“The O’pen Skiff is a fantastic boat for young sailors to experience the joy of sailing. It is fast, exciting and fun to sail yet simple to rig and maintain. Many of the skills learnt in the O’pen Skiff will be easily transferred to other boats as sailors evolve and progress onto other forms of sailing.”

Sir Russell Coutts

World Champion New Zealand Yachtsman and America’s Cup Winner

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A modern and planing hull, more in the form of a skiff, the O’pen Skiff gives a dynamic responsive fast sailing experience of a true dinghy that heels. A powerful boat that provides kids the same excitement normally experienced on a boat as adults.

With its 6-foot Open design, including a totally open self draining stern, it offers fast fun. Young sailors are fully independent on the water and will be proud to sail such a modern-looking and elegant boat, one that both sails and looks like the boat of today’s champions.

Speed comes close to the Laser 4.7. Good sail and boat trim is rewarded with fast planning on all points of sailing, especially surfing waves downwind.

The ideal weight for a user of this boat is 30 – 65 kg, but it can accommodate up to 90 kg. Car-top transport is easy. Rig and foils fit in a bag under the hull. The O’pen Skiff is unloaded, rigged and ready to race in less than 10 minutes.



The class continues to grow across the world as sailors and their parents enjoy how much fun the boat and event formats have become. There are now 15 active National Class Associations around the world and the UK is the latest to join that growing list.

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The aim of the International O’pen Skiff Class is to provide an exciting format of international and national dinghy sailing for young sailors. The steady annual growth of the Events’ Calendar is proof that the Class’s formula of providing exciting race formats on an attractive boat is a great success.

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We want to make the world of O'pen Skiff sailing and racing as easy as possible and with a focus on maximising the fun for all of those involved. We have gathered a series of videos on our Help Desk page, which should give you a start into your O'pen Skiff journey.

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Our aim is not to have every kid a racer doing laps.

But every o’pen skiff sailor enjoying the sport for a lifetime.

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