Leave Your Rule Book At Home

Published on March 21st, 2016

The O’pen BIC is an internationally recognized class, just 9-foot long with its modern skiff-like hull proving popular among young sailors in Europe and Australia. With well over 100 boats at the World Championship, the class is slowly getting traction in North America.

As a youth boat, the O’pen BIC is entering a lane heavily populated by the Optimist class. But rather than market itself as the next greatest racing trainer, the O’pen BIC seeks to capture those kids that just want to have fun.

Here is the Notice of Race for the 2016 O’pen BIC North American Championships on April 22-24 in Charleston, SC:

The purpose of this event is to run a fun event for youth sailors in a more loosely competitive style in dynamic junior boats. Results are not nearly as important as everyone having a good time sailing. It is our goal that the sailors improve their skills, make new friends, and have a ton of fun.

This event will be a combination of “conventional” style race formats with unorthodox “Un-Regatta” style courses and events. Don’t expect conventional round the buoys racing or upwind starts for all races. Capsizes, freestyle, speed and fun will be required.

If you are a hard-core racer with rule book in hand, this event may not be for you. If you want to have fun, challenge your limits, and pioneer a new chapter in Youth Sailing, we invite you to come join the fun.

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