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2012 O’Pen BIC North Americans

The 2012 O”Pen Bic North Americans was blessed with wind and great weather.

Racing to the first Buoy

 

Families came from as far as Miami to visit the Mid-west and let their kids sail on beautiful Lake Winnebago.  Sheboygan, Lake Geneva, Madison, Fond du lac and Oshkosh Youth Sailing Schools sent young aspiring sailors to the biggest Un-Regatta in the Mid-West.

 

What is an Un-Regatta?  First it is a FUN Regatta with a capital FUN.  Yes there is serious racing but the biggest award goes to the sailor who shows the most stoke for sailing and just has fun. There is also Freestyle where the kids are judged on tricks they can do on the fast and nimble O’Pen Bic Youth Sailboat.  These tricks most often end with them splashing in the water.  The Kids team up for this event and they make up goofy names for their teams, like The Founding Fathers, The Vanilla Milkshakes or the Big Hairs to name a few.  One of the best features of the O’Pen Bic is the easy that the boat can be righted and sail away after a capsize.  And Kids love to capsize!

 

Steve and Sara Eliasen were the organizers of the event with assistance from Wind Power Windsurfing & Kiting the local O’Pen Bic dealer and coach for the Fond du lac School.  O’Pen Bic sent Nevin Sayre a world class sailor and Windsurfer from New England to run the racing and freestyle format.  Nevin has a great gift with kids and they were all fortunate to meet him and enjoy the weekend with all the fun things he conjures for the kids to do with their boats.  He keeps the pack together by making the leaders do 360’s or capsize on purpose so the others can keep up,  He also has them stand up while sailing, do wheelies, 360’s, capsize and the new thing is hand stands with their feet on the boom.  That that is some serious fun!

 

The kids were divided into 2 divisions: the International Division and the Olympic Division.  The Olympic Division was composed of newer sailors who were new to regattas and didn’t have a lot of time or experience in the O’Pen Bic boat.  The goal was to get them involved and on the water so they could learn and increase their comfort level in this great sport.  They sailed a shorter and simpler course.  The International Division was composed of sailors who had experience in Un-Regattas or were comfortable racing the boat.  This division was comprised of two classes” the Open and the Young Guns (under 12).  They raced on varied courses with up to 9 buoys to round.  Both classes started together which made great competition.

On Saturday 3 races were held with a short lunch break.  Followed with more racing.  An incoming thunderstorm brought most of the boats to the beach while a few were used for the Freestyle Event which was right in front of the beach.  Many thanks to all of the parents and volunteers who helped get the boats and everything else put away before the rain hit.

the Hood Ornament Freestyle move

 

Sunday had great wind with flat water early in the morning for the 10 o’clock start.  The racers in the International Division were treated to a fast and furious down wind slalom course.  Nevin was out there coaching and encouraging the kids while positioning the event photographer for some great photos.  The first races was a mass chaos with boats capsizing every-wheres.  By the third races the kids were getting it and capsizing was few and far between.  The Olympic Division did some great races close to shore and the kids were looking like they were ready to move to the International Division.  Their last race before freestyle was a long distance race lead by Steve Eliasen and Ian House.  5 races were held before the kids came exhausted to the beach for lunch.  They all had big smiles and were ready for the Freestyle Finals. The Founding Fathers, a 3 person team comprised of Owen, Nathan and Frankie prevailed to be the overall winners of Freestyle closely followed by the Vanilla Milkshakes comprised of Tyler and Cedric.

 

Many thanks to all of the great volunteers who were so vital to make it happen.  And to the Miami families for traveling so far and also helping with the beach scene.

