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2/7/2024
3/1/2024
Caribbean
Annapolis
Belliure 41

OPO Crew Request # 24-07 Boat owner and skipper XXXXX has a 1984 Belliure 41 ...

11/10/2023
11/12/2023
Newport
Antigua
Caliber 40

OPO Crew Request #23-126 Pro skipper XXXXXX is looking for a replacement crew...

4/14/2024
4/22/2024
Daytona Beach, Florida
Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey
Fountaine Pajot Lipari 40

OPO Crew Request # 24-33 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX has a 2012 Fountaine P...

2/8/2024
6/10/2024
Newport
Bermuda
Bristol 35.5

OPO Crew Request # 23-08 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX is looking for one mor...

3/24/2024
4/14/2024
March Harbor, Abaco Bahamas
Bermuda
Leopard 45 Catamaran

OPO Crew Request # 24-26 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX own a 2020 Leopard 45 ...

11/13/2023
11/20/2023
Belfast Maine
Bimini Bahamas
Valiant 40

OPO Crew Request # 23-127 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX sent me this crew req...

2/28/2024
5/3/2024
Beaufort, NC
Bristol, RI
X Yacht 48

OPO Crew Request # 24-16 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX has a 2001 48’ X...

3/12/2024
4/3/2024
Dominican Republic, North Coast
Brunswick Georgia
Tayana 42

OPO Crew Request # 24-18 Pro skipper XXXXXX is looking for two crew for a tot...

10/21/2023
11/1/2023
St Thomas USVI
Cape Canaveral, FL
CT 54

OPO Crew Request # 23-118 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX is looking for one mo...

11/30/2023
12/13/2023
Charleston, SC
Cocoa, FL
Beneteau 40

OPO Crew Request # 23-132 OPO Member, boat owner and skipper XXXXXX is lookin...

4/11/2024
5/8/2024
Antigua
Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island, NY
Hylas 46

OPO Crew Request # 24-31 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX is looking for one exp...

3/10/2024
4/1/2024
Charleston SC
Falmouth MA
Trawler
OPO Crew Request # 24-17 XXXXXX and his wife are looking for one crew to join ...
2/14/2024
3/30/2024
West Side of Panama Canal
Florida
Catamaran

OPO Crew Request # 24-10 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX is looking for one mor...

11/27/2023
3/29/2024
Panama City
French Polynesia
Morris 46

OPO Crew Request # 23-130 OPO Crew Request # 23-130 29 March 2024 4900 n mile...

11/29/2023
4/14/2024
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
French Polynesia
AMEL 54

OPO Crew Request # 23-131 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX has a 2005 AMEL 54 na...

2/8/2024
3/25/2024
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
French Polynesia
Amel 54

OPO Crew Request # 24-09 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to French Polynesia - Boat o...

1/30/2024
2/22/2024
Tortola BVI
Georgetown Exumas, Bahamas
Oyster 655

OPO Crew Request # 24-04 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX, is looking for one or...

4/7/2024
4/9/2024
Wilmington NC
Grand Bahamas
Cheoy Lee 41'

OPO Crew request # 24-30 9 April 2024 Wilmington NC area to Grand Bahamas - B...

10/27/2023
11/1/2023
Norfolk
Grenada
Leopard 45
OPO Crew Request # 23-121 Pro skipper XXXXXX lost one crew do to a home emerge...
2/23/2024
5/22/2024
St. Maarten
Huntington NY
Amel 53

OPO Crew Request # 24-13 St. Maarten to Huntington NY - Boat owner and skippe...

4/12/2024
5/4/2024
Antigua
Kittery Point Maine
Outbound 46

Antigua to Kittery Point Maine - Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX has a very nic...

11/16/2023
11/17/2023
Norfolk, VA
Little Creek Palm Beach, FL or Marsh Harbor, Bahamas
Beneteau 48

OPO Crew Request # 23-128 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX is looking for crew o...

4/6/2024
4/10/2024
Miami
Man-o-War Cay, Bahamas then to the Med
Via 42' Sloop

OPO Crew Request # 24-28 Next weather window 10 April 2024 Start with a short...

2/5/2024
3/27/2024
Panama
Marquesas
Vancouver 27

PO Crew Request # 24-06 Boat ow...

11/16/2023
11/18/2023
Hampton, VA
Moorehead City, VA
Beneteau 45

OPO Crew Request # 23-129 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX has crew lined up but...

2/14/2024
5/4/2024
Nanny Cay Totola BVI
Mystic CT
Oyster 56

OPO Crew Request # 24-11 Boat owner XXXXXX is looking for one more experience...

3/20/2024
6/5/2024
Hamilton Bermuda
New York City
Catalina 315

OPO Crew# 24-22 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX has a 2016 Catalina 315 (32 fee...

3/20/2024
5/1/2024
St. Maarten
Newport
Hinckley 48

OPO Crew Request # 24-24 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX is once again looking ...

1/31/2024
6/29/2024
Bermuda
Newport RI
Bristol 477

OPO Crew Request # 24-05

This is the first request we have gott...

3/19/2024
5/13/2024
Saint Marten (French side)
Newport RI
Halberg-Rassy 57

OPO Crew Request # 24-20 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX has a very well equipp...

3/14/2024
5/1/2024
USVI Newark
NJ / NYC
Passport 470

OPO Crew Request # 24-19 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX is looking for crew to...

3/20/2024
4/1/2024
Beaufort, NC
Oyster Bay, NY
Mason 53

OPO Crew Request # 24-23 Pro skipper and friend XXXXXX is looking for one, po...

4/14/2024
4/25/2024
British Virgin Islands
Palm beach Florida or Savannah Georgia
Van De Stadt Samoa 47

OPO Crew Request # 24-34 British Virgin Islands to Palm beach Florida or...

2/17/2024
2/22/2024
Huatulco Mexico
Papagayo Costa Rico
Trawler

OPO Crew Request # 24-12 This crew request was sent to me last night from Pro...

2/24/2024
6/1/2024
Cabo de San José, BCS, Mexico
San Diego, CA
39 Leopard

OPO Crew Request # 24-14 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX has a 2013, 39 Leopard...

10/23/2023
11/6/2023
Norfolk Virginia
San Salvador -Jamaica- Cartagena, Columbia
Vancouver 27

OPO Crew Request # 23-120 Norfolk Virginia to San Salvador -Jamaica- Cartagen...

11/4/2023
11/5/2023
Bermuda
St. Maarten
Hinckley 48

OPO Crew Request # 23-123 Normally I do not send out crew request on such sho...

12/1/2023
12/15/2023
St. Lucia
St. Maarten
Swan 68

OPO Crew Request # 23-133 Our good friend XXXXXX, who takes care of Aphrodite...

3/20/2024
5/5/2024
Canary Islands
St. Maarten
Fontaine Pajot

OPO Crew Request # 24-21 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX has a new 2023 Fo...

11/2/2023
11/5/2023
Bermuda
St. Maarten
Swan 48
OPO Crew Request Swan Program - Short Notice Avocation I had a crew decide last...
1/7/2024
2/16/2024
Charleston, SC
St. Mary’s, GA
Tayana 52

OPO Crew Request # 24-02 Boatowner and skipper XXXXXX is looking for crew for...

10/19/2023
10/24/2023
Annapolis MD
St. Petersburg FL
Island Packet

OPO Crew Request # 23-117 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX is looking for one or...

11/1/2023
11/15/2023
St. Augustine, Fl
St. Thomas, USVI
Jeanneau 50

OPO Crew Request # 23-122 XXXXXX is seeking two crew to join him and two othe...

1/22/2024
2/20/2024
North FT Myers FL
Tamps Bay FL
Cruiser

OPO Crew Request # 24-03 We do not get a lot of requests for power boats. But...

11/20/2023
11/24/2023
Bermuda
Tortola BVI
Swan 51
OPO Crew request # 23-124 Updated I spoke with boat owner and skipper XXXXXX t...
11/6/2023
11/12/2023
Norfolk, Va.
Tortola, BVI
Swan 51
PO Crew request # 23-124 This crew request just came into the office. It is bei...
2/26/2024
4/1/2024
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Turks and Caicos
Pajot Helia 44 Catamaran

OPO Crew Request # 24-15 received an e-mail from XXXXXX and XXXXXX who heard ...

4/4/2024
4/12/2024
SAN JUAN PR
TURKS AND CAICOS
Antares Cat

OPO Crew Request # 24-27 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX just sent this in this...

1/1/2024
2/1/2024
St. Maarten (SXM)
US Virgin Islands and back
Hallberg Rassy 48

OPO Crew Request # 24-01 We start off the new Year with a very nice OPO Crew ...

4/9/2024
4/14/2024
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Victoria, BC, Canada
Hallberg-Rassy 38

OPO Crew Request # 24-29 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX has a 2020S/Y Hallberg...

11/7/2023
11/15/2023
Old Saybrook, Ct.
West Palm Beach, Fla
Hunter 376

OPO Crew Request # 23-125 Pro skipper XXXXXX is looking for 1-2 additional cr...

