Following the changes that happened at the turn of the year concerning BIC Sport/Tahe Outdoors France, the O’pen BIC is changing name too and will henceforth be known as O’pen Skiff.
The re-branding as O’pen Skiff is a perfect fit for our dinghy, which takes its place in the line of modern skiffs such as the 29er, the 49er and the Australian 18’ Skiff. Numerous ex-O’pen BIC champions are currently racing at top level in 29er and are aiming for the 49er class and possible Olympic selection. The O’pen Skiff’s sharp, responsive steering and general vivacity, along with the fair-play spirit of the class, is an excellent way for young sailors to prepare for the step up to these super skiffs!
The O’pen BIC is evolving… long live the O’pen Skiff!
So let’s take a moment to bring you the up-to-date 2019 major international events calendar for the O’pen Skiff:
Apart from all the national regattas that you’ll find listed on the O’pen class website on the “events” page, the Euro Challenge is proving to be an increasingly successful format and there are three dates for your 2019 diaries:
23 to 26 April in Palermo, Sicily.
23 to 26 May in Sopot, Poland.
1 to 3 November in Mandelieu, south of France.
See more information on the Euro Challenge events website
With the World Championships having been held far from European shores and straddling two seasons/years, the class has decided to organize European Championships this year. It will enable racers who couldn’t make the long trip to New Zealand at the turn of the year to compete at the very highest international level bang in the middle of the northern hemisphere summer season! It will be held from 22 to 28 July in Travemünde, north of Hamburg/Germany, during their official Regatta Week, which regularly attracts as many as 2000 dinghies from all over northern Europe. More information is available on the event website.
You’ll find all the latest news about O’pen Skiff on our blog and on the class website, both of which are regularly updated.
Note that the new website address has already made the switch, becoming www.openskiff.org