Welcome to O'Pen BIC

O'Pen BIC is an option in the junior sailing program sequence after the completion of White Sail. Families must supply O'pen BIC 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 Junior Activities Coordinator if you would like more information on purchasing or selling a boat.  Sailors spend a minimum of four weeks in each step of the O'pen BIC sequence. (This is based on skill ability and age). Instructor approval is needed to advance to O'Pen BIC race team. 

About O'Pen BIC Development

This class will focus on developing teaching the sailors to assemble their boats with ease and basic skills, allowing the sailors to become more comfortable with singlehanded sailing. They will learn how to: boat handle, rig, sail, tack, gybe and points of sail. Although they sail individually, teamwork is encouraged both on the water and off; sailors help each other rig and de-rig at the end of each day. Sailors will follow the CANSail 1/2 curriculum. We will be accepting 8 boats per week to participate. 

About O'Pen BIC 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 Bic Great Lakes Championship. We will be accepting 8 boats per week to participate. 

About O'Pen BIC 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 BIC. Participation in regattas is encouraged. Sailors will follow the CANSail 3/4 curriculum & is a mandatory 8 week enrollment. O'pen Bic Race team sailors may attend the O'pen Bic Great Lakes Championship.We will be accepting 8 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: $225.00
  • Prices are in Canadian dollars and include tax
  • Participation in regattas will incur additional fees
  • Non-members add an additional 20% surcharge
  • There are no refunds in the event of inclement weather (on-shore instruction and activities will substitute)

Program Dates

Week 1:  June 25th - June 29th  
Week 2:  July 2rd - July 6th  
Week 3:  July 9th - July 13th  
Week 4: July 16th - July 20th   
Week 5: July 23rd - July 27th    
Week 6:  July 30th - August 3rd        
Week 7:  August 6th - August 10th       
Week 8:  August 13th - August 17th 

2018 O'pen BIC Regatta Dates:

August 9th - 11th: 2018 O'Pen BIC North American Championship, Buffalo Canoe Club 
Click here to go to Regatta website

August 15th: 2018 Swanson Regatta, Buffalo Canoe Club

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 Junior Activities Coordinator). 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 BIC, 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 2018.

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.