The Open 5.70 was recently recognized by US Sailing as one of the fastest growing one-design fleets in the US. With many one design fleets seeing a decline in numbers over the last few years the Open 5.70 has seen nothing but growth. The boat was introduced to the USA in July 2006 and now there are almost 30 boats nationwide. Marina del Rey, the home of the North American builder – Open Sailing, has a fleet of 11 Open 5.70s.
However, it is San Francisco where the class is booming, since April the fleet has grown from 4 boats to 9! In 2010 the fleet managed to put together multiple regattas with 10+ boats on the starting line – the highlights being 15 boats at Long Beach Race Week and 12 boats at the Sarcoma Cup hosted by Berkeley Yacht Club. With 2011 just around the corner now is the time to join the Open 5.70 fleet. Open Sailing has a winter special that offers up to $1800 of savings and will guarantee you and your boat will be ready to race come spring.