Matching crew with boats
Helping sailors gain valuable experience
Helping skippers find qualified crew
Creating memorable offshore sailing experiences
The #1 crew networking service in North America

Offshore Passage Opportunities is the #1 Crew Networking Service in North America. OPO has helped thousands of sailors meet and make successful passages since 1993.

Our mission is to seek, gather and create, quality offshore passage opportunities for our members.

Delivery skippers and private boat owners quickly realize their friends and family have jobs and cannot always sail with them. So they call us looking for crew. We collect their information and pass it on to our members to help them get aboard. Since you are helping to deliver a boat, you get to go sailing for free. Many are repeat skippers or members so we pre-qualify a majority of the opportunities for you.

Hear from Hank Schmitt, Founder and CEO of Offshore Passage Opportunities, how crew can find boats, and delivery skippers can find qualified crew.

We offer a free service to boat owners and skippers. We will be happy to help you get free crew that will pay their own way to and from the boat. Normally the owner pays for all onboard food and boat expenses. If you are looking for crew on short notice expect to help pay for some transportation costs if you want to get qualified crew. We reserve the right to refuse to post information if we do not have enough information or feel the passage is unsafe in any way. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions.

Your first offshore sailing experience

Swan Program: A First Experience with Offshore Sailing

If you've ever considering deepwater sailing but were not sure how to jump start your sailing career, our Swan Program is for you.

Our Swan Pogram was specifically designed to introduce people to the world of offshore sailing by providing hands-on crew experience under the watchful eye of an professional skipper on a proven boat. During your tenure onboard, you’ll learn to keep watch, make log entries, navigate, use the radio, steer the boat  and perform tasks that are essential to safe offshore sailing. The Swan Program offers a fixed price for everything you’ll need aboard—you just pay for your travel to and from the boat. The Swan Program sails south from New England to Bermuda and the Caribbean in the fall, and north from Bermuda and the Caribbean to New England in the spring. Summer trips are also available.

After your first Swan Program experience, you’ll have the skills to sail on other boats. Please view the video below to learn more.

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, please visit our online store or call Hank in the office at 631-423-4988.

Tentative dates are to arrive in BVI Wednesday May 2nd to Friday May 4th

The cost all-inclusive is $3,000 per person.
North American Rally to the Caribbean

NARC Rally

2018: 19th Annual NARC Rally!

In 2018, November 3rd is our closest Saturday to Nov 1st. So please plan to be in Newport at the Newport Yachting Center no later than Thursday, November 1st or the morning of the 2nd. Boats can arrive as early as October 28th to get the discounted dockage at the Newport Yachting Center. If you need to arrive before then you can call them at 401-846-1600 to make arrangements. The weather briefing by WRI is Friday afternoon followed by dinner for all skippers and crew at Benjamin's across the street Friday Night November 2nd  We ask boats to be ready to depart by Saturday if the weather looks good.

To learn more, visit our detailed NARC page.


If you have any questions please feel free to call anytime at 631-423-4988.