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Haiti still needs help - our last mission needs repeating!

I'm posting this message and photos (below) from the Caribbean Windward Islands. This is where we've ended up after IRG (International Rescue Group) has completed our largest operation so far - two boats plus partner vessels have delivered much needed supplies and help to children's safe-houses and clinics to the poorest country in the western hemisphere, Haiti. We have also distributed a lot of recycled sails to…
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Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on April 30, 2015 at 7:56pm — No Comments

Round the world sailing boats complete circumnavigation

The World ARC fleet of sailboats has just crossed their outbound track and completed their circumnavigation today in St. Lucia. I'm here in Rodney Bay and 17 of the yachts arrived this afternoon, I was out in the dinghy to greet them as they all cruised past my boat which is anchored outside the marina.…

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Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on April 11, 2015 at 5:31pm — No Comments

Reflections on solitude

April 10th 2015: I'm Ray. Captain Ray to my volunteer crews who join me from time to time. Today I met a single-handed sailor who has been sailing his 80 year old wooden Bristol Channel Cutter out of Wales and after years is still sailing by himself. This morning he was bunkering some fuel and water and I waved him off to Antigua where he is going to participate in the classics yacht races. He's been sailing his boat around the Caribbean alone for years and appeared to be very happy about…

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Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on April 10, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

New Crew and Volunteers

Every day new crew and volunteers are showing up to lend a hand, check us out, and sign up for sailing on legs of the voyage at various times over the winter. Steve, Ann, and DD came to visit from NYC on Friday to check out the boat and plan to return to help do prep work and sail later this winter, greeted by me, Willy and Ethan. Michael, Turid and Baranka stopped by on Saturday and said they will be back as well. Photo by DD Maucher

Added by Sequoia Sun on November 16, 2014 at 6:36am — No Comments

Refitting Tandemeer in CT with gratitude and love to many volunteers

Lots of excellent and wonderful work has been getting done by many amazing and generous volunteers... Tandemeer is being refit and resurrected with abundant love and skill. Thank you all: Fix, Charlie, Ethan, John, Joe, Lucy, Greg, Lori, Pete, Willy, Laura and many others... love and gratitude abound.

Added by Sequoia Sun on November 16, 2014 at 5:48am — No Comments

An epic dinghy ride of 245 miles down the ICW.

Last Saturday night I arranged a tow from someone who was driving from Philadelphia to Florida, over 1,100 miles, to get a much-needed donated 14' RIB and 40hp outboard motor to our 97' gaff-rigged ketch in Hollywood, FL. unfortunately by Sunday evening, we had blown and replaced one trailer tyre, a wheel bearing which we fixed, then found the other bearing was about ready to burn out. So 245 miles short of our destination, my lift was on a schedule elsewhere, so we managed to limp to…

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Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on August 15, 2014 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Tandemeer transmission

Though a fine vessel, of solid construction and noble seaworthiness, she requires a fair amount of attention to her systems and power plant. The unbreakable, the unwavering Ford Lehman 120 inline 6 cylinder has suffered a transmission failure. A failed transmission oil heat exchanger caused water to flood the gear housing thus ceasing the internal shaft bearing. Yesterday was spent removing the tranny components (photos to come). Cpt. Sequoia and Cpt. Ray, with the help of Fred Piasecki,…

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Added by João de Bruges Fêo Silva Carvalh on August 8, 2014 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Visit My Blog - the Journey of S/V Midnight Sun II

http://midnightsunii.blogspot.com/

Everything from sailing to the relocation of a lighthouse!

Added by Neil Davies on August 4, 2014 at 7:20pm — No Comments

A Call to Action to our Members

Dear Folks,

This is a bit long, but please read this through. It is extremely important.

As you know we have just completed a very successful mission to Haiti and demonstrated that we are capable of accomplishing great good and living up to our claim of being able to provide relief to those in need. The smiles on the faces of all those that received the aid we delivered was priceless and reinforced my belief that what we, as a group, are doing, is the right thing to…

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Added by Captain Michael McElhaney on April 25, 2014 at 3:27am — 13 Comments

More pictures posted

Howdy Folks!

More pictures are posted on the IRG community drive here.

Take a look around. If you have more pics, upload them!

More later.

Cheers!

Mike

Added by Captain Michael McElhaney on April 23, 2014 at 1:10pm — No Comments

BECALMED - delivering aid supplies to Haiti by sailboat.