3/1/2024 from Caribbean to Annapolis on a Belliure 41

OPO Crew Request # 24-07 Boat owner and skipper XXXXX has a 1984 Belliure 41 named XXXXXX. He is finishing up a three-year Atlantic Circumnavigation and is presently in St. Maarten. He is looking for one or two crew that would like to join him for this early season planned trip back home. He has gotten crew from us before. This is an older boat. I was refit before his Trans-Atlantic voyage. He wants to be home by early April because his daughter is having their first grandchild. While he would be fine having crew join him sooner rather than later, he can solo the boat to Puerto Rico and meet crew closer to the home and giving potential crew more time to plan. He explains: My ideal crew would arrive to St. Martin near February 11. We would then island hop over to Puerto Rico. Arriving there beginning of March. We will provision and then head to the Turks and Caicos looking for a good weather window to shoot straight up to the Chesapeake Bay in one off- shore leg. I'll end up at Gibson Island just North of Annapolis. I will picked up by my wife once there so we could drop crew to a transportation hub or even bring them to New York where I live. He does have Starlink and can communicate even while at sea. Another option would be to meet in either Puerto Rico beginning of March or in the Turks and Caicos around March 10th to do the offshore left together. I'm just finishing up a North Atlantic circumnavigation. I hadn't planned to be back so soon but my daughter is making me a grandfather at the beginning of April and id like to be there as close a safely possible for her giving birth. Grandfather Hood is the next big adventure! The boat underwent a major refit before I left for Europe. The engine is a fairly new Yanmar, the boat was repowered in 2016 or 2017, I'd have to look up the date. All standing rigging is in good shape. I had it fully inspected before leaving and had some rigging work done in Portugal to clear up a couple minor issues and to put a whisker pole on for the milk run. I have all essential safety equipment. A new viking solas A life raft is on board, epirb, iridium go, and I run starlink. All through hulls were replaced along with hoses. She's a very seaworthy ship. The passage is free with all boat expenses included, but crew has to get to and from the boat and have money for shoreside stops. If interested please send your sailing resume to him at XXXXX@XXXX



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11/12/2023 from Newport to Antigua on a Caliber 40

OPO Crew Request #23-126 Pro skipper XXXXXX is looking for a replacement crew member, QUALIFIED and OFFSHORE-EXPERIENCED. You MUST have offshore experience and MUST provide a résumé or sailing log as well as references. You should be comfortable/confident standing watches alone (with him on call). He is a good skipper and has got crew from us numerous times before. He is delivering a Caliber 40 LRC from Newport RI to Antigua. This will be a passage that will take about 12-14 days...plus possible weather delay days. In addition, applicants should figure on a day for cleanup, upon arrival. In addition, flights back home from Antigua could take two days. You would arrive in Newport as soon as possible. The timing of this passage means you must be okay with spending the Thanksgiving holiday offshore. You MUST be available for two weeks OR SO, to allow for potential weather delays. (Side note: We will NOT be staying aboard for more than 1 day beyond arrival in Antigua, so please don’t ask…thank you.) You will have all offshore food expenses covered. In addition, transportation costs to and from the boat will be reimbursed. 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 47 years' experience and more than 135,000 offshore miles. I have done this particular passage many times before. I am safety-conscious and weather-knowledgeable, and have a calm demeanor. We are also using professional meteorologist Chris Parker for backup weather advice and routing.



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4/22/2024 from Daytona Beach, Florida to Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey on a Fountaine Pajot Lipari 40

OPO Crew Request # 24-33 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX has a 2012 Fountaine Pajot Lipari 40 catamaran named XXXXXX. He is looking for two crew for a total of 4 crew for the passage. The other crew is a racing friend and he has owned the boat since new and has made the passage back and forth more than ten times. He would like crew who can stand a solo watch, but correctly emphasizes that attitude more important than experience. He can pick up you up in Orlando and take you to the boat in Daytona and will transport you to Newark International Airport from Atlantic Highlands NJ when you get in. He also has a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IrishRoverSailing He adds: Three cabins, fridge, freezer, stove and oven. Raymarine electronics including AIS transceiver, radar, etc. StarLink for offshore communications. Epirb, Viking life raft and Danbouy. The passage is free wit all onboard provisions and boat expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat. If interested please send your sailing resume to him atXXXXX@XXXX



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6/10/2024 from Newport to Bermuda on a Bristol 35.5

OPO Crew Request # 23-08 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX is looking for one more crew to join his team for the race this June. He describes the opportunity well in his e-mail to us. The boat is a 1978 Bristol 35.5 named XXXXXX.  Ideally, as you will read, he is looking for crew that live close enough to participate in practice sessions and safety procedures. If interested please send him your sailing resume and contact information to him at XXXX@XXXX
He e-mails:
I have entered my boat, 1978 Bristol 35.5, in the upcoming N2B race and am looking for 1 more crew to complete my crew of 4, which includes me as skipper. Boat is based out of Guilford, CT so I was hoping to find someone who is within driving distance and could sail with myself, we before the race to ensure we are all compatible and able to practice some safety drills.
This may seem odd, but I am also hoping the person would be of average height (5' 10' or less) and weight (< 185#) given the size of my boat and her berths. We will be in the race but not intense, for example, at sunset, we will routinely put one reef in the main and shorten the genoa some. We have been out and back to Bermuda on my boat in 2022. Boat is in very good shape, all new standing rigging in 2023, running rigging excellent, sails good/excellent. Manual head, ice box - no refrigeration, 2 chartplotters, AIS send/receive, all required safety gear, autopilot, maybe windvane. We all have many years of experience sailing; me about 40 (retired pharmacist), XXXXXX (retired sailmaker) - 35 years, XXXXXX teacher about 20 years.   



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4/14/2024 from March Harbor, Abaco Bahamas to Bermuda on a Leopard 45 Catamaran

OPO Crew Request # 24-26 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX own a 2020 Leopard 45 Catamaran named XXXXXX. They have owned the boat for 4 years and have many miles on her. They are looking for one more crew for a total of 3 crew for this leg to Bermuda. They have a window where they plan to depart between early and late April. They plan to wait on weather so even though the sailing will take about 6 days plan more time for weather and to enjoy a couple of days on each end. 1 He has a Yacht master 15000miles, 1 and she has 10000 miles. This is the first time they are using our crew service. They e-mail: The boat is a Leopard 45 Catamaran with full options, generator, watermaker, Asymmetrical Spinnaker, Code sail, Nespresso machine and more. Owner version, 3 cabins. Ohana has crossed the Atlantic from Cape Town to the Caribbean in 2022, from there to the Chesapeake via Bahamas for the Hurricane Season in 2023. She is currently back in the Bahamas and will sail to Bermuda and then join the ARC Rally on to Portugal. They also have a facebook page at https://www.UUUUU.com. The passage is free with all onboard expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat and have money for shoreside meals and drinks. If interested please send your sailing resume to them at XXXXX@XXXX



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11/20/2023 from Belfast Maine to Bimini Bahamas on a Valiant 40

OPO Crew Request # 23-127 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX sent me this crew request this morning. I just arrived in St. Maarten Yesterday. I am not able to speak with him, but since he was referred by an OPO members I am assuming the boat is seaworthy and am semi-confident that he knows what he is doing. This is what he sent me. Please do make sure you do your due diligence and ask questions about the boat and the skipper. I am also assuming the passage is free with all onboard expenses included, but you have to get to and from the boat. If interested please send you resume to him at XXXXXX@XXXXXX Hello Hank, my name is XXXXXX. I am the owner of a 1979 Valiant 40 CB. I had planned to head south last Friday and discovered a mechanical problem with a furler . Rather than Jerry rig the problem I postponed the departure until new parts arrive, and everything is properly repaired. A lost my crew as a result of the postponement and am looking to depart for the Bahamas on the 20th of November, or the first weather window on the 27th or shortly thereafter. I plan to sail from Belfast ME to the Cape Cod Canal then out through the Race to either Cape May NJ or Norfolk VA weather dependent. Alternative if poor weather conditions is through Long Island Sound, down the East River to NYC and down the Jersey coast. From Norfolk I plan to take the ICW to Beaufort/ Morehead City then offshore between the Gulf Stream and the coast to southern Florida then cross over to The Bahamas and check in at either Bimini or Great Harbor. Then leisurely down through the Exumas and Ragged Islands. I have owned my own boats for the last 10 years. My first boat was a Pearson 35 which I purchased in 2013 in Port Jefferson LI and sailed extensively in New England, 2nd was a Pearson 365 I purchased in 2017 in Beaufort SC and sailed to Belfast and the New England Coast and cruised extensively in the Bahamas. I still own this boat . Boat#3 is the ‘79 Valiant 40 which I purchased in Brunswick GA in2022 and sailed extensively in the Bahamas and back to Belfast in June. James suggested I contact you as a potential source of sailors wishing to crew. Thank you for your kind assistance in this matter.



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5/3/2024 from Beaufort, NC to Bristol, RI on a X Yacht 48

OPO Crew Request # 24-16 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX has a 2001 48’ X Yacht named XXXXXX. He has owned the boat for seven years and has made almost a dozen offshore passages with her. He has also owned other boats over the years including an S226 and then a S2-36. He is looking for one or two crew to join him for this passage from Beaufort to Bristol RI up the Narraganset Bay. He has a couple of other good friends and experienced sailors going, but he would like to run 2 person watches at night so is looking for a couple of other crew with some experience. He plans to make the passage non-stop, but you may want to have a little extra time built in just in case of any 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 shoreside meals and drinks. If interested please send your sailing resume and contact information to him atXXXXX@XXXX



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4/3/2024 from Dominican Republic, North Coast to Brunswick Georgia on a Tayana 42

OPO Crew Request # 24-18 Pro skipper XXXXXX is looking for two crew for a total of three for this delivery from the DR to Georgia. The boat is a 1988 Tayana 42 named “XXXXXX”. He has gotten crew from us before and he is a nice guy. But make sure you ask questions about what shape the boat is in before joining. He has been delivery boats for the past three years or so, but sometimes still takes on jobs that need to be vetted well. The Tayana is a strong offshore boat, but this is an older boat coming from a foreign country so you want to make sure all is good before you fly down to join the boat. Since he is going with three crew you will need to be able to stand a solo watch and help in any way asked. He e-mails: She is well equipped for Bluewater with life raft, dinghy, solar, wind gen, auto pilot, radar, EPIRB, Starlink, Dan Buoy,SSB, AIS forward scan sonar, Zeus3 MFD and new SOLAS flares. The passage is free and you need to get to and from the boat, but all onboard expenses are included. If interested please contact him at XXXXX@XXXX



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11/1/2023 from St Thomas USVI to Cape Canaveral, FL on a CT 54

OPO Crew Request # 23-118 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX is looking for one more crew or a couple since he has one more cabin for crew to share. He has two crew already and wants to sail with 4 or 5 in total to help get his boat from the USVI to Florida. The boat is a 1977 CT 54 named Maranatha. He has about 160,000 miles and has made many passages with this boat. He has owned her since new and has been doing short day charters in the islands for many years. He is now taking the boat back to the USA to put up for sale. This is a down wind “delivery” back to the USA. He will stop along the way of need be. He knows one of the other crew who is about his same age as he is, (late 60’s) and the third is a younger crew he found online about 35. One more crew would be good. He asks for crew “with some offshore experience” and who can “steer if necessary and deck watch”. He will pay transportation for the right crew and all onboard food and boat expenses are included. I did speak with him on the phone just a little while ago. Sounds like a reasonable fellow and has a good plan in place. He lives on his boat on a mooring in St. Thomas and will be happy to speak with you to make plans. If interested in joining him please send your sailing resume to him at. XXXXX@XXXX



