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Offshore Passage Opportunities

Vol. 18 No.06                      June 2018 E-mail: offshorepassage@sprintmail.com
Hank Schmitt P.O. Box 2600 Halesite, NY 1174 (631)-423-4988
Call-800-4PASSAGe Fax: 631-423-9009 www.sailopo.com


Editorial
Volvo Race 9 Start Newport to Cardiff Whales
List of Local Passage Opportunities

Editorial – May and June are the busy months for moving boats around getting ready for the summer season. Besides our annual sail north from the St. Maarten to Newport we are kept busy with one and two day short deliveries that some members can take advantage of. Also next week I sail back to Bermuda with five OPO members and five more will be making the return passage with Tania Aebi. This one week Swan Program option also better fits many people’s busy schedule.

In this issue we also list the local passage opportunities that OPO members sent us this month.
Many of the members posting today can use me as a reference since I have sailed with over half of them. I have listed them by location and what kind of boat they have. I was very impressed with the number and the scope of the list. I list them in no particular order starting with two of the same boats, 21 foot trimarans that I never heard of.  We have two OPO members who own the same type of boat. Also two of the most exotic are towards the end so make sure you read the entire list. Of course you will want to contact any that are near you since that is the point of the list, but there are also several out of the US that may work if you travel to one of the places listed. There are also a couple of opportunities to sail for a week or more so make sure you read them all. The two longer opportunities would be long enough to travel to and you can take advantage of even if you do not live near the boat listing. If you are joining someone for a long weekend or longer please try and offer to chip in for provisioning and some running expenses even if they say you do not need to.

Volvo Race 9 Start Newport to Cardiff Whales - Our Spring Swan Sailing Program officially ended with our three day layover in Newport for the start of Leg 9.  Four OPO members stayed to visit race village for the in-port races and the start on the water. If you can find the You-Tube Video of the start of Leg 9 , skip to 1 hour,13 minutes and 13 seconds and you will see the camera zoom in a see Avocation 100 feet to leeward of Team leading Mapfe as she pinches up to make the Red Bell right off Castle Hill RI. We were one of two sailboats hanging out by Castle Hill and we were the only sailboat to follow the fleet out past Castle Hill. After that, we port tacked the fleet to pass behind them and then sailed the 15 hours to Huntington NY to end the 2 ½ week adventure. Next month we will start looking at filling the return passage in the 19th Annual NARC Rally from Newport back to St. Maarten.

List of Local Passage Opportunities
I only posted e-mail addresses except for the one member who referred text msg. When responding to a posting please send the skipper a copy of your sailing resume and your contact information about where you live or what your thoughts are on joining them for sailing opportunities this summer. Some OPO members might live near each other and not know that any other way that our postings in this issue. I am happy to try and foster new friendships with other OPO members.

Eleuthera, Bahamas - Sea Pearl 21’ Trimaran

I have a Sea Pearl 21 Tri that I keep in Alabaster Bay in Central Eleuthera Bahamas just north of Governor’s Harbour.
If there are any OPO members planning to visit the island, I go on day sails almost every day that I am on island when the weather is nice.
I can bring 4 adults easily and the boat is very kid friendly
My schedule is pretty flexible and I can accommodate different schedules.
The Sea Pearl has a very shallow draft that allows me to beach her on some beaches that are only accessible by boat.
Sailing season is year round as long as there are no hurricanes pending.
I would be more than happy to show others around my little bit of paradise
Please contact me at:
bferri@mac.com

Moorhead City area of NC - Sea Pearl 21’ Trimaran

I sail a 21' trimaran Sea Pearl in the Moorhead City area of NC. I am also active in sailing at the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort. I usually do day sails and would like a short sailing resume. Please apply if you are fit and near normal weight. I hold a 50 ton license with towing and sailing endorsements. Ed Miller Edddsad4yb@gmail.com

Annapolis, MD – Bristol 29.9

Please add me to your list. I have a Bristol 29.9 here in Annapolis and would welcome other OPO members on board, mostly for day sails and short cruises. We sail out of the South River.
Jon Gray  jgray2676@yahoo.com

E. Greenwich, RI - Cape Dory 30ft Cutter

I would be happy to take some OPO members and their family out sailing, and give them a chance to “take the helm". Will be doing some day sails and short cruises all season long. She is an alcohol free boat.

Where: She lives in a slip at Prime Marina in E. Greenwich, RI

About the boat: Pochade is a 1981 Cape Dory 30ft Cutter that has been very well cared for by her previous owners. I have just finished outfitting her with all of the latest in electronics, standing and running rigging, and new sails.
I have been a member of OPO for several years, hold a 100 ton Masters, STCW, and am in the USCG Auxiliary.
Contact Lisa Goodwin - goodwinstudios@me.com

Boston, MA- 1985 Baltic 35

1985 Baltic 35 based at Savin Hill Yacht Club, Boston
Race every Wednesday evening Boston harbor PHRF, race most Saturdays as well. Most races are fully subscribed but will to entertain any OPO members needing to get their racing fix in. We also day sail many non-racing weekend days.
Mark FitzGerald tongamhf@yahoo.com

Carolina Beach, NC - Catalina 34

Thanks for this opportunity.
My boat: 1987 Catalina 34 (well maintained)
Location: Carolina Beach, NC
Type of sailing: day sails, weekend ocean sailing
Jim Conner jconner927@gmail.com

Baltimore, MD - Com-Pac 27

Yes, please include my information, if there are any members in Baltimore, I would be happy to meet up and go sailing! Here is my info:
Opportunity: Day (weekends) or evening (weeknight) sails from Baltimore, MD
Contact: laura.ladenheim@gmail.com
Thanks, Laura

Portsmouth, RI  – Sabre 34

I have a slip for the summer in Portsmouth, R.I. at a Brewer Marina
My winter residence is in Boulder Colorado but I plan to be on “Firefly” a lot this summer. I already have a few cruises planned but there are many times when I am on board alone and would enjoy going for day sails on Narragansett Bay or an overnight to Block Island, Cuttyhunk, or Long Island Sound, as well as other harbors. So please post this info and I look forward to hearing from OPO members that live in the area
Thanks,
Tony Smith tonysmith101@me.com 

New Buffalo, MI - Beneteau Oceanis 46

I have a Beneteau Oceanis 46 (2012) that is docked in New Buffalo, MI. New Buffalo is a small tourist town that is 65 miles from downtown Chicago. I recently turned 70; an additional hand would be appreciated. We use the boat primarily for day sailing. My contact info:
Ralph Musicant
ralphmusicant@gmail.com

SE of Baltimore on Jones Creek - Tartan 27

I keep my boat at Young’s boatyard just southeast of Baltimore on Jones creek. I do day sails and occasional overnights and longer on the Chesapeake. May attempt a Delmarva circumnavigation this year and it would be nice to someone else along for the ocean and Delaware bay parts of that if not more. Dennis Drenner <dennis@dennisdrenner.com>

Light House Marina on the western end of the Toms River – J 24

I am looking for sailors to join me on my 1983 J24, named Vitesse, for some day sailing on the Toms River and Barnegat Bay this summer. I have owned her for 10 years and have fun sailing on her. It should be a great summer to sail, with gas prices high, a lot of power boats are not in the water.

Vitesse is docked at the Light House Marina on the western end of the Toms River. Exit 81 off the Garden State and about 1 mile away. Great marina with swimming pool and nice clean showers. Bring the family along even if they don't want to sail.

Even though it is at the end of the river it is an easy sail out to the bay using a headsail. We bring a lunch and enjoy a day sail. I have several OPO members that sail with me know but they work full time and are usually only available weekends. I can arrange my schedule to be available most days.
Kathryn Paul tandemrider3@yahoo.com

Norwalk Cove Marina in CT – Catalina 27

Carolyn and I have a Catalina 27 that we just moved from Haverstraw on the Hudson to Norwalk Cove Marina in CT. We are putting her up for sale in mid-summer and are looking to buy a Beneteau 473 next spring. We are interested in meeting other sailors (in the CT area especially).  
Dave Meindl dmeindl22@gmail.com
Coecles Harbor, Shelter Island NY – Baba 30
Day and Short Trips from Coecles Harbor, Shelter Island New York on 1984 Bob Perry designed Baba 30 double-ender cutter, "Framboise". Alan Sugarman has owned the boat since new and the boat is well maintained with safety equipment and electronics. Alan is an ASA Sailing Instructor, with a (lapsed) Coast Guard license. The boat has been to Bermuda three times. Alan joined OPO in the Heineken Cup in 2017. Alan is frequently looking for crew for day sailing or one- three night trips to Block Island, Cuttyhunk, Newport, and Martha’s Vineyard. He is flexible and prefers to work when raining and sail when sunny but will sail when raining. Looking for one or two sailing crew, frequently on short notice. He prefers crew who have taken formal sailing courses or with some keel boat experiences and knowledge of navigation and who will stand watches in the rain. No booze when sailing. No smoking. Alan will collect e-mails and send out a blast whenever he is heading out to Shelter Island. Shelter Island is a 5 minute ferry ride from Greenport, LI, which is served from NYC by the Jitney and LIRR, or can be reached by driving from NYC in 2.5 hours.  Alan Sugarman sugarman@sugarlaw.com.

Saint Thomas, USVI -  Lagoon 500, 51’ LOA, Catamaran

You can add me to the list.

Boat: SY Pegasus, 2006 Lagoon 500, 51’ LOA, Catamaran, 8-person Liferaft, twin 75-HP diesel, watermaker two freezers, two fridges, spacious. Also, a 14’ Caribe dinghy with a 40-HP Yamaha outboard; nice dinghy. I’m refitting the electronics this week: all Garmin. Also, the foresail is new, and I have a new mainsail coming tomorrow. The boat should be in great shape by July: safety gear, new sails, new electronics, etc.

