Posted On:  30/01/2018 18:08:17
The principle aim of the Russell Coutts Sailing Foundation is to introduce children to the joys of sailing and to help each participant to grow in character and personal confidence. Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck caught up with Russell Coutts for an update.

You have gotten quite involved in youth sailing. What are you seeing?......( more )
Posted On:  21/12/2017 17:00:07
Finland is the latest country to get behind the development of the O'pen Bic Class.  HSS Sailing Club, Helsinki,  will organize O'pen Bic Regatta as part of Downtown Sailing Week 2018.
Dates will be 8.-10.6.2018.
You can find more info about the event site and organisation here:  Last year O'pen Bic class wasn't part of the regatta, but 2018 it will be! ......( more )
Posted On:  21/12/2017 16:11:39
Club Nautic D'Arenys De Mar will be the venue for the 2018 O'Pen Bic World Championships from 30th July-4th August.  It is situated on the Catalan coast just 22 miles from Barcelona and close to the Costa Brava, with a rich history ......( more )
O'Pen Bic Euro Challenge 2018
Posted On:  21/12/2017 12:42:03
Three events for the O'Pen Bic Euro Challenge 2018 have been confirmed for Spain, Italy and France in July, October and November.  Notice of race will be published soon.
Posted On:  20/12/2017 13:29:43
After a great 2017 season, we are pleased to announce the O'pen BIC international events calendar for 2018. The event pages of the Italian and French national events have been already updated. More national events calendars will be published in the next weeks. ......( more )
Posted On:  20/11/2017 12:26:19
The final round of O'pen BIC Tour, from 28th - 30th October at La Grande Motte in the south of France, was a fitting climax to the 2017 season, with some strong conditions and a talented field of 66 racers from France, Spain and Italy. It was not just the final round of the 2017 O'pen Tour, but also the end of the 2017 Euro Challenge.......( more )
Posted On:  20/11/2017 12:02:05
The O'pen BIC sailboat is a breath of fresh air for junior sailing. Based on a modern skiff concept, the O'Pen BIC is very fast, very simple, and very FUN to sail! The self-bailing open transom hull is rapid and responsive, with a modern rig that's rugged and versatile. ......( more )
Posted On:  18/10/2017 14:13:06
The second round of the 2017 O’pen BIC Euro Challenge, which took place in Rimini in the principality of San Marino, was a full-house in every respect, setting a new record for the number of participants at this Challenge tour, started in 2016. More than 100 (101) competitors made the trip over. This reflects the increasing interest and enthusiasm European sailing clubs currently have for this kind of big O'pen BIC competition!......( more )
Ring of Fire, Hot Spot Challenge - The Barons Cup
Posted On:  13/10/2017 11:48:54
Exciting news!  Hawaii Kai Boat Club, Hawaii is hosting the Ring of Fire, Hot Spot Challenge, "The Barons Cup" from 27th March - 4th April 2018.  This is a mixed regatta including RS Feva and the 29er's, however the O'pen Bic will be the biggest fleet and therefore the main focus.  O'pen BIC Sailors from New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Lahaina, Kaneohe, Lanai and US mainland are invited to compete in this regatta. ..... ( more )
Euro Challenge - La Grande Motte
Posted On:  11/09/2017 11:54:37
Yacht Club de La Grande Motte in Montpelier, France will host the final round of the 2017 Euro Challenge from 27th-29th October. Notice of Race
RIMINI- next stop for the 2017 Euro Challenge
Posted On:  10/08/2017 15:59:01
From the 6th to 8th October Club Nautico Rimini will host the next round of the 2017 Euro Challenge. This year's event is organised by O'pen Bic Class-Republic of San Marino.

Posted On:  06/08/2017 07:49:36
Unchallenged victory for Sean Herbert, for the U17 category. Lisa Nukui (JAP) placed second (first woman) while the third position went to Lennart Frohmann (DEN).  4th Kristen Wadley (AUS), 5th Giorgio Bona (ITA), 6th Theo Michez (FRA), 7th Giovanni Matteotti (ITA), 8th Kanoa Pick (USA), 9th Gavin Ball (USA), 10th Will Drew (AUS), 19th Charlotte Rizo (FRA) 2nd woman, 21nd Rebecca Brolli 3rd woman.......( more )
Posted On:  06/08/2017 07:39:05
At a day from the ending of the competition, New Zealand holds and defends the first position in both rankings, with Herbert (U17) and the heir of Russell Coutts (U13). Japan joins the fight for the podium of the U17 category, with the athlete Lisa Nukui taking the second place from Giorgio Bona (from Arco), who nonetheless remains very close to her with a solid third place.......( more )
Posted On:  04/08/2017 11:48:09
Today no races for the O'Pen Bic World Championship, but only team races.