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12/13/2023 from Charleston, SC to Cocoa, FL on a Beneteau 40

OPO Crew Request # 23-132 OPO Member, boat owner and skipper XXXXXX is looking for one more crew to join he and a friend, who is also a great sailor (both are 73 but still very fit and able) om this 350 miles passage. He has gotten crew from us before and is a nice guy. The plan is to cast off from Cooper River Marina the early morning of 13 Dec 2023 to go down ICW with some offshore hops, when and if weather cooperates. Voyage time, with good weather allowing for some offshore passages is about 5 to 6 days. If not local, crew could arrive in Charleston the afternoon of the 12th. The trip is free with all onboard expenses included, but crew needs to get to and from the boat, except he does intend to rent a car on arrival in FL and drive back to Charleston. XXXXXX is a well-equipped, 40 foot 1999 Beneteau 411 in fine shape with updated engine/sails/etc. A Garmin InReach will be on and also a Personal Locator Beacon is aboard. InReach has text capability anywhere in the world and SOS/location ability. Safety gear aboard includes a 4 man liferaft, jack lines, spare harnesses and all necessary USCG required gear, VHF, AIS transmitter, etc. Crew must to be able to stand watch alone. If interested please send your sailing resume to him at XXXXX@XXXX



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5/8/2024 from Antigua to Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island, NY on a Hylas 46

OPO Crew Request # 24-31 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX is looking for one experienced crew to join him and a friend for his leisurely sail back from the Caribbean to LI Sound NY. The boat is a 1998 Hylas 46 named XXXXXX that he has owned for 20 years. He is in no rush and may make a couple of stops after departing Antigua and may or may not stop in Bermuda based on weather. He has two Atlantic crossings and multiple offshore passages. The boat is equipped for offshore sailing with full safety equipment. The other crew is enthusiastic, but does not have a lot of offshore experience which is why he is looking for a crew who can stand a solo watch until the 3rd crew gets up to speed. The passage is free with all onboard expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat and have money for meals and drinks ashore. He and I met briefly in St. Maarten last year. Cold Spring Harbor is the next harbor over from Huntington Bay. If interested please send your sailing resume to him at XXXXX@XXXX



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4/1/2024 from Charleston SC to Falmouth MA on a Trawler

OPO Crew Request # 24-17 XXXXXX and his wife are looking for one crew to join them for his annual passage north. The vessel is a 62 Nordhavn 68 feet long 19' 6" beam 7-foot draft 83-ton displacement. This is a big power boat in the trawler family. This is not a rushed delivery and they expect to take up to two weeks stopping along the way. Ron and his wife are very accomplished on the water, but seek one crew to help make this luxurious passage north this year. They have gotten crew from us before and it has always gone well. They need someone who can handle dock lines and keep watch. Ron will even pay your travel expenses home, depending on where you live. (Or if you live near Falmouth he will pay to fly you to the boat. He will pay one-way to or from the boat for the right person) Non-smoker please. No alcohol underway. The passage is free with all onboard expenses included. If interested please e-mail Ron with a brief sailing resume to XXXXX@XXXX The vessel is a 62 Nordhavn 68 feet long 19' 6" beam 7-foot draft 83-ton displacement. She has been in our family for 12 years and approximately 80,000 miles. She was purchased in XXXXXX then brought up to XXXXXX Columbia and refit at Philbrook’s boat yard, if you go online to Philbrook’s boat yard you will see pictures of her refit. You can also see pictures of the boat if you XXXXXX Buffett boats as she was owned by XXXXXX We then brought the boat down the XXXXXX through the XXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXX to XXXXXX XXXXXX Vie has four state rooms all with flat screen TVs, climate controlled, and 3 1/2 heads. She has a single lugger diesel, emergency engine, three generators and a 1000 gallon a day water maker. Both myself and my wife have 100-ton captain’s licenses and this will be our 11th trip Northbound in this specific boat. I also have a pilot’s license, helicopter license, motorcycle license and of course a driver’s license. Crew would only need minimum boating skills but certainly the ability to not get seasick. It would be a large plus if one of them had some mechanical skills. I have completed the trip in as little as one week and as long as two, please be available for a minimum of 2 weeks. XXXXXX router gives me a go or no go and I listen to her very closely. She is involved from the beginning of the trip to the very end. As you can imagine I will pay for all room and board and we all eat like kings. I will also pay for either getting to or getting from the boat on the XXXXXX of the XXXXXX

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3/30/2024 from West Side of Panama Canal to Florida on a Catamaran

OPO Crew Request # 24-10 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX is looking for one more crew to join him for this Panala Canal transit scheduled for April 1st to Port Canaveral on the East Coats of Florida. The boat is a 2003 Custom 14 M catamaran named XXXXXX that he has owned for a year and has already sailed 8000 miles on her. He was referred to us by a mutual friend. He is looking for an experienced crew who can stand a solo watch for a total of three crew. He adds: The 2nd crew is My nephew, a recent college grad, former high school, and collegiate racer. Sailing instructor, and coach. Has sailed about 8,000 offshore miles dinghies, small performance trimarans, J 22, and the current catamaran decently. all current safety gear including life raft. AIS, SSB, Sat phone, freezer, water maker, current electronics, stove, two heads. everyone has their own bunk. He also provides a link at https://www.UUUUU.com Crew would need to fly into Panama City to join the boat for the canal Transit scheduled for April 1st. The passage is free, but you need to et to and from the boat and have money for any meals and drinks ashore. If interested please send your sailing resume and contact information to him at XXXXX@XXXX



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3/29/2024 from Panama City to French Polynesia on a Morris 46

OPO Crew Request # 23-130 OPO Crew Request # 23-130 29 March 2024 4900 n miles - 70 days (30 days for Nuku Hiva) Panama City to French Polynesia, April/May 2024 - Boat owner and Captain XXXXXX is looking for one crewmember with significant open water experience to complete a crew of three for an April passage from Panama City to the Marquesas. The vessel is a 1997 Morris 46 named XXXXXX in excellent condition, properly fitted out for the voyage with safety equipment and boat hardware. The starting date is flexible in the first week of April depending on crew requirements. We foresee further cruising during May in the Marquesas and Tuamotu Archipelago before arriving in Papeete, Tahiti. The crew is welcome to continue to Tahiti. The skipper and first mate/cook have been sailing cruising boats for 13 years including North Atlantic crossings and New England/Caribbean passages. A travel stipend can be considered. The passage is free with all onboard expenses included, but plan on having money for shoreside stops along the way. If interested please send your sailing resume and contact information to him at XXXXX@XXXX He adds: Crew requirements: Solo watch Excellent sailing and boat handling abilities Previous multi-day and night ocean sailing experience Boat maintenance A couple sharing a berth would also be possible. Total crew size: 3 Captain and 1st mate (husband and wife) have 15,000 hours passage experience. Crew should have at least 2,000 hours passage experience. Solo watches are a requirement. No pets No children No smoking No drinking on passage



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4/14/2024 from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to French Polynesia on a AMEL 54

OPO Crew Request # 23-131 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX has a 2005 AMEL 54 named XXXXXX. I met him in SXM in 2021 and we have gotten crew from him before. It worked out well. The Amel 53 is a very well build and comfortable center cockpit boat. He is looking for two crew to join him next April for this West Coast Passage from Mexico to French Polynesia. He says having three crew works well for him on his boat. He e-mails: I’m looking for 2 people to join on my AMEL 54, a boat the literally offers everything anyone can dream of…. Between Panama and Hawaii it turned out that a total of 3 worked best. The 4700 miles took 28 days and we had a good time. Eric that I found on your site turned out to be the best crew I ever had. My other offshore passages since 2019 include Connecticut to Bermuda, Bermuda to St. Martin, St. Martin to Panama in 1 go, Hawaii to Victoria (BC). My terms are that crew pays travel to and from the boat and we share operational expenditures (primarily food and drinks, but if they stay longer and want to join beaching, diving, using Starlink etc, cost rises – subject to induvial negotiations. French Polynesia requires a long-term Visa for people who want to stay longer than 90 days. At this point I’m looking at people who would join the trip and stay (if they want) a max of 90 days in FP. In any case, they must produce a flight ticket for FP customs and immigration. My boat offers diving, I do have a dive compressor and tanks. The boat has new standing rigg installed on Vancouver Island last year. New ONAN Generator installed in St. Martin 2022, 4 new sails bought in 2022, New Beata 85T engine installed in St. Martin 2020. Boat is in very good overall condition. AIS, Radar, VHF, Starlink, IridiumGO tbd - see visa requirements for FP The passage is free with all onboard expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat and chip in for food and drink and have money for meals and drinks ashore. And he says if you are planning to join him for longer legs you can also help chip in for other things. Make sure you ask questions about what is required to enter into French Polynesia so there are no surprises and also what he expects you to chip in per week or per month if you might plan to join him for extended cruising. If interested please send your sailing resume to him at XXXXX@XXXX



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3/25/2024 from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to French Polynesia on a Amel 54

OPO Crew Request # 24-09 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to French Polynesia - Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX has gotten crew from us before. I sent him a draft of his crew request for this longer passage and this is what he came back with. It looks good so I am copying and pasting the following: Owner and captain he is looking for one more crew to join on his AMEL 54, a comfortable and safe offshore cruising yacht that literally offers everything any blue water sailor can dream of. You will be a total of three on the boat, so everyone will have some privacy, space and comfort. In the night, you will do 3h watches, which means everyone can sleep for 6h in a row. “We will leave Puerto Vallarta / Mexico in the week of March 25th. Our first stop will be on Clarion Island, ca 500nm offshore. The plan is to meet a buddy boat and do some diving there, before we proceed to the Marquesas. We will arrive in Nuku Hiva in the second half of April. French Polynesia requires a long-term Visa for people who want to stay longer than 90 days. At this point I’m looking at people who would join the offshore passage and (if you want) to stay max 90 days in French Polynesia. You must show a return light ticket from Tahiti to the U.S. mainland to the customs and immigration office.” The owner and captain of s/v NO STRESS owns the boat for 8 years. He lives and traveled on it for more than 7 years. He’s done several other offshore passages during this time and his crew seemed to like the boat as well as the experienced skipper. The boat is sailable single handed and the skipper is happy to teach you all the important boat specific details to do so. The terms and condition for this private voyage is that the crew pays travel to and from the boat and we share operational expenditures like e.g. food and drinks, Starlink (in case you want to use Internet while on the boat). Please note that he is asking for crew to chip in for some provisioning and boat expenses. This we consider ok and normal since you are joining for a long time and it in unreasonable to expect an owner to pay for everything. But you do want to make sure you talk about what you expect to contribute on a weekly or monthly basis. While you will not spend a penny during the long offshore legs, there is a lot of provisioning to do before departing North America. Make sure all is agreed upon before you join the boat. Also confirm who the 3rd crew is and where you will fit in. If interested please send him your sailing resume to XXXXX@XXXX



