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Coffee issues in Miami and Alison Thompson.


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…


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…


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 Deuce because I was the second Scot to join IRG - an organization called International Rescue…


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

Dream Catcher schooner

Dream Catcher schooner is standing by out of Key West Florida , so any thoughts or inquiries  send them this way , I'll need some input from central though,,

Capt John Duke

Added by John O Duke on November 23, 2013 at 2:52pm — 1 Comment

Establishment of a permanent maritime disaster relief base near Acapulco, Mexico

7-JUL-13, ACAPULCO: International Rescue Group announces the establishment of a base for the North America Pacific Station, having taken a permanent mooring with scout sailing vessel Thunderbird 1, this year to be followed by purpose-designed Thunderbird 2 which has a 10 ton cargo hold and will be equipped with a 1,000 gallon per day watermaker. Local staff have been engaged to provide shore support for Thunderbird 1's mooring in Puerto Marques, a small bay just south of Acapulco and near…


Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on July 7, 2013 at 1:18pm — No Comments

12-April-13: Quotation from a Zihuatanejo official about IRG's help

Anahi Toledo Salgado, Communications Coordinator of the DIF: "All the time we speak of humility that describes people like you, who always seek to exploit all journeys in life, to cover benefits to others, unknown, such as our trustees chaired by Mrs Wendy Carbajal, First Lady of Municipality and Mr. Jose Angel Lara who coordinates the Civil Protection Directorate of…


Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on April 14, 2013 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Prepping Thunderbird 2's hull for bottom primer paint.

The Captain and Darya Light - grinding the mill-scale off the steel to prep the final patch of port side bottom for priming. A good day! Picture by Melissa Ann Fleming.…


Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on March 24, 2013 at 12:05am — No Comments

Tbird I, Status Crew and travel dates

Evelyne- Looking at checking out the gold coast in that area south of P.Vallarta? Just curious... Shouldn't be travelling much given my current checking account, but sure could get a ticket for C.Rica if you are on the home stretch. I always thought the section of Panama south of there is awesome except for the heat and lack of winds? Hows the crew situation?

Added by Todd Kapp on January 14, 2013 at 4:38pm — No Comments

NOW in Huatulco, Mx


My sailboat,  "AWA"  a Trimaran Telstar 8m, is now sailing the beautiful bays of Huatulco for some months.

Added by Mario Dumas on November 7, 2012 at 7:53am — 1 Comment

Why sailors make great disaster relief workers

As a former full time yacht delivery Captain I discovered how important practical trouble-shooting and survival skills are in disaster relief. When Hurricane Andrew hit Florida I had just trained as an EMT in preparation for sailing with the team I had formed to do the next Whitbread race. I spent six weeks camped out in the disaster zone and was inspired to make a major career change and seek more medical training. I think people who have spent many years dealing with extreme challenges at…


Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on July 9, 2012 at 2:23am — No Comments

Marine VHF handhelds donated by benefactor John Chang

Yes indeedy! We will actually be able to communicate with the away party...

Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on June 30, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Donated solar panels from BenQ Solar - over a kilowatt!

We're so grateful to BenQ Solar. They have given us a veritable farm of six solar panels, 240 watts each, for almost a total peak of 1.5kW in free energy from the sun! We are going to weld up a steel pipe frame above the flybridge control station, and these panels will do double duty as a canopy too.…


Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on June 30, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Waves for Water saving lives

I was listening to the New Man podcast today on an interview of an ex-pro surfer on how he found his life calling.  He ended up traveling to Indonesia right at the time of a tsunami and founded a non-profit saving lives by distributing potable water filter.  I was really inspired by his story and will definitely explore working with them to help deliver the filters to coastal communities in needs.  Here is his web site, Waves for Water:…


Added by Jack C. Li on June 29, 2012 at 12:14am — 1 Comment

Featured in SAIL Magazine - IRG's first national exposure!

Click here to see the article, which is on SAIL Magazine's online site now and is a possibility for the September print edition!…


Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on June 6, 2012 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Article in BYM Product and Industry News - donation to IRG

Thursday, 17 May 2012: BYM Product and Industry News

Doing its part to support those in need of aid, SmartPlug recently made a donation to International Rescue Group.  The company gave this non-profit organization shore power cables and…


Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on June 4, 2012 at 11:18am — No Comments

Article in Three Sheets NW about IRG and SmartPlug's donation

Not only does it make great products, Seattle-based SmartPlug Systems is doing good work, too.

Three Sheets Northwest magazine, 17-May-2012.

The company recently donated shore power cables and inlets to …


Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on June 4, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

30 missing in Philippine storm

MANILA,  - Thirty fishermen were missing and hundreds of travellers were stranded Saturday after tropical storm Mawar dumped heavy rains across the Philippines, forcing flight and ship cancellations. The storm blanketed large parts of the main southern island of Luzon and central Visayas province with up to 25 millimetres (an inch) of rain an hour overnight, the state weather bureau said. At least two domestic flights were cancelled while more than 500 people were stranded in ports after the…


Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on June 3, 2012 at 12:55am — No Comments

SmartPlug made a very welcome donation

I bought a 51 foot ketch in 1992 and lived aboard that boat for 8 years, sailing over 22,000 miles via the Caribbean, Panama, Hawaii and Mexico, eventually ending up in San Francisco. The day I took delivery of the yacht, I walked down the dock at Branston, Connecticut, and as I got closer to my beautiful new boat, I discovered she was on fire... It turned out that the shore power connector had a bad connection and it had heated up. I can't remember if I'd already arranged insurance, as I'd…


Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on May 10, 2012 at 6:28pm — No Comments

Yemen: 267,000 children at risk of dying without proper nutrition intervention

ReliefWeb alert

· 967,000 children under the age of five are estimated to suffer from acute malnutrition, with 267,000 children at risk of dying without proper nutrition interventions.

· A huge outbreak of measles is now under control, reports WHO.

· 13 children were killed and another 12 injured by land mines or unexploded ordnances (UXOs) in the first three months of 2012.

· UN Deputy Humanitarian…


Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on May 9, 2012 at 10:14am — No Comments

Race to Save World's Rice Bowl From Climate Change

National Geographic: More frequent floods and droughts expected in Southeast Asia. Click here for article.

International Rescue Group is going to be needed - we're fighting as fast as we can to get our first rescue boat in operation, commissioning date now October 28th after sea trials.…


Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on May 3, 2012 at 1:17pm — No Comments

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