TotalBoat Team @ the O’Pen Bic North Americans

Kids from all over our American map flocked to Charleston last weekend for the O’Pen Bic North American UNRegatta. We know all about these cool regattas since we hosted one of our own last summer and plan to do so again this summer – read about it here). So we sent down some sailor spies to get the skinny and do some reconnaissance for us and their report: AWESOME FUN!

Watch this video and you will see right away that kids enjoy the sport and fun and not as much of the crazy stressful competition. That is not to say our TotalBoat reps who were sailing were not competitive – on the contrary….they represented Team TotalBoat and finished in the top of the fleet.

Check out the website from the event and then grab yourself or your kiddo an O’Pen Bic of their own (we sell lots of them!) and you will see the massive fleet growth that is taking place almost weekly, especially in the northeast where we are spreading the word and stoke via our Demo program which was an awesome success last summer.

Hop aboard and hold on tight!

 

 

 

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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!

 

O’Pen Bic Super Sailing Summer

Over here at TB HQ we have been in O’Pen Bic heaven this summer. The TotalBoat team has put 4 of our own brand new “demo” boats on the road and we emailed local sailing programs to see who wanted to borrow and fall in love with this super fun kids boat for a few days. (We even asked YOU – remember this post?)

Well it’s been a big success. Kids ran to our delivery trailer to help unload and rig the boats and to check out the open hull and cool, simple to rig mast and sail. And the yacht clubs, sailing programs and kids have all shouted out a resounding “BIC’s RULE” cheer after an hour, a day or a few days behind the tiller.

Our own O’Pen Bic Regatta last week (wrap up post here….) was windy and wet and wild and giant smiles were contagious amongst the kids and parents. FUN was the theme of the event that day and it goes right along with the boat… forget the bailer, forget tying 55 little lines to rig your sail to the mast and boom, forget panicking and hating sailing when you capsize – because the O’Pen Bic shuts all this worry and hassle down – leaving only fun and planing and rigging inside of 5 minutes in it’s wake.

We have 4 boats that we trailered around that will be up for sale as of next week. Marked down considerably – even a brandy new boat is already way less than a new Opti – and this Summer Tour fleet will move fast at a great price. Interested in your own boat? Contact us (kristinb@jamestowndistributors.com) and we will hook you up with all the info and pricing and set you up right!

The video above is a testament to the joy the boats bring to junior sailors. Built for speed and dragging along the beach and easy sailing – they are a dream boat for kids aged about 8 and up… (age depending on skill level and weather, etc).

Watch the video and catch the fever! BAILING IS CANCELED! Bic Sailing is ON!
And if your kid is begging (like mine are): Buy a NEW O’pen Bic here!

*video coming soon from the Intergalactic Regatta!

O’Pen Bic RI Intergalactics Were a Blast!

IMG_1950A forecast of 20+ knots and hazy, hot and humid weather did NOT deter the 60+ junior sailors yesterday at the O’Pen Bic Intergalactic RI UnRegatta. It was a huge success with super swag, amazing prizes (Thanks, Charlie Enright for the signed shirt off your back for first place prize!) and some super FUN and sweet sailing in our secret cove.

With a variety of exciting courses set up by the Mike3 RC, (3 Mikes busted butt to put this thing on. All other Mike’s invited to help next year! And many other volunteers were paramount to the event’s success, like Scoring Goddess, Nina M.) the kids had a blast and were treated to some super fun and challenging sailing in Gull Cove.

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Every sailor was paired with another in anticipation of switching off and a building afternoon breeze which lent itself nicely to sailing with a buddy.  Courses were set up for some crazy buoy racing, a capsize race where all sailors went for a swim when the horn sounded, a stand up course where you had to stand for the whole race! and some wacky, narrow navigating around rocks and squirt gunning teammates through a slender cut about as wide as the trailers used to bring the boats to the event.

Ice Cream and pizza was served for all and new friends and awesome memories were made.  The winning team of Olin Guck and Ronan M. were surprised with an epic first place prize of signed Team Alvimedica shirts from our hometown hero Volvo Ocean Race skipper, Charlie Enright. (see last photo in slide show of a very stoked first place winner!)

These fun UNregattas which have become an O’Pen Bic thing, are a great way to run a junior sailing event. The focus was on involving everyone, having fun, staying safe and fast, awesome sailing!

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Thanks to all the Mikes, all the volunteers and to the yacht clubs, parents, coaches and sailors who showed up with their FUN factor in place and raring to go. Let’s do it again next year!  (or go to Hyannis, MA on August 11 for the next nearby UnRegatta!)

Fun movie from GoPro footage coming soon! If you have footage to submit for inclusion, please send to kristinb@jamestowndistributors.com
And if your kid is begging: Buy your own O’pen Bic 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

 

 

Announcing: The O’Pen Bic RI Summer Tour

Jamestown Distributors will be offering up (loaning out) 4 O’Pen BICs to be used in yacht club Junior Programs in RI for 2 days this summer (2 days for each participating YC).   The goal is to get more kids sailing O’Pen BICs and trying a new boat and a new way to experience jr sailing.

How it works:

  1. Sign Up!  Contact Mike Mills at Jamestown Distributors mmills@jamestowndistributors.com
  2. Request a week this summer when you want the O’Pen BIC summer tour to stop at your yacht club.
  3. Alden Haverly, a Jamestown Distributors employee, will deliver the BICs to your yacht club.
  4. Alden will work with one of your instructors on rigging, and sailing.
  5. After 2 days of sailing, Alden / JD will return, check off the boats, pack the boats up and take them to the next yacht club.

 

Requirements:

  • O’Pen BICs need to be used in conjunction with sailing programs while they have them.
  • A representative of your yacht club Jr program needs to meet Alden, receive the boats, sign off on the checklist and waiver, get trained on rigging and sailing, and take responsibility for the fleet for 2 days.
  • Sailors must respect the boats and their fellow sailors
  • Boats need to be returned in the same condition as they were loaned.

Don’t Forget!:  Tiverton Yacht Club is hosting the RI O’Pen BIC Intergalactic State Championships.  Sailors from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and RI are invited to sail in this A/B fleet O’pen Bic Regatta on July 30.   This event will be run “Un-Regatta” style.

O’Pen Bics can also be purchased at Jamestown Distributors (Click here). Add one to your fleet for fast familiy fun and some sweet racing, too!