April 6th 2014: We are northwest of the southern peninsula of Haiti lying within radar range south of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and drifting in the current in the direction of Port-au-Prince at less than a knot. They call this the "Windward Passage" and the irony isn't lost on us, as the only wind we can feel is when our boat rolls, even the flies that came with us from our last landfall seem to be too hot and lazy to dodge my swatter. We've had the sails up all night in the hope…

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Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on April 18, 2014 at 10:34am — No Comments

Entry 3: A Documentary Filmmaker in Deep Water - Pun Very Much Intended

This is the Duece on Thunderbird 5 sailing past Cuba and desperately wishing we could anchor and have a quick visit!! OVER.

I had a heavy heart as we sailed south…

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Added by Lauren Muchan on April 5, 2014 at 9:09am — 2 Comments

Entry 2: A Documentary Filmmaker in Deep Water, Pun Very Much Intended

This is the Deuce on Thunderbird 5, trying not to be sick, trying not to break any bones and trying to remember the important reason we are all here! Over.

As we set off on my first proper sail, my 'wee brother' Scottie was playing Scotland the Brave on his bag pipes as we…

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Added by Lauren Muchan on March 9, 2014 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Disaster strikes us?

I now have both crews aboard Thunderbird 5 as Tandemeer broke her rudder post webbing. She is out of commission until she can get hauled out and repaired. Anyone have a spare $10k laying around? Seriously, based on my years of experience working in boat yards as a contractor, it will cost at least that much to haul her, remove the rudder, cut the rudder open, scoop out the old foam from around the old rudderpost webbing, weld new webbing in place, re-foam, re-glass, re-paint and re-install.…

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Added by Captain Michael McElhaney on March 9, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Survival guide to first time girl boaters

Emma Arnoldi´s survival guide for first time girl boaters.

When living on a boat as a girl, there are a few things you want to remember.

That one shower a day, which might feel like a necessity in the Florida sun, is just not going to happen. On the upside you have the ocean as your backyard, and you can save money on that saltwater spray of yours. Salty waves will happen like magic.

Privacy in any kind, is as rare as gold.  I know you have…

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Added by Emma Arnoldi on March 9, 2014 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

A sailing fairy-tale.

A sailing fairy-tale.

As I wrote in my last post, sailing have a way of never quiet going according to plan.  

Two things were wrong yesterday when Tandemeer left for the Bahamas. Number one, it was Friday. Leaving on a Friday is for a sailor what eating chocolate is for a girl on a diet; you just don’t do it.  

(Actually that is totally wrong, everybody knows that girls on diet eat chocolate, but still.)

And then there was number two, which might…

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Added by Emma Arnoldi on March 8, 2014 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

Storm and a goodbye.

The day after the storm.

I woke up this morning with the waves banging against the boat side as my soundtrack. This is our final day in Miami, if everything goes according to the plan. Which I have learned that when it comes to sailing, it rarely does.

Yesterday I experienced my first storm ever. In Denmark we never have serious weather, expect for snow. Which we clean of the streets in Copenhagen and life turns back to normal on the same day the snow falls. I have only once…

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Added by Emma Arnoldi on March 7, 2014 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Coffee issues in Miami and Alison Thompson.

Miami.

We are still in big and loud Miami. Spring break party people, straight blond hair everywhere and overprized, well, everything. But also amazing people and open arms.

After spending over 3 weeks at sea, Miami is a culture chock. The few times I have actually been out of my safe and closed space build by our two ships, I have found myself being almost run over by cars at least three times, looked at girls and realised that makeup actually still exists, and forgotten that…

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Added by Emma Arnoldi on March 3, 2014 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

Happines, vommit and dolphins.

It is dark and cold when Thunderbird 5 sets sail from Marco Island to Key West. I am standing on the deck with a pounding heart and freezing cold hands. Sailing terminology – a confusing language of its own is being shouted in the air.

“Pull up the yankie!” I do not remember us agreeing on raising an American up the mast, and I look around confused to see the victim. A small back…

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Added by Emma Arnoldi on March 1, 2014 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Entry 1: A Documentary Filmmaker in Deep Water - Pun Very Much Intended

This is the deuce on Thunderbird 5, calling Tandemeer, Grub Ho. OVER.

What I can’t get over is how surreal my life is at the moment. I am on the ocean using a walkie talkie to communicate to my fellow crew on another boat.

They call me The…

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Added by Lauren Muchan on February 18, 2014 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

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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

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VOLUNTEERS DOMINICA

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

TRIBUTE

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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