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11/18/2020
12/4/2020
Annapolis, MD
Charleston
Bavaria C50

Updated OPO e-mail # 20-70 Annapolis, MD to Charleston SC - Pro skipper OPOOP...

11/17/2020
11/22/2020
Bermuda
St. Maarten
Swan 56

OPO e-mail # 20-71 Bermuda to St. Maarten - This just in a few minutes ago fr...

11/14/2020
12/1/2020
Annapolis, MD
Beaufort, SC
sloop
OPO e-mail # 20-70 Pro skipper OPOOPO is looking for one more crew for the del...
11/9/2020
11/17/2020
Beaufort, NC
Key West Fl
Oyster 56
OPO E-Mail # 20-69 This opportunity just came in from OPOOPO We have gotten c...
11/8/2020
11/15/2020
Annapolis
St. Thomas
Fontaine Pajot
OPO E-Mail 20-68 On delivery from Annapolis to st Thomas we diverted to Beaufor...
11/3/2020
11/5/2020
Norfolk Virginia
Boca Raton Florida
Oceanis 45
OPO e-mail # 20-67 Pro skipper OPOOPO has been delayed on his delivery south w...
11/2/2020
11/15/2020
Belfast Me.
Vero Beach, Fl.
Boat
OPO e-mail # 20-66 Pro skipper OPOOPO is looking for one crew to help deliver ...
10/30/2020
11/17/2020
St. Augustine, Florida
St. Maarten
Jeanneau 54
OPO E-Mail # 20-65 OPOOPO is looking for a crew member for a trip from St. Aug...
10/18/2020
11/1/2020
Atlantic City NJ
St Croix USVI
Boat
OPO e-mail # 20-64 Good friend and bot owning skipper, OPOOPO , has an old, but...
10/16/2020
11/15/2020
Norfolk VA, Chesapeake Bay
St. Thomas, USVI
Boat
OPO e-mail # 20-63 New boat owner and budding skipper, OPOOPO bought a 1978 ...
10/16/2020
11/4/2020
Newport RI
USVI
Dynamique 62
OPO e-mail # 20-62 Boat owner and skipper OPOOPO owns a very nice Dynamique 62...
10/12/2020
11/1/2020
Mamaroneck NY
Tortola
Hylas 54
OPO e-mail # 20-61 Boat owner OPOOPO has made this passage back and forth many...
10/10/2020
10/31/2020
Bermuda
St. Thomas
Sabre 402

OPO e-mail # 20-60 Boat owner and skipper OPOOPO is looking for one crew for ...

10/8/2020
10/12/2020
Newport RI
Annapolis MD
Hylas 49

OPO e-mail # 20-59 Boat owner and skipper OPOOPO is looking for two crew for ...

10/6/2020
11/1/2020
Grenada
Sint Maarten
Malo 42

OPO e-mail # 20-58 I spoke with boat owner and skipper OPOOPO this morning. H...

10/6/2020
10/10/2020
Boston MA and Southport CT
Fall River MA and South Dartmouth MA
Concordia 32 and Beneteau 50

OPO e-mail # 20-57 Two short deliveries Boston MA to Fall River MA and Southp...

10/5/2020
11/2/2020
Annapolis MD
Ft Lauderdale FL
Hylas 56

OPO e-mail # 20-56 Pro skipper OPOOPO is looking for 2 QUALIFIED and OFFSHORE...

10/2/2020
11/4/2020
Colon Panama
Ft. Lauderdale FL
Whitby 42

OPO e-mail # 20-55 Pro skipper OPOOPO is looking “for two keen crew to ...

9/30/2020
12/1/2020
Fort Lauderdale
Puerto Rico
Leopard 45

OPO e-mail # 20-54 Boat owner and skipper OPOOPO and his wife have a very nic...

9/29/2020
10/28/2020
Huntington NY
St. Maarten
Amel 53

OPO e-mail # 20-53 Longtime OPO supporter and boat owners OPOOPO is looking f...

9/28/2020
10/7/2020
Warwick RI
Chesapeake then Caribbean
Beneteau

OPO e-mail # 20-52 Warwick RI to Chesapeake to the Caribbean - I just got off...

9/26/2020
10/26/2020
Cape Charles, VA
St. Thomas USVI
Leopard 48 Catamaran

OPO e-mail # 20-51 Cape Charles, VA to St. Thomas USVI - Pro skipper and char...

9/23/2020
10/24/2020
Newport, RI
Martinique
Amel 53

OPO e-mail # 20-50 Here is another very good opportunity. This one on an Amel...

9/23/2020
9/29/2020
Salem MA
Florida
Caliber LRC 40

OPO e-mail # 20-49 OPO member OPOOPO is looking for one or two crew to sail h...

9/16/2020
10/26/2020
Glen Cove Long Island NY
Boca Raton Florida
Beneteau Oceanis 45

OPO e-mail # 20-48 Glen Cove Long Island NY to Boca Raton Florida - OPO membe...

8/4/2020
8/7/2020
Newport RI
Port Everglades Florida
Swan 46
OPO e-mail # 20-47 We know private boat owners are not looking for crew but pro...
6/19/2020
6/22/2020
Norfolk
New York City
Sabre
OPO e-mail # 20-46 updated. Boat owner and very experienced sailor OPOOPO is...
6/16/2020
6/22/2020
Oriental North Carolina
New York City
Sabre
OPO e-mail # 20-46 Boat owner and very experienced sailor OPOOPO is looking fo...
6/15/2020
6/18/2020
Westerly RI
Annapolis MD
Tartan 40
OPO e-mail # 20-45 Pro skipper OPOOPO just got this delivery yesterday and e-m...
6/13/2020
6/17/2020
SW Harbor Maine
Three Mile Harbor Long Island NY
Boat
OPO e-mail # 20-44 Just got a call from one of my old sailing friends who is no...
6/12/2020
6/23/2020
Marathon Florida
Puerto Rico
Tayana 37

OPO e-mail # 20-43 Pro skipper OPOOPO is looking for crew for the following p...