Following are the Racing Results:

 

 

2012 O’Pen BIC North American Un-Reggatta
Olympic Division Results (Aspiring, Future Sailors for the International Division)
Sail # Name Adress Division Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8 Race 9 Race 10 Race 11 Race 12 Race 13 Score
1 23 Ally Hansen Oshkosh, WI Olympic 4 t 5 t 8 1 1 1 1 5 2 3 2 4 2 26
2 44/38 Natalia / Sofia House Oshkosh, WI Olympic t 6 1 3 6 3 4 t 7 2 1 4 3 1 3 31
3 28 Aiden Kimball Olympic 1 4 2 4 t 9 t 9 3 3 4 2 4 2 4 33
4 6 Leah Edwards Oshkosh, WI Olympic 2 3 5 t 9 t 6 2 5 5 2 3 2 4 2 35
5 25 Kaitlyn Williams Olympic 3 6 7 t 8 8 5 t 9 4 3 1 1 5 1 44
6 26 Eddie Hansen Oshkosh, WI Olympic t 8 2 1 5 5 3 4 1 6 t 7 7 6 6 46
7 27 Adam McAvoy Oshkosh, WI Olympic t 9 t 8 4 2 2 6 2 5 6 7 7 6 6 53
8 29 Boden Gaener Oshkosh, WI Olympic t 7 t 8 6 3 4 7 6 5 5 5 6 6 6 59
9 7 Evan Witkowski North Fond du Lac, WI Olympic 9 8 t 11 t 10 9 9 10 5 6 6 5 3 5 75
10 5 Sara McAvoy Oshkosh, WI Olympic t 9 8 t 9 7 7 8 8 5 6 7 7 6 6 75
11 8 Oliver Long Olympic 5 7 t 11 t 10 9 9 10 5 6 7 7 6 6 77
2012 O’Pen BIC North American Un-Reggatta
Overall International Division Results
Sail # Name Address Division Class Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8 Race 9 Race 10 Race 11 Race 12 Score
1 57 Nic Mueller Ft Pierce, FL International Open 1 1 1 t 6 1 1 t 17 1 1 1 1 2 11
2 63 Harry Melges Lake Geneva, WI International Young Guns 2 2 2 2 3 t 5 4 3 4 2 t 6 1 25
3 31 Juan Nores Surfside, FL International Young Guns 4 t 6 t 6 1 4 6 2 2 2 4 2 3 30
4 49 Manuel Nores Miami, FL International Young Guns t 7 5 5 5 2 2 1 4 t 13 5 3 5 37
5 17 Philip Palma Miami, FL International Young Guns 5 3 6 7 t 12 11 t 17 5 3 7 5 4 56
6 19 Michael Cramer Miami Beach, FL International Young Guns 3 9 9 3 5 t 12 3 t 11 5 6 11 6 60
7 15 Tyler Goedderz Oshkosh, WI International Open 6 11 8 4 6 8 t 17 6 6 3 4 t 15 62
8 22 Owen Eliasen Oshkosh, WI International Open 8 4 7 9 t 11 3 9 8 7 8 8 t 11 71
9 60 Nathan Van Heuklon Oshkosh, WI International Open 9 8 t 18 13 9 4 t 10 9 10 9 9 7 87
10 58 Frankie Hearn Madison, WI International Open t 15 t 14 12 10 7 9 5 10 9 11 10 9 92
11 47 John Borello International Open 11 12 t 16 11 15 t 18 14 7 8 10 7 10 105
12 11 Noah Bartelt Howards Grove, WI International Young Guns 10 7 4 8 14 13 11 13 t 18 t 16 16 15 111
13 14 Ethan Dillon Kohler, WI International Young Guns 12 10 10 12 8 7 6 t 19 t 18 16 16 15 112
14 53 Cedric Witkowski North Fond du Lac, WI International Young Guns t 16 13 11 15 t 19 16 7 12 15 12 12 14 127
15 40 Izzy Eliasen Oshkosh, WI International Open t 18 t 17 14 14 10 14 8 15 14 14 13 12 128
16 30 Brit Vondersitt International Young Guns 18 19 15 19 t 20 t 20 17 14 12 13 14 8 149
17 12 Katelyn Kohl Appleton, WI International Young Guns 17 t 20 t 18 18 18 10 12 17 11 16 16 15 150
18 18 Rachel Goedderz Oshkosh, WI International Young Guns t 18 15 13 16 13 t 17 15 16 16 16 16 15 151
19 16 Joelle Tremblay Appleton, WI International Open 13 16 t 20 t 19 17 15 13 18 17 15 15 13 152
20 7 Evan Witkowski North Fond du Lac, WI International Open 14 t 19 t 19 17 16 19 16 19 18 16 16 15 166
International Class Results
Sail # Name Address Division Class Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8 Race 9 Race 10 Race 11 Race 12 Score
1 57 Nic Mueller Ft Pierce, FL International Open 1 1 1 t 6 1 1 t 17 1 1 1 1 2 11
2 15 Tyler Goedderz Oshkosh, WI International Open 6 11 8 4 6 8 t 17 6 6 3 4 t 15 62
3 22 Owen Eliasen Oshkosh, WI International Open 8 4 7 9 t 11 3 9 8 7 8 8 t 11 71
4 60 Nathan Van Heuklon Oshkosh, WI International Open 9 8 t 18 13 9 4 t 10 9 10 9 9 7 87
5 58 Frankie Hearn Madison, WI International Open t 15 t 14 12 10 7 9 5 10 9 11 10 9 92
6 47 John Borello International Open 11 12 t 16 11 15 t 18 14 7 8 10 7 10 105
7 40 Izzy Eliasen Oshkosh, WI International Open t 18 t 17 14 14 10 14 8 15 14 14 13 12 128
8 16 Joelle Tremblay Appleton, WI International Open 13 16 t 20 t 19 17 15 13 18 17 15 15 13 152
9 7 Evan Witkowski North Fond du Lac, WI International Open 14 t 19 t 19 17 16 19 16 19 18 16 16 15 166
1 63 Harry Melges Lake Geneva, WI International Young Guns 2 2 2 2 3 t 5 4 3 4 2 t 6 1 25
2 31 Juan Nores Surfside, FL International Young Guns 4 t 6 t 6 1 4 6 2 2 2 4 2 3 30
3 49 Manuel Nores Miami, FL International Young Guns t 7 5 5 5 2 2 1 4 t 13 5 3 5 37
4 17 Philip Palma Miami, FL International Young Guns 5 3 6 7 t 12 11 t 17 5 3 7 5 4 56
5 19 Michael Cramer Miami Beach, FL International Young Guns 3 9 9 3 5 t 12 3 t 11 5 6 11 6 60
6 11 Noah Bartelt Howards Grove, WI International Young Guns 10 7 4 8 14 13 11 13 t 18 t 16 16 15 111
7 14 Ethan Dillon Kohler, WI International Young Guns 12 10 10 12 8 7 6 t 19 t 18 16 16 15 112
8 53 Cedric Witkowski North Fond du Lac, WI International Young Guns t 16 13 11 15 t 19 16 7 12 15 12 12 14 127
9 30 Brit Vondersitt International Young Guns 18 19 15 19 t 20 t 20 17 14 12 13 14 8 149
10 12 Katelyn Kohl Appleton, WI International Young Guns 17 t 20 t 18 18 18 10 12 17 11 16 16 15 150
11 18 Rachel Goedderz Oshkosh, WI International Young Guns t 18 15 13 16 13 t 17 15 16 16 16 16 15 151