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2/22/2024 from Tortola BVI to Georgetown Exumas, Bahamas on a Oyster 655

OPO Crew Request # 24-04 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX, is looking for one or two crew to join him for this downwind passage from the BVI to the Bahamas. A crew recently had to bail out so he is short one and may take two crew depending on responses. The boat is an Oyster 655 named Weatherly. He has gotten crew from OPO before and he e-mails two members have become friend and regular crew, but are too busy to help this time. That helps confirm he is a good guy and this is a good opportunity. He e-mails: “Weatherly is leaving on February 22 to sail from Tortola, BVI to Georgetown, Exumas, Bahamas. This trip is typically downwind or just off the wind, but you will experience true offshore sailing conditions. The course takes us through the Virgin Islands, along the coast of Puerto Rico, although well offshore, and along the coast of Hispaniola to Great Inagua, Bahamas, where we will clear Bahamian Customs and Immigration. We will overnight off a beautiful beach on Great Inaugua, departing the next morning for an overnight sail to Great Exuma. This route takes us past Hogsty Reef, the only true atoll in the Atlantic basin. Weather permitting, we will make a day stop to explore the reef, however last year we were thwarted by windy conditions and rough seas. You will depart Weatherly from Georgetown, Great Exuma about February 29. Two crew are needed for this trip.” The passage is free but you need to get to and from the boat and have money for shoreside drinks and meals. If interested please send your sailing resume to him at XXXXX@XXXX XXXXXX



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4/9/2024 from Wilmington NC to Grand Bahamas on a Cheoy Lee 41'

OPO Crew request # 24-30 9 April 2024 Wilmington NC area to Grand Bahamas - Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX has a 1985 41-foot Choey Lee named XXXXXX. He has been sailing for 35 years. He is looking for one or two more semi experienced crew to help him finish his sail he started from Lake Ontario and ending in Grand Bahamas. He has been solo sailing and was referred to us by an OPO member who should know to only tell nice people with good boats about our service. He is happy to give instruction and help bring OPO members up to speed to become a good crew. Since it is short notice, I am sending it out right away. But you do not have to join him by April 9th. Since he is heading down the ICW you can e-mail him, ask questions, and try and join him when you can for the duration of the passage. He is mostly daysailing and traveling the ICW. With crew he may pick up the pace a bit, but he states he is in no rush and waits on weather. He estimates he will arrive in the Bahamas by May 4th. He is looking for one or two crew. He has a web site at www. sailingcambio.com He e-mails: Cambio is a well found bluewater Cheoy Lee Pedrick 41. We are heading to Bahamas to park the boat for storm season and are currently in Wilmington NC en route from Lake Ontario to Bahamas via the ICW and outside routes. I'm looking for 1 crew to help from Wilmington to Augustine to Grand Bahama Island. Route and schedule is flexible for weather and personal reasons by arrangement. duties will be shared and we will stop at anchor or marina in evenings unless it is an extended leg like the crossing USA-Bahamas VHF (2) AIS Solar Autohelm 2 anchors 3 berths electronic charts various relevant chart books head/shower full galley epirb garmin inreach repowered last month with Beta 60 Standing rigging fully inspected and tuned running rigging has been methodically replaced Boat is moving south now. Join at agreed location and disembark at agreed location. Have been single handing. Looking for 1 crew to help out. locations are flexible. I'm not on a strict schedule and will avoid big weather. You can confirm with him that the passage is free and he will pay all onboard boat expenses and onboard provisions, but you should have money for travel and shoreside stops along the way. This is an older boat and this is the first time he is seeking crew from us, so please make sure you ask more questions about how well the boat is running etc. If interested please send your sailing resume to him at XXXXXX@XXXXXX



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11/1/2023 from Norfolk to Grenada on a Leopard 45

OPO Crew Request # 23-121 Pro skipper XXXXXX lost one crew do to a home emergency. He sent this to us looking for one experienced crew to fill in. He e-mails: I am sailing a Leopard 45 from Norfolk to Grenada, starting November 1st (not as part of the Salty Dog), had all my crew in place and today one had a home disaster with water intrusion and broken furnace, so he is out. It's a 2022 Leopard 45, well equipped as they all are these days, generator, air (and heat), watermaker, full helm and cockpit enclosure, electric winches and latest electronics, including autopilot, radar, plotter, etc. We'll be sailing straight from Norfolk to Grenada, it'll take 12 to 14 days, depending on weather (which looks quite favorable right now). If interested please send your sailing resume to him at XXXXX@XXXX Since it is short notice I did not have time to ask him if he was helping with transportation, but he should be since it is on short notice.

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5/22/2024 from St. Maarten to Huntington NY on a Amel 53

OPO Crew Request # 24-13 St. Maarten to Huntington NY - Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX is looking for crew to join him for his annual sail back from the Caribbean. He has made the passage many times on his very well equipped and maintained Amel 53 named XXXXXX that he has owned since new. The target date to depart is May 22nd, but he is flexible with the date. He plans to sail straight through SXM to Huntington but always leaves the option to stop in Bermuda so plan the extra time away if you stop. The passage takes about 9 or 10 day of sailing, but you need to add a few more days just stop in Bermuda just in case. He has gotten crew from us before. This is a very seaworthy and offshore built boat. He has been making the passage for as long as I have. He is looking for crew that are team players and willing to follow instructions and learn so previous offshore experience is nice, but not the most important criteria. (Although aversion to sea sickness or knowing how to take medication to prevent is key.) Crew will stand watches and help keep the boat safe and in good order. The passage is free with all onboard expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat and have money for meals and drinks ashore. If interested please send your sailing resume and phone number to him at XXXXX@XXXX



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5/4/2024 from Antigua to Kittery Point Maine on a Outbound 46

Antigua to Kittery Point Maine - Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX has a very nice seaworthy 2007 Outbound 46 named “XXXXXX.” He sailed south with our fleet last fall. He is looking for one more crew for a total or 3 or 4 crew for the passage back home. He has gotten crew from us before and it has always worked out well. I know him to be a nice guy and very competent sailor. He would like crew to arrive two or three days early and then leave about 7 May in a good weather window. There may be time to stop at one or two islands before making the 1500 mile passage from the Caribbean to home. Make sure you have enough tie off and have the time to wait and perhaps enjoy one or two other islands on the way back to the US. There may well be a stop in Bermuda if time and weather permit. The Outbound is a strong offshore boat. He adds: NOMAD is a deep ocean sailing yacht with generous ballast and new standing rigging, hydrovane wind steering, wind and solar energy, watermaker, rebuilt auto pilot linear drive, new refrigeration system, etc. We plan to sail safely and fast, stopping in Bermuda if need be. The passage is free with all onboard expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat and have money for drinks and meals ashore. If interested please send your sailing resume to him at XXXXX@XXXX



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11/17/2023 from Norfolk, VA to Little Creek Palm Beach, FL or Marsh Harbor, Bahamas on a Beneteau 48

OPO Crew Request # 23-128 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX is looking for crew on short notice. He was referred to us by an OPO member who he is boat neighbors with. This is almost too short of notice to send out. He sent me a crew request via e-mail but did not include a phone number. I imagine if he does not get crew in the next 24 hours he can be flexible enough to wait for you, but I am not sure. He plans to leave on Nov 18th. I did not want to take another day to ask questions. The boat is a new 2023 Beneteau 48 named XXXXXX. He is looking for experienced crew who can stand a solo watch. He plans to have three crew in total. He has owned other boats in the last from a Beneteau 51, Hunter 45, Hunter 41, J/105, Swan 47, Lagoon 450, to a Lagoon 52. He e-mails: Fully equipped for offshore sailing (new 8-person life raft, EPIRB, AIS, Starlink internet, recent engine service, VHF, radar, MOB recovery, new dinghy, safety equipment, etc.) I assume the passage is free and you need to get to and from the boat. But do ask him what the terms are. If interested please send your sailing resume to him at XXXXX@XXXX



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4/10/2024 from Miami to Man-o-War Cay, Bahamas then to the Med on a Via 42' Sloop