Saint Thomas, USVI

I charter the boat most of the time between Nov 1 and July 31. However, there are occasions where a fellow OPO member can join me on the boat for a week and cruise the USVI and/or BVI and/or possibly other islands. On or about July 23 of this year, I and my charter crew (Keith and AJ) will be taking her down island to Grenada to get out of the hurricane zone (for the most part) until mid-October. It will be about a 425 nm trip, and we plan on doing a little island hopping as well as diving. So, if a fellow OPO member or two (couples also) wants to join the fun, you can have them contact me. Pegasus has four queen cabins each with their own head and shower, so I have two cabins available: two couples, two individuals, etc. It will be Dutch treat: Everyone covers their costs; I’ll cover any fuel. They need to get their way to STT and back out from Grenada. The crew and I will be leaving the vessel on August 13, but I have a buddy watching it for a month until the crew returns about mid-September. There is a chance that whoever wants can stay on the boat until then or possibly later if they desire, and they are capable and good people .LON GOWEN LONGOWEN@msn.com 
 
East Boston, MA - Metalmast 30

I'd be interested in meeting meeting some sailing buddies.
I have a 1979 metalmast 30 in East Boston. She is a 30' racer cruiser and I'm slowly transforming her into a performance cruiser.
I'm new to the area, I relocated from Chicago where I was sailing in Lake Michigan a year and a half ago. Currently I'm just daysailing as I refresh the vessel but am interested in doing some longer trips. Erik Lindahl
EJ Lynd elindahl312@gmail.com

Atlantic Highlands Marina in NJ - Beneteau 37.3

Hope all is well with you.
You can add me and my boat can do day sailing around the home port of Atlantic Highlands Marina in NJ.
Also have a plan to sail July 14th weather permitting to Martha’s Vineyard and maybe Nantucket for 10 to 14 days, no one have to stay the whole trip, i will provide the provisions during the trip.
There is a ferry from Manhattan to Atlantic Highlands Marina where the boat is.
I do normal Cursing as local sailing.
Boat name: Serendipitous
Length: 37.3 Benentau 2004
Nav: chart plotter with AIS. Up dated
Location: Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina
My cell: 201-919-7274
Email: nicolasm@euroceramicainc.com
Better by text msg
Nicolas Marjieh

Turkey – Jeannue SO-389

Since we’ve made our own transfer from Canet (delivery marina- France) to Ayvalik (home marina-Turkey) in June 2016 with our Jeannue SO-389 we couldn’t make offshore sailing due to business priorities but we do make coastal sailing trips along Aegean coast of Turkey (usually north to south and back) and to the close by Greek islands.

Any OPO member is more than welcome contact us for sailing together and racing together (races and trophies organized by Marmaris International Yacht Club and/or Rhodes Cup).
Best Regards, Arif & Elena
Arif Çelen arif@celenltd.com

Canada Barrie Ontario (about 45 minutes north of Toronto) – Tanzer 26

I have a Tanzer 26 in Barrie Ontario (about 45 minutes north of Toronto)
She is great handling equipped at the sweet spot between comfortable and bare bones.
Every Tuesday we have friendly races within the Kemendfeldt Bay
I also enjoy easy day sails on the bay and Lake Simcoe
If you are in the Toronto area and have some time to kill.... drop me a line. Jean-marc McCabe jeanmarc109@hotmail.com


 


Offshore Passage Opportunities

Vol. 18 No.05 May 2018 E-mail: offshorepassage@sprintmail.com
Hank Schmitt P.O. Box 2600 Halesite, NY 1174 (631)-423-4988
Call-800-4PASSAGe Fax: 631-423-9009 www.sailopo.com

 


Editorial
Dominica
Passage Opportunities

Editorial – We just got back to St. Maarten today from our last visit to Dominica for the season. This crew leaves in the morning and new crew arrive Thursday and Friday for the two week passage back home. We have 15 OPO members on three boats and we will arrive in Newport for the start of the Volvo. Last year we were getting ready for the Americas Cup. We try and stay in the middle of events in our location on the Eastern Seaboard of the US all the way south to the Caribbean. We like to offer and share these opportunities with our members.

Another annual program we like is collecting information from OPO members who have boats and would like to invite members to join them. Some OPO members have boats that are not offshore boats, but they enjoy coastal sailing. Some OPO members meet on passages and become good friends. It is one reason why people join OPO. In our June issue we like to collect information from OPO boat owners who would like to invite other OPO members in their area to day sail and maybe offer short weekend trips in their area. It is another way for OPO members who may live near each other to meet and become good sailing friends.

If you have a boat and would like to invite other OPO members to join you please send us information about sailing with you in a short paragraph or two and we will include the information in our June 1st Newsletter. We will only use e-mail addresses and you can write up the opportunity anyway you like. I will collect them when I get home about May 22nd and will include your opportunity to sail with and meet other OPO members who may live nearby. I look forward to hearing from you.

Dominica-Since Hurricane Maria we decided to visit Dominica in November, February and just this past week to help them recover at the end of the season. Last month we sent you the accounting for our efforts and next month we will have more time to report on where we are and what our plans are for next year. We have no firm plans as we will see how they work on their maintenance program for the mooring field and also see how they will work together to take responsibility for the mooring field. We know we will be supporting them for one more year at least, but unless they can work together we may or may not be asking for more money next season. It is time for them to step up and take ownership of what we have started. Next year will be year 4th Annual Yachtie Appreciation Week and the completion of the mooring field in Portsmouth. It has taken longer than we anticipated, but we are pleased with what we have done with your help and look forward to helping them help themselves to bring this to the next level. You know we will keep you posted.

Passage Opportunities – We are still in the busy season and will keep sending you the passage opportunities as they come in. We are looking forward to our sail back home this week. You should also look forward to your next offshore passage.
 

 


Offshore Passage Opportunities

Vol. 18 No.04 April 2018 E-mail: offshorepassage@sprintmail.com
Hank Schmitt P.O. Box 2600 Halesite, NY 1174 (631)-423-4988
Call-800-4PASSAGe Fax: 631-423-9009 www.sailopo.com

 


Editorial
Fall Rallies
Heineken Regatta
Swan Program (May trip full)
Dominica April 24th to May 2nd (Full)
New York to Bermuda (2 berths left)

Editorial - Just when you think you have seen the last of the snow, we get 5 inches April 2nd the day after Easter. Every year as soon as we have seen the last of the snow the number of opportunities goes up. The snow has to end sometime. More opportunities to come in the next few weeks.

Our Swan trips are full with the exception of a couple of berths with me sailing from NY to Bermuda in June. The Swan Program continues to be popular with first timers and those who need to plan time off from works well in advance.

Patrick Childress sail as skipper in our Swan Fleet last fall. He returned to his boat, a Valiant 40 named Brick House”. He also wrote an article for Blue Water Sailing about the Swan Fall trip that just came out in the April Issue. If you were on his boat make sure you get a copy on newsstands in marine stores now.

Patrick has also started a series of YouTube How to videos. Please do see what Patrick and Rebecca Taft, his wife, are up to. He e-mails from the South pacific

“I am working hard at putting up "How To" videos on my new You Tube channel. I want to put up a bunch before we leave Sri Lanka in a couple weeks. We will then be heading to Chagos and other remote places in the Indian Ocean where there is no internet.

Fall Rallies & Dominica Next Year – We were hoping to have some exciting news about our Fall Rally, but that has to wait until later this year since negotiations are taking a lot longer than anticipated. I also will have a report about our relief efforts in Dominica. I will have a tally of how much we raised and where we spent the money. This will be ready before I fly back to St. Maarten April 20th

When I get back from our Caribbean season and have time this summer I will tell you more about our last trip to Dominica in April and also about our plans for next year. We are not done yet.

Heineken Regatta – I already sent an e-mail out that we did well at the Regatta and collected another First place trophy. That’s two out of three years we have been on the big stage at the Heineken Regatta.

Dominica Visit in April – We have a full boat sailing down to Dominica to check up on our friends in Portsmouth and the new mooring field. We want to make sure they have a good plan to take care of the moorings during the offseason. I plan to make a trip down to visit them in November right after we sail down in the NARC Rally. We want to make sure they have every chance to be ready for next season. In the May 1st notice I will have a recap of donations taken in and where we spend the money.

May Swan Program – (Volvo Ocean race start May 20th in Newport RI.) All three boats were filled last week.

June Passage NY to Bermuda and Back – The trip back from Bermuda with Tania Aebi is already filled up, but I have two berths left for the sail down with me departing Huntington NY June 9th and sailing through NY City for the 5 day sail to Bermuda. You would fly home the following Sunday June 17th. We depart 6 days before the Newport Bermuda Race starts.
 

 


Offshore Passage Opportunities

Vol. 18 No.03 March 2018 E-mail: offshorepassage@sprintmail.com
Hank Schmitt P.O. Box 2600 Halesite, NY 1174 (631)-423-4988
Call-800-4PASSAGe Fax: 631-423-9009 www.sailopo.com

 


Editorial
Heineken Regatta
Swan Program
Dominica April 24th to May 2nd
St. Maarten to Newport May 5th to May 21st Volvo start in Newport May 20th.
New York to Bermuda - Bermuda to New York - June

Editorial – I just arrived back in St. Maarten from Dominica. The 3rd Annual Yachtie Appreciation Week went well with over 70 boats in attendance. This is down from 102 boats last year, but not bad since the storm season. The crew of boat volunteers work at the primary school and we raised money by passing the hat (over $1400 US) to start building a house for a family in need. The most fun the crew of Avocation has was hiking miles into Trail number 13 with 3 chainsaws and cutlasses to clear two mores miles of this trail. Dominica is divided into 14 trials from one end of the island to the other and until they are cleared many young tourists will not come to the island.
We once again thank all those who have donated. Very soon the OPO web site will take down the donation part of the home page to concentrate on our core mission of helping members go sailing offshore. We will have a full accounting of what we have collected and spent in the April 1st Notice after I get home March 20th and have a better internet connection.

