O'pen BIC

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O'pen BIC
Open bic.jpg
Current Specifications
Crew 1-2
Type Monohull
Design One-Design
Construction Polyethelene
Keel Daggerboard
LOA 2,750 mm (9 ft 0 in)
LWL 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Beam 1,140 mm (3 ft 9 in)
Hull weight 45 kg (99 lb)
Mast height 3,900 mm (12 ft 10 in)
Mainsail area 35 sq ft (3.3 m2)
Jib / Genoa area None
Spinnaker area None
Year 2006
Designer Vitali Design
Location International

The O'pen Bic, often simply referred to as the Open Bic, is a single handed sailboat designed for younger sailers. Developed by Vitali Design, the boat was launched in 2006. It is an International Class, as recognized by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF),.[1]



The thermoformed polyethylene hull is self-draining. In the event of a capsize or shipping water by some other means, the water simply flows down the angled floor of the cockpit and out of the open transom.[2]


The two part, 2.1 kilogram, O'pen Bic mast is made from a fiberglass epoxy composite. The boom is made from aluminum. These hold a 4.5 m2 sail made from K.Film - Polyester, with full length battens of adjustable tension. A smaller, 3.8 m2 sail made only of Dacron (polyester) is also available. The rig is interchangeable with that of the Optimist.[3]


The O'pen Bic uses a composite epoxy daggerboard, with a shock cord strap to hold it in place. The removable rudder is adjustable, with separate lines to raise and lower it, The rudder blade is composite epoxy, while the tiller and tiller extension are aluminum.[4]

Optimal weight[edit]

The ideal weight for a user of this boat is 30 – 65 kg, but it can accommodate up to 90 kg.[5]

List of World championships O'pen BIC[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2008 Carnac  Denis Tassone (BRA)  Constaza Seguel (CHI)  Santhiago Sampaio (POR)
2009 Medemblik  Kevin Bergers (NED)  Vianney Bergot (FRA)  Bart Lambriex (NED)
2010 Martinique  Brice Yrieix (FRA)  Vianney Bergot (FRA)  Simon Jestin (FRA)
2011 Ascona  Hugo Stubler (FRA)  Giacomo Ferrari (sailor) (ITA)  Vianney Bergot (FRA)
2012 Miami  Nic Muller (USA)  Andre Reguero (PRI)  Hugo Stubler (FRA)
2013 Riva del Garda  Federico Zampiccoli (ITA)  Guido Gallinaro (ITA)  Paula Igual Garcia (ESP)

[Source: www.bicsport.com/images/U16.htm]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "ISAF : O'pen BIC". Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Open Bic Specifications". Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Open Bic Specifications". Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Open Bic Specifications". Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Open Bic Specifications". Retrieved September 24, 2013.