6/8/2020
6/9/2020
Charleston SC
Rhode Island
Bavaria 46'

OPO e-mail # 20-41Charleston SC to Rhode Island - This just in last night fro...

12/4/2020 from Annapolis, MD to Charleston on a Bavaria C50

Updated OPO e-mail # 20-70 Annapolis, MD to Charleston SC - Pro skipper OPOOPO is looking for one more crew for the delivery of a brand new, well equipped, Bavaria C50 sloop. The delivery is approximately 650 nautical miles and will take about 6 days from prep to disembarking. He expects to complete the delivery within the first two weeks of December. Actual departure date not yet determined but within the above mentioned time frame OPOOPO Adds: “Crew should have no physical impairments and easily move around the yacht under most all circumstances, a working knowledge of the rules of the road, basic sailing skills, and an understanding of sail trim as well as familiarity of radar and chart plotters. I will refresh them with any navigation skills as is necessary. We will be there to instruct as they sharpen their sailing skills. Crew will furnish all gear necessary to complete an offshore passage including inflatable life vest. Weather will be understandably cold in December so provision accordingly. There will be three crew on board two of which are 100 ton Ocean Masters. In my web site there is a blurb about the other crew, Bobby Allen. My resume can be seen on my web site: Global Passage Solutions and Yacht deliveries, http://www.UUUUU.com. For the record: I have had nothing but good results from OPO.” OPOOPO is a very nice guy and has been getting crew from OPO for many years. If interested please send your sailing resume to OPOOPO XXXXX@XXXX



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11/22/2020 from Bermuda to St. Maarten on a Swan 56

OPO e-mail # 20-71 Bermuda to St. Maarten - This just in a few minutes ago from the full time pro skipper of this Swan 56. He is a very nice skipper and has been on this boat for about 5 years. He is looking for one crew who can fly into Bermuda on short notice and also be able to get tested etc to meet Covid Protocols. It is not as bad as it seems to get tested. The passage is free with all onboard expenses included. If interested please e-mail him right away at XXXXX@XXXX with a copy of your sailing reusme. His e-mail: “ Hi Hank, I have a last minute cancellation of crew (the second cancellation) due to our weather delay. This offers one of your OPO members an opportunity to join us for leg #2 of our trip, from BER to SXM. We intend to arrive in BER on Nov 22 and plan to stay 2-4 days depending on weather. Departure between Nov 24-26. The crew will need to meet all entry requirements for BER (see noonsite or SSCA webinar) and need to cover their own flight to/from. The crew should have some offshore experience as we are doing 2 hr solo watches, including at night. Crew will have their own private cabin. All onboard expenses covered by Captain. No alcohol, no drugs, no smoking/vapes, no exceptions! The boat is a professionally maintained Swan 56 with carbon rig and all the comforts (water making, heater, generator, dodger, autopilot etc.) and safety (EPIRB, Inreach, life raft, Sat Com etc.) you would expect from an ocean going yacht. We will sail with 4 crew total doing 2 ON, 6 OFF solo watches, unless weather justify otherwise. Thanks for posting this request. Hope you had a good trip. CU soon



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12/1/2020 from Annapolis, MD to Beaufort, SC on a sloop

OPO e-mail # 20-70 Pro skipper OPOOPO is looking for one more crew for the delivery of a brand new, well equipped, Bavaria C50 sloop. The delivery is approximately 650 nautical miles and will take about 6 days from prep to disembarking. He expects to complete the delivery within the first two weeks of December. Actual departure date not yet determined but within the above mentioned time frame OPOOPO Adds: “Crew should have no physical impairments and easily move around the yacht under most all circumstances, a working knowledge of the rules of the road, basic sailing skills, and an understanding of sail trim as well as familiarity of radar and chart plotters. I will refresh them with any navigation skills as is necessary. We will be there to instruct as they sharpen their sailing skills. Crew will furnish all gear necessary to complete an offshore passage including inflatable life vest. Weather will be understandably cold in December so provision accordingly. There will be three crew on board two of which are 100 ton Ocean Masters. In my web site there is a blurb about the other crew, Bobby Allen. My resume can be seen on my web site: Global Passage Solutions and Yacht deliveries, http://www.UUUUU.com. For the record: I have had nothing but good results from OPO.” OPOOPO is a very nice guy and has been getting crew from OPO for many years. If interested please send your sailing resume to OPOOPO XXXXX@XXXX

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11/17/2020 from Beaufort, NC to Key West Fl on a Oyster 56

OPO E-Mail # 20-69 This opportunity just came in from OPOOPO We have gotten crew for him before. This is a very nice boat with an experienced skipper. OPOOPO writes: We are looking for 1-2 people to join our crew for a delivery from Beaufort, NC, to OPOOPO FL departing November 17. Tango is a well-maintained 2007 Oyster 56. I have done 16 ocean passages totaling around 23,000 nm. The other person is also a licensed Captain. Looking for 1-2 people to help stand watch. We would make one overnight stop at OPOOPO FL. I'm figuring the first leg would take around 2 1/2 days and the second leg around 2 1/2 days. This is a non-paying position. You would pay for your own transportation to/from the boat. We provide all provisioning while underway. If interested please respond back with your sailing resume and references. Interested crew can contact Richard at XXXXX@XXXX

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11/15/2020 from Annapolis to St. Thomas on a Fontaine Pajot

OPO E-Mail 20-68 On delivery from Annapolis to st Thomas we diverted to Beaufort NC for repairs to HF/SSB radio used to receive weather fax at sea. Some crew are timing out and there is an opportunity to crew from Beaufort or Charleston SC offshore to St Thomas. The boat is a two year old Fontaine Pajot Saba 50. Engines received 500 hour service immediately before departure. Sails are little used. Running rigging was inspected before departure and two halyards replaced. Satellite tracker on board and limited email over HF/SSB/Pactor at sea. Crew members have private cabins and private heads. Skipper OPOOPO has been delivering boats for nearly twenty years. He is published in a number of sailing magazines including Sail, Cruising World, and Ocean Navigator. He is a regular speaker at boat shows and rendezvous. Crew interests underway include routing, piloting, navigation, communications, sail trim, and more can be addressed underway. OPOOPO 's sailing resume is available at https://www.UUUUU.com . Crew get to and from the boat on their own. All costs on board are covered. Interested crew should email OPOOPO at XXXXX@XXXX with a current sailing resume and earliest availability.

