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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

Tags: Nonprofit, NGO, Non-profit, Donate, Donation

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

Started Apr 4, 2012 0 Replies

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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Hurricane Irma 2017

5th September 2017 Hurricane Irma (see article strengthened to a category 5 and projected to skirt north of the Caribbbean islands and then a direct hit on the Bahamas and Florida on Sunday 10th September then along the US East Coast heading north. Projection image from 0900 5-Sep-17.IRG Is already in Florida to act as a command center in…See More
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Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG added a discussion to the group 97-foot Dutch steel gaff-rigged ketch 1978 for sale


To be added. Captain Ray has built a 56-foot steel trawler in the past so has a good understanding of cost of refit, having been captain on this boat for over 3 years. If you require this unfinished spreadsheet now please email ray.thackeray@internationalrescuegroup.orgSee More
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IRG Reserve - Captains and Boats

HURRICANE IRMA and MARIE RESPONSE: Click here for our GoFundMe fundraiser. Looking for boats to take supplies to needy locations in the Caribbean, Turks & Caicos, St. Martin, Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, Dominica etc. We can source water filters and are building coordination teams in the disaster zones. Even if our boats arrive weeks after the storm's devastation, help is still desperately needed! Please sign in and…See More
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Hurricane Irma September 2017 Hurricane Irma strengthened to a category 5 and projected to skirt north of the Caribbbean islands and then a diret hit on the Bahamas and Florida then along the US East Coast heading north.IRG Is ready in Florida to act with an asset in Hollywood, Florida. We hope that our 97-foot flagship vessel will be safe, she will be tied up and prepared as well as possible before the crew leave for…See More
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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 7:50am on October 31, 2016, John Vinarcsik said…


Will you be in Florida on Sunday Nov 13?  I would like to drop by.

Please advise.


john Vinarcsik


At 7:38am on October 31, 2016, Kendall Carpenter said…

Hi Capt - My sailboat is on the East Coast, as of now, and not really prepared to join any relief effort. I've been contacting owners, though, for access to their boats. I'd like to join in as relief Captain or Mate, for now. Is there a way to offer that through the message board?



At 8:34am on May 7, 2016, ron johnson said…

Hello: a long time has passed, Ray.  Moved to Massachusetts, bought an old small house with a sailing woman.   How can get to France, i.e., is a visa needed?  I have not traveled to Europe, so I will learn quickly.  Peter Hayes of the Pegasus Project and Pegasus ketch could be my vouchsafe since I  am retired six years.

Hope you are still interested in sailing crew.

At 1:33pm on May 6, 2016, Linda Andrus, RN, BSN said…

I really wanted to try but my current job contract does not end till June 20.

At 4:37am on September 17, 2015, Willie Haskins said…

Hi, Ray. CTV aired a very nice news segment about the Dominica Relief Effort on their 7 pm broadcast last night. I can't seem to isolate the segment, but it's 19 minutes into the broadcast:

At 12:46pm on September 16, 2015, Willie Haskins said…

Ray, we've got a ship leaving Saturday from Trinidad, arriving in Dominica three days later with the Trinidad Sailors' donations, plus donations from Jesse James (Members Only Maxi-Taxi and Tour Services), Robert James, and the Trinidad police department. We finished boxing up the donations today. I'm so excited that I'm going to the Wheelhouse Pub to celebrate! 

At 4:59am on September 4, 2015, Willie Haskins said…

Ray, how do I send you a private message?

At 10:32am on September 3, 2015, Willie Haskins said…
Yes, I talked to her. We are working on supply boats going up from Trinidad. Just met with Derek Wallcox of Northwest Maritime Limited. He is a
Deacon at St. Anthony's, Pettit Valley and affiliated with Living Waters. His family runs supply ships and he is trying to get a boat to go to Dominica next Friday. He is willing to load our stuff on the boat, along with the donations from his church and Living Waters. He is sending me a copy of the emails he revived from the govt of Dominica and from the Bishop.
At 4:38am on September 3, 2015, Jennifer Cole Simpson said…
Chatted with Willie and she thinks the water company found another way to ship their donation. She's on standby for now but doesn't need another boat at this time.
At 6:28am on September 2, 2015, Jennifer Cole Simpson said…
Do you know how much water needs to be transported and what size bottles it is in?

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Haiti - the poorest country in the Americas.

Started by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG in Sample Title. 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

Tags: Nonprofit, NGO, Non-profit, Donate, Donation


Started by Debby Mohr in Sample Title. Last reply by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Sep 2, 2015. 3 Replies

Who is going to the storm areas in the Dominican?? I'm ready :) xo Continue

Medical supplies and fundraising

Started by David and Rebecca Luethcke in Sample Title. Last reply by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG Sep 4, 2014. 8 Replies

I am in contact with the IDA Foundation, a non-profit organization that supplies high quality medical supplies to organizations like the WHO and the Clinton Foundstion. They produce the Interagency…Continue


Started by Captain Evelyne in Uncategorized Jan 11, 2013. 0 Replies

Gerry Anderson, who inspired IRG, died just after Christmas. He is already missed.Continue


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