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Caribbean - Tandemeer

26-Apr-2016: Tandemeer is about to sail through the ICW to Philadelphia to join the Corinthian Yacht Club, where there will be fundraising activities for her next mission to Haiti and other points!

IRG's Caribbean fleet yacht TANDEMEER accepted a new Captain, Sequoia Sun, at Corinthian Yacht Club in Philadelphia in July 2014 on a "Star Trek" like 3-year mission! Please congratulate Sequoia on his IRG Page here.

Join a crew to get the boat ready for her Caribbean base! 

IRG S/V Tandemeer is the very boat you see in the final clip from the movie "Trading Places (with Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis, click here to view the scene)! Ryan Chalifour and Captain Ray refit and commissioned the boat 2013 for humanitarian aid missions in the Caribbean, so we've been very busy... now sailing her 2nd mission to Haiti with recently donated 97' gaff-rigged ketch IRG S/V Thunderbird 5.

Location: Caribbean
Members: 25
Latest Activity: Dec 11, 2016

TANDEMEER's POSITION, CREW AND VOLUNTEERS

We left Martha's Vineyard at the end of September 2015, with many boxes of donated Medical supplies from MVH, spent October in Essex, CT where we were hosted by Sister Cities Essex Haiti (SCEH), Brewers Essex Island Marina and Essex Yacht Club where we loaded a cargo of musical instruments books and other supplies bound for DEschapelles, Haiti. Spent November in Village Creek, CT preparing the boat for our voyage south. Stopped in Deltaville, VA where we received a huge cargo of new and used sails, ropes and rigging from Friends of Ile a Vache Haiti for the fishermen there. Yesterday we received a large shipment of boxes bound for Little Footprints, Big Steps in Les Cayes, haiti. We are departing Dania Beach Ft. Lauderdale this week for the Bahamas, delivering soccer balls, medical supplies and baseball equipment to New Providence schools, will arrive St. Marc, Haiti on Jan 8 2016 to deliver 20 boxes of supplies for Sister Cities Essex Haiti in Deschapelles: books for the new library, musical instruments for the band, tennis racquets and strings for the team and classes, soccer balls etc. then on to Ile a Vache to deliver sails, ropes rigging medical supplies, water, shoes, clothes, diapers and many other items needed and work with our partner organizations there.  In February, March and April we will sail to Jamaica, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Mexico and Cuba again. Follow, join and/or support our voyages if you feel so inclined as it takes all of us to fulfill our missions and dreams.

POSITION: The Caribbean after delivering aid supplies to Haiti.

CREW: We are all volunteers who pay our own way, sometimes with cash to share our expenses and sometimes using IRG's online infrastructure to do fundraising where all our members can create their own fundraising page, we are a501(c)(3) charity and US donors get a tax deduction. Members can solicit their friends, family and colleagues for donations online just like people who do 10k or marathon runs for charity...

Some crew join for a few weeks, some for long periods. The present mission is running medical supplies for the cholera epidemic between Florida and the beautiful safe island south of Haiti (Ile a Vache) where we will join a flotilla of boats and distribute the supplies to the mainland. No doubt we'll have plenty of adventures along the way as this is our first of a multi-year mission. Just before hurricane season starts, we depart on a fundraising cruise to the US East Coast for the summer, do events and sailing trips for supporters, then back to the Caribbean before the cold weather to continue our mission.

VOLUNTEERS: We're looking for volunteers to help us source donated equipment such a autopilot etc. We're experts at getting manufacturers to part with their equipment for a good cause and can show you how. It's something you can do from home.