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11/5/2020 from Norfolk Virginia to Boca Raton Florida on a Oceanis 45

OPO e-mail # 20-67 Pro skipper OPOOPO has been delayed on his delivery south with OPO members on a near new OPOOPO 45. He sent the following e-mail yesterday and I just saw it this morning in Bermduda. If you are ready on short notice and erhaos live within driving distance . He has three crew in total, but would like one more.. If interested please czll AND e-mail him with your resume. “I'm currently on the delivery south to OPOOPO We're holed up in Norfolk with a saildrive issue, and one of our crew has left us to pickup a paying job. I'm hoping you can post a notice requesting one crewmember to join us in Norfolk/ OPOOPO to OPOOPO Still undecided whether offshore/ditch. Departure is tentative, hopefully this Thursday/Friday/Saturday, depending on resolution of saildrive issue/weather. OPOOPO 45, another crewmember would make us 4 in total. Call me for more details. Let me know this was received. Thanks! XXXXX@XXXX XXX-XXX-XXXX

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11/15/2020 from Belfast Me. to Vero Beach, Fl. on a Boat

OPO e-mail # 20-66 Pro skipper OPOOPO is looking for one crew to help deliver a beautiful 46' Norhaven (which is a Power boat. A Trawler) south from Maine to Florida. The boat only travels at 7 knots so it will take at least 3 weeks and maybe a little longer. The trip will mostly be along the coast or the intra-coastal waterway. OPOOPO has gotten crew from us before and he knows what he is doing. This should be a mostly pleasant motor boat ride, but you need to be able to help keep the boat on course and be vigilant driving down the ICW. If you do not have time to make the entire passage OPOOPO is willing to work with crew to have crew join in stages. The passage is free with all onboard expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat. If interested please contact OPOOPO at XXXXX@XXXX and or XXXXX@XXXX His website is www.UUUUU.com

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11/17/2020 from St. Augustine, Florida to St. Maarten on a Jeanneau 54

OPO E-Mail # 20-65 OPOOPO is looking for a crew member for a trip from St. Augustine, Florida to St. Maarten via the Bahamas. Crew should be experienced and able to stand a solo watch. The boat is a full equipped Jeanneau 54. Crew should arrive on November 15th with a departure date of November 17th. Crew should count on being away 14 days. Crew is responsible for their transportation to and from the boat. OPOOPO at B XXXXX@XXXX .

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11/1/2020 from Atlantic City NJ to St Croix USVI on a Boat

OPO e-mail # 20-64 Good friend and bot owning skipper, OPOOPO , has an old, but strong blue water 1982 C and C Landfall 43 named Catherine. He is looking for one or maybe two crew to sail from Atlantic City to St. Croix. OPOOPO has made the round trip passage on this boat 6 times, mostly with his family and one or two mates who have sometimes been OPO members.  The oldest daughter is off to college so it OPOOPO , his wife and duo partner, and one daughter are the other crew. They all have done the passage many times. I first met OPOOPO when he bought the boat and the insurance company made them hire a skipper for three days to deliver the boat and sign him off as competent. OPOOPO had lots of boating experience at the time, but all on powerboats. That was over 8 years ago.  Twelve offshore passages is a good report card. They keep the boat seaworthy as they sail back and forth and spend winters in the Caribbean full time. The passage will be a straight shot and take about 10 days. But you will want time to wait on weather and have time at both ends for weather delays, so you have to be flexible. This will not work for someone who is working and taking time off from work. The trip is free with onboard expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat. They are musicians so feel free to bring some victuals or chip in if you feel privileged to be sailing to the Caribbean this fall. Plus have money for meals ashore. If interested please send your sailing resume to him at Y XXXXX@XXXX They have a web site that will tell you more about them. He and his wife actually are a combo act who have been entertaining folks north and south for many years. www.UUUUU.com

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11/15/2020 from Norfolk VA, Chesapeake Bay to St. Thomas, USVI on a Boat

OPO e-mail # 20-63 New boat owner and budding skipper, OPOOPO bought a 1978 OPOOPO 34 that he is planning to sail from the OPOOPO to the USVI this fall. He e-mailed yesterday and I spoke with him today. I usually would not send out a crew request like this, but I did speak with Steve today and this might work for an OPO member(s) who has OPOOPO experience and can co-skipper and help get the boat to the Caribbean. Steve will pay your transportation to and from the boat (within reason) as well as all boat expenses. He is looking for one crew or a couple (or two friends) since it is a small boat. OPOOPO Cross is a full keel well-built offshore boat. He bought her from an owner who had her well-equipped. Steve has 30 years messing around on power boats on the lake as well as two years lake sailing and has spent some time with the boat this summer. (He lives in OK.) He plans to return to the boat early November to finish provisioning and meeting crew and depart about Mid-Nov. Expect to have around three weeks to get ready, wait for weather, make the passage and enjoy a few days in the Caribbean. Best to have some time and no schedule. If interested please send your sailing resume to Steve at XXXXX@XXXX

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11/4/2020 from Newport RI to USVI on a Dynamique 62

