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Testimonials

Below are just a handful of testimonials from captains and crew who have used the services of Offshore Passage Opportunities.

If you're even modestly interested, we suggest you join and you'll be tremendously satified with your experiences.

The sail this summer was great! The boat, crew and captain made the passage a great deal of fun and exciting. Everyone got along and even the weather cooperated with only a couple of rainy watches. I would rate this summer's the best sail yet since using OPO. Keep providing the best sailing opportunities for anyone that wants to have fun learning how to sail.
Thanks,
-- Tom Webster
 
Dear Hank,
Again I would like to thank you and your service to assemble my crew for the September passage from Hawaii to the mainland (So.CA). I picked Ed and Mike after interviews and personal meetings. So far I had excellent luck and experiences with the crew I got from your service during my two longer passages and will continue to highly recommend you. I hope you had a fun sailing season so far and promise to report back after my crossing of the Tsunami debris field.
-- Eb Schenk, KOKUA.
 
For over 14 years OPO has been an extremely valuable resource for me as volunteer crew, as captain, and a captain/owner. I have logged 14 voyages to Bermuda, St. Thomas or Tortola. I twice crossed the Atlantic, sailed the South Pacific from the Galapagos to Nuka Hiva in the Marquesas, and partied from Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas with the BAJA Haha. For over four years I bounced around the Caribbean in my own boat from island to island with most crew coming from OPO. And I am getting ready to set sail again this Fall!
 
During all these adventures I have had met people who have become great personal friends. Friends who share great stories, laugh at the toughest of times, and offer their backs while covering yours. I have sailed with many of my friends for four, five, and even 8 times. Each time we literally have spent weeks together 24/7. Priceless, truly priceless friends.
 
If you're thinking about "sailing off into the sunset", let me emphatically suggest you sign on with OPO to really know if you (and possibly your spouse) are ready for it. Go on different boats. The learning curve is easier on someone else's boat. For everyone else -- What the hell are you waiting for? Old age? Come On, Jump off the porch and play with the Big Dogs.
-- Ric Gottschalk, Bali Hai
 
Offshore Passage Opportunities is the best thing I could have done to improve my sailing. Being able to practice what you know in various weather, wind and water conditions, OPO, has given me the chance to become a more capable, and smarter, sailor. It has also connected me with fellow sailors who share my rather unhealthy obsession for the water. They get it!
-- Lisa Beavers
 
Hank,
Thanks for the welcome e-mail. I have sailed with captain Frank on a 14 day delivery and enjoyed the experience very much. His willingness to take on Kevin and myself for our first offshore experience demonstrates his patience and love of sailing and we both came away with even more excitement for our next opportunity to sail with an OPO captain. Thank you for providing such an amazing opportunity! I hope to meet you soon.
-- Russ Gore
 
Hi Hank,
I just wanted to say hello and thank you for what you do. Because of Rick and you, I was selected to crew on Destiny (Hylas 70) in the ARC last fall and had a great learning experience with Graeme (Capt). Because of that trip, I was able to buy a berth for my 25 yr old daughter on Northern Child (Swan 51) for the BVI regatta .... Which now has her hooked on racing!! And I'm leaving this wkd to do St. Maarten to Halifax with Rick. So .... Thank You!!
-- Jim Dow
 
Hey Hank,
My name is Ken Roche and I have been a member for 3 years and I finally went on a passage from St. Martin to Annapolis with a Captain Jan of the Yacht Delivery Team. Just wanted to thank you for making it happen, what a great organization you have. Another guy was on the trip that sailed with you and said it was a real experience (good). Hopefully I will get a chance to meet you at the Annapolis boat show in October and maybe be part of your crew and move a boat back to Tortola or St. Martin or anywhere south.
Thanks,
-- Ken
 
Hi Hank,
I just had a great trip with Rick and Peggy on their Sabre 426. If anyone needs a course in preparation for a passage they should definitely contact them. They are great people and a pleasure to journey with. Again I would like to thank you and for OPO and the opportunities it provides.
Regards,
-- Tony
 
