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5/21/2020
6/30/2020
Red hook USVI
Annapolis MD
Hanse

e-mail # 20-36 I met Pro Skipper OPOOPO in Red Hook last month. He rescued th...

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...
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...

5/7/2020
6/4/2020
Eleuthera Bahamas
Charleston SC
Catamaran
OPO e-mail # 20-31 Boat owner and licensed captain OPOOPO is looking to put a ...
5/14/2020
5/23/2020
Sandwich, MA
Charleston, SC
Jenneau
OPO E-Mail # 20-33 This notice just came in from Capt. OPOOPO Malott. He wri...
5/30/2020
6/4/2020
Riviera Beach FL
Jamestown RI.
Moody
OPO e-mail # 20-40 Pro skipper OPOOPO just got back from a delivery and has an...
5/20/2020
5/22/2019
NEB (New England Boatworks) Portsmouth RI
Larchmont YC New York
J Boat

OPO e-mail # 20-35 Pro skipper OPOOPO just got called to move a 40 foot J Boa...

4/22/2020
4/29/2020
St. Thomas USVI
Marion MA
Swan 48

OPO e-mail # 20-28 St. Thomas USVI to Marion MA. - Pro OPO skipper OPOOPO jus...

5/25/2020
6/15/2020
Charleston, SC
Mystic, CT
Beneteau 411

OPO e-mail # 20-38 Boat owner and skipper OPOOPO , the retired ex-President o...

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...
6/19/2020
6/22/2020
Norfolk
New York City
Sabre
OPO e-mail # 20-46 updated. Boat owner and very experienced sailor OPOOPO is...
4/22/2020
4/25/2020
Ft. Lauderdale
Newport, RI
Jenneau 49

OPO e-mail # 20-27 Ft. Lauderdale to Newport, RI - Pro skipper OPOOPO had a c...

5/22/2020
6/8/2020
Annapolis MD
NY City and ultimately to Detroit MI
Seawind 1190 Catamaran

OPO e-mail # 20-37Annapolis MD to NY City and ultimately to Detroit MI - Boat...

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...
6/12/2020
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...

5/3/2020
5/13/2020
Stuart Florida
Stamford CT
Island Packet 420
OPO e-mail # 20-30 Pro skipper OPOOPO is looking for one more crew for the fol...
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...

6/30/2020 from Red hook USVI to Annapolis MD on a Hanse

e-mail # 20-36 I met Pro Skipper OPOOPO in Red Hook last month. He rescued the Swan 48 Affinity from BVI and brought her over to St. Thomas for Murray to fly down and deliver last month. Now he is looking for crew. He is looking for up to three more crew plus himself for a total of 4 crew. All crew need to be able to stand a solo watch. He has a Captains 200T License and 30,000 ocean miles. He is a nice guy. The boat is Hanse 2017 455 privately owned, maintained by B and G yacht management in Nanny Cay, BVI. He has a recent survey of the boat She has or will have all the necessary safety gear aboard. Crew will need their own foul weather gear and PFD. The passage is free with all onboard expenses. He can even help with a travel stipend within reason. If interested please e-mail him your sailing resume and contact information to XXXXX@XXXX



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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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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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6/4/2020 from Eleuthera Bahamas to Charleston SC on a Catamaran

