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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

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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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Our 97-foot boat has sailed 7,000 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 International Rescue Group plans to re-fit the ship for a new mission to set up operations in Asia, based in the Philippines.Looking for volunteers to help re-fit our yacht, if you'd like some…See More
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Our 97-foot boat has sailed 7,000 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 International Rescue Group plans to re-fit the ship for a new mission to set up operations in Asia, based in the Philippines.Looking for volunteers to help re-fit our yacht, if you'd like some…See More
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EMERGENCY RELIEF SUPPLIES NEEDED - CARIBBEAN

Food (canned, dry, nonperishable) Water Roofing materials    Lumber    Plywood    Windows    Doors    Nails    Roofing screws Tarps/Plastic sheeting Generators (5kva to 10kva) Chainsaws with cans, oil, fuel Communications equipment Hygiene…
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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…

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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

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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.…
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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 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.

Bill

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 bill@toodleoo.com - might be easier...

Bill

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 svalethia@gmail.com.

Thanks

- BH

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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. 

At 10:14am on September 20, 2017, Bill Balme said…

Yes, that would work very well. We'll probably be heading down that way early the week of October 16th - we have an appointment just south of there on the 19th.

At 8:43am on September 20, 2017, Bill Balme said…

Hi, Toodle-oo! is currently in Bristol, RI. We are a 44ft sailboat - crewed by me and my wife Laurie. We learned of IRC via Daria and the OCC.

We will be heading down to Antigua with the Salty Dawg Rally (ETD November 2nd). Once we are able, we then plan to head to Dominica where we expect to spend a couple of months seeing what we can do to help.

We have limited storage space - but certainly some - and would like to take whatever makes sense down with us. While there we can lend a labor hand as well as if needs be, make water (40gal/hr capacity).

We will leave Bristol when weather permits (probably not until Maria passes) and head down via Annapolis to Hampton where the SDR starts.

If the IRC can help us be more useful to Dominica, and provide needed essentials, we are all ears.

Cheers!

Bill

At 8:22am on September 20, 2017, Ian Brayley said…
I am based in Antigua. I have a 38ft sailing boat. I am not sure if this is any help.
 
 
 

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New Dresses for countries in need

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I am an Ambassador for The State of Connecticut volunteering under Hope 4 Women International 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  Our mission is to bring girls in need of clothing a new dress to empower…Continue

New Dresses for countries in need

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I am an Ambassador for The State of Connecticut volunteering under Hope 4 Women International 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  Our mission is to bring girls in need of clothing a new dress to empower…Continue

New Dresses for countries in need

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Escapade headed to Florida

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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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