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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

IRG boats detained in the Bahamas while on disaster relief voyage to Haiti - International Incident


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.…

Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on April 5, 2017 at 6:12am — No Comments

Freak storm in the Bahamas

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…


Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on January 30, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The first two aid boats to south Haiti are IRG vessels

Our first aid boat IRG S/V Tandemeer arrived 2 days ago, now our second vessel IRG Reserve S/V Bamba Maru departing from Luperon, Dominican Republic loaded with much-needed supplies for Ile a Vache, the island on the Haitian south coast, after much destruction by a direct hit by Hurricane Matthew. They…


Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on November 25, 2016 at 9:00am — 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

Dominica still needs help after devastation by Tropical Storm Erika

When on disaster relief standby in St. Lucia late last year, a vicious storm killed over 30 people on the beautiful island of Dominica and wiped out roads and bridges, many buildings and there was a real emergency. Our 97' boat ran two missions there with water, medical supplies and we even transported military help. The Red Cross and Rotary Club, and even the largest Caribbean wireless network company and supermarkets got involved and we became part of the government of St. Lucia's official…


Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on February 27, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

IRG Reserve boat aids in Dominica - NOVEMBER 2015 CARIBBEAN COMPASS MAGAZINE


Cruisers Carry Cargo to Storm-Damaged Dominica

by Jennifer Simpson

All cruisers in the Eastern Caribbean share a fear of named storms, whether directly in their path or not. Even when we are safe, as travelers we most likely know people in harm’s way. My husband, Mike, and I, although safely…


Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on February 8, 2016 at 11:28am — 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

Getting ready to work in the cargo hold

Disposable suit a little too small for me!

Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on February 4, 2016 at 10:57am — No Comments

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

A message from our coordinator on storm-hit Dominica

Hi Ray, thanks for your email with all your news and photos. I've been following your travels on FB. Now Dominica has the Bailey bridges in place we are more or less back to normal on our side of the island. Villages are still without water, and people without homes, but I guess you know that story once the aid slows down the impetus to restore slows too!

Bethany stayed with us for nearly a month in the end, as the boat from SXM was late arriving. She 's now in Jamaica at the…

Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on December 22, 2015 at 7:24pm — No Comments

Planning our Havana, Cuba voyage

IRG has been invited by Commodore Escrich of the Hemmingway Yacht Club, Havana he says "I would to have the honor to personally greet the members of the International Rescue Group arriving in Hemingway Marina, and invite them to join the big family of members of this Cuban nautical institution".

Our other vessel Tandemeer was already in Cuba earlier this year with no…


Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on October 13, 2015 at 1:52pm — 1 Comment

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

Disaster in Dominica - Tropical Storm Erika


IRG Reserve vessel S/V Bees Mej returned to our Caribbean base St. Lucia Saturday 5th Sept 3pm after difficult round trip with supplies to cut-off Portsmouth, Dominica. Debriefing this morning. IRG S/V Thunderbird 5 fully loaded 12 tons of supplies ready to sail when crew fly in Sunday 6th.

Read news from the devastation…


Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on August 28, 2015 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

How to raise funds within the IRG infrastructure

Here are ideas to help our supporters fundraise. I can give some examples of very successful fundraising by our members, including Melissa Fleming who did most of the below and within 24 hours raised US $1500 for our second Haiti mission earlier this year! If you have any other ideas, please do post them as comments to this blog.


Captain Ray



Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on August 12, 2015 at 12:19pm — No Comments

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…

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.

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

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…


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


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