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. This change is also being effected by the Class, which is making representations to World Sailing to officially register the name change. The new website address has already made the switch, becoming www.openskiff.org
In practical terms, this means that the sail, component and hull logos will change through the season as new boats are produced. Despite this change, it goes without saying that the old O’pen BIC logos are still fully authorized for all national and international race calendar events. The first new-production sails and components will carry a simple “O’pen” logo, rather than “O’pen Skiff”.
The change of logo will be made progressively throughout 2019 on the official class website and on official documents and paperwork.
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!