Heineken Regatta – This is our 3rd year racing in the Cruising Division (Newly named “Island Time” Division) and the 2nd year we are sponsoring the division. We registered today and they had 99 boats entered which is down from last year but not too bad considering this is one of the islands hit by a category 5 hurricane. By sponsoring the division we hope to help promote OPO to the cruising owners and skippers who are our primary audience. You can follow the race results online and I will let you know how we do next week after all is done. We have 7 OPO members sailing with us and this looks like it will be a great week.

Dominica – One last visit this season. There is one berth left on this passage opportunity. If you want you can stay for the return passage which starts that Saturday May 5th and spend almost a month with us.

Dominica Visit in April - One Week
We will be making a 3rd trip to Dominica at the end of the season to see what help they need to get through the summer. We also want to make plans with them to maintain the moorings in the offseason and make sure they are up and running 100% next year. If you want to join us you would plan to fly into St. Maarten on Tuesday April 24th. We will depart the 25th for Dominica. We will stop in Ille de Saint’s Guadeloupe on the way down or back. We will spend two or three days in Dominica touring and seeing how things are and then sail back to St. Maarten for flights home. This is nice combination of offshore sailing with two overnights and spending some time seeing three islands. You need to fly home from St. Maarten Wednesday May 2nd as new crew arrive the next day for the May return sail. The price for this week is only $800 for 8 Days. This is the last of our discounted winter 2018 storm-season special discount offerings.

We have two berths left if you want a guaranteed passage on a Swan this May. This is a good opportunity for a first time offshore passage or if you want to be qualified after a passage to sail with almost anyone in the future. You will have 10 to 12 days at sea and spend a lot of time hand steering which is a skill you have to have to qualify to sail offshore on a small crew just in case the auto-pilot goes out.

May Swan Program – (Volvo Ocean race start May 20th in Newport RI.) We have three Swans sailing back with us in May from St. Maarten to Newport with a stop in Bermuda. The three boats range from 46 feet to 53 feet. Murray Jacob will be skippering the Swan 53, Maurizio will skipper Aphrodite, the Swan 46 and I will be sailing Avocation back. We already have 13 people signed up for the 15 berths so if you are interested in joining us you should let us know soon. We have decided we will be departing from St. Maarten this year and not leaving with the ARC USA from the BVI. This saves us the time of going to the BVI and also from paying the entry fee. We pass this saving on to you.

Arrive St. Maarten Thursday May 3rd or Friday May 4th
Depart St. Maarten May 5th
Arrive Bermuda by May 11th
(Any new Crew Arrive Sunday June 13th.)
Depart Bermuda Monday May 14th
Arrive in Newport Friday May 18th or Saturday May 19th
After clearing customs upon arrival, we will see about making plans to get tickets for race village or staying to see the start of the Volvo Ocean Race the next day on the water Sunday May 20th.
Crew may have to depart in Newport upon arrival. Avocation will sail back to NY on Sunday and you can plan to travel home Monday May 23nd. If you are short on time you can depart from Newport Saturday May 20th.
The cost all-inclusive is $2500 per person.

June Passage NY to Bermuda and Back – There is no Americas Cup in Bermuda this June, (Last year you may remember we organized the “Rally to the Cup”.) but we have been making an annual round trip passage from New York to Bermuda and back for the past several years. It is a perfect first offshore passage at the best time of year. We are departing six days before the Newport Bermuda Race. Tania Aebi is once again skippering the return passage. Where else can you sail with a celebrity skipper at no extra cost? I will skipper the boat on the way out departing from Huntington NY Saturday June 9th. We will sail through NY City and then straight for Bermuda. Crew change will be the following weekend with crew arriving on Sunday June 17th for departure the next day. You will clear customs in NY 5 days later and be back in Huntington by Sunday June 24th so plan to travel home the 25th. If you need to depart from Newport you can. The all-inclusive passage aboard Avocation is $1500 per person. You can secure a berth with a $500 deposit now and the balance 30 days before the passage.
 

 


Offshore Passage Opportunities

Vol. 18 No.02 February 2018 E-mail: offshorepassage@sprintmail.com
Hank Schmitt P.O. Box 2600 Halesite, NY 1174 (631)-423-4988
Call-800-4PASSAGe Fax: 631-423-9009 www.sailopo.com

Editorial
Dominica - Fundraising Effort
Swan Program
Dominica April 24th to May 2nd
St. Maarten to Newport May 5th to May 21st Volvo start in Newport May 20th.
New York to Bermuda - Bermuda to New York - June

Editorial – January is behind us and the Caribbean Christmas winds should be calming down soon. Many people do not realize that December and January are very windy in the Caribbean and not the best time to visit if you are looking for a relaxed vacation and easy sailing with the family. The first big regatta of the year is the Heineken Regatta which is not until the first week in March after the winds have calmed down.

Some skippers and boat owners are starting to call about planned passages later this year. A few crew requests have been sent out, but it is still too early for most people to start lining up crew. We expect a very busy season. Until then we will be sailing with members in the Caribbean and invite you to join us in taking advantage of some of the Swan sailing options this May and June. Spaces are very limited so please let us know if you want to make sure you have a 100% offshore passage planned at the start of the season this year. What better way to start your season than with a long passage in May or June?

Dominica
We have two boats sailing to Dominica with us to attend the 3rd Annual “Yachtie Appreciation Week”. I will be sailing down from St. Maarten picking up crew in Antigua and the Swan 46 Aphrodite, with skipper Maurizio, is sailing up from St. Lucia.

Our 30 new commercial grade mooring buoys are being shipped to Dominica this week and will arrive February 9th. Last August, when I first ordered the moorings, there was a two week lead time to manufacture them. Irma and Maria postponed our order until we visited the Caribbean in November. When we made the decision to order the 30 moorings at the end of November, that two week lead time turned into six weeks with the Christmas Holiday. A winter storm (snow in South Carolina) delayed their shipment to Florida last week so they just arrives this past Monday for the weekly Friday cargo ship run to Dominica. We have our fingers crossed that all 30 new moorings balls will be in place to compliment the eight to ten moorings they have left over from last year. We have hired the same videographer we had last year to come and shoot more film. We look forward to keeping you informed about our work in Portsmouth.

Fundraising Effort – Special thanks to a handful of big donors who have kept us from falling too far behind. We are still in the red, but not by much. There are still a couple more bill to pay, and a final run to Dominica in April to finish our relief efforts in Dominica for the season. I will leave the OPO web page donation fund up for one more month. March 1st , we will take it down get back to our main goal of “seeking, creating, and passing on quality offshore passage opportunities to our members”. Until then we ask that you please make a donation if not have not already done so. If you have had a very good year and want to help those less fortunate who are still devastated by the hurricane season, please visit our web site at www.sailopo.com and make a donation. It is for a very good cause and you can see the results. Any year in the future you can plan visit and see for yourself what our multi-year effort has done. We hope to finish up next year and then of course make visits and promote the island for years to come. One day you will visit and say you helped.

I will have a wrap up report for you when I get back from the Caribbean in the spring. Recent bills have been $8950.00 for the new moorings floats. (A picture of one is on the web site.) Freight to Florida $1318.00 Tropical Ship fees $1695.00 All-at-Sea & Caribbean Compass Ads $2542.50. Still to come: Final misc materials to finish installation in Dominica. Late April visit supplies list TBD.

Dominica Visit in April - One Week
We will be making a 3rd trip to Dominica at the end of the season to see what help they need to get through the summer. We also want to make plans with them to maintain the moorings in the offseason and make sure they are up and running 100% next year. If you want to join us you would plan to fly into St. Maarten on Tuesday April 24th. We will depart the 25th for Dominica. We will stop in Ille de Saint’s Guadeloupe on the way down or back. We will spend two or three days in Dominica touring and seeing how things are and then sail back to St. Maarten for flights home. This is nice combination of offshore sailing with two overnights and spending some time seeing three islands. You need to fly home from St. Maarten Wednesday May 2nd as new crew arrive the next day for the May return sail. The price for this week is only $800 for 8 Days. This is the last of our discounted winter 2018 storm-season special discount offerings. There is also an option to stay ashore in Dominica at the Mango Cottages for $300 more.

May Swan Program – (Volvo Ocean race start May 20th in Newport RI.) We have four* Swans sailing back with us in May from St. Maarten to Newport with a stop in Bermuda. The four boats range from 46 feet to 56 feet. Murray Jacob will be skippering the Swan 53, Maurizio will skipper Aphrodite, the Swan 46 and I will be sailing Avocation back. We also have a Swan 56* sailing back with us. We already have 14 people signed up for the 20 berths so if you are interested in joining us you should let us know soon. We have decided we will be departing from St. Maarten this year and not leaving with the ARC USA from the BVI. This saves us the time of going to the BVI and also from paying the entry fee. We pass this saving on to you.


*The Swan 56 is for sale so we are not taking any more deposits until we know we have 4 boats sailing north with us. If you want to get on the waiting list you do not need to make a deposit, just let me know and I will keep you posted on the status of the size of the fleet sailing north. If we have just 3 boats then we might already be full. We will make the decision by March 15st weather we have 3 or 4 boats.

June Passage NY to Bermuda and Back – There is no Americas Cup in Bermuda this June, (Last year you may remember we organized the “Rally to the Cup”.) but we have been making an annual round trip passage from New York to Bermuda and back for the past several years. It is a perfect first offshore passage at the best time of year. We are departing six days before the Newport Bermuda Race. Tania Aebi is once again skippering the return passage. Where else can you sail with a celebrity skipper at no extra cost? I will skipper the boat on the way out departing from Huntington NY Saturday June 9th. We will sail through NY City and then straight for Bermuda. Crew change will be the following weekend with crew arriving on Sunday June 17th for departure the next day. You will clear customs in NY 5 days later and be back in Huntington by Sunday June 24th so plan to travel home the 25th. If you need to depart from Newport you can. The all-inclusive passage aboard Avocation is $1500 per person. You can secure a berth with a $500 deposit now and the balance 30 days before the passage.
 