OPO e-mail # 20-62 Boat owner and skipper OPOOPO owns a very nice Dynamique 62 named Anahita. We sent out a crew request for him last year when he had plans to go Trans-Atlantic from the Caribbean, but the pandemic cancelled those plans. He had crew lined up to depart from Newport, but the crew had to drop out for family problems. So he is looking for one more crew. Bijan has owned Anahita since 2004 and has made 6 Trans-Atlantics with this boat. She has been very well maintained. He plans to depart around November 5th so you will need to arrive a day or two before. The boat is a fast boat so the passage may take as little as 9 days, but have extra time built in for a weather delay and travel time. He asks for crew with “with blue water sailing experience, and immunity to sea sickness.” The passage is free with all onboard expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat. If interested please e-mail your sailing resume to him at XXXXX@XXXX He also has a web site at www.UUUUU.com

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11/1/2020 from Mamaroneck NY to Tortola on a Hylas 54

OPO e-mail # 20-61 Boat owner OPOOPO has made this passage back and forth many times over the past 15 years of ownership. This year he has to hire a skipper to go with two of his regular crew because of work. The boat is a very well equipped and maintained 1998 Hylas 54 names OPOOPO He is looking for one more crew for a total of 4 crew, to sail along with a professional skipper (out of RI) and two crew who have made the passage with the owner in the past. So a good boat and crew. He is willing to pay your transportation back from St. Thomas to the USA, within reason of course. The passage is free with all onboard food plus the airfare home. The passage is from the OPOOPO OPOOPO Yard in Mamaroneck NY to Tortola (or St. Thomas, but we are told the BVI are open to delivery crew who can best fly home from St. Thomas after the passage). They plan a non-stop passage which will take 10 to 11 days but figure you will need at least two weeks for the entire trip and have time just in case there is a weather delay waiting on a weather window November 1st. He is offering passage home because he is looking for crew with” prior offshore experience and in good health”. If interested please e-mail your resume to J XXXXX@XXXX

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10/31/2020 from Bermuda to St. Thomas on a Sabre 402

OPO e-mail # 20-60 Boat owner and skipper OPOOPO is looking for one crew for the 2nd leg of his passage from Newport to the USVI. He sails with 4 crew in total and one crew only has time first the first leg. He has a nice 2001 Sabre 402 (40ft) named “Nostos”. He sailed in our rally in past years and has made the passage to the Caribbean 8 times including 4 times with this boat. He is a nice guy. This year he plans to leave a couple of days before we do. He lives in RI if you wish to meet him and see the boat before flying into Bermuda. Crew should plan to get tested and fly into Bermuda Oct 31st for departure soon after. The sail will take about 6 days, 7 at most so figure about 10 days in total, maybe a little more time built in just in case for a weather delay. The trip is free with all onboard expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat. If interested please e-mail your sailing resume to XXXXX@XXXX



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10/12/2020 from Newport RI to Annapolis MD on a Hylas 49

OPO e-mail # 20-59 Boat owner and skipper OPOOPO is looking for two crew for this passage from Newport to Annapolis. The boat is a 2011 Hylas 49 named “Ren Chai”. He had friends lined up to go with him, but they had to bail last minute because of work. He  has been coastal sailing for over 30 years. His plan is to depart after the rains pass on Sunday/Monday and head to Block Island and then sail offshore to the mouth of the Chesapeake and then on up to Annapolis. The passage is about 350 miles and he figures about 5 days in total for the trip. He plans to go with 3 crew in total so you should be comfortable standing a solo watch. The passage is free with all onboard expenses included but as usual you have to get to and from the boat. You can probably split a car rental with the other crew to get home from Annapolis. If interested please send him your sailing resume and contact information to XXXXX@XXXX



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11/1/2020 from Grenada to Sint Maarten on a Malo 42

OPO e-mail # 20-58 I spoke with boat owner and skipper OPOOPO this morning. He has a sound plan and is looking for one or two crew who wish to join him for his sail from Grenada to St. Maarten. He is a first time user of our services, but he has been sailing for a long time. He explains the circumstances around this particular sail the right was from south to north, Grenada to St. Maarten, where he will leave the boat to get some work down before sailing her to Florida after the New Year. He is flying down this week to get the boat ready for crew who will follow down two or three weeks later. He is willing to help with travel expenses for the right crew. If interested please mail your sailing resume to XXXX@XXXXX He Adds: “Crew Needed: I plan to take a 42’ sailboat (Malo 42) from Grenada to Sint Maarten in the Caribbean, departing late October/early November. I’m not on a strict schedule but am planning on a 7-8 day passage, including some island stops along the way. I’m not uncomfortable doing this solo but would prefer one or two crew along to help (and to make it all more fun). Be aware, there are currently travel restrictions into Grenada which require a four day quarantine in a government approved hotel. But there is a “travel bubble” that includes many of the Caricom countries, if you are located within it you can come and go from Grenada with no quarantine. Ideally I’m looking for someone currently located in the Caribbean “travel bubble” to eliminate the quarantining complications. I’ll cover food and beverages and am willing to provide a travel stipend of $500 to get you from Sint Maarten to the next stop on your journey. In full disclosure I am in the final stages of purchasing this boat. It has been very well maintained but I have reviewed it to date only via video. However I have had a delegate on the boat who has provided an “eyes on” assessment and confirms the boat is maintained to a high standard. I am travelling to Grenada this week to see for myself and have scheduled the survey and sea trial for October 14-16. There is of course a possibility that I discover a deal killing defect on the boat and will have to cancel this trip. I don’t anticipate that happening based on the due diligence I’ve conducted so far, and I will know this by October 16 or very shortly thereafter. I am a lifelong sailor, age 59, who is in very good physical shape. I grew up sailing one-design dinghies (Thistle, Lightning, et al) and have continued that on and off over the years. But I got into cruising in my late teen years and have done extensive coastal cruising. I owned a San Juan 24, then a Gulfstar 37 for about 15 years, sailing it in the Bahamas, northern Caribbean and Florida before moving it to the Great Lakes. I then bought a Jeanneau 40.3 which I had for about 10 years, sailing the Great Lakes from Chicago to Canada and beyond. I have also captained charter boats in the Caribbean (many times), Maine, Florida Gulf coast, Pacific Northwest and the Greek Islands (Cyclades). Prior to the Greek Island charter I received my International Proficiency Certificate and have also completed ASA 101, 103 and 104. Beyond that I’m a very easy going guy. Sailing should be about fun and following one’s passions; drama needs to be left on shore.



