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At 9:36am on August 21, 2018, infotek said…

I certainly can with the proper credentials.  The issue was only the NING site owner can modify the templates on the test site.

At 10:35am on February 21, 2018, Hans Erickson said…

Trying to work around schedules.  I will try to get over that way tomorrow or Friday if that still works.

Let me know,

At 10:59am on February 15, 2018, Hans Erickson said…

I am interested, but not sure I would be able to participate on this specific voyage.  

I am interested in getting involved with your group. I will be in ft Myers next week and thought I would reach out.

It looks like you are located in Hollywood, on the Atlantic side.  Is that right?

I could also spread awareness at local boat clubs in our area if that would be beneficial.


At 10:14am on October 21, 2017, Bill Balme said…

Hi Ray,

Since I've not heard from you, I'm assuming the warehouse in Crisfield did not work out, so we are heading towards Hampton for the start of the Salty Dawg rally that will bring 50 - 60 sailboats down to Antigua, with several looking to carry on south to help in the relief effort. The 'Dawgs' are trying to coordinate the effort.

If you get this in the next few days, please let me know what you feel would be required supplies in Dominica that could be brought down aboard a 40 - 70 ft sailboat and I'll pass that info to the fleet.

Hope you're having some success in your relief efforts.


s/v Toodle-oo!

At 3:44am on October 5, 2017, Bill Balme said…

Captain Ray: We are thinking about coming to Crisfield on about October 23rd - does that make sense?

I have some questions:

What supplies do you think we will bring? We have limited space...

What requirements does IRG have regarding this delivery?

Is there any potential customs difficulty for us bringing these supplies into Dominica?

If you could talk us through what's required, it would be very helpful. 

I'm wondering if it would make sense to have other boats going south with the Salty Dawg Rally pick up supplies too? Or perhaps, does it make more sense - if there's sufficient interest - to bring the supplies to Hampton, VA where the rally will depart on November 2nd - or thereabouts... (There will be about 80 boats heading south - initially to Antigua.)

My email is - might be easier...


At 9:20am on September 30, 2017, Brian Horner said…

Hey Ray!!

As you know Jackie and I have been in Guatemala and Belize. Our internet access has been spotty at best. However when we can get internet we have been watching events unfold from afar as well as IRGs response. We are over here in the West and unable to help with efforts in the Eastern Caribbean.  We can, however, contribute financially and would like to donate to help supply the fuel for that big tug you managed to commandeer. But we do not want to use Pay Pal. Is there some other means by which we can contribute these funds?

Hit me back at


- BH


At 3:05pm on September 20, 2017, Finola Jennings Clark said…

Yes I do, we share an office, work together on various things and she introduced me to this group - I'll be working alongside her on this

At 1:08pm on September 20, 2017, Finola Jennings Clark said…

Hi Ray, I live in Saint Lucia

At 10:26am on September 20, 2017, Bill Balme said…

Actually, probably the following week works better... (October 23)

At 10:17am on September 20, 2017, Daria Blackwell said…

Yes, that would be fine. I can do UK/Ire and Spain. I'll be in Spain at a cruising summit at the MRCYB which the Commodores of all the leading cruising clubs will be attending. I can bring up any suggestions there to be carried back to the countries represented. 

At 10:14am on September 20, 2017, Bill Balme said…

Yes, that would work very well. We'll probably be heading down that way early the week of October 16th - we have an appointment just south of there on the 19th.

At 8:43am on September 20, 2017, Bill Balme said…

Hi, Toodle-oo! is currently in Bristol, RI. We are a 44ft sailboat - crewed by me and my wife Laurie. We learned of IRC via Daria and the OCC.

We will be heading down to Antigua with the Salty Dawg Rally (ETD November 2nd). Once we are able, we then plan to head to Dominica where we expect to spend a couple of months seeing what we can do to help.

We have limited storage space - but certainly some - and would like to take whatever makes sense down with us. While there we can lend a labor hand as well as if needs be, make water (40gal/hr capacity).

We will leave Bristol when weather permits (probably not until Maria passes) and head down via Annapolis to Hampton where the SDR starts.

If the IRC can help us be more useful to Dominica, and provide needed essentials, we are all ears.



At 8:22am on September 20, 2017, Ian Brayley said…
I am based in Antigua. I have a 38ft sailing boat. I am not sure if this is any help.
At 8:19am on September 20, 2017, Daria Blackwell said…

I am in Ireland and my boat is in Spain. However, I am Rear Commodore of the Ocean Cruising Club and can help put people with boats together with people who have resources. I can also help publicize your efforts on the OCC website and FB pages. Let me know where you need people and I'll put out the word.

At 7:50am on October 31, 2016, John Vinarcsik said…


Will you be in Florida on Sunday Nov 13?  I would like to drop by.

Please advise.


john Vinarcsik


At 7:38am on October 31, 2016, Kendall Carpenter said…

Hi Capt - My sailboat is on the East Coast, as of now, and not really prepared to join any relief effort. I've been contacting owners, though, for access to their boats. I'd like to join in as relief Captain or Mate, for now. Is there a way to offer that through the message board?



At 8:34am on May 7, 2016, ron johnson said…

Hello: a long time has passed, Ray.  Moved to Massachusetts, bought an old small house with a sailing woman.   How can get to France, i.e., is a visa needed?  I have not traveled to Europe, so I will learn quickly.  Peter Hayes of the Pegasus Project and Pegasus ketch could be my vouchsafe since I  am retired six years.

Hope you are still interested in sailing crew.

At 1:33pm on May 6, 2016, Linda Andrus, RN, BSN said…

I really wanted to try but my current job contract does not end till June 20.

At 4:37am on September 17, 2015, Willie Haskins said…

Hi, Ray. CTV aired a very nice news segment about the Dominica Relief Effort on their 7 pm broadcast last night. I can't seem to isolate the segment, but it's 19 minutes into the broadcast:

At 12:46pm on September 16, 2015, Willie Haskins said…

Ray, we've got a ship leaving Saturday from Trinidad, arriving in Dominica three days later with the Trinidad Sailors' donations, plus donations from Jesse James (Members Only Maxi-Taxi and Tour Services), Robert James, and the Trinidad police department. We finished boxing up the donations today. I'm so excited that I'm going to the Wheelhouse Pub to celebrate! 


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