 


Offshore Passage Opportunities

Vol. 18 No.01 January 2018 E-mail: offshorepassage@sprintmail.com
Hank Schmitt P.O. Box 2600 Halesite, NY 1174 (631)-423-4988
Call-800-4PASSAGe Fax: 631-423-9009 www.sailopo.com

 


Editorial
Dominica – “Christmas” future
Dominica “Yachtie Appreciation Week”
Heineken Regatta
May Swan Program

Editorial – We thought we would start off the New Year with some fun and a project for the cold winter months. OPO member Kevin Rich retired last year and has already made two long passages with us. He told me his wife gives him grief for watching too many sailing youtube videos, movies and online blogs sites. So I said: “Tell your wife that you are doing research and making a list for Hank to send to his members.” Kevin included books in the list, which I was going to leave out, since there are hundreds if not thousands of titles, but decided keep it in a see where it leads us. I thought why not ask other OPO members to send me their favorites and we can create a master list based on our members’ experience. Here is Kevin’s list. I added the list of books that Offshore Passage Opportunities has been mentioned in or written about. I have not had time to check out everything yet, but did enjoy “Chasing Bubbles” which I had heard about from several other people about the self-proclaimed worst sailor in the world. I plan to check out more this winter. While we are at it I added a heading for favorite Bogs sites and room for sailing publications. Please take a look and send us your own favorites. Just make sure you let me know which category to put it under. It is not always obvious. If the list gets big enough, or good enough, we will post it to our web site. Think of it as our winter project and New Year’s gift to help the world (of sailing)


Below are Youtube videos to watch.


Blog Recommendations: (I added this category and wanted to get things startet)


Movie Recommendations


Books


Other Less Worthy Books


(Another category we added)
Online sailing magazines:


Now that we have had some fun, it is time for some serious business of philanthropy and doing the right thing.

Dominica – Christmas Future – If you read the article by Alan Ryall I sent last week, you read a story about how another visiting cruiser sailing couple became enchanted by the island of Dominica. Not because it is a paradise, far from it, but for its unspoiled beauty and proud people. Even before the storm damage sailors would drop a hook for a night or two, stayed far longer, and then left promising to return. You can read between the lines and feel Alan’s passion (pain) spill over wanting to do more and crying out for help from the sailing community. He wants to make a difference. He wants to help.

I drank the potion myself eight years ago and have been helping ever since. Just before Maria hit we had 50 new mooring floats ordered to complete the first donated mooring field for a proposed non-for-profit called the “Caribbean Mooring Field Development Foundation.” We had a full itinerary planned*** for the 3rd Annual YAW (Yachtie Appreciation Week) celebrating the completed three year project. It made sense after Maria to quickly cancel the new mooring order while there was still time. Many of our crew cancelled plans to join us this winter. Desperation for food, water and shelter trumps any plans for parties and mooring floats. With your help we raised money to prime the distribution system to deliver desperately needed relief supplies two weeks after Maria. We then made our own sail down to St. Maarten and Dominica in November with generators, tools and food. We had to see with our own eyes what things looked like and what we could do. We ended up leaving money to repair the PAYS Pavilion and small fund as the start of a “PAYS credit union” to help some of the boat boys repair their boats. I then flew home in November feeling good enough to order 30 new mooring floats (reduced from 50) and implement a small ad campaign to promote YAW.

My hope was that this would be the last time I would have to ask OPO members and others for money. So I sent an e-mail to you to that affect earlier last month. After all I am not in the fundraising business. I am in the crew network business and I don’t want to alienate members by continuing to bang the drum for Dominica and asking for money. It takes time to raise money, allocate it wisely, and make sure you have done a good job and made a difference.

Then I got Alan’s article a few days before Christmas. I e-mailed him back telling him that I would be happy to work with him, for him, any which way, almost pleading with him to take over. But then reality set in. There is no simple fix.

Then I started thinking, who, outside of PAYS, knows them as well as I do? Who has been working with the Government Officials from the Tourism Board in Roseau down to the local politicians and Chief of Police in Portsmouth? Who has worked with the president of the Dominican Marine Trade Association? Who has already shipped materials to Dominica? Who is already in the marine business and not a retired cruising sailor? So the question then became how can I even think of slowing down our efforts when in fact, after Maria, the need is even greater? We see how slowly the recovery efforts in Porto Rico are going and that is with backing from the USA. Dominica has no backing from anywhere and is not in the news. As you read in Alan’s article, even Ile De Saints Guadeloupe, 20 miles to the north, does not know the fate of Portsmouth.

So I have made the following decisions in the last week of the year: It would appear that my avocation is becoming my vocation, so why not use Avocation to help bring people to Dominica. So we

1) Cut in half the price for trips to Dominica and St. Marten this winter. We want two full boats of sailors to join us in February. So we added another boat, the Swan 46 Aphrodite, so we can bring more people to both events.
2) Added a third trip to Dominica in April to personally access the situation and plan for the offseason.
3) Decided this is not the last year of our efforts (pre Maria plans) but another two or three year commitment if not longer.

Now we get to my Christmas Future Predictions and how you can help make a difference by supporting our efforts with a January Fundraiser and most likely another Fundraiser in September when dues are do. But first one more rule.

4) Updates about Dominica in future monthly “Notices to OPO Mariners” will be at the end of the issue so it does not seem like it is taking over from our primary goal of helping our members go sailing offshore for free. If you are not interested in hearing more you can simply stop reading when you get to the Dominica section of our Newsletters.

Christmas Future

If anyone of us were in a similar situation, we would not want to be given handouts. We would want help so that we could help ourselves get back on our feet. That is why we are focused on getting the PAYS Association, the PAYS building and the mooring field in place so we can encourage cruising boats to stop in Dominica to visit, tour the island and spend money. We all know without tourism, there will be no money and no rebuilding. By encouraging more boats to stop, the entire community prospers.

The new mooring floats will be completed this week at the Gilman Corporation in Gilman CT. (I will send a picture when they are completed.) They will then be trucked to Miami and placed on a “Tropical” shipment to arrive in Dominica later this month. The government has promised to expedite the mooring floats so we can have them in place for Yachtie Appreciation Week. We have also placed ads in “All-at-Sea” magazine and the “Caribbean Compass” publication to help get the word out that the 3rd Annual Yachtie Appreciation Week is Feb 18th to 25th 2018. Last year we had over 100 boats in Portsmouth for the 2nd Annual Yacthie Appreciation Week. (Up from 25 boats the first year.) The YAW celebrations help get the word out about the new mooring field and will encourage boats to come all season long.

My hope was to have the mooring field in place and self-sustaining with PAYS collecting a $10 or $15 a night mooring fee. My new dedication is to be more involved via phone calls, e-mails and more visits. I have learned that our efforts need more direction and oversight. The new plan is to finish the mooring field (Our 30 floats will join 20 temporary moorings for 50 this season with the last 20 Gilman Floats being sent next year). Increase the “PAYS credit union” so the boats boys can borrow from themselves to get their boast in shape each fall. Long term plans are to set up a NYC Taxi “Medallion like system” where a Pays Membership has value and the individual boat boys develop their own brand that is worth something to pass on to the next person as a retirement plan. This will take time and education to set up.

My experience has shown me that you can’t barge in and tell anyone what to do. One can’t just come in and spend a few days implementing a plan from the outside. That is why I have decided to rededicate myself for the long haul with the added April visit this year. There will be future announcements about plans to visit more often and get more people involved. We hope that some of you will join us in February and April to help me access what else we can do and how we might be able to organize some boots on the ground to give more direction. Since I do not see anyone else taking over I will continue being a leading force to keep moving forward, but we are looking for volunteers who can first help identify projects and what can be done and then put that plan in place.

If you want to help please plan on joining us for a trip to Dominica this season. I have greatly reduced the price to make it easier. If you can’t join it this year, please help with a New Year’s Donation. Over 100% of our money goes to those in need as I have contributed over $5000 plus and have covered the credit card fees for donations made by credit card. We do not spend any money on administrative costs, advertising costs to ask for more money or spend one dime not directly helping the people of Dominica or St. Maarten.

During the month of January we are asking people to make a donation online at www.sailopo.com. Go to our web store and click on multiples of $10, $100 or more. If you want to write a check you can make a check out to OPO and mail it to:


OPO
PO Box 2600
Halesite NY 11743.

Many Thanks,
Happy New Year and
God Bless.

Please come join us this winter for a trip to Dominica for YAW, The Heineken Regatta or the 2nd trip to Dominica in April. Here are the details with the new prices.

Dominica “Yachtie Appreciation Week” – Crew will fly into Antigua February 16th for departure aboard Avocation the 17th for arrival in Dominica Sunday Feb 18th, the start of the full week of events. It will be about a 15 to 20 hour sail from Antigua to Portsmouth Dominica sailing on the lee side of Guadeloupe. We will pick up a free OPO donated “PAYS” mooring in Dominica for the week. Four crew will stay aboard Avocation and we have accommodations ashore for three other couples (Or singles) as Cathy and I will be in the 4th unit of this 2 building, 4 unit compound, called “Mango Cottages”. Mango Cottages is run by boat boy Edison and his wife Sylvia. It is a short drive away and we will rent one or two cars to get back and forth. Cathy and I stayed here last year.

We will depart in time to be back on St. Maarten for flights home Tuesday Feb 27th. Of course you are welcome to sign up and stay another week for the Heineken Regatta which starts the next day.
Pricing:

From Antigua Feb 16th to St. Maarten Feb 26th.
10 days stay aboard Swan 48 Avocation $800*
10 days staying ashore at Mango Cottages $1200** ($1500 for a couple)
10 days stay aboard Swan 46Aphrodite $800* (Pick up port TBD by 01/07/18
• *Plus Provisions & running expenses (about $150 for the 10 days)
• ** Plus rental car

Heineken Regatta – Come support the rebuilding of St. Maarten by participating with us in the 38th Annual Heineken Regatta.

