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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
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Monday 05 May 2014
Sail With Us!
Website Administrator, Monday 05 May 2014 - 15:59 //

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ITCA (GBR) is the Class Association for Topper sailors in the UK. We are known as "The Friendly Class", with sailors keen to welcome new members and parents and supporters who are always happy to help one another and promote good sportsmanship. We organise coaching and racing events for Topper sailors both at a regional level and nationally, and although the Topper is sailed predominantly by junior sailors we have active members of all ages in our fleet. Membership is governed by our constitution, which you can view and download here.
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Monday 15 September 2014
Craftinsure 5.3 and Virtual Rigger 4.2 NS1 Report
Website Administrator, Monday 15 September 2014 - 08:48 //

You can read the report from our Craftinsure 5.3 and Virtual Rigger 4.2 National Series 1 meeting at Rutland here:

Craftinsure 5.3 and Virtual Rigger 4.2 National Series 1 Report

Sunday 14 September 2014
Lake Garda announced as Venue for 2015 Topper World Championships
Website Administrator, Sunday 14 September 2014 - 17:03 //

itca world logoITCA President Bill Brassington is pleased to announce that the 2015 International Topper World Championships will be held at Fraglia Vela Riva on Lake Garda, Italy from Sunday July 19th to Friday 24th 2015.

"We are extremely happy to return to Lake Garda and especially pleased that Fraglia Vela Riva is able to host us for our World Championships. We have always experienced great sailing on Lake Garda and the challenging conditions at the north of the lake will bring a new experience to our international fleet."

Fraglia Vela Riva provides a wide range of facilities for competitors 365 days a year. The administraiton offices, mechanic's shop and changing rooms are located on the ground floor next to the crane and boat launch. On the first floor is a restaurant and bar, lounge with internet, and a terrace with a breath-taking view of the lake and lots of services for before and after competitions.

Please visit the Fraglia Vela Riva website for further details on the club and local information.  Further information will follow in newsletters and on our Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Reports and Photos from the Zhik Topper World Championships
Website Administrator, Sunday 14 September 2014 - 16:54 //

Zhik logoReports and photos from the Zhik Topper World Championships in Pwllheli have been published. You can read a report here:

Zhik Topper World Championships Report

There is also a great video of the BBC Wales feature on the Championships on Youtube here:

BBC Wales video on Zhik Topper World Championships
Simon McIlwaine has posted some photos that you can view here:

Photos from the Zhik Topper World Championships 

Wednesday 03 September 2014
Squad Selection Update
Website Administrator, Wednesday 03 September 2014 - 09:39 //

itca logoRutland is the last in the qualification events for the selection of sailors for the following 4 Squads;

RYA National Junior Squad,

RYA National Intermediate Junior Squad,

ITCA (GBR) UK Youth Squad &

ITCA (GBR) Racing Squad.

Selection for these 4 squads will take place in Phase 1, during the week commencing 8th September.  Those sailors wishing to be considered must have completed their squad application form by end of Sunday 7th September. The application form can be found using this link

If you have any queries regarding squad selection please ask your Area Rep or a member of the Committee at Rutland.

Wednesday 27 August 2014
Reports and photos from the Nationals
Website Administrator, Wednesday 27 August 2014 - 17:57 //

The report from the 2014 Crewsaver Topper Nationals is now online at Yachts & Yachting here:

2014 Crewsaver Topper Nationals Report 

The report from the 2014 Virtual Rigger Topper 4.2 Summer Championships is now online at Yachts & Yachting here:

2014 Virtual Rigger Topper 4.2 Summer Championships Report

Photographs from the Nationals are available online from Alan Dop Photography:

2014 Topper Nationals Photos

More photos courtesy of Rick Barry. You can view them all here:

Photos from the Nationals


Tuesday 19 August 2014
Topper Fundraising Challenge 2014
Website Administrator, Tuesday 19 August 2014 - 11:20 //

Congratulations to the Topper Challenge team who carried Topper no. 26628 up Snowdon after the GBR Nationals - donations have now passed £1,000, to be divided between John Merricks Sailing Trust and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation

Thursday 14 August 2014
Website Administrator, Thursday 14 August 2014 - 09:13 //

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Don’t forget…..