OPO Crew Request # 24-28 Next weather window 10 April 2024 Start with a short hop to the Bahamas and then Trans-at Miami to Man-o-War Cay, Bahamas - Then to the Med. - Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX is looking for crew one to 3 crew to join him for long term cruising. He is starting with a short leg from Miamai to the Bahamas to complete the last big project (new standing rigging) before sailing to the Mediterranean. I spoke with him yesterday and asked him to write up what his plans were in his own words. You can start with a short test sail to the Bahamas and then decide if you want to spend more time sailing on the boat for the next leg. While the first passage from Miami to the Bahamas is free, if you decide to stay for the long haul, he does not want to adopt crew, and he will ask for crew to chip in for provisions. While this is short notice this is partially my fault. I just heard from him this last week and I needed to speak with him before sending this out since it is an older and unusual boat. I was in transit back from Dominica and then home and busy the past few of days. If interested please e-mail him at XXXXXX@XXXXXX and exchange phone numbers. After the first short sail to the Bahamas, he will be working on the boat and you can join him by flying in to Marsh Harbor, and miss most of the work in the shipyard, or sail over the first leg and then fly home to take time to get ready for the longer 2nd leg if you both decide the tests sail over went well. he wrote: Currently in Miami (No Name Harbor) looking for 1-3 crew for Bahamas adventure. After that, hoping to finally make the jump to Mediterranean. I had been hanging around Fort Lauderdale way to long upgrading my water maker and other systems. I picked up new standing rigging and plan do the labor part at Man-O-War Cay. Crew expected to do watches, day/night and help with general things in the boat, i.e. cooking, keeping it clean etc. Trying to avoid marinas to keep the cost down and mostly anchor. Les Noble is a 1986 Via Marine 42' French built aluminum cutter rigged sloop. Dual swing keels with 3 Feet draft up, 6 down. Bought in 2015 and after extensive refit with engine, paint, electronics, safety and systems, I am ready to leave the US. There is a new hydraulic auto pilot with B and G brains, but no windvane at this point. I converted to a composing toilet and put it in the shower which makes things cozy, but the old head is now a pantry, tones of food storage. There is a fridge AND freezer, gas BBQ, 3 burner gas stove and I have used all 3, hint, hint. Plenty of solar feeding lead acid banks. 6 man liferaft, SSB, Iridium GO and Predictwind subscription. One SUP, snorkeling gear, pole spear and a folding full size mountain bike. I am 60, but after all those years of not smoking, I look and feel much younger. Previously I owned a 27' Catalina which I sailed on the Columbia River in Oregon for a few years then volunteered on a Tall Ship for 18 years in Texas. Sailed current boat from Norfolk to Halifax and back with crew, then solo to Dry Tortuga and back. Made my way back south for Caribbean adventure. I am still learning and prefer experienced crew, especially the Med jump. For the islands portion, lesser experience is fine. For the Med, I will need someone who has done a trans-ocean passage. I am in no hurry to get anywhere, if a place is nice, I would love to stay a bit and mosey on to new places eventually. Not into drama. I want fun and sunshine. And explore the unknown of the vast oceans. If you’re a drama queen/prince, please annoy someone else. Rigging project: The last big project is to replace the rigging. While still in states, I picked up new rigging with Sta-Lok riggings (cheaper), then find a boat yard in the Islands for the labor part (hopefully cheaper). Tasks: drop the mast, strip off the last of the paint and leave raw aluminum. Remove all or some hardware, inspect and re-rivet. Swap out old rigging. I have an aluminum welder onboard, so there is that. You are not required to help and do not know if boat will be at a slip, mooring or anchor. If all goes well, could be a week, if bad a month. To do the Mediterranean trip, I would need at least one crew who has done a trans-ocean crossing rounding to a total of 4 crew on board is ideal. Leaving early May or when weather settles is the standard plan. I had provisioned last year for a crossing with crew, but being in Fall, it did not work out.



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3/27/2024 from Panama to Marquesas on a Vancouver 27

PO Crew Request # 24-06 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX is looking for one crew to sail with him aboard his 1980 Vancouver 27 named XXXXXX. He sailed from the USA to Jamica with one OPO members and has a 2nd OPO member joining him for the leg from there to the San Blas Islands and then to Shelter Bay Marina on the Caribbean side of the Panama Canal. Crew would join him at the marina in late March and stay for the long from Panama to the Marquesas and longer if you wish. As we mentioned in our previous crew request for him, we know this is a smaller boat than most people want to sail aboard. But he reminds us in his e-mail: Originally designed for a couple to sail from Canada to Australia and back these boats have done several circumnavigations including a passage through and wintering in the Magellan Straits. This is my second British built Vancouver 27, between the two I’ve sailed over 12,000 miles in Ocean passages. Besides the 12,000 miles ocean sailing in my own boats I made a transatlantic crossing last year on a Clipper 60. He is looking for an experienced OPO crew who can stand a solo watch and enjoy the adventure. The passage is free with all onboard boat expenses and onboard food included, but you need to get to and from the boat and have money for shoreside meals and drinks. Plus you have to make sure you are all set visa-wise to arrive in the Marquesas. He will explain the process. If interested please send your sailing resume to him at XXXXX@XXXX



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11/18/2023 from Hampton, VA to Moorehead City, VA on a Beneteau 45

OPO Crew Request # 23-129 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX has crew lined up but she had a boat repair that took a week and lost crew. She has found one crew, but is looking for one more crew to help make this short hop aboard her 2013 Beneteau 45 named XXXXXX. She has a web site http://www.UUUUU.com Note she also has a cat aboard just in case you are allergic to cats. She e-mails: Very well equipped for safety and self-sufficiency. Starlink, EPIRB, life raft, radar, AIS, autopilot, 3 sided enclosure, 4 jerry cans for extra fuel, ESPAR heat, solar panels I am the only one on board (except my cat). Here is my sailing resume https://www.UUUUU.com The passage is free with onboard expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat and have money for any meals or drinks ashore. If interested please send your sailing resume to her at XXXXX@XXXX



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5/4/2024 from Nanny Cay Totola BVI to Mystic CT on a Oyster 56

OPO Crew Request # 24-11 Boat owner XXXXXX is looking for one more experienced crew for his captain and other repeat crew for this annual passage north. The boat is a very well equipped and maintained Oyster 56 named XXXXXX. He has made the passage many times in the past, but does not have time this year so he is going to his regular delivery skipper who has made the passage on this boat before. I have known him for many years. He does a thorough job of picking his crew so you know that you will be sailing with a good group of guys. He is looking for one more. The passage is free with all onboard boat expenses the paid by the owner. You need to get to and from the boat and have money for shoreside meals and drinks. He e-mails: Your boarding would be on Saturday, May 4, followed by a day of safety and boat orientations on Sunday. Departure would be Monday, May 6, with a possible stop in Bermuda. You would be responsible for your own transportation and shore-side expenses. The two other crew are heavily experienced; one has also made two prior trips aboard Tango. You should have done several recent blue-water passages. If interested, please send your sailing resume to XXXXX@XXXX . We will then set up a video interview. Thank you.



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6/5/2024 from Hamilton Bermuda to New York City on a Catalina 315

OPO Crew# 24-22 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX has a 2016 Catalina 315 (32 feet) named XXXXXX that he will be sailing back from Bermuda in June. He is looking for one more experienced crew for a total of 3 for the passage. He has owned the boat for 4 years and has owned previous boats about the same size. While the Catalina is not technically an offshore boat, this is a calm time of year and they are good boats up to the passage in June. He Adds; She is well equipped for an ocean passage with all safety gear necessary; AIS, DSC radio, Inreach satellite communication, Life raft, inflatable vests, gale sail, etc. Otherwise all comfort one would need: refrigeration, 3 berth (two dbl, one single), stovem, showers, etc. The other crew are: two sailing friends with medium offshore experience but very familiar with the current boat, Together we have sailed the NorthEast of the USA and the Mediterranean. Skipper has sailed from the USA and Carribean to Europe several times, has sailed to Bermuda and back several times, Sea of Biscay (UK to Spain), annual sail in the MED (Spain, Italy, Croatia or Greece), experience in North Sea and Baltic Sea. The Passage is free with all onboard food and boat expenses included, but you end to get to and from the boat. If interested please send your sail resume and contact information to him at XXXXXX@XXXXXXX.com



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5/1/2024 from St. Maarten to Newport on a Hinckley 48

OPO Crew Request # 24-24 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX is once again looking for crew for his return passage from SXM to Newport. He just sent an e-maul this morning that he is in St. Barts and is heading over to SXM next week until departure in May. He plans to stop in Bermuda for a couple of days. The boat is a very well equipped and strong Hinckley 48. The boat is over 50 years old so is not a big boat for her size. He has done most of our rallies over the years and he is a very good sailor. He likes to sail with 3 or 4 crew in total. He asks for crew with offshore experience and expects people to stand a solo watch. Try not to have a fixed date to be home just in case he stays in Bermuda longer, but you can ask him when he thinks you will be in Newport. The passage is free with all onboard food and boat expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat. If interested please send your sailing resume to him at XXXXX@XXXX



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6/29/2024 from Bermuda to Newport RI on a Bristol 477

OPO Crew Request # 24-05

This is the first request we have gotten as being the official sponsor of the Newport Bermuda Race (NBR) run bi-annually from Newport to Bermuda for over 100 years. Avocation has done the race once and I have delivered other boats back after the race several times. Enough to know you have to ask more question about how the boat will be equipped for the return passage. Race boats do not have dodgers and bimini’s and are often stripped out for racing. As I returning skipper I learned quickly to ask if there was more than one frying pan aboard. Owners have the option to ship cruising sails and dodgers etc. to Bermuda in a shipping container to be offloaded so boats can be put back together for the non-race back. Do ask how much the boat will be rigged and set up differently for the return passage or if it will be an less comfortable ride on a stripped boat without dodgers. You do not want any surprises when you fly into Bermuda and find the boat is still setup for racing and not the sail back. I stopped moving J-109’s and J-105 around in race mode since I got tired of running off the Jersey Coast on boats with no dodgers and no auto-pilots in the fall. I think even most if not all race boats have auto-pilots now (sometimes not working) which is why I always so you can consider yourself an experienced crew when you can steer the boat by yourself for an hour or two in bigger seas, day or night. This first NBR crew request is not a pure race boat so will not be a very uncomfortable boat like most will be, but do ask if they are taking or shipping the dodger to Bermuda for the return passage, Hank.

Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX has a 1990 Bristol 477 named XXXXXX. He is racing in the Newport to Bermuda Race this June. He has owned the boat for 14 years. He is looking for two crew for a total of four crew for the return passage. While the sail back will take about five days, he wants crew to arrive a couple of days before and reserve about nine or ten days just in case. He e-mails: Elixir has been refitted over the last several years in anticipation of a north Atlantic crossing which we completed summer of 2022. New Engine, generator, plumbing, electronics, standing rigging. She is in great shape. While not a racing boat, she can hold her own, and is safe and comfortable to sail. She has all the safety equipment as required by the NOR for Bermuda. Plus extensive systems - generator, water maker, heat, aircon, power winches, new plumbing, electronics (iridium satellite) and new sails. He will skipper the boat back. He is from Portland Maine and has the Atlantic crossing and several offshore races completed. The other crew is Joachim Wick, age 64, from Hamburg Germany who has extensive Baltic and North Atlantic offshore experience. He is looking for two more crew with medium experience but can stand a solo watch. The passage is free with all onboard expenses, but you need to get to and from the boat and have money for any shoreside meals and drinks. If interested please send your sailing resume to him at XXXXX@XXXX XXXXXX



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5/13/2024 from Saint Marten (French side) to Newport RI on a Halberg-Rassy 57

OPO Crew Request # 24-20 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX has a very well equipped 2023 Halberg-Rassy 57 named XXXXXX. He is sailing with his wife and 11 year old son. He is looking for two more experienced crew for a total of 5 crew. Crew should be strong all-around sailors, physically fit and comfortable standing solo night watches. They picked up the boat in Europe and sailed her across. He adds: Saltair is a 2023 Hallberg-Rassy 57. She is a fast and comfortable offshore cruiser with a three cabin, two head layout. Crew share a large cabin with split single berths and share a head with our 11 year old son. We are a family of three and have been cruising the boat since picking her up in Sweden in June of 2023. For offshore passages, we typically sail with four adults onboard. We are planning a short stop in Bermuda on the way and expect to be in Newport by May 31st. We are a fun, easy going crew and are looking for similar people. We speak English and French onboard and we all take turns with cooking and cleanup, making the most of our well-equipped galley. You should have offshore experience and be comfortable standing solo-watches at night. You will share a cabin with one other crew. We will pay all costs aboard, crew will pay round trip travel and any shore-related costs. Non-smokers, please. Note that we are planning on sailing with the World ARC next Jan (2025) and will be looking for crew for portions of our adventure across the Pacific. If you were interested, the passage to Newport would be a good opportunity to get to know us and the boat. She is extremely well equipped as we plan to circumnavigate with her next year. She has dual, redundant autopilots and redundancy in most critical systems, including energy generation, offshore communications, and emergency pumps. I owned and competitively raced a J/105 in San Francisco Bay for 16 years and as a family we have cruised extensively on chartered boats. I also crewed on multiple offshore passages (trans-Atlantic, trans-Pacific, Antigua to Newport) for other owners in the past. My wife and son are avid racers and sailors and now have amassed over 5000 sea miles with Saltair. We are seeking two additional experienced crew for this passage. Crew should be strong all-around sailors, physically fit and comfortable standing solo night watches. The passage is free with all onboard food and boat expensed covered by the owner. You need to get to and from the boat and have money for any meals and drinks ashre. If interested please send your sailing resume to him at XXXXX@XXXX



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5/1/2024 from USVI Newark to NJ / NYC on a Passport 470

OPO Crew Request # 24-19 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX is looking for crew to help sail her 1996 Passport 470 named “XXXXXX” north this year. She may have one experienced friend join, but asks us to send this out now. She has owned the boat for over 5 years and had made several offshore passages. She has 30,000 offshore miles. She keeps the boat in tiptop condition. The passport is a sturdy offshore boat. She is looking for one or two crew so will sail with thre or four crew depending on if her friend can join her as described below. She e-mails: The boat is in top condition with all upgraded equipment. New electronics / radar / auto pilot 2023. New Rig 2019. New sotdma class B AIS 2022. New Running rigging (constantly replaced) New Quantum tri-radial sails 2020, new watermaker 2022, engine and genset professionally maintained - all cylinders compression tested 2023 all above 500. Datrex 4 person Life raft in 3 year compliance - 2 epirbs 2 plbs 2 ais trackers. I raced and co-owned a J29 (2012-2019) and I was dedicated crew for two professional captains for 4 years. At present, it's just me. I may have a long time sailing partner with me - he's got 60 years experience and is the only living person to have won the saint David's lighthouse trophy 3 times. I'll know if he's joining closer to the middle of April. I am planning to do USVI>BDA BDA>NYC. I can break up the crew commitment. I have been known to offer a travel stipend for the right crew. I get seasick from time to time but I've never, ever missed a watch. If crew gets seasick, I expect them to be able to do the same. The passage is free with all onboard food and boat expenses paid for, but you need to get to and from the boat. If interested please send your sailing resume to her at XXXXX@XXXX



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4/1/2024 from Beaufort, NC to Oyster Bay, NY on a Mason 53

OPO Crew Request # 24-23 Pro skipper and friend XXXXXX is looking for one, possibly two crew to join on a delivery from Beaufort NC to Oyster Bay, NY. The boat is a properly outfitted Mason 53 ketch that has recently had its engine rebuilt. He is joining the boat March 28th to make final preparations for delivery. Steve plans to depart Beaufort on the April 1st, given a good weather window to ‘round Hatteras and make for NY harbor, then into L.I. Sound. In the event the weather doesn’t cooperate, the route will be up the ICW to Norfolk, adding a couple days to the trip. (Mast clearance 63.4’…ever see a vhf antenna bend on a bridge?). He is a skipper in our Swan Program and teaches ASA cruising classes. Crew are asked to arrive March 30th, to assist with provisioning and make final prep for 01 April departure. His request: “Good crew qualities are enthusiasm, sailing knowledge, compatibility, and respectfulness. You must have experience standing a night watch and understand ship’s nav lights. Physical dexterity is required. The vessel is equipped with life raft, AIS, radar, chartplotter, and auto pilot. All crew members will share onboard cooking, cleaning, and deck duties. Crewmembers must bring their own lifejacket and tether, proper foul weather gear, sleeping bag, and red/white headlamp. All onboard boat expenses are covered. Interested crew are asked to email him a sailing/personal resume and other relevant info to XXXXX@XXXX . Please include M53 CREW in the email subject line. Thank you.



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4/25/2024 from British Virgin Islands to Palm beach Florida or Savannah Georgia on a Van De Stadt Samoa 47

OPO Crew Request # 24-34 British Virgin Islands to Palm beach Florida or Savannah Georgia - Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX also e-mailed last night looking for crew. He has a 1989 47 ft Van De Stadt Samoa named XXXXXX. Since it is short notice and he is in the BVI and it is a weekend, I have not tried to contact him for more info, so please make sure you ask the questions I did not have time for. He is by himself but is looking for 3 or 4 more crew which sounds like a lot to me. He e-mails that he has his Yachmasters and has 100,000 miles and that he has put the word out on several web sites and has feelers out for crew. You may want to ask him why he wants to sail with so many crew. It appears he is in no rush and plans to take up to 3 weeks for this down winds passage from the BVI to Florida. He is looking for experienced crew and e-mails: Offshore long distance sailing or life on the water racing preferably. 1 novice okay He e-mails: Fully equipped for passage making and cruising but with a full sail locked and racing history. Very comfortable downstairs. Strong, aluminium build with solid dog house. Very, watermaker, fridge, freezer, 800Ah house battery, separate nav battery, starlink. Cat 0 offshore boat, all the safety equipment from liferaft to epirbs to lifejackets with AIS beacons. Have sailed on many. Done 3 crossings on other boats and many many coastal passages and offshore race . To the questions of who else is onboard he e-mails: No one as yet. Intention is to have a crew of 3 to 5. Have adverts on other sites and busy interviewing crew. Have been living on board full time for past year and a half. Have had a fair number of crew cycle through for different passages and they’ve all left happy. He also adds that smoking and drinking onboard are ok. But that fussy eaters need not apply. He also did not explain what terms he is looking for so make sure confirm that he is not asking you to pay for boat expenses etc. We will assume that the passage is free but that you need to get yourself to and from the boat and have money for any shoreside meals and drinks. If he is looking for crew to chip in and pay for his sailing adventure then you may wish to decline as I did not have time to explain to him that our OPO members are volunteer crew who do not expect to pay to go sailing on short notice. If interested please send your sailing resume to him at XXXXX@XXXX



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2/22/2024 from Huatulco Mexico to Papagayo Costa Rico on a Trawler

OPO Crew Request # 24-12 This crew request was sent to me last night from Pro skipper XXXXXX I have known him for many years. He is a very nice and very capable and responsible pro skipper. Since it is short notice, the owner paying a travel stipend. In your e-amil to him please ask what this means. Since this is a very short notice the owner should be willing to pay for expecting someone to drop what they are doing and buy two one-way plane tickets to help him on short notice. Plus there are two dogs aboard. I told him normally I would not send out a crew request like this on such short notice out of the country for anyone else but him. He needs to let the owner know not to be cheap on a travel stipend because this is a lot to ask. Not sure if there was an emergency, they had to leave the boat or bad planning on their part. Since it is such short notice, I did not ask him since I wanted to get this out first thing this morning to give any OPO member as much time ss possible to respond. Please do send your sailing resume to him with questions asap to XXXXX@XXXX Since it is short notice, I am also including his phone number. He has what’s app, but I would send him your sailing resume 1st and tell him you have what’s app or not so he can call you. Make sure to include your phone number. This is what he sent last night at 8:pm Looking for one competent crew to « sail » (it’s a trawler, not a sailboat) from Huatulco MX to Papagayo CR. Crew must be able to be in Huatulco on Feb 22 to meet with owners. I will join the boat Feb 24 and the owners are leaving. It will just be 2 of us and 2 dogs for the delivery crossing. I have sailed the boat over 8000 NM from Panama to Seattle over a 14 month period and it has all the service, safety and comfort you’d expect from an offshore long range trawler (single screw, max speed 7 kts). Own cabin, A/C, large freezer, wing stabilizer, pilot house and fly bridge, starlink, 2 dinghies, and 2 Vizsla dogs (must be a dog lover as they are like Velcro!), and obviously all the safety gear (life raft, EPIRB, ditch bag, VHF, medical kit, etc). Trip will depend on weather as there are some windy section we have to navigate carefully (tehuantapec and Papagayo winds) and wait for the right window. Approx 700 NM or 5-6 days underway going offshore. Lots of fishing (and catching), turtles, dolphins, whales etc. Owner will contribute to flight for the right crew. Sent from my iPhone XXX-XXX-XXXX



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6/1/2024 from Cabo de San José, BCS, Mexico to San Diego, CA on a 39 Leopard