We are once again sponsoring the Cruising Division of the regatta and will be racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. However unlike all the other racing classes, we do not have to make the 8:00 am Bridge. We will be on “Island Time” and can sleep in and make the 10:30 bridge opening. So we get the best of both worlds being able to race each day, but not kill ourselves with an early wake up call to go out and watch a bunch of other boats start.

We also have two suites across the street at the Simpson Bay Marina and Resort so there is an option to stay ashore or on the boat. You can bring a wife or friend and share one of the three other bedrooms and then we have 4 single beds for 4 others to stay ashore poolside after the races. We have the accommodations from Tuesday Feb 27th until Tuesday morning March 6th so book your flights to arrive on Tuesday Feb 27th and fly home Tuesday March 6th.

The 4 crew staying aboard sail for just $900
The 4 crew having a single bunk ashore pays $1400
The 3 crew (couples staying in a bedroom) Pay $18000 per couple
We have also added a non-race option to come join us and spend a week in St. Maarten during the regatta by staying aboard the Swan 46 Aphrodite which will be in the same marina as Avocation. This is only $750 for the week to be in St. Maarten.

Price for both Dominica and the Heineken Regatta is as little as $1700(staying on the boat) or maximum of $2600 for accommodations ashore. That’s for 18 days in the Caribbean.

May Swan Program – Many people have already asked about the May Swan trip sailing from the Caribbean to Newport at the end of the Caribbean season. We always give OPO members the first opportunity to join us since there are a limited number of berths available and they may fill up quickly. For those that need to and want to plan ahead we are publishing the dates and taking $500 deposits to reserve a berth with us next May. We have decided we will be departing from St. Maarten this year and not leaving with the ARC USA from the BVI. This saves us the time of going to the BVI and also from paying the entry fee. We pass this saving on to you. You can make a $500 deposit on or web site or by calling me in the office.
Arrive St. Maarten Thursday May 3rd or Friday May 4th
Depart St. Maarten May 5th
Arrive Bermuda by May 12th
Depart Bermuda Monday May 14th
Arrive in Newport Saturday May 20th
The cost all-inclusive is $2500 per person.
One boat will make a direct passage from St. Maarten to Newport for people who do not have as much time or want to experience a longer non-stop passage of 9 or 10 days. This option is $2000 all-inclusive except for travel to and from the boat.

To make a deposit by phone please Hank at 631-423-4988.

***This was the proposed itinerary from last August. We will see what happens this year.
 

PAYSS YACHTIES APPRECIATION WEEK WITH A DIFFERENCE 2018 (PROPOSED)
Proceeds raised will go towards charity organizations:
CALLS, HOME FOR THE AGED AND LAMBS FEAST
SUBJECT TO CHANGES BY MEMBERS FOR INPUT
Sunday Feb 18th 2018
8:00am Registration of Yachties – Complimentary Herbal/Bush Tea will be served
10:00am –5:00pm Live Entertainment (One Man Band) at Pays Activity Building – Local Complimentary rum punch will be served.
Local Cook up from selective PAYS members and Price: $___________

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Menu:
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6:00pm OPENING CEREMONY BBQ
• M.C: Presentations:
• Welcome Remarks by PAYS member Hank Schmitt
• Speeches by Minister of Tourism, DDA Representatives, Hon. Ian Douglas
• History and Culture by Dr. Lennox Honychurch

• Dinner with a Difference (PAYSS BBQ) – whole pig, goat etc
• Culture of Kalinago – Karina or Karifuna
• Live Band ( Semi Breve)


Monday Feb 19th 2018

8:00am Registration of Yachties Continue – Complimentary Herbal/Bush Tea will be served

9:30am BEACH GAMES
Treasure Hunt, Crab Race, Volleyball,
Local Cook up from selective PAYS members and Price: $___________

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Menu:
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3:00pm until Indian River Tour with Live Entertainment - Jussi Paavola (Saxophone)



Tuesday Feb 20th 2018

8:00am Registration of Yachties – Complimentary Herbal/Bush Tea will be served
9:00am Syndicate Tour –
Syndicate Nature Walk and Sanctuary (Home of Dominica’s National Bird – Parrots)
Syndicate Falls – La Cascade Tea House

2:00pm BEACH GAMES
Soft Ball Cricket, Tug of War, Sack Race, Lime and Spoon, 3legged race etc.

6:00pm Hank Schmitt Sponsored Finger Foods at Madiba


Wednesday Feb 21st 2018

TOUR

8:30am All Day - Roseau Valley with lunch at the Loft

9:00am half Day – Kalinago Territory (BARANA AUTE’)



NIGHT FREE- PAYS MEMBERS WILL FACILITATE AND ASSIST


Thursday Feb 22nd 2018

TOUR

10:00am Half Day - Chaudiere Pool and Cold Soufriere
Or
Chaudiere Pool, Red Rock and Chocolate Factory
(Lunch will be at PAYS- sign up)


NIGHT FREE- PAYS MEMBERS WILL FACILITATE AND ASSIST



Friday Feb 23rd 2018

TOUR – ADVENTURE

8:00am Sari Sari Falls Hike

Or


9:00am Rum Factor Tour and River Tubing at Layou River with Rabess

Or

10:00am Experience Lion Fish hunting with Island Dive Operations at a discounted
Price $_____________NB: ONLY CERTIFIED DIVERS…

7:00pm Exquisite Lion Fish Dinner experience with Seabird at PAYS EVENTS
HOUSE


Saturday Feb 24th 2017

ALL DAY ENTERTAINMENT AND GAMES

- All day greasy pole challenge
- Mixed Football Team, Treasure Hunt, Boat Paddle Race, Petanque competition, optimist race etc

Sunday Feb 25th 2017

CLOSING CEREMONY – (Sponsored by DDA)
GRAND DINNER
Venue: Cabrits

Presentation: Cannon Explosion from the Fort by Dr. Lennox Honychurch
Awards Ceremony:
Speeches

Minister of Tourism
Discover Dominica
Hon Ian Douglas
Mayor of Portsmouth

ENTERTAINMENT – C SQUARED




 

 


Offshore Passage Opportunities

Vol. 17 No.12 December 2017 E-mail: offshorepassage@sprintmail.com
Hank Schmitt P.O. Box 2600 Halesite, NY 1174 (631)-423-4988
Call-800-4PASSAGe Fax: 631-423-9009 www.sailopo.com

 


Editorial
Fundraiser Report
Christmas Donation
Dominica “Yachtie Appreciation Week”
Heineken Regatta
May Swan Program

Editorial – Attendance in all three rallies departing from the US East Coast were down this year because of the storm damage in the Caribbean. We had ten boats in the 18th Annual NARC Rally. The Caribbean 1500 had 22 boats and I think the Salty Dawg had about 72 boats depart from Norfolk for Antigua and other destinations. Only two boats in the NARC fleet returned to St. Maarten, our traditional winter home port. As of Nov 15th there were only 4 open slips in the marina. The St. Maarten airport is operating under tents and the rooftop of the baggage claim loading dock. But everyone’s spirits are high and they are telling everyone to come back.

The most fun way to contribute is by visiting the islands and not treating them like a victim to be shunned. You will want to visit first hand and have a beer on the beach and do a little sailing this winter. That is why we are inviting OPO members to join us for the 3rd annual “Yachtie Appreciation Week” in Dominica and for the 38th Annual Heineken Regatta in St. Maarten. Our gift to you (and to them) is to offer everyone a $250 discount from last year’s price and encourage you to come and spend some money in the islands.

Fundraiser Report - Now that I am back from our first trip to St. Maarten and Dominica I want to report how much we have raised and where the money has been spent. We are including a list of all the donors to you only. We will post the amount raised and the disbursements on the web site. But not anyone’s name or amount donated. I repeat, no one’s name will show up on the OPO web site.

To date we have raised $32,825.00 from 140 donors and spent $24.144.73. That leaves a balance of. $8,680.27

The first money we released was $6000 in early October before the Annapolis Boat Show as we saw the opportunity and the need to help get the first two shipments of emergency relief supplies of food and water get to Dominica within the first few days after Maria. We supplied money for fuel and food. We also sent $2000 in MoneyGram’s to PAYS and Albert. (Albert had his leg amputated below the knee a couple of weeks before Maria.) It is amazing how the internet can be down, but you can still send money from a CVS drugstore to Portsmouth Dominica.

The third disbursement was sending skipper Johnathan Ishmael to St. Maarten on the first commercial flight to the island on Tuesday October 17th for a five day fact finding mission and to hand out cash. Our next program was buying generators, power tools and building supplies in the US, and then buying more supplies in St. Maarten, (food and water and two more generators) to bring to Dominica aboard Avocation.

During that visit from Nov 16th to 18th we met with members of PAYS, saw Albert and hired a general contractor to rebuild the PAYS Pavilion. We also handed out some cash to hold folks over until the season gets going and started a micro loan PAYS Credit Union to help some of the boat boys get their boats ready for the season. The balance of the money we are using to order 30 mooring floats for a total of 50 rigged moorings this season. The floats are ordered and we need to raise only a small amount of money to finish the project. I will have exact numbers in the next few days as we price out the shipping costs to Miami and then to Dominica.

Christmas Donation – There is still a need to help a few more people in St. Maarten and Dominica. In Dominica we expect to need only about $5000 more to finish the mooring field and help with promotion of Yachtie Appreciation Week. In St. Maarten there are still marina employees, day-workers, and waitresses at Jimbo’s that we were not all able to see the short time we were in St. Maarten since the marina area was still very quiet and only Zee Best was open. Money from this last Christmas season donation will be distributed in early January in St. Maarten and February in Dominica with a final report to you in March when we are back from our two big events in Dominica and St. Maarten.

If you had a good year and are feeling grateful for having a roof over your head and being safe with loved ones then please give a Christmas donation on our web site at www.sailopo.com. Our efforts in Dominica and St. Maarten are not bottomless. We see are seeing results. We are planting seeds to help them rebuild, not just giving handouts. We invite everyone to come down and visit and spend time in the islands. If not this year, then in years to come.
Thank You and have a Very Merry Christmas.

