Welcome to O'pen Skiff

All sailing lessons will operate in accordance with public health guidelines.

O'pen Skiff "Formerly O'Pen Bic" is an option in the junior sailing program sequence after the completion of White Sail. Families must supply an O'pen Skiff boat for sailors' use. Generally, there are boats for sale by Members of children who have outgrown the boats. (check the link below or the ads within the monthly Burgee). Please contact our Club Program Manager if you would like more information on purchasing or selling a boat.  Sailors typicaly spend a minimum of four weeks in each step of the O'pen Skiff sequence. (This is based on skill ability and age). Instructor approval is needed to advance to O'pen Skiff race team. 

About O'pen Skiff Intermediate:
This program is for sailors with one year experience sailing the BIC. Sailors will learn boat speed and basic racing skills while following the CANSail 2/3 curriculum.  Intermediate sailors may attend the O'pen Skiff Great Lakes Championship. 

About O'pen Skiff Race Team:
Race team is a focused experience; sailors will work on refining their racing and/or freestyle skills. Coach approval is necessary, and this will be targeted towards sailors with at least 2 years of sailing the Skiff. Participation in regattas is encouraged. Sailors will follow the CANSail 3/4 curriculum. O'pen Skiff Race team sailors may attend the O'pen Skiff Great Lakes Championship.We will be accepting 10 boats per week to participate.

Monday through Friday
9:00 am until 4:00 pm

Class meets under the tent on the side lawn, adjacent to the playground

Weekly: $257.00 Member | $307.00 Non-Member

Please Note:
Prices are in Canadian Funds and include taxes.
A Member may take a Non-Member's spot up until 2 weeks prior to the start of the class. A full refund will be given to the Non-Member.
There are no refunds in the event of inclement weather (on-shore instruction will still take place).
Participation in regattas is optional. Regatta fees are not included in program cost. Regatta fees are divided among participants and vary depending upon number of sailors and travel distance.

2020 O'pen Skiff Regatta Dates:

To be confirmed.

All regatta dates are also available on the BCC Team Up Calendar within the tab BCC Junior Activities calendar
Specific information regarding regattas will be supplied by the sailing instructors during the summer. 

Any child participating in regattas in the United States must have the following form on file in the BCC Junior Activities Office (complete information and return to our Club Program Manager). Please note that this form MUST BE NOTARIZED and should be on file at the beginning of the season. Please click here to retrieve form

Additional costs for regattas will vary (entry fees, hotel, transportation and food). Parent volunteers are needed for all regattas.

What to Bring:

  • Life jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Sandals/water shoes/sailing boots
  • Towel
  • Spare change of clothes​
  • Water bottle
  • Splash top/sailing pant depending on weather
  • Sailing gloves

Tuesday Night Lightning Racing

In addition to our day program, Tuesday evenings at the BCC is Lightning racing. We have an incredible group of adults who are Lightning boat owners and sailors and will help introduce the boat and refine teamwork in a 3 person boat. Many Lightning sailors often need crew for Tuesday night racing (gathering at 5:30pm, races start at 6:30pm) and this is a great way to get connected with one of the strongest Lightning fleets in the world! Questions about Tuesday night sailing? Please contact PC David Starck.

Wednesday Racing - Opti, O'pen Skiff, 420

Wednesday night races is an adjunct program designed for our junior sailors to give them racing experience while still working in a familiar environment. It is open to sailors from our Wet Feet to our 420 Varsity team. To participate, check with your sailing instructor if you have questions as to whether or not your child is ready for racing. Sailors should arrive at the BCC no later than 5:30 pm to rig their boats and head onto the water. Sailing generally concludes between 7:00 pm-7:30 pm. Scoring for the races works in three week blocks; awards are given at the Junior Activities Banquet at the end of the summer for each category of boats. After racing, there is a parent sponsored potluck under the tent on the side lawn. Each family is asked to bring a dish to share; it is a great way to know other families in the program. Questions? Please contact John Marynowski, who is heading up the Wednesday night races in 2020.

Thursday Night Racing

You don't need your own boat to get out on the water and sail! Members at the Club are always looking for Crew on Thursday night. If interested, please contact Mike Palumbo, Fleet Captain. We also have the opportunity for our youth to join our race committee. We offer race committee training and everyone is welcome to join and ride along on the Burgee. Please refer to the Racing/Sailing tab on the website for more information.