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10/10/2020 from Boston MA and Southport CT to Fall River MA and South Dartmouth MA on a Concordia 32 and Beneteau 50

OPO e-mail # 20-57 Two short deliveries Boston MA to Fall River MA and Southport CT to South Dartmouth MA - Pro skipper OPOOPO has two short coastal deliveries and is looking for a mate to accompany him on one or both, for safety. He is a good skipper and has got crew from us numerous times before. 1) Southport CT to South Dartmouth MA - He is delivering a Concordia 32 from Southport CT to South Dartmouth MA. This will be a passage that will take 1-2 days. In addition, applicants should figure on time for a good cleanup, upon arrival.      2) Boston MA to Fall River MA - He is delivering a Beneteau 50 from Boston MA to Fall    River MA. This also will be a passage that will take 1-2 days. Again, applicants should figure on time for a good cleanup, upon arrival. Final dates are uncertain...waiting on favorable weather. These trips are unpaid (i.e., no per diem) but crew members will have food and transportation expenses covered, up to a maximum of $300. If interested, please e-mail him directly at XXXXX@XXXX (don't forget the "r" in the address). Attach your résumé or log of past trips and include references. He adds: I am a 100-ton professional delivery captain with 44 years' experience and more than 126,000 offshore miles. I have traveled these routes many times. I am safety- and weather-conscious, and have a calm demeanor. Cheers!



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11/2/2020 from Annapolis MD to Ft Lauderdale FL on a Hylas 56

OPO e-mail # 20-56 Pro skipper OPOOPO is looking for 2 QUALIFIED and OFFSHORE-EXPERIENCED crew member(s) to round out his offshore passage crew. MUST have offshore experience and MUST provide résumé or sailing log as well as references. He  is a good skipper and has got crew from us numerous times before. He is delivering a fully-equipped Hylas 56 from Annapolis MD to Ft Lauderdale FL. This will be a passage that will take about 6 days...plus possible weather delay days. In addition, applicants should figure on 1-2 days prior to departure, for prep, as well as a half day for cleanup, upon arrival. Final dates are uncertain...the boat is under new ownership and is undergoing a few minor changes at Jabin’s. But let’s assume a departure date of November 2, so... All crew will arrive in Annapolis November 1 for departure a day or two later (weather permitting)...and must be available through November 13 OR SO (?), to allow for potential weather delays. Note: We will notbe staying aboard for more than 1 day beyond arrival in OPOOPO This trip is unpaid (i.e., no per diem) but crew members will have all food expenses covered. Transportation costs to and from the boat will also be reimbursed, up to a maximum of $400. If interested, please e-mail him directly at XXXXX@XXXX (don't forget the "r" in the address). Attach your résumé or log of past offshore trips and include references. He  adds: I am a 100-ton professional delivery captain with 44 years' experience and more than 126,000 offshore miles. I have done this particular passage many times before. I am safety- and weather-conscious, and have a calm demeanor. Cheers!



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11/4/2020 from Colon Panama to Ft. Lauderdale FL on a Whitby 42

OPO e-mail # 20-55 Pro skipper OPOOPO is looking “for two keen crew to join him sailing a Whitby 42, a monohull ketch, from the Caribbean side of Panama to Ft. Lauderdale FL. He intends to fly to Panama City on Nov 4 and taxi to Colon and the boat at “Shelter Bay Marina.” Departure will be as soon as possible thereafter. The trip is 1500 miles and I expect the voyage to take about two weeks depending on wind and fuel. Possible fuel stop is CanCun or Isla Mujeres MX. Crew must possess valid passport and proof of recent negative COVID-19 test. Some sailing skills and the ability to stand night watch alone are necessary. Awareness and team work are important and mechanical skills are welcome. The usual OPO conditions apply such that crew will get themselves to and from the boat. Expenses and food on board are provided. Interested crew should email me a sailing resume.” Capt OPOOPO XXXXX@XXXX have known him since 1992. He is a very nice guy and has hundreds of thousands of miles including a circumnavigation. He gets crew from us so often he even writes up his own “crew requests”. The owner of the boat is actually a pro skipper who is working a mega-yacht in Europe and wanted to get his stored boat from Panama to the USA. She is out of the water right now and has been well looked after. The Shelter Bay Marina is a good place to depart from with a good service staff. He has done his homework on the boat and plans to have her ready. The Whitby 42 is a classic heavy overbuilt boat. It should be a comfortable ride. Hank



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12/1/2020 from Fort Lauderdale to Puerto Rico on a Leopard 45

OPO e-mail # 20-54 Boat owner and skipper OPOOPO and his wife have a very nice 2019 Leopard 45 Sailing Catamaran named OPOOPO. I spoke with them earlier today and I can tell this is a very good opportunity for members. They are looking for one more crew or a sailing couple who wish to join them. They cruised north with the boat this first full season. They are in the Chesapeake now and will be sailing as a couple back to Florida to the yard they bought her from for a little warranty work. They plan to be ready in early December for Ft. Lauderdale FL to the SW coast or Puerto Rico. The passage is about 900 miles and they plan to make a few stops along the way so expect the passage to take from 2 to 3 weeks in total. He owned a Heli 44 and a Mahe 36 before this boat. They have 6000 miles on the current boat over the last 1.5 years and are full time live-aboards. The boat is well equipped as he adds: Owners version, 3 Cabin, A/C, Generator, Ais, Radar, Auto Pilot, Additional sails; Additional sails; Code D, Symetrical Spinnaker. 8 man life raft, EPIRB. The passage is free with all onboard expenses included but you need to get to and from the boat and have money for shore side stops. They would like crew with some previous solo watch standing skills, but realize having nice people aboard is more important that a know-it-all. If interested please e-mail then with your sailing Resume to XXXXX@XXXX They also have a web site. www.UUUUU.com



