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I have gotten great experience sailing through OPO. I have met great people and long lasting friends. The site offers a wide variety of opportunities, from day sails or,overnight sails,to long passages.
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Going home end of May. 1500m. Wife, me, one crew from here and one from OPO. Have had good and bad from OPO. Have learned as capt/owner to make sure boat can run if unknown crew is live lumber. Have learned to call not just email each and every reference. Think the world of Hank. He's a good guy but remember he's there to place people it remember it remains your job to choose.

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It is just me or OPO membership (not the free that doesn't do anything) with $199 initiation plus $125 annual renewal seems a little excessive? I mean, if with that purchase you just get the contact information from skippers looking for crew...like could happen completely for free in sites like Sailnet. I understand some cost: I am member of other skipper/crew finder places...only ~ $10, that can be spend in maintaining the site, servers, etc... Also, you can go to sites like Marion-Bermuda, Marblehead-Halifax races where they can post about crew needed. I don't know, maybe I am missing something in the big picture.

BTW, in OPO, no new sailing opportunities since December.
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Also, let me cross reference with the post by @SavvySalt about ways to get offshore sailing experience
7 Ways to get Offshore Sailing Experience as Crew
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It is just me or OPO membership (not the free that doesn't do anything) with $199 initiation plus $125 annual renewal seems a little excessive?
OPO provides a lot of good opportunities with good skippers on good boats. Many OPO members appreciate not having to do the alternative research you cite.

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BTW, in OPO, no new sailing opportunities since December.
Not true. I've posted two on OPO since December, and that is just me. Something is not working for you. Are you not getting the opportunity emails?

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OPO provides a lot of good opportunities with good skippers on good boats. Many OPO members appreciate not having to do the alternative research you cite.
It was a little rant from my side; not saying it doesn't provide good opportunities...but a little pricey for me the service itself; I am planning to get some offshore experience and I am looking at different sites/approaches.

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Not true. I've posted two on OPO since December, and that is just me. Something is not working for you. Are you not getting the opportunity emails?
I haven't receive any email because I am not a member (just free membership to browse the site). But if I am thinking of joining and only see this:
https://www.sailopo.com/message_board.aspx
where last posts are from December to sail on January, it makes you think about paying or not.

@SVAuspicious , I have followed your recent delivers. I really enjoyed them....sitting in from of my laptop. Glad there are sailors like you who take crew willing to learn and then post their experience so everybody can learn together. Thanks.
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I haven't receive any email because I am not a member (just free membership to browse the site). But if I am thinking of joining and only see this:
https://www.sailopo.com/message_board.aspx
where last posts are from December to sail on January, it makes you think about paying or not.
I'm guessing here. I know that Hank has been very busy this year. Since the free "looks" don't include contact information I bet he has to edit them manually and post.

I only see the pro skipper list but I know I posted two opportunities this year and there is no possible way I was the only one.

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@SVAuspicious , I have followed your recent delivers. I really enjoyed them....sitting in from of my laptop. Glad there are sailors like you who take crew willing to learn and then post their experience so everybody can learn together. Thanks.
I'm glad my little stories are entertaining and I hope informative. Paying it forward whenever I can.

I'm looking at a different webinar mechanism so I can offer more interactive insight into sailing offshore, along with all the usual radio and electronics stuff I spend so much time on.

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I only see the pro skipper list but I know I posted two opportunities this year and there is no possible way I was the only one.
When I was researching the getting offshore sailing experience article I noticed lack of recent opportunities on the public website. Over lunch I mentioned this to a buddy who is an OPO member and he showed me a bunch of more recent emails that weren't yet on the OPO public website.
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Hank is a very personable person. Think over time he gets to know his skippers and their boats. He does give good feedback in trying to match crew to appropriate boats.
I tried and continue to try to take one newbie on each passage. But want the other two crew to be proven experienced crew. To this end post here and at OPO. Realize there are multiple crew lists competing with Hank and most rallies like sdr or arc also have crew lists. Skippers aren't going to pay with there being multiple ways to find crew so the burden falls on crew. Realize you are betting your life when you get on a sailboat as crew and do a blue water passage. A couple of hundred bucks to find a safe boat is peanuts.

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