Come join us this winter for $250 less than last season

– Join us for a full week in Dominica taking tours of the island, enjoying socials each night, and meeting many other people visiting this “best-kept-secret” of the Caribbean. Crew will fly into Antigua February 16th for departure aboard Avocation the 17th

Dominica “Yachtie Appreciation Week” for arrival in Dominica Sunday Feb 18th, the start of the Full Week of events. It will be about a 15 to 20 hour sail from Antigua to Portsmouth Dominica sailing on the lee side of Guadeloupe. We will pick up a mooring in Dominica for the week. Four crew will stay aboard Avocation and we have accommodations ashore for three other couples (Or singles) as Cathy and I will be in the 4th unit of this 4 unit compound called “Mango Cottages”. Mango Cottages is run by boat boy Edison and his wife Sylvia. It is a short drive away and we will rent two cars to get back and forth.
We will depart in time to be back in St. Maarten for flights home Monday afternoon February 26th or Tuesday Feb 27th. Of course you are welcome to sign up and stay another week for the Heineken Regatta which starts the next day.
Pricing:
From Antigua Feb 16th to St. Maarten Feb 26th.
10 days stay aboard Avocation $1250*
10 days staying ashore at Mango Cottages $1750** ($2000 for a couple ashore)
*Plus Provisions
** Plus rental car

Heineken Regatta – Come support the rebuilding of St. Maarten by participating with us in the 38th Annual Heineken Regatta. This year will be different with all the action at PDP (Port de Plaisance) across the Bay from St. Maarten Yacht Club with no closing party on Kim Sha-Beach. Instead the first 100 boats will be offered free dockage at PDP and a race village will develop around this biggest track of undeveloped land on the Lagoon. This will be the future of the regatta as the area grows back from Irma and Kim Sha Beach is no longer available as she is slated for new development. Come sail with us and participate in this transformative 38th Annual Heineken Regatta.

We are once again sponsoring the Cruising Division of the regatta and will be racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. However unlike all the other racing classes, we do not have to make the 8:00 am Bridge. We will be on “Island Time” and can sleep in and make the 10:30 bridge opening. So we get the best of both worlds being able to race each day, but not kill ourselves with an early wake up call to go out and watch a bunch of other boats start.

We also have two suites across the street at the Simpson Bay Marina and Resort so there is an option to stay ashore or on the boat. You can bring a wife or friend and share one of the three other bedrooms and then we have 4 single beds for 4 others to stay ashore poolside after the races. We have the accommodations from Tuesday Feb 27th until Tuesday morning March 6th so book your flights to arrive on Tuesday Feb 27th and fly home Tuesday March 6th.
The 4 crew staying aboard sail for just $1250
The 4 crew having a single bunk ashore pays $1750
The 3 crew (couples staying in a bedroom) Pay $2250

May Swan Program – Many people have already asked about the May Swan trip sailing from the Caribbean to Newport at the end of the Caribbean season. We always give OPO members the first opportunity to join us since there are a limited number of berths available and they may fill up quickly. For those that need to and want to plan ahead we are publishing the dates and taking $500 deposits to reserve a berth with us next May. We will most likely sail from Nanny Cay Tortola BVI to Bermuda and then to Newport, but don’t make any plane reservations yet as we need to get confirmation from the World Cruising Club that the marina will be in place. The back-up plan would be to sail from St. Maarten to Bermuda and then to Newport not in the ARC USA. If you want to place a $500 deposit on or web site or by calling me in the office you can.
Tentative dates are to arrive in BVI Wednesday May 2nd to Friday May 4th
Depart BVI May 5th
Arrive Bermuda by May 12th
Depart Bermuda Monday May 14th
Arrive in Newport Saturday May 20th and Huntington NY Sunday May 21st.
The cost all-inclusive is $3000 per person.
To make a deposit by phone please Hank at 631-423-4988.
 

 


Offshore Passage Opportunities

Vol. 17 No.11 November 2017 E-mail: offshorepassage@sprintmail.com
Hank Schmitt P.O. Box 2600 Halesite, NY 1174 (631)-423-4988
Call-800-4PASSAGe Fax: 631-423-9009 www.sailopo.com

Editorial
NARC RALLY
Podcast
St. Maarten
Dominica
Yachtie Appreciation Week

Editorial – This month is all about the NARC Rally and the other Rallies heading south to the Caribbean. While most boats on the East Coast get winterized and put away for the winter, we prefer the owners who sail south and call us looking for crew. Many OPO members are sailing this fall and we expect a few more last minute opportunities until the fall migration is over.

NARC Rally – We are a small fleet of boats this year with some of the annual veteran participants staying north for this season because of the storm season. It looks like our fleet of 10 boats will be able to depart Newport on Tuesday Oct 30th after a two day delay waiting on weather. After this system passes over today we should have nice north winds for the next 4 days to get us to Bermuda.

Podcast – While we were at the Annapolis Boat Show we did our 2nd podcast with Andy Schell and his 59 North group about the storm season in the Caribbean and our relief efforts to help out. You can listen to the podcast by following this link.

Your episode's blog page and Show Notes are at this link: https://www.59-north.com/onthewindpodcast/211-hank-schmitt

St. Maarten – We only decided a couple of weeks ago that we would be returning to St. Maarten from Newport. One of our skippers, Johnathan Ishmael flew down to check on things the first day that flights were running to the island. St. Maarten seems to be bouncing back pretty quickly with power on and many restaurants and small hotels opening up. Many of the big time-sharing resorts will be closed for the season. The big news to tell people is that St. Maarten is open for business and they need people to come back and spend money. After we check things out in a couple of weeks we will modify our plans to set up and have volunteers come in and maybe do some work. We will let you know when we get back what our plans might include, but first we need to see how we can best help and what skills they need.

Dominica – The news from Dominica is bleaker. Many places will not have electricity for a while and many of the roofs are still missing from homes and businesses. That is why we have loaded up Avocation with overflow supplies going on Amerigo (A Swan 56 also going to St. Maarten). After spending a couple of days filling up the rest of our hold with supplies we will be sailing down to Dominica about Nov 14th bringing 5 generators, building supplies for PAYS and other items to help. We will also see what needs to be done to make sure that some of the mooring field is in place and the boat boys have their boats ready for the season.

Yachtie Appreciation Week - We hope to have the 3rd annual YAW in Dominica at the end of February 2018 just before the Heineken Regatta which is also still planning to host a regatta. As OPO members know these are the two events we were planning to attend and invite OPO members to join us. In September we had Avocation full for Dominica, but since then one couple has dropped out. When I get back from Dominica (I fly home Nov 20th) I will let OPO members know what options we have this winter to help out in the Caribbean and attend a couple of events.

 

 


Offshore Passage Opportunities

Vol. 17 No.10 October 2017 E-mail: offshorepassage@sprintmail.com
Hank Schmitt P.O. Box 2600 Halesite, NY 1174 (631)-423-4988
Call-800-4PASSAGe Fax: 631-423-9009 www.sailopo.com

 

 


Editorial
Annapolis Boat Show
Dominica
St. Maarten
Reprieve – Your membership


Editorial – What a difference a month makes. In last month’s Newsletter we were telling you about our winter schedule. Our plan was to cut back on some of the individual charter weeks and concentrate on a couple of big Caribbean Events. First, “Yachtie Appreciation Week” in Dominica which we created and have been supporting for three years. We have been visiting for the past 10 years.

The other Event was the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Last year we became the first company to sponsor the Lotterie Division and created our own Official Regatta location across from the St. Marten Yacht Club.

Both islands were hit be separate Category 5 storms within two weeks and their world was turned upside down. And so, our own winter program flips from one of great anticipation to deep concern for our friends in both St. Maarten and Dominica. We have started fund drives for both islands on our web site and have already made our first distribution of funds. (See below).

The one bright spot is that I believe by February both Dominica and St. Maarten plan to go ahead with their events. If there are no tourists this winter, there will be no jobs and the recovery will take so much longer. We will keep you posted on our efforts but most importantly we look forward to helping you get to the islands this winter to take a look for yourself and maybe roll up your sleeves for a week and come help out.

Annapolis Boat Show – Come visit us at the Annapolis Boat Show Oct 5th to 9th. The show runs through Monday, but I will only be there Thursday, Friday and Saturday. In past years we have met on the upper deck of the hotel overlooking the show area, but not this year. We were going to have a presence in two booths this year. Dominica has (Had) a 8’ x 6 foot booth (The smallest available), but I know they will not be able to man it with our friends from PAYS. Our default location will be at Andy Schell’s new 20’ x 20’ floating lounge dock down by Island Packet Yachts and the traffic circle closet to main street. We are a sponsor of the booth and of his Blog Post 59 North. I plan to be there each afternoon of the show from 1:00 pm until the end of the show on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We set sail for home Sunday morning so will not be at the show Sunday and Monday. Please stop by any afternoon and meet other offshore like-minded people.

We started a new e-mail list for people who donated money and for people who want to volunteer to crew on boats sailing to help bring supplies to any damaged island. As OPO members you will also be getting the same information weather you donated or not. You do not need to sign up for this list. You will also get any of the passage opportunities to sail on a supply mission. So far there has only been one request which you saw from Florida to Tortola and it was cancelled a few days later. Here is the letter I sent them explaining what we have done so far. I am using our October 1st Notice to give that same information to you. After the Annapolis Boat Show we will post a list of people who donated as a sign of transparency and accountability.

Dear Friends of St. Maarten and Dominica Update # 2, Both islands took a full hit by a Category 5 Hurricane
Our first e-mail explained how there has been no need for volunteers for relief crew to sail supplies in or to work on the ground. It is still hurricane season and no one is sailing there yet. Things are still too unstable in many areas to be of help. Over 100 people have contributed almost $30,000 so far to our relief efforts. For the first few days there was little we could do especially with Maria following Irma. Things are still far from good but we are making some progress and we are starting to spend the money. We want to tell you how and who received the aid.

