The New Zealand O'pen Bic Association is proud to announce it is taking the pledge to support the #CleanSeas "Turn the Tide on Plastic" Campaign.

"This is a fantastic initiative set up by the United Nations Environment program and is an opportunity for us all to do our part in looking after the environment. If we can impart these values to our young sailors we stand a chance of making a real difference," says NZOBA Secretary Di Goodall.

The #CleanSeas-United Nations Environment program is supported strongly by the Volvo Ocean Race with the yacht "Turn the Tide on Plastic" a competitor in the race. The yachts are expected to
arrive in Auckland tomorrow, keep an eye out for "Turn the Tide on Plastic", with Kiwi's James Blake and Bianca Cook on board.

For more information about the #CleanSeas and the Turn the Tide on Plastic Campaign, go to

To fulfil our pledge we will encourage every New Zealand O'pen Bic Sailor to:

• Say No to single use plastic bottles by bringing a refillable water bottle to every Regatta
• Say No to plastic straws at home and encouraging our clubs to do the same
• Use reusable bags and containers for lunches at every Regatta

We hope that other O'pen Bic Class Associations throughout the world will follow our lead and Take the #Cleanseas Pledge.


SPRING 2017 NZOBA Newsletter

2nd Annual NZ Winter O'pen Cup

Venue:   Manly Sailing Club, Whangaparaoa, Auckland.
Dates:    7th - 9th July, 2017 (with pre-regatta coaching 6th July with Sir Russell Coutts)
Format: Point Score Racing, Point-to-Point Racing, Adventure Racing & Family activities.

It will be a massive weekend of fun filled with sailing and other activities. With BIC Sport NZ having committed to supplying 30 charter boats, it's going to be big.

Sound like you?  We already have 23 sailors signed up from all over NZ so if you want to get involved, enter now.  Charter boats are available on a 1st come 1st served basis.  Don't miss out!

Don't forget, any international sailor that wants to enter gets free charter.  Email us if you need more info.

We hope to see you at Manly on July 7th!  

NZ O’pen BIC Association Inc.
Ph. 0800 242 776