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FRONT PAGE NEWS IN ALAMEDA SUN - THURS 29th MAR

Already gone to the presses, we get Front Page News in the Alameda Sun this Thursday, and they are sending a photographer to the launch of T2 and have already promised another article next week!

Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on March 27, 2012 at 8:05pm — No Comments

IRG runs our first ad in Latitude 38!

Click here for the online 35th Anniversary Edition of Latitude 38, the best sailing magazine in the world, and on page 14 is our calendar listing plus on page 48 is our first advertisement! Next Wednesday 7th at the annual Latitude 38 Crew List Party, we have a nonprofit display table provided…

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

Tropical Cyclone IRINA-12 Mozambique - high humanitarian impact

Click here for more details.

Tropical Cyclone IRINA-12 can have a high humanitarian impact based on the Maximum sustained wind speed and the affected population and their vulnerability.

Updated: this report is based on advisory number 3.

  • Tropical Cyclone Tropical Storm (maximum wind speed of 167 km/h)
  • from 29/02/2012 12:00 to 01/03/2012…
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Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on March 1, 2012 at 1:58am — No Comments

Wiring T2's 120 volt AC power distribution

We got the best kit, an Ancor wire crimper and terminals. This will help us in wiring all the 120 volt AC "house" power system, with power from an 8 kW inverter. Apart from the usual lighting and galley loads, there will be tons of juice to run our MIG welder and machinery even when the vessel is on the water. What you're looking at cost $250 - all this marine quality stuff is shockingly expensive.

We try to buy used of get donations of recycled stuff whenever we can, but this is on…

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Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on February 23, 2012 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Mad Machinist Matt McMurfin takes a break from turning the rudder post

A break away from his Victorian lathe!

Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on February 23, 2012 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Strictly Sail Pacific - Oakland, April 12-15th ...IRG will be there!

Our first rescue vessel T2 will be on display at the docks during the boat show (click here for more info and tickets), come and visit us...

The annual Latitudes & Attitudes cruiser's magazine party is Sat Apr 14, 7-9pm. All the IRG staff and volunteers will be there, because THERE IS A SPECTRA WATERMAKER BEING RAFFLED!!! If you can make it, everyone buy a ticket, we need it for our rescue missions! …

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Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on February 23, 2012 at 8:32am — No Comments

NEED VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH PARTIES/EVENTS!!

Please reply to me, ray.thackeray@internationalrescuegroup.org, if you can help with any of the following:

  1. Help prepare our first rescue vessel "T2" for IRG's Launch Fundraiser Event (any day between now and March 30th)
  2. Make a large sheet cake for the March 31st …
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Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on February 22, 2012 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Latitudes and Attitudes and IRG at Strictly Sail Pacific, Oakland 12-15 April

IRG will be at the Strictly Sail Pacific boat show in Oakland's Jack London Square April 12-15, our first rescue vessel will be there at the dock throughout the show, parties every evening, and all our crew will be mixing it with the Latitudes and Attitudes crowd and revisit publisher Bob Bitchin on his old boat "Lost Soul" that I spent millennium eve aboard in the isthmus of Catalina Island!…

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Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on February 21, 2012 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Building T2's power distribution cabinet

T2 construction log 19-Feb-12: Gwyn and Robin making template with T2's power distribution cabinet to transfer to a 1 1/2" angle-iron rack that will be custom welded in place so that all the major components can be bolted on. Ever tried to drill through steel?

And here's the finished rack with the power systems bolted in place a day later!…

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Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on February 21, 2012 at 1:06am — No Comments

T2's rudder post being turned on a lathe

T2 construction log 20-Feb-12: Turning our rudder post on a Victorian lathe! Mad Machinist Matt McMurfin gets to work.…

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Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on February 21, 2012 at 12:59am — No Comments

IRG's youngest volunteer

Our youngest volunteer Charlie. 

Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on February 20, 2012 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Enjoying building a boat doesn't stop us from thinking about our real goals

'Providing first-line support and humanitarian aid to disaster-hit coastal communities.' 

Here at IRG's office there are usually at least 3 or 4 of us at the end of the day, and we talk about that over a bite to eat. Every one of us thinks about trying to accelerate the launch of our first rescue vessel and put her to work saving lives and providing help…

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Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on February 15, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments

The Cruclble, Oakland

Volunteer Aaron Cushman went to the Crucible with some posters for IRG soliciting volunteers to do welding, metalwork and other work on the boat, they were excited and are copying our posters to put around the college, excellent! Amazing what a little energy can do...

The Crucible is a non-profit educational facility that fosters a collaboration of Arts, Industry and…

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Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on February 15, 2012 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Red alert for Tropical Cyclone GIOVANNA-12 for Madagascar

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Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on February 14, 2012 at 10:37pm — No Comments

A great volunteer weekend!

We had a number of volunteers last weekend, including Jack "The Professor" Li, Joanna Karakker, Aaron Cushman and Darya Light!

We got a lot done including preparation of our donated ship's dinghy (from IRG Captain Dale Bagnell) for repair and painting, grinding down deck weld beads ready for sandblasting and painting, and fitting anchor hawsepipes.

Other…

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Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on February 8, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Our first advertisement - this is going in Latitude38 on March 1st

Here's our first print advertisement. Great work by Liz Hughes at www.designinmedia.net!

Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on February 8, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

T2 construction log 3-Feb-12

Aaron Cushman and I measured up the location of the starboard anchor hawsehole and transposed a punch hole ellipse on the port side. Now time to light up the oxy-acetylene torch and cut out the hole with all the steel framing behind. Not easy.

Here's the starboard side, with a nice 3/4" thick steel rim around it, ready for final welding and grinding to a smooth…

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Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on February 3, 2012 at 9:14pm — No Comments

Today International Rescue Group was awarded 501(c)(3) charitable tax exemption

Today International Rescue Group was awarded 501(c)(3) charitable tax exemption, back dated to last year! I am beside myself with joy that after nearly a year of extremely complicated paperwork, we finally have this very important status that's vital to our fundraising.

Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on January 25, 2012 at 6:28am — No Comments

Matt Damon's innovative project water.org

Here at IRG, we applaud Matt Damon's initiative and wish we had his resources and money for our mission - but we're plugging along and know we'll be making a difference soon. Click here for more about Matt Damon's project.

Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on January 20, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

T2's diesel-electric drive system is on the way from Vietnam...

...aboard this ship! Hopefully will be in the boatyard mid-January and installation will commence.

Added by Captain Ray Thackeray, IRG on December 29, 2011 at 9:59pm — 1 Comment

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