct 8, 2017. 12 Replies

I'll be heading down from south carolina to florida at the end of the month on my caliber 47.  Then can help bahamas, cuba, haiti, or jaimaca mid october.  I can make 320 gallon of drinking water a…Continue

Escapade headed to Florida

Started by Joseph Hunter Vinarcsik Sep 25, 2017. 0 Replies

Hi my name is Joe and my dad's name is John Vinarcsik.  We plan on sailing our 50 foot sailboat from Houston, Texas to Florida in a week.  We intend on assisting with relief operations as soon as we…Continue

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Comment by Jennifer on September 29, 2017 at 5:52am
Husband/wife team on Beneteau 393. Heading south post Nov 1, as soon as weather allows. Going outside from Savannah, so hope to get there quickly.
Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on September 28, 2017 at 11:22am

Hi Jennifer, tell us about Luna Sea! We have T-shirts and caps for you and Bamba Maru. What is your ETA? We have a local school working on getting supplies for shipping.

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on September 27, 2017 at 7:44pm

We have a bunch of 8-foot wide banners in Florida.

Comment by Andy Bamba on September 27, 2017 at 6:23pm
Of corse, we do what we can. Would be nice if you have some banners for the reeling or so. Just to mark IRG into all pictures. Would be great PR.
Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on September 27, 2017 at 4:06pm

Andy, you'll enjoy your short stay here in Florida we are in Hollywood which has resources all around easy to get to often by dinghy and free anchoring. We could also use Bamba Maru as a "catalyst" IRG Reserve boat to attract and encourage others to join the fleet and supply up here. We have a school putting together a sourcing drive locally and will van it all to us immediately prior to setting off.

Comment by Andy Bamba on September 27, 2017 at 3:54pm
We will be ready soon and leave Guanaja in about a week or so. The western Caribbean looks still quiet preferably for another tropical storm developing within the next 10 days near the Yucatán Peninsula. As soon as it becomes more clear, we'll set sail to Hollywood FL to pick up cargo.
Comment by Jennifer on September 27, 2017 at 2:35pm

Change of plans - we can just come down to Hollywood and cross from there.  It won't add much to the trip and will make sourcing/loading easier.  Not sure if there is anything else I need to do as far as "officially" signing up...?

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on September 18, 2017 at 3:41pm

All IRG Reserve boats,

Please register at and send us your mailing address, we will send you two IRG t-shirts and caps to identify you in the disaster zone.

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on September 18, 2017 at 3:32pm

OK Jennifer,

We will have more volunteers arriving to our command centre in Hollywood, Florida soon and we will assign a sourcing person to help you get supplies to meet your cargo space. If you don't hear from us in 2 weeks, please ping back and we'll get started.

Comment by Jennifer on September 18, 2017 at 2:32pm
As of now, we will likely leave Savannah and go directly to the Bahamas.


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