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Sailing Aid to Haiti
$1,336 Raised
45% of $3k goal
23 contributors
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Ended Oct 2, 2014
International Rescue Group's mission is delivering aid to people in small developing communities by sailboat. Our Caribbean fleet includes the 97' ketch Thunderbird 5 and the 56' ketch Tandemeer, currently undergoing a refit. More ...

Our Mission

International Rescue Group's mission is helping coastal and island communities in developing countries and providing first response aid to disaster impacted areas. We use sailboats to deliver medical and relief supplies to people in underserved areas often not reached by larger organizations. IRG is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization with no paid staff, so all donations are 100% tax deductable and all donations go toward delivering aid and supplies to populations in need.

2014 Voyage to Haiti

In February 2014, a volunteer crew was sailing to Haiti to deliver medical supplies on IRG's 56' ketch, "Tandemeer" (which was donated in November 2013), when her rudder broke. Fortunately, the cargo and crew were able to transfer to another IRG vessel (Thunderbird 5), and the mission to Haiti was successfully completed delivering the critical supplies to our NGO partners. You can read about the mission on our website.

Steering Tandemeer to Haiti

Tandemeer's rudder has been repaired (THANK YOU to everyone who donated to help cover the costs) and she recently sailed from Florida to Philadelphia and will be on her way to New York and Connecticut as soon as the transmission is rebuilt for additional refitting to make her ready for her next mission delivering much needed aid and relief supplies to Haiti this winter. Please help us to "Steer Tandemeer to Haiti" by making a donation to help refit and provision Tandemeer so we can continue delivering medical supplies to this under resourced region.

IRG Carribean Fleet Approximate Itinerary

Thunderbird 5 will be in Miami until November then commences on mission to Haiti.
Tandemeer is in Philadelphia for all of July then will sail for Connecticut in early August where she will continue refitting and preparations for sailing south. Mid-August through October 2014, she will be in the NYC and CT Long Island Sound area, then passage to Florida in November. Sourcing aid supplies in Miami and the Florida Keys December through January 2015. Passage to Bahamas in January or February with supplies. Passage to Haiti in March with volunteer crew and medical supplies.

Lead photo above taken by IRG Volunteer Emma Arnoldi of Denmark while sailing to Haiti. We donated a recycled sail to the subsistence fishermen.

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Half-day Sailing
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A half day sailing on one of our boats (bring your own refreshments).
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Full-day Sailing Cruise
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Join one of our boats for a full day cruise. Lunch, cheese and wine included.
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Overnight Sailing Cruise
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A berth for one aboard one of our boats for a night. Dinner & breakfast included.
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Two-day Sailing Cruise
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A berth for one aboard one of our boats for a two day sailing trip. All meals included.
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Week long Sailing Cruise
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A berth for one aboard one of our boats for a one week sailing trip. All meals included.
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Week long Sailing Cruise for Two
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The Ensuite Master Stateroom for two aboard one of our boats for a one week sailing voyage. All meals included.
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