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Haiti - the poorest country in the Americas.

Started this discussion. Last reply by John O Duke Oct 20, 2016. 2 Replies

IRG's latest vessels Tandemeer and a newly acquired 97' steel gaff-rigged ketch (more news soon) are…Continue

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The cost of budget travel around the world - comparisons

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This is a good recent analysis, click here.But living at anchor on a boat trumps…Continue

Thunderbird 2 intends to register for the Baja Ha-Ha

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Last year, the Latitude 38 Baja Ha-Ha had 172 entries. For those of you who don't know about the Baja Ha-Ha, this is a long-standing cruiser's…Continue

We have a booth: Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show Oakland April 12-15th

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dale A. Bagnell Apr 4, 2012. 1 Reply

Click here for more information. We're in booth 813! Strictly Sail Pacific provided IRG a significantly discounted nonprofits deal for…Continue


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Yucatan base preparing ship for the 2019 season

UPDATED 30th April 2019: 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 Yucatan based in Progress as IRG's supply base for…See More
Jan 16
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Typhoon Yutu - Philippines

IRG's cause is disaster relief to remote island and coastal communities, and your donations will directly reach people whose homes have been destroyed initially through emergency accommodation and relief supplies.  IRG is, by policy, an unpaid volunteer organization (nobody, including the Board or executives, receive any pay). Your donation will leverage other donated supplies and will be used with maximum efficiency to aid survivors.This storm (Typhoon Yutu, locally known as "Rosita") has made…See More
Nov 19, 2018
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IRG in the Caribbean

IRG is now operational with two vessels in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico fleet. Between both boats, they can make 12,000 litres of drinking water per day with desalinators which can support a town of 6,000 people and carry medical supplies - making IRG one of the top 100 humanitarian aid agencies in the world.Thunderbird 5's 2015 operation is over after our 2nd humanitarian aid mission to…See More
Nov 10, 2018
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DESIGN COMPETITION - converting 97-ton sailboat to electric propulsion

International Rescue Group's flagship is a 78-foot LOD (length on deck), 75-foot LWL (waterline length) ketch at 97 tons full displacement vessel. We are hauling her out in Rio Dulce, Guatemala in a month and will remove her old unreliable and uneconomic Volvo 450HP diesel (always stupidly overpowered!) and replace with an electric or diesel-electric hybrid system.We are a charity run by 100% unpaid volunteers so we don't have much money, but some donations have been earmarked for a refit.  We…See More
Sep 6, 2018

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The Captain has sailed over 26,000 nautical miles and most of the way around the world, including the Pacific, Atlantic, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Andaman and other regions. He has lived aboard boats for over 10 years and is a published authority on boat-building, sailing and cruising. 

As Chief Executive Officer of International Rescue Group, The Captain is responsible for crew training, vessel acquisition and conversion for disaster relief operations and fundraising for the organization.

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EXUMA, BAHAMAS 15TH JULY 2017 – International Rescue Group (IRG) announces a change in direction for disaster relief operations by boat – IRG Reserve

Posted on July 16, 2017 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

When Hurricane Matthew slammed into southern Haiti last year, the storm took almost 1,000 lives, caused considerable damage to dwellings and wiped out a large percentage of the country’s crops. Delivering disaster aid to these areas from the main operations centers of NGOs working in Haiti was almost impossible. Roads were washed out, local authorities hindered shipments, and most of the NGOs were focused on the main urban centers, leaving the southern communities to fend for…


A blog about IRG by an IRG Reserve boat

Posted on May 13, 2017 at 9:49am 0 Comments

This blog is published by IRG Reserve S/V JODA, Danielle Breteau is a humourous blogger and put together a fun article while becoming an IRG member and aiding one of our missions to Haiti after Hurricane Matthew.

Click here to see the blog, and there is a video and an interview with Captain Ray!

