O’pen Bics – Stealing the Show in Bermuda

photo: BicWorld.com

photo: BicWorld.com

I know a few junior sailors who would have given their allowance savings to spend a few days sailing before the crowd in Bermuda at the America’s Cup. And the O’pen Bic fleet, as expected, did just that. They wow-ed the crowd with expert sailing mixed with challenging stunts – like limbo-ing under the Arch of Doom – heeled well over so as to allow the rig to pass under the large arch. They capsized on command. They blasted upwind and down – showing their sailing prowess and spreading the O’pen Bic stoke, as only these agile Bic sailors can do.  Continue reading

Since It’s Still Summer – O’pen Bic Youth Clinic – This Saturday

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This Saturday, October 22nd, from noon – 4pm send your junior sailor to a half day O’pen Bic Clinic in Bristol, RI at the Bristol Yacht Club.  World Champion sailor Lars Guck and the East Bay Sailing Foundation will be hosting this clinic inside Bristol Harbor, with chase boats and on the water coaching.

For only $20 you can come to this clinic with your own O’pen Bic or charter one for the day from the TotalBoat fleet. ($25 cash to the TotalBoat team on site) Continue reading

Paddling with Icebergs – A Holiday Gift Idea

Exploring a frozen field of icebergs seems like a great idea, until – as this short video points out – there are no icebergs left… and that is exactly where our icy poles are heading: To the melting pot. Take a short ride with Waterlust, makers of great little salty videos about our lust for the water, and see how sublime it would be to float on a stand up paddleboard through fields of icebergs.

Equally magical is an early morning SUP trip through your local harbor, off a nearby beach and in and around any and every calm body of water –  both near and far. The SUP in this video is quickly inflated and very durable and is an EXCELLENT Holiday gift for the water lover in your family. It’s on my list – and being a novice at it – the inflatable option is very attractive for storage on the boat and in the winter months, for durability and mostly for STABILITY!

We sell a pretty killer inflatable BIC SUP here at JD.com. Don’t forget a paddle, a pump and your life jacket. At over 10 feet long, there is room for riding around a kid, your smallish pet, and even a little bag or cooler.  And think of how much cooler you’ll be with your own SUP that you yank out of the trunk, unroll and inflate right on the beach! I hope you’re listening, Santa…. get your Bic SUP here and give the gift of WaterLust!

O’Pen Bic Intergalactic Video and Boat Sale

TOO. MUCH. FUN! In the midst of storm prep or storm avoidance it’s fun to look back at this crazy event this past summer. Kids had smiles for days after the first ever O’pen Bic Intergalactic RI Championships. Big breeze and a big crowd of sailors brought wild conditions and enthusiasm to the shores near the Tiverton YC, host of this awesome Un-Regatta. See – it wasn’t about winning this time – everyone got awards and everyone had a blast racing with a teammate on some pretty nutty courses. And everyone swam. A bunch. Not the scary kinda capsize, but planned – even mandated – capsizing mid race to see who could best recover and scoot to the finish.

The O’pen Bics are showing up all over the East Coast and beyond. The West Coast has a number of fleets popping up and around here – especially post Intergalactic event – clubs and families are embracing this fun, fast and fairly wet kind of racing.

We took demo boats on the road this summer (read about the Bic Summer Tour here) to spread the stoke about how cool they are to sail. And the people loved the tour. Junior sailors flocked to the trailer of boats to check them out and be first in line to take it out. (Watch the video about the Summer Tour here)  Kids readily handed off the tiller of their Opti for a chance to rip around in the O’pen Bics! And our little fleet of Bics rocked it’s way around New England – steadily adding to the list of enthusiasts. And to the list of boat owners. So next year when Bic madness ensues – there will be a longer list of local clubs and sailors ready to Un-Regatta with the best of ’em!

