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.

ATTENTION BOAT OWNERS and DELIVERY SKIPPERS
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.

Fundraising Report
How you helped others
Thank you
Your donations make a difference

Fundraiser Report

Now that I have returned from our first trip to St. Maarten and Dominica after the devastating hurricanes, I want to report how much we have raised and where the money has been spent -- as promised.

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

We wish to extend a special thanks to those who donated money, time and support. Thank you.

Use of Funds


We released the first funds of $6,000 in early October before the Annapolis Boat Show. We saw the opportunity and need to deliver the first two shipments of emergency relief supplies of food and water to Dominica within the first few days after Maria. We supplied money for fuel and supplies to immediately arrive in Dominica.

Within the first few days after the storm, we made our second disbursement of $2,000 in Moneygrams to PAYS and Albert. It is amazing how the Internet can be down, but you can still send money from a CVS to Portsmouth Dominica.

The third disbursement allowed us to send skipper Johnathan Ishmael to St. Maarten on the first commercial flight to the island on Tuesday, October 17, for a five-day fact-finding mission and to distribute cash.

Our next initiative was purchasing generators, power tools and building supplies in the United States, and buying more supplies in St. Maarten (food and water and two more generators) to bring to Dominica aboard Avocation. During that visit from November 16 to 18, we met with members of PAYS, saw Albert and hired a general contractor to rebuild the PAYS Pavilion.

We also started a micro-loan PAYS Credit Union to help some of the Boat Boys get their boats ready for the season. We also distributed some cash to hold folks over until the season gets going.

The balance of the money was used to order the last 30 mooring floats for a total of 50 rigged moorings this season. We only need to raise 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 on to Dominica.

Detailed Disbursements

Date
Payment
Amount
9/27/17
Fuel and Supplies for Flying Buzzard St. Lucia to Roseau Dominica $2,500.00
9/30/17
Fuel and Supplies for Flying Cloud to Portsmouth$2,500.00
9/30/17
Clothes for Odessa$265.60
10/4/17
$1,000 Credit Card: Food for Portsmouth in Martinique Money Gram to Jeff Frank PAYS$1,000.00
10/15/17
Moneygram #1$509.99
10/15/17
Moneygram #2$510.99
10/18/17
Moneygram #3$511.99
10/19/17
Amazon: tarps, solar lights, luci lights $1,125.53
10/20/17
Hammers, rakes etc. $93.47
10/22/17
Moneygram # 4$512.99
10/23/17
Harbor Feight: Tools$413.67
10/23/17
Home Depot: Building Supplies$702.49
10/25/17
Harbor Freight: Generators$1,260.62
10/10/17 - 10/12/17
Johnathan’s trip to St. Maarten$3,616.42
11/12/17
Cash distributed in St. Maarten (See list of recipients)$735.00
11/12/17
Money spent in St. Maarten for generators and food for Dominica$3,175.97
11/16/17 - 11/17/17
Cash distributed in Dominica (list includes Boat Boy: $900; Credit Union Fund: $1,000; School: $300; Max: $100; Special: $910)$3,210.00
11/17/17
Cash to contractor to repair PAYS roof$1,500.00
Total

$24,144.73
Holiday Donation
It's the holdays
Please help those in need
Your donations are invaluable

Christmas Donations Needed

There is still an urgent need to help our friends and partners in St. Maarten and Dominica. In addition to the rebuilding St. Maarten, there are marina employees, day-workers, and waitresses at Jimbo's that need our help. In Dominica we expect that $5,000 will complete the mooring field and help with the promotion of Yachtie Appreciation Week.

We are still seeking volunteers to help sail boats to deliver supplies to the islands. It's a great opportunity to help others while expanding your bluewater sailing resume. If you would like to act as relief crew, please click here.

The Ultimate Holiday Gift

If you had a good year, are feeling grateful for having a roof over your head, being safe with loved ones and can't sail to the islands now, then please make a Christmas donation. Our efforts in St. Maarten and Dominica are not bottomless. We are seeing the results. We invite everyone to come down and see for yourselves. If not this year, then in years to come.

Your Christmas donations will be carefully put to use in January, 2018 in St. Maarten and in February, 2018 in Dominica. We will provide you with a final report in March when we return from Dominica and St. Maarten.

Thank you and we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

  • Help St. Maarten

    St. Maarten is our winter home and many locals have become personal friends. They have lost their homes and their jobs. Please help them get back on their feet.



    Current Donations: $18,630.00

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  • Help Dominica

    Dominica was ravaged by hurricanes and our friends need assistance. Help us complete the Mooring Field so we have a great place to visit and our friends have jobs.



    Current Donations: $15,715.00

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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.