In order to offer the best possible value to competitors at our events and coaching, ITCA (GBR) relies almost entirely upon the efforts of volunteers. As the Topper is now mainly sailed by junior and youth sailors (though we welcome adults too!), there is inevitably a continuous turnover of parents who are able to assist the class. There are always
opportunities to help at both local and National events – just contact any committee member or [email protected] to find out more – you will probably be surprised how much reward you can achieve from helping the friendly class.
ITCA (GBR) needs your help in the safety fleet at our National events. If you would like to help support the ever growing Topper fleet, then our ribmaster, Paul Luxford, would like to hear from you - contact Paul at [email protected]
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LOST AT RUTLAND:
A Sailing Solutions bottom cover in good condition belonging to Lorcan Knowles 676. He was left with an old one which does not belong to him. If you took the wrong one inadvertently, please get in touch with Jeanette [email]to arrange a swap.
LOST AT NATIONALS:
A top cover belonging to Charlie Tordoff-Gibson. Easy to identify as it has his school name (Milton Abbey) printed across the middle. Again get in touch with Jeanette if you know where it is.
FOUND IN THE REGATTA FLEET GAZEBO AREA AT THE END OF THE NATIONALS:
- green and yellow lunch box
- big yellow optimum time watch with red tape
- lime green Nike water bottle
- wind hawk with 2 corks attached
Currently with the Gribbin Family, let us know if they are yours and we will arrange for you to be reunited with them!
If you are looking to transition from a Junior Class and wish to try out a 29er, the Andrew Simpson Sailiing Centre in Weymouth has 3 29ers that can be used for exactly this purpose. The Centre will charge £80 per person for a full day with a coach. They will want evidence of the sailor's skill level in their Junior Class but are happy to accommodate sailors who want to transition into the world of 29er skiff sailing.
They are also happy to consider dates (October half term or Easter 2016?) where they can offer a discount if 6 sailors sign up.
Dan Hallam is the coach there and is happy to dicuss things with anyone interested. You can get in touch with him on 01305 457400 or by e-mailing him dan©andrewsimpsonsailing.org
Find out more information by looking at the centre website andrewsimpsonsailing.org
It’s a great time to be a female sailor. The RYA and ITCA are working hard on your behalf with things like podiums for top females. By 2020 sailing at the Tokyo Olympics is expected to have equal medals for male and female athletes. You will become aware, if you are not already, of the 50:50 in 2020 initiative. As a hard working sailor you are a valuable asset to the RYA!
In 2015 the All Girls programme showed incredible success – with female sailors wining the following national titles:
- National Inland Champion
- National Champion
- National Series Winner
- Junior World Champion (1st and 3rd places!)
We also now have female Head Coaches leading the RYA UK National Squad, RYA UK National Intermediate Squad, and ITCA Topper 4.2 National Squad. Females Rock!
The All Girls Programme contains many elements, but some of the key messages that we want to promote are:
- Making friends in the class – girls supporting girls
- What is takes to be a World Class sailor
- Being assertive on the race course (aka. Don’t be a pushover when racing)
There are two camps planned for 2015/16. Any female sailor from club racing level upwards is invited to attend. Sailors may be set into training groups for on the water exercises but for many elements of the camp sailors will work together across all abilities.
- All camps will be an opportunity to be with other girls and taught by experienced female coaches.
- The cost of the 2 day residential camp including food and accommodation will be £130.
- The cost of the 4 day Easter camp including food and accommodation will be £245
All Girl Open Training camps are:
23-24th January 2016 Rutland Water Sailing Club
25-28th March 2016 (Easter weekend) Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth
Both camps have a limited number of spaces, and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. You can download an entry form here:
The squad dates for all 2015-16 Topper squads have been added to our calendar, and can be downloaded for you to print and pin on your wall here:
Topper Squad Dates
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who joined in the fun at the weekend. We raised £1401.87 altogether which has already been sent to Cancer Research. Can you believe that we managed to eat our way through £250 worth of cake, buy 1755 raffle tickets and that 163 people were wearing a Launch for Life t-shirt?!
Special thanks to JamiQ, Tordoff Wines & Hampers and Avenue Signs who all gave generously to the event to make it such a success....and to Team Knights whose rib and outfit truly encapsulated the spirit of the day.
There are some photos of the event on Face Book already but here is one photo to give a taste of the laughter we all enjoyed on the day.