Hank Schmitt has asked that I reply to you regarding joining OPO. I am a 62 year old female have been a member of OPO for about 8 years. I sailed with Hank on Avocation and on passages aboard other boats by replying to listed opportunities. I was often the only female on board. I have never felt uncomfortable or threatened or not valued because of my gender. You do have to realize that you will be in close quarters and may not have the privacy experienced ashore and to make allowances for this. The interaction of personalities is important, but this would be the case on an all female boat as well. Most of my sailing experiences have been positive and the ones that were not had nothing to do with my gender. Sailors have a certain temperament and, in most cases, ability to get along under cramped circumstance and to go with circumstances. If you have this temperament you should not have a problem on board. Hope this helps,
-- Ellen reaching out to her friend, Sandy
 
I continue to use your OPO notices, have had great times, and opportunities to sail up and down the US East Coast. I appreciate your efforts and the OPO website. I think I have been able to use the OPO website very well, and am pleased with its 'usability'.

In the past 3 years I have had the privilege to sail on about 4-5 boats with different captains/owners, and in fact, have been able to rejoin one boat for repeated cruises.

This is a list of OPO related boats and captains that I have sailed with:
  • Capt Nick 66 on Long Island Sound
  • Bob C&C Landfall 42 on US East Coast
  • David Amel Maramu 46 Ches Bay to Belhaven NC
  • Irwin Endeavor 375 US East Coast and Florida East and West Coasts
Thanks,
-- Mac Allan McBride
 
Hank:
I contacted you last month for crew to help me bring a boat from Miami to Connecticut, I got a great response, and settled on 2 people for the trip. Russ and Kevin joined me for the trip and it turned out to be a great fit. They were both great crew, and I would take either of them along again in the future. I have been a delivery captain since 1981, and have many contacts for sailing crew, but there is the time or two that no one seems to be able to make a trip, and so you have a great service going, and it has been a pleasure meeting new people who are able and willing to go sailing.
Thanks,
-- Captain Frank Lord
 
Just a word of Thanks. This is my third year to renew and OPO has directly or indirectly introduced me to many boat owners and opportunities to get out there and do something that thrills me. This year I will get five passages completed and I only own a Hobie 16! I think that is pretty amazing considering I do not own a cruising boat and I am doing this through a website organization!!

Thanks for your organization and the opportunity it affords many people that want to get out on the water. I for one appreciate it!
Sincerely,
-- L
 
Hank:
Just saying hello and congratulations. I send people to you all the time. Your service was hugely helpful to my cruising life, both as crew and as an owner. Thank you for that.
Regards,
-- Jim
 
Hi Hank,
I've arrived in St. Maarten for delivery to Norway. Met several 'old' friends, including Mike from a previous delivery to Abaco. He says OPO is BEST value in club membership. Good on ya, mate!
Regards,
-- Capt. Dale Cheek
 
Hank:
I have just arrived home, having crewed with Richard on the 46 ft. Leopard Cat from the Dominican Republic to Ft. Lauderdale. Richard is a consummate pro, having sailed and sold hundreds of cats in most of the popular cruising venues around the world. He's a first class and amiable skipper. Also joining as crew was Joseph. He is very nice and knowledgeable and is also a decent cook!
Thanks for connecting me with good guys on a very nice trip!
-- Bill
 
We're pulling off the dock with your crew at 12pm today for BVI. Thank heavens for OPO as none of the USA sailing schools ever came back to me with crew. OPO has been a lifesaver finding crew on this side - great idea! You do a great job connecting people. I am very excited!!
Thank you,
-- Jeff, the Yacht Delivery Team
 
Good to be back on your list!

Hope all is well with you and your watery world. We bought a catamaran last year. She is a St. Francis 50, a strong blue-water cruising vessel built in South Africa. We keep her in Newport at Goat Island Marina. She is my future retirement home! Last May I brought her north from Ft. Lauderdale on a six day run with some friends. Would never have had the confidence to do it if I hadn't sailed with you from Bermuda aboard Avocation!

Please give me a shout anytime you are in Newport this coming summer and want a nice glass of red wine.
Best regards
-- John
 
Just a short note to let you know OPO has been great for me. So far I did two deliveries in spring. I applied for some south bound trips, and I am looking forward to the spring deliveries again this year.
Best from Boulder Colorado,
-- Hank