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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! 

At 4:59am on September 4, 2015, Willie Haskins said…

Ray, how do I send you a private message?

At 10:32am on September 3, 2015, Willie Haskins said…
Yes, I talked to her. We are working on supply boats going up from Trinidad. Just met with Derek Wallcox of Northwest Maritime Limited. He is a
Deacon at St. Anthony's, Pettit Valley and affiliated with Living Waters. His family runs supply ships and he is trying to get a boat to go to Dominica next Friday. He is willing to load our stuff on the boat, along with the donations from his church and Living Waters. He is sending me a copy of the emails he revived from the govt of Dominica and from the Bishop.
At 4:38am on September 3, 2015, Jennifer Cole Simpson said…
Chatted with Willie and she thinks the water company found another way to ship their donation. She's on standby for now but doesn't need another boat at this time.
At 6:28am on September 2, 2015, Jennifer Cole Simpson said…
Do you know how much water needs to be transported and what size bottles it is in?
At 5:23am on September 2, 2015, Jennifer Cole Simpson said…
Fundraising events here will wrap up Friday and info think we will be full. Saturday we will consolidate an inventory all items received and I'll send you the list. Monday we will do a final shopping run to fill in gaps with cash donations we've received and will be on weather watch to depart. I'm meeting with another boat tonight who interested in sailing up too...I will talk to them about the possibility of sailing to Trinidad, assuming That's still needed?
At 5:11pm on August 31, 2015, Jennifer Cole Simpson said…
We know Willie well and would love to help her out, but based on chatter here, we may very well have a full boat by Saturday. Let's leave this open though and we can revisit at the end of the week. The upside is we may have a couple more boats interested in helping, so I will broach this subject with them tomorrow. Regarding staging in St. Lucia...if it would help your team logistically for us to deliver there, we are happy to do so. However, if Dominica needs help on the ground in shelters and such, we would like to help with that as well. I am still trying to reach the Red Cross about that though...we don't want to be in the way either.
At 4:30am on December 19, 2014, capt. rev. Raymond Bideaux said…

We are at Ile a Vache, Haiti and plan on being here for a few months. Just delivered a boat load of humanitarian aid on  our 50 ft Gulfstar Texas.  If we can be a help to anyone coming this way just let us Know ?

          pasteur  Raymond Bideaux ,    La victoria

                 509 34 78 95 53   en Haiti

At 12:45pm on September 13, 2014, Jan kanafoski said…
Hey, still making way. Been be calmed off the Carolinas for 3 days now. The most distance we have been making is when we have to start the engine to recharge the batteries. Besides that we get about 2-3 hrs of good wind during the day. At night we Bob around and fish. The winds are due to shift from south to north today so hopefully we can reach out and grab some on the downhill run. The only wind we are feeling right now is from the swells rocking the boat.
At 11:30am on August 15, 2014, Nancy Navarro said…

Hi Captain Ray,

1) I think I came across something about IRG in Sail magazine.  
2) I currently live (but temporarily) in Israel. I lived for over 20 years in the SF Bay Area and might be coming back there soon.

At 5:53am on April 23, 2014, David and Rebecca Luethcke said…
We are really looking forward to becoming actively involved with IRG! See you upon our return to Dinner Key this week. BTW, the Keys are lovely!
At 3:57am on April 2, 2014, Joe brasfield said…

My.wife.and I live on our 1961 Hinckley B40 in Savannah Ga we met Captian Mike when he was staying in savannah on Sir Martins 2 We look forward to hearing more about your organization as well as possibly serving as crew after retiring as a principal from my high school
At 3:00pm on April 1, 2014, ken bochat said…

hi, I am in Oakland, Ca.

At 2:31pm on April 1, 2014, Linda Carmichael said…
I'm Lauren's mum, and wanted to follow what you were all doing.probably shouldn't have joined the group, sorry about that, couldn't find another way on the site, to keep informed during the long silence:)
At 2:11pm on April 1, 2014, s/v Coup d' Amour said…
We will be heading out of Miami by next week if the weather cooperates. Enjoy the journey back. Our first stop will be Fraziers Hog for a few weeks. Make sure to stay in touch.

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