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

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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 Sherry Raintree on August 17, 2014 at 5:18am
Good Morning Everyone.

My name is Sherry Raintree, Captain, and sail with my beautiful golden retriever Co-Captain, Roger Rabbit. I have a 1984 Allmand 35' monohull and we are fulltime liveaboards. Currently we are anchored in Ft. Pierce, Fl. I'll be outfitting her with new Yanmar 30 engine, watermaker, and solar next month. Then off to caribbean in November. I will take Thornless Passage south and plan to stay in Grenada next hurricane season. My purpose has been takings spanish childrens books to South and Central America. I'm very excited to join a group that I can provide help while boating. As a single-handed sailor it's really nice to join a group that has he same goals. I'm also a Ham radio operator and would like to use that also in emergency situations.
Comment by Jan kanafoski on August 15, 2014 at 9:31am
My boats almost ready. The radar arch and solar will be online in the next 2 weeks, so I'll be ready to go soon. Is tandemer back online?
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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