OPO e-mail # 20-31 Boat owner and licensed captain OPOOPO is looking to put a crew together to sail back from the Bahamas to Charleston SC. The Bahamas and other islands are starting to open up to allow crew to fly in and move boats north before the start of hurricane season. OPOOPO is new to using our services, but he does a great job of describing his crew request and gives us a lot of information about himself, his boat and how to get to and from the boat. Just what OPO members need to know. Plus as usual, the passage is free with crew paying their own way to and from the boat. If interested please e-mail OPOOPO with your sailing resume to XXXXX@XXXX . He also has a blog at www.UUUUU.com Here is the excellent information OPOOPO included: “I see United has a flight on June 4 from Fort Lauderdale, FL to North Eleuthera for $219. I’ll be arriving on June 1st and making sure the boat is ship shape. The Charles Edward is a 38’ Seawind 1160 lite. It’s a catamaran with a 21’ beam, 4’ draft, 3 cabins and 2 heads. The saloon table can be turned into a berth to create a 4th sleeping area. The boat has a main and jib and two 25 HP Yamaha high thrust engines. The boat was finished in late 2018 and is a 2019 model year. The engines are of the same year. I’m looking for two able bodied sailors at a minimum. Couples sharing cabins could bring the total to 5. The boat has AIS, satellite communication devices, a dingy with both oars and a 6 hp engine. I am well supplied with tools. I am both the captain and the owner with no other crew definite at this time. This will be my 4th crossing of the Gulf Stream. The first time I sailed to the Bahamas from Key West. The second time I sailed from the Bahamas to St. Augustine and then made my way north to Rhode Island. The third crossing was part of the Salty Dawg Fall Rally sailing from Hampton, VA to Eleuthera’s Harbour Island. I’ve taken the US Sailing’s Safety at Sea course, Coastal Navigation and Coastal Passage. I’ve taken weather, seamanship, and navigation with the US Power Squadron. I’m a 6 pack Captain. The boat is both Coast Guard documented and has State registration. It was last safety inspected in 2019 by the US Power Squadron. The life raft was bought in December of 2018 and I have 2 PLBs. The crew should arrive on or a few days before the 4th of June to get underway on the 6th. The airport to fly into is North Eleuthera and from there short land and water taxis will take you to the boat, currently in Spanish Wells, Eleuthera. The voyage I expect to take 6 days more or less. The crew can make return flights from Charleston at any time. Airlines with a liberal change policy are recommended.

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5/23/2020 from Sandwich, MA to Charleston, SC on a Jenneau

OPO E-Mail # 20-33 This notice just came in from Capt. OPOOPO Malott. He writes: I am looking for one person to assist in a passage from Sandwich, Ma. to Charleston, SC. The vessel is a 46' Jenneau with all the assets. AIS, radar, chart plotter, epirb and all the safety equipment. This will happen May 23 and should take around 5 days sailing. I will furnish all with the exception of transportation to and from the boat. Interested crew can contact Capt. OPOOPO OPOOPO at www.UUUUU.com

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6/4/2020 from Riviera Beach FL to Jamestown RI. on a Moody

OPO e-mail # 20-40 Pro skipper OPOOPO just got back from a delivery and has another coming up this next week departing June 4 or 5th from Riviera Beach Florida to Jamestown. He is looking for 2 or 3 crew to sail a well-equipped Moody 45. According to OPOOPO “Crew should be compatible, alert and be able to stand solo night watch properly.” The passage is free with all expenses on board are covered, but crew must get themselves to and from the boat. The nearest airports are Palm Beach or FLL. The passage should take about 7 or 8 days. I have known OPOOPO for many years and he gets crew from OPO all the time. He is a very nice guy and easy to sail with. If interested please e-mail OPOOPO with your sailing resume and contact information to XXXXX@XXXX

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5/22/2019 from NEB (New England Boatworks) Portsmouth RI to Larchmont YC New York on a J Boat

OPO e-mail # 20-35 Pro skipper OPOOPO just got called to move a 40 foot J Boat from, RI to NY. He wants to depart Friday mid-day and do an overnight to arrive at the club during daylight and launch hours in time to pick up a rental car to get home on Saturday. He is happy to take one or two crew along. The trip is free and OPOOPO can get you back to your car in RI. If interested please e-mail OPOOPO at XXXXX@XXXX



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4/29/2020 from St. Thomas USVI to Marion MA on a Swan 48

OPO e-mail # 20-28 St. Thomas USVI to Marion MA. - Pro OPO skipper OPOOPO just picked up this delivery today from another skipper who ran out of time. He is looking for two crew to help sail a well maintained and equipped Swan 48 from St. Thomas to Marion MA non-top. There will only be three crew aboard, including skipper, so he needs crew with offshore experience and can stand a solo watch with. Crew need to fly in next Wednesday April 29th (trying to match arrival flights with OPOOPO would be ideal.) Depart one or two days later. The passage is free with all onboard expenses included, but as usual you need to get to and from the boat. OPOOPO will most likely plan to drive back to RI after making landfall in MA. If interested please e-mail OPOOPO asap at XXXXX@XXXX



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6/15/2020 from Charleston, SC to Mystic, CT on a Beneteau 411

