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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

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…


Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on July 16, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

A blog about IRG by an IRG Reserve boat

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!

Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on May 13, 2017 at 9:49am — No Comments

Remote Air Medical - aid to Haiti

An IRG member Rene Steinhauer is a part of Remote Air Medical. I asked RAM if they could help Haiti and in particular the south coast, this is the reply from their Founder and President Stan Brock: "Thanks for the update Ray. We are dispatching our Cessna 206 as soon as flying weather permits later this week to Port au Prince. From there it can service Les Cayes and Jeremie if those strips are usable.…


Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on October 6, 2016 at 9:13pm — No Comments

Looking for a dinghy in Acapulco

International Rescue Group's disaster relief boat in Acapulco on the Mexico Pacific Station is being re-fitted by Captain Lou Rodriguez, and her old dinghy is worn out. Does anyone in the area have a dinghy they could donate, or at a reasonable price? Could use an outboard too. If you're a US citizen, we can give a tax…


Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on February 7, 2016 at 1:43pm — 1 Comment

International Rescue Group: Relief in Haiti by S/V Tandemeer

JAN-16: Captain Sequoia and his crew brought a large cargo of supplies to Deschapelles: books for the new library, musical instruments for the band, tennis racquets, balls and strings for the tennis program... we played tennis with them each morning, ping pong at night and attended the grand opening dedication ceremony of the new library.…


Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on January 25, 2016 at 9:14pm — No Comments

21-Sep-15: Report from Dominica

Below is from Marilyn who resides in Prtsmouth, Dominica and who has supported two IRG affiliated boats to get supplies into the country with help from the local Rotary Club:


It was great to meet Mike and Jennifer of (S/V) Three Sheets - they arrived early on Friday morning, after some bad weather off St Lucia set them back a day.  Such a lovely couple and I hope I can meet up with them later in the season when they return here.
It was nice to get the supplies,…

Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on September 21, 2015 at 6:35am — 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.

I hope to engage the fleet tomorrow and ask them to join the IRG…


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…


Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on April 10, 2015 at 12:30pm — 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…


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 from the Bahamas and passed Cuba. I have been desperate to visit…


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 hoisted up the Saltire (Scottish flag) a moment I was dying to…


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.…


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…


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…


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

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

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

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

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


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