2nd Annual Lake Winnebago O’pen Bic un-Regatta 2010

The 2nd Annual Wind Power Open Bic un-Regatta was held August 21-22, 2010 and was a big success. The images below are from the recent event.

Race resultsun-Regatta (.pdf)

photos by Wind Power

1st Annual Lake Winnebago O’pen Bic un-Regatta

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from the Official Press Release (.pdf)
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On Saturday, August 22nd, the First Annual Lake Winnebago O’Pen Bic Un-Regatta was held at Wind Power Windsurfing Center in Fond du Lac, WI. The O’pen Bic is a fast and fun new sailboat designed for kids that is very easy to learn and progress on. If and when it is tipped over it can be righted easily and immediately drains the water from the boat because of the open transom so No Bailing is required. Steve and Sara Eliasen along with Kevin Gratton from Wind Power have been promoting this new boat around Wisconsin this summer, ending with the Un-Regatta. An un-regatta is a sailboat competition, but instead of being scored on how fast they sailed, the kids were scored on their attitude, their promotion of sportsmanship, and how much fun they had. Unlike an orthodox sailing regatta, an un-regatta has other obstacles to do besides racing through a course, such as standing up for a race, tipping the boat over and back up, or doing freestyle tricks on the boat like making it do a wheelie or standing on the front. Slalom racing is also part of the format.

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