IRG boats detained in the Bahamas while on disaster relief voyage to Haiti - International Incident

Posted on April 5, 2017 at 6:12am 0 Comments


GEORGE TOWN, EXUMA, BAHAMAS 5th April 2017: International Rescue Group's vessel Sir Martin II and two IRG Reserve boats were detained by Bahamas Customs and Immigration 1st April for transferring cargo bound for Haiti in IRG's 6th mission after Hurricane Matthew. Captain Ray Thackeray, Executive Director and Founder of IRG aboard 97-foot ketch Sir Martin II was immediately jailed for 4 days awaiting a court hearing, and all cargo was confiscated.…

Freak storm in the Bahamas

Posted on January 30, 2017 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

Thunderbird 5, IRG's flagship 97-foot steel ketch, was securely anchored in Eleuthera, Bahamas awaiting engine parts and new crew to continue her voyage to Haiti on a humanitarian aid mission. On January 23rd a freak storm blew through Eleuthera that was forecast at max winds 40 knots. Thunderbird 5 had two anchors out since the engine was out of commission. Unfortunately unexpectedly high winds locally clocked at 75 knots overcame the anchorage in a major squall and the chain on the…


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At 9:36am on August 21, 2018, infotek said…

I certainly can with the proper credentials.  The issue was only the NING site owner can modify the templates on the test site.

At 10:35am on February 21, 2018, Hans Erickson said…

Trying to work around schedules.  I will try to get over that way tomorrow or Friday if that still works.

Let me know,

At 10:59am on February 15, 2018, Hans Erickson said…

I am interested, but not sure I would be able to participate on this specific voyage.  

I am interested in getting involved with your group. I will be in ft Myers next week and thought I would reach out.

It looks like you are located in Hollywood, on the Atlantic side.  Is that right?

I could also spread awareness at local boat clubs in our area if that would be beneficial.


At 10:14am on October 21, 2017, Bill Balme said…

Hi Ray,

Since I've not heard from you, I'm assuming the warehouse in Crisfield did not work out, so we are heading towards Hampton for the start of the Salty Dawg rally that will bring 50 - 60 sailboats down to Antigua, with several looking to carry on south to help in the relief effort. The 'Dawgs' are trying to coordinate the effort.

If you get this in the next few days, please let me know what you feel would be required supplies in Dominica that could be brought down aboard a 40 - 70 ft sailboat and I'll pass that info to the fleet.

Hope you're having some success in your relief efforts.


s/v Toodle-oo!

At 3:44am on October 5, 2017, Bill Balme said…

Captain Ray: We are thinking about coming to Crisfield on about October 23rd - does that make sense?

I have some questions:

What supplies do you think we will bring? We have limited space...

What requirements does IRG have regarding this delivery?

Is there any potential customs difficulty for us bringing these supplies into Dominica?

If you could talk us through what's required, it would be very helpful. 

I'm wondering if it would make sense to have other boats going south with the Salty Dawg Rally pick up supplies too? Or perhaps, does it make more sense - if there's sufficient interest - to bring the supplies to Hampton, VA where the rally will depart on November 2nd - or thereabouts... (There will be about 80 boats heading south - initially to Antigua.)

My email is - might be easier...


At 9:20am on September 30, 2017, Brian Horner said…

Hey Ray!!

As you know Jackie and I have been in Guatemala and Belize. Our internet access has been spotty at best. However when we can get internet we have been watching events unfold from afar as well as IRGs response. We are over here in the West and unable to help with efforts in the Eastern Caribbean.  We can, however, contribute financially and would like to donate to help supply the fuel for that big tug you managed to commandeer. But we do not want to use Pay Pal. Is there some other means by which we can contribute these funds?

Hit me back at


- BH


At 3:05pm on September 20, 2017, Finola Jennings Clark said…

Yes I do, we share an office, work together on various things and she introduced me to this group - I'll be working alongside her on this

At 1:08pm on September 20, 2017, Finola Jennings Clark said…

Hi Ray, I live in Saint Lucia

At 10:26am on September 20, 2017, Bill Balme said…

Actually, probably the following week works better... (October 23)

At 10:17am on September 20, 2017, Daria Blackwell said…

Yes, that would be fine. I can do UK/Ire and Spain. I'll be in Spain at a cruising summit at the MRCYB which the Commodores of all the leading cruising clubs will be attending. I can bring up any suggestions there to be carried back to the countries represented. 



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Escapade headed to Florida

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Haiti - the poorest country in the Americas.

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Medical supplies and fundraising

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The cost of budget travel around the world - comparisons

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Introduction from the Witchdoctor

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