Bic Sailor Nicholas Ebourne Keen for #SAYouthChamps
by Australian Sailing
This year the Open Bic State Championships will be hosted in conjunction with the South Australian Youth Championships following the success of the format last year.
In 2017 the hotly contested O’Pen Bic class is drawing a range of entries, including the Ebourne brothers from Christies Sailing Club.
Nine year old, Nicholas Ebourne, has been sailing O’Pen Bic for the last two years and enjoys the challenge on the single-handed dinghy.
“It’s really fun to sail O’Pen Bics,” Nicholas said. “Me and my brother, Thomas went to an O’Pen Bic open day and we both had so much fun that we kept sailing them.
“O’Pen Bics are really fast and you can catch really good waves on them which is so much fun as well.”
Nicholas and his brother are counting down to the 2017 South Australian Youth Championship.
“The Youth Championships are really good because we get to sail at a different Club and meet heaps of new people who all like sailing too,” Nicholas said.
Last year at the Youth Championships 11 O’Pen Bic sailors contested the title with in excess of 20 competitors expected to set sail next weekend at Largs Bay Sailing Club. With introductory programs such as the Green Fleet Adventure Sailing, O’Pen Bic’s are building and developing a class based on solid culture with structured programs and pathways.
“Last year O’Pen Bic decided to piggy off a major event in the South Australian Youth Championships and it was a huge success,” said Jo Mitton, South Australian State Coordinator. “We decided to do the same again this year after significant growth state-wide and nationally within the class.
“O’Pen Bic is an evolving class and we really strive to provide a fun environment on and off the water for youth sailors. We had the National Championships at Henley Sailing Club this year with 80 competitors and it was the first time in over 30 years that the Club had hosted a national youth sailing event which was fantastic for everyone involved.”
The O’Pen Bic class are aiming to be recognised as the international junior skiff class, with two former Bic kids transition to the 29er which is new to South Australia.
The 2017 South Australian Youth Championships will be contested from Saturday March 25 to Sunday March 26.
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