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 O’pen BIC class is growing fast and is becoming more recognised within the sailing community as a skiff alternative to the older style of dinghy for junior sailors. Our aim is not to have every kid a racer doing laps, but every IOB sailor enjoying the sport for a lifetime.
NZ Class Association Reps
Want to develop the class at your club?
A chance to try out the boats first hand. 4 O’pen BIC’s will be available for a day of your choice and brought to your club. There will also be a representative of BIC Sport there to lend you a hand and talk you through the boats.
Contact BIC Sport NZ to find out more.
Clubs sailing O’pen BIC’s
Click below for all current Clubs Sailing O’pen BIC.
Class Constitution and Class Rules
The O’pen BIC Class uses a sail boat designed by BIC Sport. O’pen BIC hulls, hull appendages, rigs and sails are measurement /manufacturing controlled. O’pen Bic hulls, hull appendages, rigs and sails shall be built by a manufacturer licensed by Bic Sport – in the class rules referred to as licensed manufacturers.
Equipment is required to comply with the O’pen BIC One Design Building Specification and in the event that the O’pen BIC becomes a Recognised Class will be subject to an World Sailing approved manufacturing control system. O’pen BIC hulls, hull appendages, rigs and sails may, after having left the manufacturer, only be altered to the extent permitted in Section C of the class rules.
O’pen BIC regattas run a little different to regular regattas, so for those used to racing, be prepared for some surprises, and for those new to racing, enjoy the experience and most of all, remember, O’pen BIC sailing is about FUN!!
NZ O'PEN SKIFF
FAST IS FUN!