OPO Crew Request # 24-14 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX has a 2013, 39 Leopard named XXXXXX that he has owned for the past 11 years. He is looking for one or two crew who in his own words. This is more a delivery passage than a pleasure cruise. More motoring than sailing and stopping if progress slows due to headwinds and seas. The passage may take as long as 14 days, but if you arrive early and need to change travel plans he will help out with any extra’s fee within reason. He needs semi-experienced crew who can Avoid collision, hold course, trim sails, monitor engines and follow skipper’s standing orders I would also add, and knows how to handle mal-de-mer. He e-mails: 39 foot catamaran in excellent condition with full suite of electronics and safety equipment. Private cabin for crew. He has been sailing for many years and has owned a 1983 Pearson 37 racer-cruiser, 2003 Hanse 342 before this boat. The boat is Very well equipped with EPIRB, offshore 8-person life raft, full instruments, redundant chart plotters, AIS, radar, personal safety gear, water maker. He has a blog post at https://www.UUUUU.com The passage is free with all onboard boat expenses paid for, but you need to get to and from the boat and have money for meals and drinks ashore. If interested please send your sailing resume to him at XXXXX@XXXX



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11/6/2023 from Norfolk Virginia to San Salvador -Jamaica- Cartagena, Columbia on a Vancouver 27

OPO Crew Request # 23-120 Norfolk Virginia to San Salvador -Jamaica- Cartagena, Columbia - Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX has a 1980 Vancouver 27 named XXXXXX. He is looking for one crew to join him for his big adventure. While I know this boat is smaller than most OPO member are used to responding to. After speaking with him on the phone I am convinced this is a good boat with a knowledgeable skipper who can single hand the boat, but prefers to sail with another person onboard. If you cannot join him early next month, but may be interested in joining down the line then you can contact him now and perhaps meet him and the boat before he takes off so you can meet. Ideally someone would like to commit for the start of the journey south and see how things go. The boat is in Little Creek at Cobbs Marina near entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. He adds: About himself: Originally a dinghy sailor my first keelboat was a 26 ft Camper and Nicholson S.C.O.D which I sailed extensively English South Coast and France. My second boat was a Vancouver 27 which again I sailed South Coast and France including a nonstop from UK to Spain across Biscay and back. 7000 miles ocean sailing in a Vancouver 27 Atlantic crossing and in 2023 crewing on clipper 60. Later I had this boat shipped to Sydney Australe when I moved there and sailed her out to Lord Howe Island and back and then up to the great Barrier Reef and back including a circumnavigation of Fraser Island through the Great Sandy straights. And the boat: Designed by Robert Harris for a couple to sail from Canada to New Zealand and back these boats have since circumnavigated the globe including a passage through the Magellan Straits (Read "Winter in Fireland" by Nick Coughlin) My boat had a perfect survey when I bought her in England just before covid. I've spent the past three years equipping her with the best of everything for ocean sailing with the exception of a Fridge, water maker or starlink. This is the second Vancouver 27 I have owned from the same builder (Pheon Yachts) Extremely well equipped. Safety gear includes two Rocna anchors, Winslow ocean life raft, parachute anchor, Echo Max, YB3i tracker, Monitor self-steering plus autopilot. Cutter rigged with furling yankee, hanked-on staysail and storm staysail. 4 reefs in the main to replace trysail. Nav equipment includes Raymarine Axiom 9 plotter iridium Go iridium extreme sat phone Icom VHF with AIS and Icom handheld, Navtex, Clipper Magnetic log and echo sounder etc etc. Additional charging from solar panel or towed generator. Missing: a fridge freezer (she has an icebox) water maker and haven't gotten to starlink yet. The passage is free with all onboard expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat and have money for meals and drinks at stops along the way. If you stay for a long time at so e point you will want to talk about chipping in for onboard provisions. If interested please send your sailing resume and contact information to him at XXXXX@XXXX



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11/5/2023 from Bermuda to St. Maarten on a Hinckley 48

OPO Crew Request # 23-123 Normally I do not send out crew request on such short notice unless for good reason and we know the boat and skipper. Last night at our opening party for the NARC Rally boat owner and skipper XXXXXX said he lost one of his three crew. The boat is a very well equipped and strong Hinckley 48. He has done most of our rallies over the years and he is a very good sailor, good guy. He has two crew and can go with a total of three but likes to have a 4th person aboard to make things. The 2nd leg is always easier than the first anyway so this will be a good passage. The other two crew are 1) An OPO members with experience and 2) a semi-pro female crew who has done bow on race boats etc but sails with him for free. She has made the passage with him two or three times. He has made this passage many times with us. He wants crew with some offshore experience. The passage is free with all onboard food and boat expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat. If interested please send your sailing resume to him at XXXXX@XXXX



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12/15/2023 from St. Lucia to St. Maarten on a Swan 68

OPO Crew Request # 23-133 Our good friend XXXXXX, who takes care of Aphrodite, the Swan 68 in our Swan Program, is looking for one crew to join him after the ARC Rally. He would like a crew to fly in about December 15th, two days before departing for SXM. This is a big boat so you do need some experience on bigger boats. He plans to make a couple of stops along the way and be in St. Maarten (SXM) by December 24th. If you have time to stay a day or two after Christmas that is fine. He would rather choose crew who do not need to run off once you arrive in SXM and help clean up after the sail north. He has one other crew already. If you can convince him you will be an asset, he may take more than one more crew. The passage is free with all onboard food and boat expenses included, but you end to have money for meals and drinks ashore and to get to and from the boat. If interested please send your sailing resume and whats app number to him at XXXXXX XXXXX@XXXX He will explain more how to get to and from the boat.



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5/5/2024 from Canary Islands to St. Maarten on a Fontaine Pajot

OPO Crew Request # 24-21 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX has a new 2023 Fontaine Pajot 47-foot Catamaran named “XXXXXX”. He is looking for experienced crew to help sail her from the Canary Islands to Simpson Bay St. Maarten. He says the boat is very well equipped. He checks off that he has a pet onboard so make sure you ask about what kind of pet he has and if you think it would be a problem. He is looking for crew with at least 5000 offshore miles. If you do not have that much you can still e-mail him your resume and ask since this is a mostly downwind trip and not as bad as sailing the north Atlantic. He is a licensed skipper, but the other crew is a novice. He wants crew that can stand a solo watch. He plans to sail with 4 crew in total. This is the first offshore passage from him on this boat. This is the first time he is asking for crew form OPO so make sure you ask more questions than I have time for since I do not want to take any more time delaying sending this out since there is not a lot of time to plan for a long passage. The passage is free with all onboard expenses included, but you have to get to and from the boat. If interested please send your sailing resume and questions to him at XXXXX@XXXX



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11/5/2023 from Bermuda to St. Maarten on a Swan 48

OPO Crew Request Swan Program - Short Notice Avocation I had a crew decide last night that he is a coastal sailor. He is flying home so I am looking for one semi experienced crew to join Avocation for the leg from Bermuda to St. Maarten for the last NAR XXXXXX leg ever. I like to have 5 crew plus myself so I can be in the rotation and instruct. Plan to fly into Bermuda this Sunday (In time to join our fish fry Sunday at 5 pm) and book a flight home from St. XXXXXX Nov 14th after spending two or three days in SXM depending on we arrive. This is aboard our XXXXXX 48 Avocation. The cost is $750. Not half of the $4500. The cost for the other crew. They understand it is better if we have a full crew of five. Potential crew need to be comfortable steering a boat with a wheel. You do not need prior offshore experience. I just want to make sure you will fit into the watch schedule since you will most likely not be on watch with me as I will be in full instruction mode for all crew, but will be paired up with two crew from the first leg. I will check e-mail tomorrow afternoon and confirm who can join us. I will need to send you a letter for customs and immigration for when you fly in this Sunday explaining why you are arriving with a one way plane ticket. I look forward to hearing from any interested OPO member who wishes to join us. Just send me your sailing resume. Regards, Hank OPO

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2/16/2024 from Charleston, SC to St. Mary’s, GA on a Tayana 52

OPO Crew Request # 24-02 Boatowner and skipper XXXXXX is looking for crew for one or two crew for a total of four crew for this short passage. He has a 1998 Tayana 52 named “XXXXXX”. The Tayana 52 is a well build and good offshore boat. I lived aboard a Tayan 37 for 14 years and sailed it to Europe and back in 1992/93. I spoke with him this morning. Ne sounds like a very nice guy. He has been sailing his whole life and bought this boat last year. He is launching her next month. He will launch a couple of days before crew arrive to make sure all is in order before the rest of the crew arrive. His plan is to bring her 200 miles further south to another yard in Georgia before planning an ocean passage later in the year or early next. The boat’s mast is too tall for the ICW (Intra Coastal Waterway) so this will be an outside passage. The passage is free with onboard boat expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat and have money for any shoreside stops. If interested please send your sailing resume and phone number to him at XXXXX@XXXX so you can explore options.



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10/24/2023 from Annapolis MD to St. Petersburg FL on a Island Packet

OPO Crew Request # 23-117 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX is looking for one or two crew to sail with him on his 2009 Island Packet 465 named XXXXXX that he has owned for three years. He has made the passage north and south three times now. The boat is equipped for the passage. He plans to depart next week and will decide if he goes inside our outside of Cape Hatteras as weather dictates. The passage can take anywhere from two to three weeks depending on weather as this passage is up the West Coast of Florida. I did speak with him this morning. He sounds like a nice guy and has a good float plan in place. The passage is free with all onboard provisions and boat expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat and have money for meals and drinks ashore. If interested please send your sailing resume to him at XXXXX@XXXX



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11/15/2023 from St. Augustine, Fl to St. Thomas, USVI on a Jeanneau 50

OPO Crew Request # 23-122 XXXXXX is seeking two crew to join him and two other experienced crew on a trip from St. Augustine, Florida to St. Thomas, USVI. The boat is a Jeanneau 50 DS named XXXXXX. He would like crew to arrive on November 15th for a departure as early as November 16th depending on weather. The boat is equipped with a generator, brand new Winslow offshore life raft, water maker, Garmin electronics, AIS, two chart plotters, flush heads and two EPIRBS. His crew is very experienced, having crossed the Atlantic, the Pacific twice. Crew should plan on 7 days for this 1200 mile crossing. Crew is responsible for transportation to and from the boat, flying into JAX, Fl. and a $50 Uber ride to St. Augustine. If interested, contact XXXXX@XXXX



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2/20/2024 from North FT Myers FL to Tamps Bay FL on a Cruiser