OPO e-mail # 20-38 Boat owner and skipper OPOOPO , the retired ex-President of Beneteau USA, is looking for a couple of crew to cast off the early morning of 16 June, IF Mother Nature Cooperates, and go 4-5 days offshore around the 3 Capes (Fear/Lookout/Hatteras) to Atlantic City to refuel and have a fine dinner. Then continue on up through New York harbor (glorious at any time) into Long Island Sound; normally arriving Mystic 2 days later. Total voyage time is 6 to7 days. OPOOPO welcomes you to arrive a day or two early to enjoy Charleston. The trip is free with all onboard expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat and have money for shore side stops. If interested please e-mail OPOOPO with answers to the below questions at XXXXX@XXXX with your sailing resume and contact information. Marion Maid, is a well equipped 1999 Beneteau 411 in very good shape with recent engine/sails/etc. Crew must to be able to stand watch alone. Upon arrival in CT, OPOOPO will rent a car to drive crew to the Providence or Hartford airport.



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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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6/22/2020 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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4/25/2020 from Ft. Lauderdale to Newport, RI on a Jenneau 49

OPO e-mail # 20-27 Ft. Lauderdale to Newport, RI - Pro skipper OPOOPO had a crew cancel due to quarantine issues so he is looking for one replacement crew departing very soon. He e-mails: “I'm looking for one person to go from Ft. Lauderdale to Newport on a new 49' Jenneau sailboat. As always this is a non-alcohol and tobacco passage and they will need to bring their own PFD and tether. (One bag per crew)”. The trip is free with all onboard expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat. If interested please send a sailing resume to him at XXXXX@XXXX Since it is short notice we are also including his phone number so call if you want first dibs. XXX-XXX-XXXX He has gotten crew from us before and has a web site. Capt. OPOOPO USCG Master web page: www.UUUUU.com



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6/8/2020 from Annapolis MD to NY City and ultimately to Detroit MI on a Seawind 1190 Catamaran

OPO e-mail # 20-37Annapolis MD to NY City and ultimately to Detroit MI - Boat owner OPOOPO has a Brand New 2019 39” Seawind 1190 Catamaran named “OPOOPO”. The boat was commissioned in January 2020. He is on his journey back home with the boat. He has a full crew of friends as far as Annapolis MD ending next month. He learned about OPO from an OPO member. Our fellow OPO member told me that he is a very nice guy and knows what he is doing. I spoke with him and I would agree. He has owned other boats over his lifetime of sailing. Many years on catamarans. He is looking for two or three crew who wish to join him for a total of no more than 4 crew for all or parts of his passage from Annapolis to NY City and then up the Hudson River and finally to Detroit via the canal system. Crew would meet him in Annapolis about June 8th and make way towards NY City. Some of the plans are contingent with canals openings later this season. The next logical leg would then be from Annapolis to NY City. He is on no set plan and is flexible so may not rush the trip north if crew are in no hurry as well. He adds: “New Seawind 1190 sport easy to see the @ www.UUUUU.com but Pepper was outfitted with a lot of carbon parts to lighten the displacement. The result is a catamaran that is fast, and wait until you see her under a blood red spinnaker!. To keep things light a Takacat tender is on the davits. Two baths and berths for 8 along with full galley adds to the comfort.” If interested please e-mail him at XXXXX@XXXX with your sailing resume. He may be underway and out of internet range for parts of the next few days so please be patient if he does not get back to you within 24 or 36 hours. You can ask him about plans for the entire passage to Detroit, but no one knows for sure when things will be clearer. We can send out an updated “crew request” for him later in the season as things work themselves out. Until then he plan to focus on one leg at a time and make firmer plans as time allows.



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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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6/23/2020 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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5/13/2020 from Stuart Florida to Stamford CT on a Island Packet 420

OPO e-mail # 20-30 Pro skipper OPOOPO is looking for one more crew for the following passage. I have known OPOOPO since 1992 and he is a very nice skipper and super capable. He has gotten crew from us before so many times and can even right up his own “crew request”. “I have an Island Packet 420 to deliver from Stuart FL to Stamford CT. This should be a 6 day trip into the Gulf Stream and up the East River to Long Island Sound. The boat has had an extensive refit recently and should be in good shape. I am seeking one more crew for this trip. I have one crew I know well and with whom I have sailed. Suitable crew will know something about sailing, be able to stand night watch alone, be a good team player and be free of Covid-19 symptoms. I plan to depart the St Lucie Inlet on 5/13 or 14. ETA is 5/19 or 20.” Please send OPOOPO a brief resume of your sailing experience to 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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