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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!