OPO Crew Request # 24-03 We do not get a lot of requests for power boats. But we make exceptions for OPO members and anything that might help get some OPO member out on the water especially during the slower winter months. OPO member XXXXXX is both an OPO member and delivery skipper. He has an older Bayliner 30-foot power boat that he has owned for 6 years he keeps in the Fort Meyers area. He is a pleasant man and knows the waterway well. He is a cruising editor for the “Waterway Guidebook” and has produced a movie about traveling the ICW. He is looking for compatible crew who would like to join him for a week trip at the end of next month. He e-mails: “30 FT PILOTHOUSE CRUISER 2 STATEROOMS, 1 BATH WITH SHOWER AND A SHOWER ON THE SWIM PLATFORM VERY COMFORTABLE BOAT WITH REFER AND FREEZER, H and C FRESH WATER. INLAND WATER CRUISER TYPE BOAT. NO EXPERIENCE www.UUUUU.com MUST COMMUNICATE WELL AND FEEL COMFORTABLE ON THE WATER” He will cover boat expenses and fuel but is not looking to adopt any adult children so crew can chip in for provisions and have money for meals and drinks ashore. While the expectation is that only OPO members who live in Florida may be interested since you may live close enough to meet before the passage, any OPO member who wished to join him for the week is welcome. You also have to get yourself to and from the boat. If interested please send your sailing resume to him at XXXXX@XXXX



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11/24/2023 from Bermuda to Tortola BVI on a Swan 51

OPO Crew request # 23-124 Updated I spoke with boat owner and skipper XXXXXX this afternoon. He lost his crew since he diverted to Bermuda for weather. Another window is opening up this weekend. He would like crew to arrive Friday or Sat as early as possible. But crew need to have flexibility just in case the window closes and this 850 miles 6 days passage is once again delayed. Mike has an older 1984 Swan 51 centerboard named “Atratus” (Black Swan) that he lives aboard. He has many miles sailing. The boat is strong and pretty well equipped if not perfect. The one thing to note is that he is a smoker so if cigarette smoke bothers you, please do not apply. The passage is free with all onboard expenses included, but you need to get to and from the boat and have money for any shoreside meals and drinks. If interested please send your sailing resume to him at A XXXXX@XXXX

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11/12/2023 from Norfolk, Va. to Tortola, BVI on a Swan 51

PO Crew request # 23-124 This crew request just came into the office. It is being posted by Cathy as Hank is offshore. Boat owner XXXXXX seeks crew. Crew arrive Nov 12 in Norfolk for a sailing from Norfolk to Tortola BVI - 10-12 days. 1984 SWAN 51 Offshore experience Well fitted electric primaries carbon sails Electric furling Michael has done 2 circumnavs 500k sea miles. He retired from professional sailing to go sailing on his own. Onboard expenses covered Crew needs to get to/from the boat and cover their own onshore expense Other accommodations may be discussed for the experienced crew member. Welcome to stay longer in BVI as well . Send CV to A XXXXX@XXXX

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4/1/2024 from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Turks and Caicos on a Pajot Helia 44 Catamaran

OPO Crew Request # 24-15 received an e-mail from XXXXXX and XXXXXX who heard about our service through the sailing community. They are looking for one crew or a couple to join them for this shortish downwind passage from Puerto Rico to Turks and Caicos. They can make the passage on their own but rather have another person aboard to get more sleep and have a better watch rotation. You need to be able to stand a solo watch. Since tis entails two plane tickets they are willing to chip in up to $500 towards a travel. Of course everything else in included. You will have your own cabin. They request non-smokers which is normal theses days. They plan to make more passages on the way back to the USA this year so if you get along well you can be invited back for another leg. I sent him a sample of a past OPO crew request and he does a good job explaining more about this opportunity to join them. He has a web site at www.UUUUU.com. If interested please send your sailing resume and a what app number if you have whats app. This is your cell number He e-mails: Boat owners, XXXXXX, have owned XXXXXX, a 3-cabin 2016 Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 catamaran, since 2018. They have sailed her extensively throughout the windward and leeward islands, but have not yet gone north gone past USVI. They will ultimately be sailing her to Fort Lauderdale, Florida this year but would like some assistance with the longer passage from Puerto Rico to the Turks and Caicos, which will be their longest passage to date. They have done overnight passages on their own, but not multiple days on their own and would like some assistance with that type of passage since it’s just the two of them. They have been sailing since 2016 and have lived aboard for 6 months in 2023 and this year since January 1, 2024, through their current voyage, as well as multiple trips of a week or two from 2018 throughout the windward islands. They have a small dog, XXXXXX, who is a friendly Pomeranian who will be part of the voyage as well. They usually also sail with their daughter, Chloe, but she will not be there for this voyage. They have all the traditional safety equipment, including AIS, a life raft, EPIRB, water maker, personal safety gear, and traditional charting electronics, and the crew person will get their own cabin with their own head. The vessel also has StarLink for WiFi, to the extent that works offshore. The couple is more than happy to take direction on additional safety protocols, have harnesses on board, and do not drink during passage. The vessel is in excellent condition, gets regular maintenance, and the owners are “fix it now” people who do not wait for problems to get worse. The vessel is due to be put on the market when they reach Fort Lauderdale after they enjoy their last season of cruising the Bahamas. The passage is free with all onboard boat expenses paid for. There is a travel stipend of up to $500. If interested please send your sailing resume to them at XXXXX@XXXX .



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4/12/2024 from SAN JUAN PR to TURKS AND CAICOS on a Antares Cat

OPO Crew Request # 24-27 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX just sent this in this morning. He owns a new 2023 Antares Cat named XXXXXX. He is sailing with his wife and two children ages 8 and 10. He is looking for experienced crew who can help with this a short hop of 360 miles. Although a short passage they are in no rush and plan to have you aboard for a week. From his e-mail it looks like they bought the boat new in ARGENTINA and had a pro captain help them sail the boat to the BVI’s. Looks like they are planning their next passage towards the USA and are looking for some experienced crew to help. Since this is short notice and I am traveling today, I decided to send this out this morning so anyone interested could send them their sailing resume and ask a few more questions before deciding if you want to join them. While the passages are free through OPO you may ask him that if he needs an experienced crew to help get more comfortable with his boat then maybe he can help with travel expenses since this is short notice. If interested please send your sailing resume to him at XXXXX@XXXX and ask more questions. He includes in his crew request: BUENOS AIREAS TO BVIS, VERY WELL EQUIPPED THOUGH NO LIFE RAFT. CAPTAIN - SAILED FROM ARGENTINA TO PR CO-CAPTAIN - WIFE - ASA 101, 102, 103, 104, AND CATS - ONE OVERNIGHT IN MAR 2024 ST MARTIN TO BVIS TWO KIDS ONBOARD (8 AND 10)



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2/1/2024 from St. Maarten (SXM) to US Virgin Islands and back on a Hallberg Rassy 48

OPO Crew Request # 24-01 We start off the new Year with a very nice OPO Crew Request. Long time OPO member XXXXXXand very nice guy is looking for a crew for a one-week plan to sail from SXM Feb 1st 100 miles to St. John USVI. He has to pick up gear from his storage locker that he has there left from the sale of his previous boat that he sold last year after buying his new dream boat. He bought a very nice Hallberg Rassy 48 in Europe and sailed it to the Caribbean this past fall. He plans to depart about Feb 1st so you would arrive a day early, sail over, spend two to four days there and then sail back to St. Maarten. I have sailed with him. Before he retired and was still working he sailed several Swan passages with us, then bought his 1st boat that he cruised for a few years in the Caribbean before wanting to get a more ocean going vessel for his next phase. The passage is free but you need to get to and from the boat. He will pay all onboard expenses. He e-mails: I am looking for someone to share watches while sailing since this is an overnight passage. Extensive offshore experience is not required, but I need someone to awaken me if there is other ship traffic in the immediate vicinity. There are so many nice snorkeling spots in the Vis. I intend to make this a sailing and snorkeling adventure. It would be a relaxed schedule based on the weather and our location. I am quite familiar with the Virgin Islands and the Anegada passage so I’m looking for someone who likes to be outdoors and is chill in the minute to minute! If you are looking for a nice winter getaway sailing in the tropics and spending some time on Sint Maarten and St. John, USVI then this might be the OPO trip you’re looking for. If interested please send your sailing resume and contact information to XXXXXX XXXXX@XXXX



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4/14/2024 from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to Victoria, BC, Canada on a Hallberg-Rassy 38

OPO Crew Request # 24-29 Boat owner and skipper XXXXXX has a 2020S/Y Hallberg-Rassy 38 MkII named XXXXXX that he owned for 4 years since new. He just e-mailed a few minutes ago. He has two other crew so is looking for a 3rd crew who can stand a solo watch and fit in with his crew. So there will be a total of 4 people onboard. Since I did not have time to ask more questions please do ask more about the boat and the other crew. He sailed the boat from South Africa to the Caribbean so has miles on the boat. He e-mails: Skipper, Swedish (69 yrs) lifetime experience, Marc, Canadian (55 yrs) off shore qualified, Marcelo, Spanish (53) years Chef and experienced sailor. The passage is free with all onboard food included, but you need to get to and from the boat and have money for food and drink at stops along the way. Please not this is the upwind harder way to go so he is planning on taking as long as 50 days to get to Victoria BC. I know this crew request does not have a lot of info, but this is all we got today. This is a sound boat and the other crew seem qualified. The rest is up to you to decide. Please send your sailing resume to him at XXXXXX@XXXXXX. I imagine if you are not ready to drop everything you can join them anywhere along the way.



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11/15/2023 from Old Saybrook, Ct. to West Palm Beach, Fla on a Hunter 376

OPO Crew Request # 23-125 Pro skipper XXXXXX is looking for 1-2 additional crew to help deliver a Hunter 376' Odyssey'  from CT- NYC area to Norfolk,  Va. departing next week approx Nov 17-18  While the final destination is Palm Beach, Fl.  Crew can join for the first leg to Norfolk only next week. Or the second leg from South  Carolina to Fla after Thanksgiving, or both legs,   The boat is well equipped and maintained Hunter Legend 376 with all recent  electronics, engine, and fully covered cockpit. We intend to sail along the coast when conditions allow, and will likely use the ICW between Norfolk and Morehead City, or whenever conditions warrant.  The passage is free with all onboard provisions and  expenses covered. As usual you need to get to and from the boat, and cover your own shore expenses. If interested email him for full details at XXXXX@XXXX



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