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10/28/2020 from Huntington NY to St. Maarten on a Amel 53

OPO e-mail # 20-53 Longtime OPO supporter and boat owners OPOOPO is looking for crew for his annual sail south. He has a very nice and well equipped for offshore Amel 53 that he has owned since new. I have known him for over 20 years. He has gotten crew from us many times and often has a full crew from past OPO members being able to join him again and again. Sometimes, like this year, his regulars cannot make it. If you wish to become one of his crew this year and be added to his short list of OPO crew please send your sailing resume to XXXXX@XXXX He has made the passage many times and plans to sail non-stop. It is a 1500 miles 10 day passage from Huntington. He wants crew to arrive on Oct 28th before noon to have a couple of days to go over the boat and plan to depart Oct 30th on a good weather window. You will want at least 14 days time-off and longer if there is a significant weather delay. The passage is free with all onboard expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat and have money for meals ashore. He is looking for people with some offshore skills, but is more interested in nice crew who know when to jump in and help. He usually sails with 5 crew and the boat is easy to handle. As the new normal expect to get Covid tested before traveling to the boat and maybe a 2nd time if there is a long weather delay as you need to be tested 5 days before departure.



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10/7/2020 from Warwick RI to Chesapeake then Caribbean on a Beneteau

OPO e-mail # 20-52 Warwick RI to Chesapeake to the Caribbean - I just got off the phone with a very nice guy with lots of sailing experience who is looking for one or two crew to sail south. His name is OPOOPO . His plan is to meet potential crew in the next two weeks and then sail south from RI to the Chesapeake Bay and then decide about November 1st to sail directly to the Caribbean or sail to Bermuda first and then the Caribbean. The boat is a 1985 Beneteau Ideal 11.5 named “OPOOPO”. He has owned the boat for the last 2 ½ years and sailed up from the Keys last year during Covid. He has owned other boats (C and C 29 sloop and a Classic double ender 47, ketch) and has sailed pretty much his whole life. I know this is a smaller boat than OPO members are normally interested in, but will work for some OPO members who wish to go sailing this fall. The boat is well equipped as he includes: All safety equipment has been updated: radar, chartplotters, VHFs, AIS, EPIRB, auto helm, solar, dinghy, jacklines, cockpit enclosure, etc.. He has the boat pretty much ready and just wants to interview a few crew and hopefully meet them and visa-versa before sailing for the two or three weeks down the coast to be ready to wait for a weather window and plan about Nov 1st.  A good shakedown cruise for crew and boat. If all works out well the plan is open to Bermuda first, straight to the Caribbean or further south. The passage is free, but since this is a long range plan lasting up to many months if you wish and both agree. He simply asks crew to chip in for provisions. He covers all boat expenses, fuel etc. You just chip in for onboard food and have money for any shore side activities and socials. If interested please e-mail him with your sailing resume to XXXXX@XXXX so you can then exchange phone numbers and plan to meet.



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10/26/2020 from Cape Charles, VA to St. Thomas USVI on a Leopard 48 Catamaran

OPO e-mail # 20-51 Cape Charles, VA to St. Thomas USVI - Pro skipper and charter Captain OPOOPO has a nice 2016 Leopard 48 Catamaran named “Vicarious” that he bought in St. Maarten last year. He and his girlfriend/mate sailed her north last May from St. Thomas and spent the season chartering up north. Their first year. He is now looking for two crew for the return passage departing about Oct 26 or the best weather window about then. This will be a straight 1400 mile passage that he expects to take about 8 to 10 days of sailing but have a little extra time just in case of any long weather delay. He called me last year when he bought the boat and needed help getting her out of SXM. I was in St. Thomas when the boat was delivered to him from exhile in SXM. He called me because I knew his dad many years ago when they lived in NY and had a boat I worked on. He and his girlfriend are very nice folks and maybe the youngest owner/operators in the US Virgin Islands this year. He is totally competent, but he would still like two crew with some offshore experience for a total of 4 crew including his girlfriend who made the trip north last year as well. The passage is free with all onboard expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat as usual. Understand this is a young charter couple who had the bad luck to buy a charter boat last March before Covid hit so buy them dinner at the other endJ. If interested please send your sailing resume to them at  XXXXX@XXXX They also have a web site www.UUUUU.com



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10/24/2020 from Newport, RI to Martinique on a Amel 53