Dominica First – Although hit a week later we have been able to establish a way to get aid directly to Portsmouth via the “International Rescue Group”. Two vessels are loading up with supplies in St. Lucia and getting them to the island. We wired them $2,500 on Wednesday from our Chase account to their Chase account in Florida and it was done immediately and at zero cost since it was a bank to bank transfer in the US.

Then I got this e-mail this morning:

“Cargo Vessel “Flying Buzzard” has discharged the balance of her cargo to volunteers in Portsmouth, has more water to discharge into trucks with 500 gallon tanks tomorrow then will sail tomorrow morning for St. Lucia to be filled up again.
Captain Mike of Flying Buzzard reports that he saw Customs people looting supplies in Roseau. However, in Portsmouth his unloading went very well and a good experience with a lot of volunteers working together and as a community, with a fair proportion of supplies going to outlying areas in the north, to the best of his observation. He reported that he does not want to clear cargo into Roseau again. As he is a volunteer and captain, we must respect his wishes, and it looks like he’ll be taking his entire cargo to Portsmouth next time.  Orderly conduct and a sense of fair play appear to have had an effect on him.”

I accused them of making this up just for my benefit. If they can get supplies in St. Lucia and send them to Portsmouth, then we have our logistical problem solved. I am sending them another $2,500 today and told them if they can get a list of needed supplies from PAYS and then fill that list in the 3rd or 4th trip this month, then we will send them more money. I have also been able to get a message to the president of the PAYS group Jeffry Frank that we plan to get him supplies via the Flying Buzzard. So the plan for now is to use up to 50% of the donated money now to get immediate food and critical supplies to Portsmouth. The balance will be in reserve for PAYS to get their boats and engines working and half the mooring field in place for the season. Without a season there will be no recovery.

St. Maarten – Our goal in St. Maarten is to help the people we know at IGY Marina, Jimbo’s and the dayworkers and people in the sailing industry that we know. We have been in touch with IGY Marina in Florida and just two days ago had our first e-mail from Andy, the manager at the marina, saying that all personnel have been accounted for. He asked us to work through the Florida main office to coordinate help. Since they have 5 damaged properties, they have their hands full and we are assuming that they are taking care of their employees and they are getting paychecks. Word from some of the locals we have been able to get text from were not so rosy and we have not been able to hear from many people.

Initially we were in contact with Angel Flights in Florida, who could make free flights with volunteer pilots and planes to take relief supplies to St. Maarten, but the problem is that they are small and that they also can’t guarantee that the aid will get to who we want it to go to. The last thing we want is to send supplies down and it goes to the wrong people or worse to looters.
So commercial flights started today. We are sending skipper Johnathan Ismael down with three bags of supplies and some cash to help who we have been in touch with and to also find some folks we have not heard from. (Cash since the grocery stores are open, but the problem is that they have no money at the end of the summer and no prospect of a paycheck soon with the place destroyed.) He will do what he can for three days and make lists of what we can try to do and bring down in the NARC Rally, but more important to find out when we might be able to base back out of St. Maarten and have people fly in and stay aboard and help on the ground. Until then we will be holding most of the money we have collected until we know that 100% of the money is going to those it is intended for.

I am sailing to the Annapolis Boat Show on Monday and will be out of the office until Oct 10th. At the show we will be promoting the fundraising efforts in two or three places, “All-at-Sea”. Andy Schell’s Floating Lounge area, Seven Sea CA booth. I will be there Thursday to Sunday am and then sailing back to NY. If you are attending the show look for me.

And of course look at our web site to see the tally of contributions grow. We will keep you posted about progress and you will be the some of the first to hear about any need for volunteer crew or opportunities to fly in and help. Also please tell your friends that you know wish to do something, that www.sailopo.com is a good way to help right now by getting supplies to Portsmouth in a few days. Things are especially desperate in Dominica and I hope to send them another $2,500 after October 10th when I get back to fill the list of supplies that PAYS will be asking us for. I can’t think of a better way to help then this set up. Please ask your friends to help, have a small fundraiser at your club and tell any cruising friends you know, especially if they have been to Dominica and know any of the boat boys.

OPO Membership – Most of you will see no interruption in service. Thanks you for paying your dues already. Since I am setting sail on October 1st, I will not be updating the OPO active e-mail address book until after I get back Oct 11th. That means you have ten more days to pay your dues or mail them in to - OPO PO Box 2600 Halesite NY 11743. If you are not sure and you stop getting e-mails from us after the middle of October, then you know you have been dropped from active membership. Anyone can re-activate anytime by simply just paying the annual dues. You can pay your annual dues online at www.sailopo.com At the same time you can donate money to St. Maarten, Dominica, or both.

If you ever have interruption of service please let us know. Paying your annual dues is a way to support what we do in the Caribbean and for fellow sailors.

Thank You for support in OPO.
 

 

 


Offshore Passage Opportunities

Vol. 17 No.9 September 2017 E-mail: offshorepassage@sprintmail.com
Hank Schmitt P.O. Box 2600 Halesite, NY 1174 (631)-423-4988
Call-800-4PASSAGe Fax: 631-423-9009 www.sailopo.com

 

Editorial
Annual Dues – OPO Honor Code
Newport Boat Show
October trip to the Annapolis Boat Show
NARC Rally 2017
Winter Program –
Heineken Regatta
Dominica

Editorial – OPO members may have notices we are adding an * at the start of the posting and also adding the date numerically. The very easy explanation is that this is an internal change so our web site will automatically add the posting to the web site, but strip away the contact information and the name of the owner or skipper. So nothing changes and you still DO NOT have to go to the OPO web site for the crew postings. The online message board is for non-members to see what type of opportunities we post. We will continue to send them out as they come in.

Reminder # 2 - Annual Dues – Two years ago OPO members donated $21,787.50 to donate a mooring field of 50 moorings to the town of Portsmouth on the island of Dominica. We hope to have a 10 minute video about our efforts by the middle of this month. One glitch is that our videographer lives in Houston. I will let you know when I hear from him and about our due date. Meeko (our videographer) was with us last year in Dominica for a week and took many hours of film to condense down to a few minutes. If you would like to join us this year for the 3rd Annual Yachtie Appreciation Week you can sign up to sail down with us. The next time we ask for money for the “Caribbean Mooring Field Development Foundation” we will be asking money from the general public and not just OPO members. We are not asking for donations but…

Annual Dues are due every September. Some people have already paid. Thanks You. If you recently joined you do not owe annual dues. If you have not paid and know that you owe annual dues, please remember to pay them soon. We are generous and give members until September 31st to pay their dues before we take you off the active address list, but sometime many people procrastinate until the last minute which makes it harder for us.. You can write a check for $125 or pay online for $135. www.sailopo.com Checks should be made out to “OPO” and mailed to OPO PO Box 2600 Halesite NY 11743.

This is also the time of year we like to remind people to look at the OPO code of conduct that is posted online at www.sailopo.com Remember that you are representing OPO when you join a boat and we want to keep growing opportunities by having members who are enthusiastic and enjoy sailing helping others move their boats safely and to the enjoyment of all who sail. Please refresh yourself with the OPO code at
https://www.sailopo.com/About_OPO_OPO_Code_of_Conduct.aspx

It is also important to honor your commitment to a skipper or boat owner if you agree to join them for a passage. Do not back out if you told someone you would join them because they are relying on you to round out the crew and you jeopardize a lot by dropping out. Of course there are emergencies that preclude ones joining a boat, but if you think there is a chance you might not be able to fulfill a commitment then you should maybe think twice before saying yes in the first place. It puts several people in a bad spot if one crew drops out. The skipper, the other crew, and me because I hear the complaints and have to try and get a replacement crew. Thanks for being good crew.

Newport Boat Show – We have a booth at the Newport Boat Show which means any paid up active OPO members get one free ticket to the show. This year the show is from September 14th to 17th. We can offer one free boat show ticket if we have a booth at a show. Since we have a booth in Newport to promote the NARC Rally and our Swan Program departing from Newport we can buy discounted tickets and offer them to our membership as a perk and a thank you for your continued support and membership. If you have not already told me you were planning to go to the show let me know and I will leave a ticket for you at the Will Call Desk outside the show the day of the event you wish to see the show. See you at the Show.

October trip to the Annapolis Boat Show – (There is only one berth left for the trip to the show and two berths left for the trip back.) What better way to see the Annapolis Boat show than by sailing to or from the show and staying aboard a Swan 48 docked next to the show?

This year we are spending an extra day in Annapolis and will be there all day Saturday and departing on Sunday. We will have a home base for the show sharing space with Andy Shell on his floating dock lounge space closest to the traffic circle. This way we can see OPO members who can only see the show on a weekend day.

If you want to sail to or from the show, we set sail from Huntington New York to the Annapolis Boat Show every October. This year crew will arrive on Monday October 2nd for departure that day. Crew change day will be Friday October 6th. So you can have one or two full days of seeing the show before traveling home Friday night. New crew will arrive on Friday morning and see the show on Friday and Saturday before we depart Sunday morning for home. We will be back in Huntington after making the reverse passage and be there by Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning so plan to go home that night or the next day Wednesday Oct 11th.

The cost for the 5 day passage is $1,000 per person, but includes everything accepts your travel to and from the boat. Includes onboard food, fuel, dockage in Annapolis, even towels and linen.

NARC Rally 2017 – The 18th Annual NARC Rally departs on Saturday October 28th or best weather window after that date. If you have a boat and want to sail south you can sign up for the rally from Newport to the Caribbean (St. Maarten or BVI). Most of us do not have offshore ready boast this year so you can make a firm plan this month to join us on a Swan with a pro skipper this fall. Most OPO members know we offer the fall classic passage south aboard a Swan with one of our Tier One Pro skippers. I will be sailing Avocation south once again. Murray will be back with us along with past OPO skipper favorite Patrick Childress. Patrick has been sailing in the south Pacific the last 9 years and will be back on the East Coast to sail as skipper. Johnathan Ishmael will also be back from Europe in time to skipper a boat for us. The price is $3000 for the all-inclusive 15 to 17 days passage aboard with us. The dates are to arrive in Newport on Thursday or Friday October 26th or 27th. You can make flights home by November 14th.