Hello Russell and Mathias, welcome to Circolo Vela Arco. Let's start with you, Russell: what's it like, following your son's performance and seeing him excel right at the beginning of this O'Pen Bic World championship?......( more )
Posted On:  03/08/2017 08:38:24
It's the third day of the O'Pen Bic World Championship at Circolo Vela Arco, in the waters of the Garda Lake. The second session of trials valid for the formation of the final ranking was held yesterday (August 2nd) thanks to the constant Ora wind which, with its 13/14 knots, pushed the 187 athletes through the adrenaline-filled challenge for the title of O'Pen Bic World Champion 2017.......( more )
Posted On:  02/08/2017 09:48:45
The championship has just begun and Italy and New Zealand are already in a heated duel. Ranking first in this first day of trials of the O'Pen Bic World championship hosted by Circolo Vela Arco was Giorgio Bona, member of the Circolo itself, who was first in two trials and fourth in another. ......( more )
Posted On:  22/06/2017 17:28:08
With the backdrop of America’s Cup, thirty-two O'pen BIC sailors from 10 nations, ages ten to fifteen, participated in the America's Cup Endeavour O'pen.  The first two days on June 15-16 saw spectacular "Un-Regatta" style racing with required freestyle moves, unique course obstacles, and tight courses. Several reaching, America's Cup style starts tested the sailors, and made for very close action. ......( more )
Open Bic World Championships - pre championship event
Posted On:  06/06/2017 14:21:39
Organised by the neighbouring club LNI Riva del Garda, the Regata Zonale O’pen Bic Interlaghi Regatta will take place on 21/22 July.  A perfect warm-up event before the World Championships on 31 July to 5 August. View the Notice of Race with entry information here.  An accommodation list - hotels, self-catering apartments or camping - can be viewed on the Arco Sailing Club website.
2017 General Assembly
Posted On:  05/06/2017 09:31:32
Notice is hereby given that a General Assembly of O’Pen Bic Class Association will take place on Wednesday 2nd August.
The meeting will take place during the World Championships hosted by Circolo Vela Arco, Lake Garda, Trentino, Italy.
The details of the exact location and time for the meeting will be published on the Official Notice Board at the host club.
A detailed Agenda including any proposals to be voted upon will be published no later than 3rd July.
For further details contact -
Posted On:  11/05/2017 12:04:28
All thirty-two O’pen BIC Qualifiers have now been selected for the America’s Cup Finals and the AC Endeavour O’pen, in Bermuda, June 15-18.......( more )
Posted On:  31/03/2017 15:30:28
Eighty O’pen BICs participated in the North American Championships hosted by Sarasota Youth Sailing, March 17-19.  Beautiful conditions allowed the completion of 14 races and the O'pen BIC Freestyle Challenge with 32 teams.......( more )
Posted On:  23/02/2017 11:59:13
Great news!  Seventeen O'pen BIC sailors have now been selected to participate in the America's Cup Endeavour O'pen, held in conjunction with the America's Cup Finals, June 15-18 in Bermuda.  O’pen BICs will be The Half Time Show between Race #1 and Race #2 of the America's Cup Finals.   ......( more )
Posted On:  02/02/2017 10:45:11
With about 8,000 O’pen BICs out there, this snazzy youth singlehander has been providing an alternative since its launch 10 years ago. Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck checks in with brand promoter Nevin Sayre for an update.
Posted On:  29/11/2016 12:02:12
31 participants competed in this regatta held on Sunday 11 November at Enoshima East Beach, the sailing venue of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, racing in 3 divisions - U9, U13 and U19.  The youngest sailor was 6 years old, in the first grade of elementary school.  In addition the Tandem class was held.......( more )
Posted On:  29/11/2016 11:32:10
The 2016 Forward Sailing NSW O'pen Cup, hosted at Manly Yacht Club, took place on Sydney Harbour over the weekend of 12/13 November. The regatta attracted a fleet of 63 boats, a record for BIC State Championships and a first time for the class on the famous harbour. ......( more )
Posted On:  04/10/2016 15:45:11
The first San Marino O'PEN BIC Championship, organized by the Club Nautico Rimini in collaboration with the Association of O'pen class Bic Class SMR, San Marino Sailing Federation, the Italian Sailing Federation and O'PEN BIC Italy, was held on Sunday, September 18th.......( more )
Posted On:  04/10/2016 12:26:34
Hi Sailors,

Registration for the 2017 Forward Sailing Australian O'pen Cup is officially open!  This year's Australian titles are being hosted at Henley Sailing Club from 4th - 9th January 2017. ......( more )
Posted On:  11/08/2016 10:59:40
The Minutes of the General Assembly of O’Pen Bic Class Association held on Friday 28th October have now been published.
Posted On:  08/08/2016 08:49:12
The 2016 O'pen BIC World Championships 2016 took place from 18 to 23 July at the ENVSN (National Sailing and Water Sports School) at Quiberon in France.  This World Championships was the biggest in the history of O'pen BIC, which celebrated its 10th birthday this year. 205 competitors from 15 different countries raced from 18 to 23 July. ......( more )
O'Pen BiC Euro Challenge 2016 Lake Garda, Italy 28-30 October
Posted On:  17/07/2016 22:15:04
This year's open BiC Euro Challenge is to be held at Lake Garda, Italy - note change of published date to 28th to 30th October.  More details to follow, but the notice of race can be found here.
Posted On:  11/07/2016 23:49:14
O’pen BIC is pleased to announce the America’s Cup Endeavour O’pen in Bermuda, June 15-18, 2017, held in conjunction with the 35th America’s Cup Finals.......( more )
Posted On:  02/06/2016 00:02:48
The O'Pen BIC World Championships 2016 will take place in Quiberon/France from 18th to 23 th July ......( more )
Posted On:  01/06/2016 23:45:54
The O'Pen BIC North Americans this past weekend has become more than the pinnacle "Un-Regatta" of the season- it has become a family reunion with sailors returning from as far as Hawaii, California, Canada, and all over to share the O'Pen BIC vibe. This year the class enjoyed outstanding Southern hospitality hosted by the beautiful James Island Yacht Club, following Charleston Race Week.......( more )