O’pen Bic Ocean Crossing

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Amidst the chaos and excitement of the America’s Cup will be a stellar youth event featuring our favorite junior sailing machine: the O’pen Bic. Beginning on June 14th, the America’s Cup will feature the Endeavour Regattas, an awesome addition to the last cup races in San Francisco and a great opportunity to get the kids psyched about the sport.  Continue reading

O’Pen Bic Sailboats – Summer Tour 2016

Jamestown Distributors and the TotalBoat squad had a BLAST last summer touring Southern New England, spreading the stoke for the super fun O’pen Bic sailboat. Again for summer 2016, JD and TotalBoat will be loaning out the O’pen Bic Road Show –  4 O’Pen BICs to be used in yacht club Junior Programs in RI or nearby CT/ MA for 2 days this summer (2 days for each participating YC).

The goal is to get more kids sailing O’Pen BICs, trying out a new boat and checking out a new way to experience junior sailing. It’s not all Optis and prams! You can rig easily, go way faster, and best of all – right yourself in seconds and have fun doing it!  YES! O’pen Bics actually make flipping your boat fun. Because righting it is no. big. deal. Kids who sailed both last summer made huge gains in Opti racing, and we think it’s because the boat handling skills gained with a boat like the Bic made more confident, skilled sailors in all conditions.

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. A Jamestown Distributors employee will deliver the BICs to your yacht club.
  4. We will work with one of your instructors on rigging, and sailing.
  5. After 2 days of sailing, 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 with us, 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!

What better way to show kids other boats, different boat handling and tons of FUN! Sign up or get in touch today to check out the boat, the fleet and to experience the fun!

AND Don’t Forget!:  Tiverton Yacht Club is hosting the 2nd Annual RI O’Pen BIC Intergalactic Championships.  Sailors from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and RI are invited to sail in this A/B fleet O’pen Bic Regatta on July 28.   This event will be run “Un-Regatta” style, the best way to be! Check out the video below to to see how much fun it was last year!

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!

Classic Yacht Racing in the Med

What a sight it must be to walk along the main quay in downtown St. Tropez. This is true on any given day, but most especially this week and weekend while Les Voiles de St. Tropez fleet is in town.

With the collection of classic yachts mostly moored stern to along the downtown waterfront, it is a great opportunity for tourists and interested yacht oglers to get up close to the impressive fleet.  All the major classic yacht designers, styles and builders are present – with a few Herreshoff NY40s and the impressive Elena of London (a 180 ft replica schooner launched in 2009), some beautiful Fifes like Moonbeam III, an Alden or two and of course some boats penned by S&S, the J Class yachts, some 12 metres and the list goes on.

Take a walk down the waterfront in this video showcasing the lineup of stunning wood and brass. Meticulously maintained and sailed, these boats put on quite a show on the water while competing seriously on the water…that is on every occasion except when – as is the case a few times this week – racing is cancelled due to bad weather. The crews have plenty to do to keep busy – polishing, entertaining, competing in shoreside activities…. the fun is never ending even when stuck ashore.

And in case you thought this was only a showcase of the most fabulous classic yachts – there is a division of modern yachts, as well, with a 15 boat fleet of Wally yachts and a modern fleet with plenty of impressive carbon fiber and design wizardry. All in all – a major spectacle whether they are ashore for a weather day or out racing.

 

 

 

Kidz in Motion: Opti Sailing

This is a fun little interview from an enthusiastic and somewhat expert Optimist sailor. This young lady goes over the whole program – how to rig the sail and what makes her love it and why she races. You can tell that she loves her little “bathtub” opti and takes pride in being able to explain all the parts and pieces to a seemingly less educated audience.

I was recently speaking with a friend about kids and opti racing… and this sage sailor boiled down for me what he estimates to be the difference between the kids who excel and those who struggle or just… sail. His claim is that it’s all about the attention span, and that sending these kids out to race for 4-6 races in a day really requires a serious attention span. And not just to all the boat and sail parts to adjust for increased speed on your boat – also to the race course, the competition, the wind, weather, waves and current. And staying hydrated and rigging correctly and listening to your coach and adjusting quickly to unforeseen tweaks, changes and course alterations based on teammates and fellow competitors. WHEW! That’s a lot to think about for any normal adult, much less the increasingly challenged attention span of today’s kids.

But this lady has it down. Even if it is like “having an internet browser with 50 million tabs open at once,” She seems focused and committed to doing well and being her own commander.

I’d sail with this fine captain any day. (preferably not in an Opti, though.)

 

 

They Came, They Saw, They Foiled….Vineyard Cup 2015

An Event Like No Other

From Press Release: (Sail Martha’s Vineyard)

Martha’s Vineyard is in full swing this time of year and it’s not just the Island that
has been hot. On July 10-12 the waters off Martha’s Vineyard played host to one of the most unique Regatta’s to ever take place.  88 boats ranging in size from 12 feet to 81 feet shared the water with 30 Foiling Kiteboards competing for $10,000 in the cash purse compliments of Lynch and Associates.