OPO e-mail # 20-50 Here is another very good opportunity. This one on an Amel 53, a very fine offshore cruising vessel. He has gotten crew from us before. He is a nice man who loves his boat and wants crew that will take care of the boat as if it were your own. (A good policy to follow all the time). He wants crew that have some offshore experience so they know how a boat handles offshore. If he seems picky about his crew it is because he loves his boat. I would sail with him anytime. He e-mails: “Boat owner and captain OPOOPO is looking for one experienced off-shore crew for his annual trip south . He has one OPO member returning as the 3rd crew. I also know this OPO member and have sailed with him so two nice guys. He has owned this boat since new and takes pride in ownership and keeping things proper and shipshape. He does expect the crew to be easy on the boat and treat it like they would their own home. He does a good job of describing himself and the boat so we copied and pasted some of what he sent us. OPOOPO 53 is a very easy boat to sail and very comfortable. The trip is free with onboard expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat and have money for meals ashore. If interested please e-mail him at XXXXX@XXXX . OPOOPO On about Oct 25th, I plan to sail from Newport, RI to Martinique. My boat is LADYBUG, a well found, fully equipped 53 Amel ketch. I plan to sail directly to Martinique without a stop in Bermuda (unless it is necessary). OPOOPO counts our time offshore as quarantine, not stopping saves a hassle in Martinique. The trip could take several days longer or less depending on the strength of the Azores/Bermuda high and the trade winds south of Bermuda. I have a dock reservation in Martinique starting on the 8th of November. OPOOPO the crew will be welcome to stay a few days on the boat at its berth at the marina in the village of OPOOPO but anyone who does not leave immediately may have to be tested and then quarantined for 3-4 days waiting for result. The final rules are not yet in. I will require a sailing resume and references. The crew will share a two bunk state room and head. I will provide the food and costs during the voyage. I ask that everyone on the boat have a test and results before coming to Newport. My ideal crew of two would have the following characteristics: Physically fit and healthy (not over-weight), no blood thinner medicines,No problem with seasickness (this is important.), No special diet,No smoking, and this is a dry boat-until arrival,Must be experienced in off-shore sailing, each person will do a solo watch. Follow instructions and ask questions. OPOOPO is a complex machine. Amel will not allow new owners to take their boat until they have spent about 7 full days with an Amel employee learning how to sail and take care of the boat. Be familiar with mechanical things and modern navigation equipment. Be interested in many things, don’t be a fanatic of any kind. Share the food preparation and cleaning. I had the boat built in OPOOPO in 1998. I have sailed it approximately 60,000 miles. This includes 3 transatlantic trips, numerous times to Bermuda and the Caribbean down to Trinidad and up to Canada, from England to the Mediterranean and all over the Mediterranean during the 8 years that I lived on the boat in OPOOPO in southern France. I replaced the boat engine 3 years ago and the rigging last winter. Last winter, the electric motors for the sail controls and the motors for the two auto-helms were rebuilt. The sails were new last year.



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9/29/2020 from Salem MA to Florida on a Caliber LRC 40

OPO e-mail # 20-49 OPO member OPOOPO is looking for one or two crew to sail his very nice 2003 Caliber LRC 40 foot cutter named “Tempest” south. He is a very nice guy. OPOOPO is a very strong well built offshore boat. He Ads: Auto pilot, Epirb, AIS, New GPS New Radar, VHF, Caliber boat is a long range cruiser very solid boat, good supply of food, refrigerator, stove. I hold 50 ton Captain lic, crewed from St Martin to Newport, NC to NJ, purchased present boat in Maryland sailed to Salem Ma. Looking for 1 or 2 crew to sail from OPOOPO to Florida or only part way if crew prefers first to get to Florida. Later he plans to go to the Bahamas, but like everyone wants to finish the leg south before making further plans. Make a good impression and be invited for future passage opportunities. He would like crew with some experience and who can handle a solo watch. The trip will be a mix of inside and out dependent on weather decisions. Expect the trip to take up to 12 days. The trip is free with onboard expenses included but you need to get to and from the boat and have money for shore side stops. If interested please email him with your sailing resume and contact info at XXXXX@XXXX The new normal includes discussion about Covid and how good you have been at social distancing and if anyone thinks Covid testing is a good idea.



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10/26/2020 from Glen Cove Long Island NY to Boca Raton Florida on a Beneteau Oceanis 45

OPO e-mail # 20-48 Glen Cove Long Island NY to Boca Raton Florida - OPO member and pro skipper OPOOPO is looking for 2 crew to sail a 2017 Beneteau Oceanis 45 from NY to Florida. He plans to depart with a good weather window starting Oct 26th. The normal plan in the fall is to sail offshore to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay for 2 days and then see if the weather is ok to go outside or duck in at Norfolk. Most of the time in the fall it is smart to go inside for 3 or 4 days and then jump out at Beaufort NC and finish the trip offshore if the weather is ok. But you may also find you need to duck in to make progress if there are strong southwest winds which are common in the fall. That is why he says to have time just in case the trip takes longer. I have done two passages with he and he is a very nice guy with lots of sea miles. The owners adult don is also making the passage. He does not have a lot of offshore experience so he needs 2 crew who can handle a solo watch and have been offshore before and can manage coastal navigation running the ICW. The passage is free with all boat and onboard expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat. The boat is a 3 cabin layout. If interested please e-mail him with your sailing resume and contact XXXXX@XXXX



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8/7/2020 from Newport RI to Port Everglades Florida on a Swan 46

OPO e-mail # 20-47 We know private boat owners are not looking for crew but pro skippers are still busy moving boats. OPOOPO is looking for crew to sail the Swan 46 Aphrodite from Newport to Florida to be put on a ship to get to Europe. She finally sold! Short notice because things happen fast sometimes. Veteran OPO members know OPOOPO is one of our more popular and busy skippers who moves a lot of Swans including in our Swan Program. This is a 7 to 10 day passage sailing the recently sold boat Swan 46 Aphrodite. (This is the same boat is sailed in the 2014 ARC from Las Palmas Canary Islands to St. Lucia.) She is an older boat but in good shape and fun to sail. The trip is free with all onboard food included, but you need to get to and from the boat. If interested please e-mail OPOOPO at XXXXX@XXXX with a brief sailing resume.

