I prefer to sail – not to bail
Today when you decide to start sailing, they usually put you in a rectangular shape of ”something” – we all learnt on and love – that has no form of a sailboat. This beginner’s sailing boat is called an Optimist, designed back in the 1960s, and in those times its shape and appearance was safe and that grew its popularity. We think of it with nostalgia, but cannot forget bailing it out after a capsized.
With the arrival of new technologies sailing is directed to the fact of increasing the speed and dynamics. The development of sailing is clear for everybody: to make kids interested in sailing cries for a new beginner sailboat. Today they want to sail not to bail.
And 2007 the daylight was shown with O‘pen Bic. Its open hull, carbon mast, monofilm sail, O’pen Bic is exactly what the beginners world of sailing needed. A small nimble ship which is accessible for beginners from 6-17 years, easy to handle. O‘pen Bic offers two different sizes of sails 3.6 m2 and 4.8 m2, which provides the possibility to work with all age groups and most important easy learning for everyone. The speeds produced by this boat are remarkable compared to outdated Optimist.
O’pen Bic class has a growing number of fans with the kids – the same as Optimists 50 years before. All the sailors who have sailed in both classes had a significant preference to the O’pen Bic rather than to Optimist. O’pen Bic is not only good because of the technology behind and its design: it has a significant advantage of being a very good basis for further sailing in larger classes, such as Byte CII (junior Olympic class), or double handed 49er(Olympic skiff class).
The opportunity to sail in this class in Croatia has not yet been offered, as sailing clubs are still tied to Optimists – keeping up the tradition or they just don’t have the funds to upgrade or the rest of the fleet is in private hands. So for the public there wasn’t a chance to try out the free feeling sailing of this fast toddler. We are proud to be the first to offer the opportunity to acquire the foundations of modern sailing and show children how to feel the freedom of the wind.
One of the most important things about the O’pen Bic that everybody who uses it is that they can feel 100% safe because of its open cockpit design which is much safer for the kids in the event of a capsize.