We now have our own YouTube channel where we will be loading some great Topper videos for you to watch. Take a look here:
Toppers on YouTube
The minutes from the AGM held on 6th June 2015 at the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club are now available online. You can find them in the downloads section or by following this link:
A quick reminder to all who think they MIGHT want to apply for a squad place for the coming winter that the remaining events that are indicators for squad places are:
11th/12th July Carsington NS6/7 5.3 squads & 4.2 squad
2nd to 7th August National Championships 5.3 squads
5th/6th September Rutland NS1 5.3 squads & 4.2 squads
Entry fee for the National Championships at WPNSA goes up on Saturday 20th June so remember to enter by midnight on 19th June to avoid higher cost.
We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at forthcoming events.
Thinking about what boat next?
The 29er is fast, exciting, and fun. There is a large and growing fleet, with superb competitive racing all year-round at venues across the UK.
Our sailors come from a range of fleets - Fevas, Toppers, Cadets and many more. There is always help on hand for newcomers, and to help you transition into the boat, and develop your skills to Youth Squad level, we have an excellent comprehensive training programme.
It doesn't matter if you haven't got a sailing partner - we will help match sailors together or pair you up with someone who already knows 29ers well.
You can find more details about 29er sailing at their class website 29er.org.uk
'Try a Spitfire' day 22nd/23rd August at Grafham.
The Junior Topaz 14 – A high performance catamaran, with trapeze and asymmetric spinnaker which is a superb introduction to cat sailing at all levels.
The Spitfire – The youth catamaran and feeder for the Nacra 17 Olympic class. A high performance twin trapeze catamaran with an asymmetric spinnaker.
The Spitfire is fast, exciting, and fun. We have a growing fleet, with superb competitive racing all year-round at venues across the UK.
Our sailors come from a range of fleets – RS Feva, Topper, Cadet and Mirror as well as the other Youth classes. There is always help on hand for newcomers, and to help you transition into the boat, and develop your skills to Youth Squad level. We have an excellent comprehensive training programme.
You can book your place by emailing our co-ordinator, Tim Johnson, at [email] , or online here:
The 420 is an established performance two person trapeze and spinnaker racing dinghy. There are 56,000 worldwide, and they are sailed in countries ranging from Angola to USA, from Brazil to Japan, a total of 56 countries worldwide using the 420 as a youth training boat.
Please also have a look at our website http://gbr420.uk to see all that is happening in the class.
ITCA (GBR) takes the safety of its members, particularly its young members, very seriously. If you are using Facebook to keep up to date with all that is happening in the world of Toppers, please bear the following guidance in mind:
- Never accept as a friend anybody whom you do not actually know personally – this includes ‘friends of friends’ as it really is not possible to be sure who they are. It is strongly advised that you look through your friend list and delete anybody that you do not actually know. The same advice would be appropriate for anybody who is followed/following on Twitter (or similar media) by somebody they do not know.
- Disclose only very limited personal information so that your son/your home address cannot be traced
- People under the age of 13 should not have Facebook accounts – this is the guidance from Facebook and the police.
- Never post, send or share a photograph of yourself, or anyone else, which could be considered to be offensive to anyone, or could be used against you, now or in later life
- Never post, send or share a comment which could be considered offensive to anyone, or could be used against you, now or in later life
A sense of adventure, determination, discipline, stamina… take inspiration from these two ex-Topper sailors…
23-year-old Tom Rainey and 24 year old Sam Coombs plan to row across the Atlantic in May from New York to Salcombe, in Devon. Tom, who now works in the oil industry, and Sam aim to be the youngest team to row from mainland USA to mainland UK. The trip will take three months and raise some £250,000 for the Brain Tumour Charity in memory of Tom's father who died from the disease.
The new Winter 2014 E-Edition of the Topper Times is now available to download. You can find this edition (and editions dating back to 2007!) by clicking the 'Downloads' link in our main menu and scrolling down to the 'Topper Times' section. Alternatively, just click on the following links for direct downloads:
The following were stolen from Penine Sailing Club.
Topper, sail number 46388 and championship number 697; it has been
used in the Topper Zone Squad for the past 3 years and has all the race
kit (eg triple block 6:1 downhaul etc). It has 2 top sections, 2 bottom
sections as well as 5 sails (varying from old and blown out through to
one only used since the start of this season and one only used at the
nationals!). It has a Topper top cover, foil bag and spar bag and a
Sailing Solutions under cover. It has an aluminium launching trolley
(new this season)
Mersea double stacking box trailer with 4* RigTubes on it (2 normal
length and 2 longer length - for Laser top section). This is virtually
brand new (old 4 months old) and the owner has the serial number and vehicle
identification number for it. Inside was a toolbox and associated other
useful bits and pieces!
When stolen :
22/23 October from Pennine Sailing Club
Who to contact :
If you have any information (or see something that sounds very similar
for sale!) then please can you contact Phil Tenney :
[email protected], 07785 998810
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