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6/22/2020 from Norfolk to New York City on a Sabre

OPO e-mail # 20-46 updated. Boat owner and very experienced sailor OPOOPO is looking for one more crew for this passage from Norfolk to OPOOPO He has a very nice 2016 OPOOPO 395 named “Mercury” which he has owned since new. He plans to depart June 23rd or this 250 miles passage to N OPOOPO for about 3 days in total. Since there will be just two crew you need to be able to stand a solo watch. OPOOPO is a very interesting boat (Aluminum) so it is a good chance to check one out and sail aboard. Some of Richards comments” “I have been sailing the boat around Europe and transatlantic this year. Fully equipped for ocean passages, crossed the Atlantic this year. Sailed around Europe for three years and crossed Atlantic in 2019 and up the U OPOOPO Coast in 2020. Before this boat I had a Sabre 34 for 17 years in OPOOPO Sound” The passage is free but you need to get to and from the boat and have your own money for any shore side meals and drinks. If interested please e-mail your sailing resume Richard at R XXXXX@XXXX He also has a blog https://www.UUUUU.com

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6/22/2020 from Oriental North Carolina to New York City on a Sabre

OPO e-mail # 20-46 Boat owner and very experienced sailor OPOOPO is looking for one more crew for this passage from Oriental NC to OPOOPO He has a very nice 2016 OPOOPO 395 named “Mercury” which he has owned since new. He plans to depart June 23rd for this 450 miles passage to N OPOOPO for about 6 days in total. Since there will be just two crew you need to be able to stand a solo watch. OPOOPO is a very interesting boat (Aluminum) so it is a good chance to check one out and sail aboard. Some of Richards comments” “I have been sailing the boat around Europe and transatlantic this year. Fully equipped for ocean passages, crossed the Atlantic this year. Sailed around Europe for three years and crossed Atlantic in 2019 and up the U OPOOPO Coast in 2020. Before this boat I had a Sabre 34 for 17 years in OPOOPO Sound” The passage is free but you need to get to and from the boat and have your own money for any shore side meals and drinks. If interested please e-mail your sailing resume Richard at R XXXXX@XXXX He also has a blog https://www.UUUUU.com

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6/18/2020 from Westerly RI to Annapolis MD on a Tartan 40

OPO e-mail # 20-45 Pro skipper OPOOPO just got this delivery yesterday and e-mailed me which I saw this morning. He is looking for one or two crew to help delivery a Tartan 40 from Westerly YC to Annapolis MD. Martin is in the Annapolis are now and plans to travel to the boat Wednesday to have her ready for departure Thursday. As usual the passage is free with all onboard expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat. Martin is fine with less experienced crew since he just needs to get some sleep during easy parts of the passage so any OPO member should feel comfortable contacting Martin to ask about joining him. He is not sure of he will rent a car and drive up on Wednesday or take a quick cheap flight. Crew can meet Martin in Westerly or of course speak with him about the best way to get to the boat. If interested I am also including Martin’s phone number since it is short notice so you can call right away, but also his e-mail address so you can e-mail and send him your sailing resume. Phone number is XXX-XXX-XXXX and e-mail address is XXXXX@XXXX

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6/17/2020 from SW Harbor Maine to Three Mile Harbor Long Island NY on a Boat

OPO e-mail # 20-44 Just got a call from one of my old sailing friends who is now one of the yard managers at Hinckley in OPOOPO Maine. They just sold a SW 42 to a client who needs the boat delivered by Friday because he wants his daughter to see it before she goes away for the summer. OPOOPO am looking for just two crew (Covid), who have been social distancing, to social distance with me from the world for a 2 day non-stop passage. I will rent a car Tuesday afternoon and we will drive up leaving at midnight to arrive in Maine to depart Wednesday am. My wife will pick us up in OPOOPO harbor on Friday afternoon or evening. If interested please e-mail me. I know I will have more responses and I would usually take one or two extra crew along on a trip like this, but not this year. . The ease of logistics and plan for covid save travel will help me decide what crew to take. We will bring our food with us and need sleeping gear as this is a newly purchased boat. Enjoy your weekend. Hank OPO

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6/23/2020 from Marathon Florida to Puerto Rico on a Tayana 37

OPO e-mail # 20-43 Pro skipper OPOOPO is looking for crew for the following passage. I did almost this passage on my own Tayana 37 from George Town Great Exuma Island Bahamas to St. Maarten in 1993. It is an uphill passage but better done in June than January like I did. OPOOPO writes up his own “crew requests”. He e-mails: “I have a late (early) season delivery to Puerto Rico. I am planning to depart Marathon FL with a Tayana 37 on or about June 23. The trip will be a Thorny Path thrash, suitable for the tough and adventurist sort of crew. The route will likely be through the Bahamas to San Salvador, then East to PR, more or less. There will be much motoring and upwind work. The conditions will be rough, wet, challenging and dynamic, requiring personal toughness, situational awareness, stamina and sensibility. Because of possible weather related delays, the voyage should take from 8-16 days... or more. Hurricanes present a risk and uncertainty. And much hinges on openness of the islands at that time. Crew expenses on board are provided, but crew must provide their own transport to and from the boat. Probably we all drive down to Marathon from FLL and/or MIA; and Uber together from Puerto Del Rey PR (the east end destination) to SJU in San Juan. You gotta like rice and beans. Interested individuals should send me a brief sailing resume and convincing statement of suitability. Capt OPOOPO ” XXXXX@XXXX



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6/9/2020 from Charleston SC to Rhode Island on a Bavaria 46'

OPO e-mail # 20-41Charleston SC to Rhode Island - This just in last night from OPOOPO who just arrived from the Bahamas. CAPTs are looking for 1 or two people to sail with them on their 2018 - 46’ Bavaria Nautitech from Charleston, South Carolina ( City Marina) to Rhode Island on Tuesday June 9th or Wednesday June 10th (weather permitting). They have gotten crew from us before and all past crew have spoken very highly of them. I just wished they gave us more notice as it would make it much easier for our OPO members to join them. They add: “The boat is in great shape purchased new and we are professional sailors who take safety into great consideration. If interested in gaining hours for Captains Licensure or just for experience please contact us via cell XXX-XXX-XXXX.” The passage is free with all onboard expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat. We normally do not put phone numbers down, but this is short notice and they say texting works very well for them. If you are interested I would call them right away. This is a good opportunity for someone who is ready, eager and available on short notice. These are two pro sailors so experience is not as important as wanting to do a good job, follow instructions, and be a pleasant crew. Email to send resume: XXXXX@XXXX



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