Sustainability for the Future

For 2015 the Vineyard Cup is building on its sustainable roots. For the past three years Sail Martha’s Vineyard has been moving up the ranks in the Sailors for the Sea Clean Regatta initiative but this year decided to go a step further by committing to serve all Local food, which was either grown, raised or landed on Martha’s Vineyard.

This included greens and tomatoes from Island Grown Initiative, Chickens from Morning Glory Farm, Oysters from Honeysuckle Oysters and Pigs from The Good Farm among other Island purveyors.

In addition the event attempted to be a Zero Waste event, meaning that all food would be composted, all containers recycled and anything that can be reused will be reused. In the end we had 1 yard of trash, 90% of which was from the packaging of materials provided to us by outside companies.

Maritime Heritage with a Progressive Thought Process

While Sail Martha’s Vineyard started with simple boat building and learn to sail programs back in 1992 it has grown immensely with classes ranging from Coastal Navigation to High School Vocational to Rowing to Captains License Testing. At the heart the organization still offers Island Children the opportunity to learn the skills of sailing for free. This in itself is a huge undertaking with 400 children taking to the water this summer alone.

 

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!

Foiling Week – A Five Day Festival of Foiling

Have you witnessed a flying boat yet? It’s a sight and makes you wonder if perhaps you’re seeing things! Foiling is the way of the sailing future and with kites, catamarans, lasers even taking to the air, foiling is reaching new heights and popularity amongst the younger sailing population.

We told you about the Vineyard Cup which added foiling kites to their formerly water based event last week on Martha’s Vineyard. The event was very well received, the weather was perfect and the fleet of flying foiling kiteboards were blasting around at top speeds with an excellent turnout.

So of course the Euros have to take it to another level with a whole week of foiling fun. Read this report from the event website and watch the video and be the judge: are you ready to take your sailing to this next level? I’m happy to watch, thank you!

Website Report:  Foiling Week 2015 came to a close last weekend after a five day festival of foiling in superb conditions at Lake Garda. The weather really turned it on for three days of fast and furious foiling with Lake Garda an eclectic mix of foiling craft.

The sun came out every day and the pristine clear waters off Malcesine proved a big hit for the visiting sailors. The early morning Peler from the North switches off around lunchtime to make way for the afternoon Ora from the South which blew in 12 – 18 knots almost every day. Add the occasional summer thunderstorm in the mix and you have some awesome foiling conditions.

The Kitefoil Invitational proved such a hit amongst the visitors that international kite rider Marvin Baumeister is keen to organize a major kite event in Lake Garda as early as next year.

“The circuit is growing in strength and if we come here in Summer it doesn’t get much better, its not only a place that has really good conditions for some very fast racing, its also the panorama and the scene here just adds that extra element.”

Winner of the Long Distance Race, kiteboarder Torvar Mirsky from Western Australia agrees: “I have had a lot of fun here, this Foiling Week concept is great, the venue is great, the organization is spot on so we have had such a pleasant time.” (read more)

Sounds like fun to me, but still – i’ll take the video. Enjoy!

 

Monday GirlY Power Stoke

Still stoked about the chicks taking the first place spot on the last leg of the VOR? We are! To add to the excitement, the 6th place finishers of that leg, and the other TotalBoat favorite team, Team Alvimedica, posted a first place finish at the Lorient In Port Race, giving them a better chance of reaching an overall 3rd place podium finish if a lot of things go right for them and some wrong brushes with the other teams in their way (Mapfre and Dongfeng, specifically).

So to honor these hard working and now very well accomplished teams, we offer these few videos to keep the momentum and excitement going through to the finish line, about a week away, in Gothenburg Sweden. Don’t stop cheering or watching or hoping. These guys and girls can do it! They have proven so!

That one makes you smile. This next one makes my stomach feel yucky:

Go Girls and Go Young Guns on Alvi!  What will we do without the VOR to feed us exciting news and videos? Enjoy!

 

 

 

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!

Good Karma Race Team on Track for 2016 Paralympics

Of course with a name for a sailing race team like “Good Karma Racing“, the positive attitude and can-do character of the skipper and crew cannot be overlooked. Sarah Skeels and her crew Cindy Walker are both physically challenged but they attack life and paralympic sailing with a smile and determination that is truly World Class. Team Good Karma is ranked #1 on the US Sailing Team and all of their positive energy is being put towards getting to the Paralympic Games in 2016.

We recently featured Sarah in our summer 2015 catalog (page 21) and on TotalBoat Show in our GoDeeper section. We are so proud of the work Sarah and Cindy are doing. It is so fun to follow their Good Karma campaign and it is such an honor to have them as Ambassadors for TotalBoat.

Check out our story about Sarah and Cindy and GoDeeper into their awesome campaign and soak up some of the Good Karma!