The O'pen Bic, is a single handed sailboat designed for younger sailers. Developed by Vitali Design, the boat was launched in 2006. It is an International Class, as recognised by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). The ideal weight for a user of this boat is 30 kg (66 lb)–65 kg (143 lb), but it can accommodate up to 90 kg (200 lb), making it suitable for children and young teens. At present there are over 10 countries that have regular event calendars of national competitions, and the international World O’pen Cup is the pinnacle each year. The O’pen Cup event style is very original, with some highly innovative courses and race rules derived from funboarding, where races are short and quick, the course changes regularly and can include crosswind legs and freestyle moves or an adventure race, and protests are judged immediately out on the water so no racing time or effort is wasted! These improvements are in line with ISAF’s Introductory Rules of Sailing, and are quite a break from the last 40 years of “classic” sailing. O’pen Cups are a cocktail of fun and pure regatta racing, great for motivating our young sailors and keeping them hooked for life!
Hosted by Sarasota Youth Sailing in Miami, the O'Pen Bic North American Un-Regatta 2017. This is the qualifiers for the amazing America's Cup 2017 regatta in Bermuda - they do things differently in the O'Pen Bic - yes it's fun as well as building great skill in a boat!
The O'Pen BIC's have arrived at Lake Garda for their World Champs, hosted by Circolo Vela Arco. The class is championed by Russell Coutts and you can see why - loads of fun and great for racing. Day One and let battle commence.
Regatta highlights of the O'Pen BIC 2017 World Champs on Lake Garda, hosted by Circolo Vela Arco. Even Sir Russell Coutts seems to be a fan of these tiny junior boats and we're not surprised with all the fun the young sailors seem to be having.