You can reserve a berth by making a $500 deposit. You can pay on our web site at www.sailopo.com and click on the credit card icon and use the Swan Deposit click or you can call with your credit card at 631-423-4988. If you have any questions please feel free to call anytime.

Dominica
Our goal is to have a small flotilla of two boats sail to Dominica this year.

The dates move around each year since we do not want to conflict with “Carnival”. The Carnival dates move around with Easter.

This year the dates for the 3rd Annual Yachtie Appreciation week are Feb 18th to 25th. Sunday to Sunday. Our crew would arrive Thursday in St. Maarten February 15th for departure Friday 16th to arrive in Dominica on Saturday 17th a day before the start of the official program on Sunday. (I am also sending you the proposed itinerary in Dominica so you know what we are doing that week.)

The Return is one full week later. Sunday morning Feb 25th we depart Dominica and arrive back in St. Maarten Monday Feb 26th.

Crew would then depart Monday afternoon or Tuesday am. Unless also signing up to stay for the Heineken Regatta which starts that next day with crew arriving as this crew departs.

Dominica Pricing
Sail down and back and stay onboard $2,000 for 13 days Feb15th to Feb 26th or 27th. Sail down and back but stay ashore $3,750 per couple. (Includes accommodations ashore but not rental car fee to share a car to get back and forth).

If you want the events are back to back and you could stay and do both!

Heineken Regatta: St. Maarten
We are sailing in the non-spinnaker cruising division again this year. In fact we are sponsoring the division and have may have more than one boat this year.

Crew arrive Tuesday Feb 27th and move into condo or onto the boat. On Wednesday we finish getting boat ready to race. Since we are in the Cruising Division boat prep will not take very long and crew will have time to relax at the beach or the pool.
Practice day is Thursday. The final party and awards are Sunday night.

Last year on Monday they had a party on the French side as a regatta final race off between division winners. Crew can go home on Monday or depart on Tuesday for a full week in the Caribbean.

What does it cost? Come alone or bring a non-sailing friend or spouse. Non OPO members are also welcome. If we have enough people interested we will have two Swans competing, a Swan 46.

Race each day and stay on the boat $1,500 (Add a non-racing spouse for $500) $2,000 a couple.

Stay ashore $2,300 (Includes accommodations ashore for the week) (Add a non-racing spouse for $600) $2,900 a couple.

Last year my wife joined us for both events. Three crew from the Heineken regatta said they would bring their spouses next time. The wives have a car to enjoy their time on the island while we are racing and then can join us when we hit the docks for a night out on the island and enjoy the regatta parties. If you are staying on the boat for the regatta, you will be off the boat from 10:00 am until 4 PM on Thursday through Sunday and will have the car and all the local amenities near the marina during those hours.

 

 


Offshore Passage Opportunities

Vol. 17 No.8 August 2017 E-mail: offshorepassage@sprintmail.com
Hank Schmitt P.O. Box 2600 Halesite, NY 1174 (631)-423-4988
Call-800-4PASSAGe Fax: 631-423-9009 www.sailopo.com


Editorial
Newport Boat Show
October trip to the Annapolis Boat Show
NARC Rally 2017
Winter Program –
Heineken Regatta
Dominica
Book Sale – Special OPO Discount for sighed copies.

Editorial – Although we are not even at the height of the summer we are already planning for the Fall Boat Show Schedule and the NARC Rally trip back to St. Maarten. So while enjoying your summer, think about securing your berth with us for this fall or winter.

If you are looking for a new sailing book to read, OPO Member # 004 Charlie Doane’s new book recently became available. It is called, “The River is not Full”. It starts and ends with the full story of our abandonment of the Alpha Catamaran 42 “Be Good Too”. In-between are many other stories to learn and enjoy including a chapter about Jimmy Cornell “The Dark Prince of Bluewater Cruising”, Reid Stowe who spend over 1000 days at sea and Poppa Neutrino who sailed (drifted across) the Atlantic Ocean on a raft made of NY City refuse. We first met him when he drifted into Huntington Harbor NY in 1995. To learn how to get a copy follow the link at the end of the newsletter. If you want an auto-graphed copy you can send the book to Charlie with instructions on who to make it to, and a self-addressed pre-paid envelope. We will pay for $10 towards postage during the month of August. When you pay your annual dues, just tell me that you sent a book to Charlie to sign (will ask him to keep count) and deduct $10 from your OPO Dues in September.

Newport Boat Show – More give-a-ways. We have a booth at the Newport Boat Show which means any paid up active OPO members get one free ticket to the show. This year the show is from September 14th to 17th.. We can offer one free boat show ticket if we have a booth at a show. Since we have a booth in Newport to promote the NARC Rally and our Swan Program in Newport we can buy discounted tickets and offer them to our membership as a perk and a thank you for your continued support and membership.

October trip to the Annapolis Boat Show – What better way to see the Annapolis Boat show than by sailing to or from the show and staying aboard a Swan 48 docked next to the show?

We set sail from Huntington New York to the Annapolis Boat Show every October. This year crew will arrive on Monday October 2nd for departure that day. It is a full two day, nonstop passage sailing down LI Sound, through NY City, down the Jersey Coast, up Delaware Bay, through the C & D Canal and then down the Chesapeake Bay to Annapolis MD. Crew change day will be Friday October 6th. So you can have one or two full days of seeing the show before traveling home Friday night. (Of course you stay on the boat during the show. We try and get dock space right next door to the show so you do not have to pay for a hotel room if you don’t want to.) New crew will arrive on Friday morning and see the show on Friday and Saturday before we depart Sunday morning for home. We will be back in Huntington after making the reverse passage and be there by Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning so plan to go home that night or the next day Wednesday Oct 11th if you are flying out.
The cost for the 5 day passage is $1000 per person, but includes everything accepts your travel to and from the boat. Includes onboard food, fuel, dockage in Annapolis, even towels and linen. Space is limited.


NARC Rally 2017 – The 18th Annual NARC Rally departs on Saturday October 28th or best weather window after that date. If you have a boat and want to sail south you can sign up for the rally from Newport to the Caribbean (St. Maarten or BVI). Most of us do not have offshore ready boast this year so you can make a firm plan this month to join us on a Swan with a pro skipper this fall. Most OPO members know we offer the fall classic passage south aboard a Swan with one of our Tier One Pro skippers. I will be sailing Avocation south once again. Murray will be back with us along with past OPO skipper favorite Patrick Childress. Patrick has been sailing in the south Pacific the last 9 years and will be back on the East Coast to sail as skipper. Johnathan Ishmael will also be back from Europe in time to skipper a boat for us. We have not raised the price in a few years and need to raise the price to $3000 for the all-inclusive 15 to 17 days aboard. However if you want to save $250 and pay last year’s price of $2750 you can by joining now with a $500 despot holding your berth and the balance of $2250 not due until 45 days before the trip. The dates are to arrive in Newport on Thursday or Friday October 26th or 27th. You can make flights home by November 15th. After September 1st the new price of $3000 when we open it up to the public and at the boat shows.

You can reserve a berth by making a $500 deposit. You can pay on our web site at www.sailopo.com and click on the credit card icon and use the Swan Deposit click or you can call with your credit card at 631-423-4988. If you have any questions please feel free to call anytime.

Two Winter Dates – We have two events that we support with our own time and money each season. The first is our mooring Development Foundation in Dominica. We will be sailing down to Dominica for a full week for the 3rd year in a row in support of the new mooring field that OPO members have donated to the island. This will be in mid-February. This third year should see the completed field in place. Just about all the mooring blocks are built or in place. We are looking at a new type of mooring ball to replace the inflatable moorings that did not do well. In September we will be asking for donations to finish the Portsmouth Mooring filed and set up the Maintenance Program. We have a short film in production and we hope to have our 501 c foundation in place by the end of the year. This year I have reserved a small housing complex for a few people to stay ashore for the week and some people will stay on the boat(s), but less crowded with less than 6 people staying on board. We have one house with two king beds and two apartments for a couple or one person occupancy. Cathy and I will stay in one apartment again and then we have room for 3 couples or 3 people (Single occupancy) to reserve a room ashore. The prices are $100 per person per day for 7 days or $150 per couple per night. We hope to have two boats going this year. Everyone would sail down on the one or two boats (It is about a 24 hour trip and then half the crew would stay on the boat and some would stay ashore. If you are staying ashore we will have to rent a car to get back and forth. I will publish the dates in the next couple of weeks and then again in the September notice. We like to give OPO members the first opportunity to sign up for our paid opportunities before we offer them to the public.

The 2nd big week for us is the Heineken Regatta. I want to double check on plans for Monday this year before we pick which exact dates around the March 1st to March 4th regatta. I am 90% sure the dates for us will be Monday February 26th to Monday March 5th. I will have reserved rooms in the next few days for options to have some crew stay ashore and others stay on the boat. We sponsor the Cruising Class Division that this year is renamed the “Jamboree” Division and not the Lottery Division anymore. You heard it here first. I will have the firm dates, prices, and more information to book a berth along with the information for the Dominica Week by August 15th. Let me know if you are interested in joining us for the trip to Dominica and if you wish to spend a week ashore overlooking the ocean to the right and to the left up the valley of a Volcano.

Book Sale

Charlie Doane’s book is for sale at the following link.

https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Not-Full-Revelations-Misadventures/dp/0997392037/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1501084652&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Sea+Is+Not+Full

Charlie Adds: “It’s the cheapest way to buy the book by far. You can tell everyone if they buy a copy and then send it to me with a stamped self-addressed envelope I’ll sign it up personal and send it back.”

They can send them to:

Charles J. Doane
283 Pleasant St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801

You might also urge people who read the book and like it to leave a review on Amazon!