The O'pen Skiff has also ruffled the feathers of the traditional race scene, with race formats and simplified rules that focus more on fun, sportsmanship, and improvement, than just race results. Innovative courses and rules, on-water refereeing, and even freestyle encourage participation and a variety of sailing skills.
As a result, the O'pen Skiff Class has seen rapid growth in many European countries, USA, Australia, New Zealand, as well as others. The World Championship, this year in Sardinia, Italy, will attract more than 250 sailors from over 15 nations.
The O'pen Skiff has become the go-to junior sailboat in several countries where sailing interest has been stunted by 60 year old boat designs and over emphasis on elite competition. But the greatest attribute of the O'pen Skiff is that kids LOVE them.