And now is your chance! Pick up one of these gently used boats from the summer tour for a great price. The boat retails for over $3200 but you can grab one of these boats for $2400.  (fully rigged, lightly used, no dolly or covers.) Grab one now and tuck it away for the sweet spring sailing we all love. To inquire about the boats contact kristinb@jamestowndistributors.com or grab a brandy new boat here.

The Beat: US Sailing’s New(ish) “TV” Series

US Sailing is all excited about their new video series called “The Beat.” It’s fun and the host, Katy Nastro is entertaining and has a nice way of making you want to keep watching. There is a large focus on the junior sailing element so far (they are on episode 6 now) and that’s the way it should be for a governing sport body wanting to grow the sport. Start with the kids!

This 5th episode is particularly fun since they head to the amazingly salty and killer island of Martha’s Vineyard, AND they hop on our favorite ride, an O’Pen Bic. In fact, it’s a great look at exactly what the Bics are about and why we have been spouting on about them all spring and summer long – they embrace the FUN factor and focus on the joys of capsizing, doing some crazy freestyle moves and they introduce us to the King of the O’Pen Bic movement, Nevin Sayre.

Nevin has been spreading his stoke about the boats and encouraging an increase in the fun factor of sailing since the boats came on the market. The fleets around the country are growing quickly – so see if you can grab a boat and a few friends who drooled all over yours (or our demos) and start a fleet.

Katy tries her hand at kiteboarding and takes us to the very successful sailing program, Sail Martha’s Vineyard and their “Seahab” program – Reachers. It’s a fun place to sail to, and now I want to move there and enroll in the sailing program. (They also have great beaches, a killer hockey! rink and program and of course it’s beautiful 12 months of the year – albeit ccccold on occasion.)

So check out this episode of The Beat and let us know what you think. Ready for another episode? Check out #6 here!

 

Intergalactic O’pen Bic Regatta – LIVE Broadcasting Today!

Today is the day! The kids are ready! The boats are ready. The swag and freebies and water guns and ice cream truck are locked and loaded… It’s the first ever Intergalactic O’Pen Bic RI Championship and man, are we excited.

YOU CAN TUNE IN LIVE on Periscope on your mobile phone for LIVE broadcasts at Noon and 2pm Eastern Time and maybe a few other times when the action heats up. If you follow us on Twitter (@TotalBoatShow), it will tell you when we go LIVE at some fun, unannounced times….

Download the Periscope APP on your iPhone or mobile device and follow TotalBoat Show. Then tune in on the app at noon and 2pm and check in on the fun in the cove. The kids will be racing – but this is not your typical around the buoys, windward/leeward – NO WAY! This is Unregatta Style: fun challenges and games mid race to keep the racing fun and low key.

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O’Pen Bic Intergalactic Championship is Next Thursday! Sail or Watch Live!

Send your junior sailors to the O’Pen Bic RI Intergalactics on Thursday, July 30.Your sailors don’t need boats! Were doubling up sailors into A/B divisions.  We’re expecting 20 boats, so we have room for 20 sailors that don’t have a boat.

 (Or you can buy the O’Pen Bic that is set up and ready to go on display in the JD Store!!)

We would love it if you’d come to Tiverton YC.  Here are some highlights to look forward to:

  • A VERY civilized 10am skippers meeting.
  • Freestyle session
  • Water fights
  • Raffle where all kids will win something
  • Regatta T-shirts for all of the sailors
  • Candy
  • Great, FUN Racing!
  • LIVE Periscope coverage of event throughout the day. (Sign up to follow TotalBoat Show on Periscope to peek in on the action from your mobile phone. Download the App first! Then follow TotalBoat Show! And watch LIVE!)

The entry fee is $20 per sailors with boats.  (Ambassadors)
http://nbya.org/shop/home/55-2015-tyc-open-bic-regatta-ambassadors.html

The entry fee is $40 per sailors without boats.  (Rookies)
http://nbya.org/shop/home/61-2015-tyc-open-bic-regatta-rookies.html