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 main anchor parted, even as the anchor held fast. With the secondary 250 pound anchor bedded down in a sandy bottom on chain and the ship's spare 250 pound anchor dropped as extra security with a rope rode, the boat still dragged, and sustained damage to the hull as it was pinned to a lee shore. Luckily Captain Ray Thackeray, Executive Director and Founder of IRG was on board to plug a leak that occurred from an impacted scupper, and later the same day she was once again sound and at a safe anchorage awaiting parts and crew. The main anchor, a Fortress-125, has been recovered and damage to the port hull is more cosmetic than structural.