NZ O'PEN SKIFF
FAST IS FUN!
It’s a growing fleet with exciting prospects for the future. Hosting some of the best Regattas in the world with some of the most competitive fleet racing and the only class to introduce fun events such as the “freestyle”. There is now over 7000 boats Worldwide Sailed in 15 different Countries. O’pen Bic strives to maintain its high standard of racing but also emphasises the “fun” factor into all its Regattas.
A quickly expanding fleet, producing sailors of all calibre from the racer to the explorer. With well over 700 boats in Australia and New Zealand the popular Class is proving a favourite.
“The Open Bic is a fantastic boat for young sailors to experience the joy of sailing. It is fast, exciting and fun to sail yet simple to rig and maintain. Many of the skills learnt in the Bic will be easily transferred to other boats as sailors evolve and progress onto other forms of sailing.“
– Sir Russell Coutts
The New Zealand O’pen BIC Association will lead the development of our young sailors by ensuring the O’pen BIC class offers quality regional, provincial, and national competition while retaining a strong foundation of fun, adventure, and friendship among the sailors and their families.
The Association will contribute significant resources to running events such as race officer support, world class coaching, event prizes, and much more. Annual NZOBA membership costs $30 and sailors are required to be members to participate in NZOBA events.
As an association our vision…
The New Zealand O’pen BIC Association will lead the development of our young sailors by ensuring the O’pen BIC class offers quality regional, provincial, and national competition while retaining a strong foundation of fun, adventure and friendship among the sailors and their families.
How To Get Involved
Do you want to develop the class at your club?
If you think the O’pen BIC would suit your club and you would like more information on how to get involved contact BIC Sport and find out about holding an Open day for your club.
Looking for somewhere to try an O’pen BIC?
If you are interested in sailing an O’pen BIC. There are are a number of clubs around the country that are sailing O’pen BICs. Click here for all current Clubs.
Our aim is not to have every kid a racer doing laps.
But every O’pen BIC sailor enjoying the sport for a lifetime.
I strongly believe that the Bic is the best boat I’ve ever sailed because it is challenging and it has a skiff shape hull, which gives it astonishing speed. I know, the Bic is an incredible boat and is loads of awesome fun.David, Avalon Sailing Club
I’ve now got friends from all over the World because of the International Competition.Kristen (13 years)
I love my Bic as it’s fast and you don’t have to bail it. I got my own Bic when I was only five!Breanne (8 years)
I love that I can’t damage my Bic as they are really strong. I can’t imagine sailing any other boat!Travis (10 years)
O’pen BIC – “The International Junior Skiff”
A modern and planing hull, more in the form of a skiff, The O’pen BIC gives a dynamic responsive fast sailing experience of a true dinghy that heels. A powerful boat that provides kids the same excitement normally experienced on a boat as adults.
With its 6-foot Open design, including a totally open self draining stern, it offers fast fun. Young sailors are fully independent on the water and will be proud to sail such a modern-looking and elegant boat, one that both sails and looks like the boat of today’s champions.
Speed comes close to the Laser 4.7. Good sail and boat trim is rewarded with fast planning on all points of sailing, especially surfing waves downwind
The ideal weight for a user of this boat is 30 – 65 kg, but it can accommodate up to 90 kg.
Car-top transport is easy. Rig and foils fit in a bag under the hull. The O’pen BIC is unloaded, rigged and ready to race in less than 10 minutes.
Adventure and Freestyle fun
The O’pen BIC is an outstandingly fast sailing dinghy specially designed for kids to have fun in sailing.
Recognising the skiff like performance of the boat enables exciting new race formats like slalom, adventure racing, and opencross freestyle.
Friendship & Behaviour
The O’pen BIC class attracts a wonderful group of kids. They are well spoken, polite and caring of each other’s well being. The class is absent of the intense rivalry and friction that creeps into other classes from time to time.
Fun and mateship predominates amongst our young sailors.
The O’pen BIC class is a family friendly, fun atmosphere and sets a standard to discourage any intense rivalry or unsportsmanlike behaviour.
Graduating into Youth Classes
Our graduates are used to a wet boat, a fast boat and are capable of handling a wide range of wind conditions.
The NZOBA encourages sailors to discover and follow their passion in whatever classes and/or formats of sailing they become excited about.