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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!