Discussion Forum

Preparations for voyage to Bahamas, Haiti and Cuba this winter

Started by Sequoia Sun. Last reply by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Oct 10, 2015. 4 Replies

Tandemeer is safe and happily at her new home port dock at Village Creek in South Norwalk after a wonderful sail from NYC and a day sail on Long Island Sound last weekend. Here we will be working on…Continue

Call for crew and Open Boat on Tandemeer

Started by Sequoia Sun. Last reply by Sequoia Sun Sep 8, 2014. 2 Replies

Ahoy sailors and friends of IRG, Tandemeer will be sailing from Philadelphia to NYC soon, expected departure date this Wednesday or Thursday, arrival in NYC on Friday or Saturday Sept 12 or 13, with…Continue

Tandemeer News and updates

Started by Sequoia Sun. Last reply by Sequoia Sun Sep 8, 2014. 9 Replies

Tandemer has a new transmission... Yesterday Dave Turpin and John Paula helped me bring the new transmission on board by hand, dinghy and halyard, today we being the installation and soon comes the…Continue

REFIT STATUS

Started by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG. Last reply by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Jun 27, 2014. 1 Reply

We're setting up TANDEMEER for the purpose of humanitarian aid. This means that we may not be bringing her up to full "Yacht finish, Bristol-fashion", but pretty close for crew comfort. As she's been…Continue

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Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on June 30, 2014 at 5:37pm

While sailing to Haiti on a humanitarian aid mission, Tandemeer's rudder broke in the middle of the Gulf Stream halfway from Miami to the Bahamas. Oops. So we turned back and were able to complete the mission aboard Thunderbird 5, but Tandemeer has had to go into a marine yard (Spencer Boat Company, thank you for donating your help!!) and we stripped down the fibreglass and epoxy to find defective welding... This afternoon the stainless steel internal straps that connect to the rudder post and give it all its strength have been properly welded and tomorrow it's time to close up the wound with new poured epoxy and glasswork. Jeff the volunteer and I are exhausted, overheated in this muggy Miami River weather, but elated that we'll be able to steer without using ropes and winches!

To the left is me with my entire weight against the welds. It's never going to fail like that again.

We still need some money to pay the welder and buy the materials to complete the job, please pass the word to your friends, family and colleagues and send them this link! 

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/6mlL2/ab/03VW6c

Comment by Brian Miles Kobernuss on January 23, 2014 at 12:47pm
Delivering sails under sail. What more could a sailor want?
Comment by Sean Matthews on January 23, 2014 at 12:18pm

Great news!

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on January 23, 2014 at 11:08am

IRG's vessel TANDEMEER is delivering 1,000 cubic feet of recycled sails from Miami to subsistence fishermen in Haiti. http://sailsforsustenance.org Landing in Isla va Vache late February.

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on January 20, 2014 at 12:49pm

Haitians still living in appalling conditions. Click here for a recent Amnesty International report.

Comment by Brian Miles Kobernuss on December 23, 2013 at 1:24pm

happy as one could be to have joined the crew!

Comment by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on December 11, 2013 at 12:53pm

Hi Sean, Good idea, I just messaged John. We may well be in Key West about New Year's Eve!

Comment by Sean Matthews on December 11, 2013 at 12:29pm

Maybe IRG Member Captain John O Duke of Dream Catcher Schooner can provide some resource or contact suggestions in the FL area.

 
 
 

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Discussion Forum

Preparations for voyage to Bahamas, Haiti and Cuba this winter

Started by Sequoia Sun. Last reply by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Oct 10, 2015. 4 Replies

Tandemeer is safe and happily at her new home port dock at Village Creek in South Norwalk after a wonderful sail from NYC and a day sail on Long Island Sound last weekend. Here we will be working on…Continue

Call for crew and Open Boat on Tandemeer

Started by Sequoia Sun. Last reply by Sequoia Sun Sep 8, 2014. 2 Replies

Ahoy sailors and friends of IRG, Tandemeer will be sailing from Philadelphia to NYC soon, expected departure date this Wednesday or Thursday, arrival in NYC on Friday or Saturday Sept 12 or 13, with…Continue

Tandemeer News and updates

Started by Sequoia Sun. Last reply by Sequoia Sun Sep 8, 2014. 9 Replies

Tandemer has a new transmission... Yesterday Dave Turpin and John Paula helped me bring the new transmission on board by hand, dinghy and halyard, today we being the installation and soon comes the…Continue

REFIT STATUS

Started by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG. Last reply by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Jun 27, 2014. 1 Reply

We're setting up TANDEMEER for the purpose of humanitarian aid. This means that we may not be bringing her up to full "Yacht finish, Bristol-fashion", but pretty close for crew comfort. As she's been…Continue

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