The Australian International O’pen Skiff Association will lead the development of our young sailors by ensuring the O’pen Skiff class offers quality regional, state, and national competition while retaining a strong foundation of fun, adventure and friendship among the sailors and their families.
The O’pen Skiff 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. More importantly kids on the water are comparing the O’pen Skiff to the established junior classes and wanting to try sailing.
Class Association State Reps
Want to develop the class at your club?
A chance to try out the boats first hand. 4 O’pen Skiff’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 Australia to find out more.
Clubs sailing O’pen Skiff’s
Click below for all current Clubs Sailing O’pen Skiff.
Class Constitution and Class Rules
The O’pen Skiff Class uses a sail boat designed by BIC Sport. O’pen Skiff hulls, hull appendages, rigs and sails are measurement /manufacturing controlled. O’pen Skiff 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 Skiff One Design Building Specification and in the event that the O’pen Skiff becomes a Recognised Class will be subject to an World Sailing approved manufacturing control system. O’pen Skiff 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.
The rules and regulations regarding the class can be found in the following documents.
Notice of Race
The attached documents are designed to help you setup your own Regatta. the O’pen Skiff template is for those of you wanting a specific O’pen Skiff Regatta. The World Sailing template is for anyone wanting to setup a regatta.
If you would like more information on setting up an O’pen Skiff regatta you can contact the class association or BIC Sport Australia.
O’pen Skiff 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 Skiff sailing is about FUN!! The link below is a summary of what we expect to cover with
regard to on water sailing activities during the course of the regatta.
Sailing Instructions (World Sailing Template)
This template provides a set of tested sailing instructions designed primarily for major championship regattas for one or more classes. It therefore will be particularly useful for world, continental and national championships and other events of similar importance. The template can also be useful for other events; however, for such events some of these instructions will be unnecessary or undesirable. Race officers should therefore be careful in making their choices.