Rutland Sailing Club: Saturday 6th September 2014

One hour after last boat ashore

All members and their families welcome. Please come along and help us shape the future of your class association. 

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Click here for a copy of the minutes from the 2013 AGM

Monday 21 July 2014
Derwent Photos
Website Administrator, Monday 21 July 2014 - 16:02 //

Some great photos from the final CraftInsure 5.3 national series event at Derwent are now online here:

Photos from Craftinsure 5.3 NS5 at Derwent Reservoir SC

Thanks to Rick Barry for sharing.

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Thursday 17 July 2014
Reports from Craftinsure 5.3 NS5 and Virtual Rigger 4.2 NS6
Website Administrator, Thursday 17 July 2014 - 11:34 //

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The report from Craftinsure 5.3 National Series 5 at Derwent Reservoir SC is now online at Yachts & Yachting here:

Craftinsure NS5 Y&Y Report

The report from Virtual Rigger 4.2 National Series 6 at Derwent Reservoir SC is now online at Yachts & Yachting here:

Virtual Rigger NS6 Y&Y Report

You can see all the results from the weekend, together with the final series results, by clicking on 'Results' from the menu or following the link below:

ITCA (GBR) Results 2014

Monday 30 June 2014
Reports from Virtual Rigger 4.2 Nationals - Northampton SC 28/29 June
Website Administrator, Monday 30 June 2014 - 11:06 //

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You can read the reports form the Craftinsure 5.3 National Series 4 and the Virtual Rigger 4.2 National Series 4 at Paignton on the Yachts & Yachting website here:

Y&Y Virtual Rigger 4.2 National Championships

The results from the Virtual Rigger 4.2 National Championships are now available online. Select the 'Results' option from the main menu or click the link below:

2014 National Results

Once again there are some excellent photos from the weekend:

Click here to see Racing pics

Click here to see Prizegiving pics 

Tuesday 24 June 2014
RYA UK Zone and Junior, and ITCA(GBR) Squads
Website Administrator, Tuesday 24 June 2014 - 10:32 //

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Applications are now open for RYA UK Zone and Junior and ITCA(GBR) Squads. You can find all the details and apply for a squad on the RYA web site here:

RYA/ITCA Topper Squad Information and Applications

Thursday 12 June 2014
Thinking of Transitioning to a Youth Class?
Website Administrator, Thursday 12 June 2014 - 15:25 //

If you are thinking of transitioning to a youth class this summer, you might like to take a look at our Youth Transition page to see some of the options available. The page has links to the RYA Pathway Youth Classes where you can find out much more detail about each class's racing and coaching events. Don't forget, we also have our own ITCA Youth squad and a friendly competitive youth series so remember to include sailing in our Youth Squad as one of your options!!

Tuesday 03 June 2014
Craftinsure 5.3 NS4/ Regatta Fleet/ Virtual Rigger 4.2 NS4
Website Administrator, Tuesday 03 June 2014 - 15:39 //

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You can read the reports form the Craftinsure 5.3 National Series 4 and the Virtual Rigger 4.2 National Series 4 at Paignton on the Yachts & Yachting website here:

Y&Y Craftinsure 5.3 National Series 4

Y&Y Virtual Rigger 4.2 National Series 4

There are some great photos from the weekend at Paignton. many thanks to Rick Barry for sharing them. You can view by following this link (when you get there, if you're not sure what to do click on the readme file first):

Paignton Photos

You can see the results from the Craftinsure 5.3 NS4, Regatta Fleet, and Virtual Rigger 4.2 NS4 by clicking on the following link:

Paignton Results 

Thursday 29 May 2014
RYA appoints new Topper UK Squad Head Coach
Website Administrator, Thursday 29 May 2014 - 12:35 //

RYA Junior Sailing logoThe Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is pleased to announce the new appointment of Natalie Lloyd as RYA Topper UK Junior Squad Head Coach, who will take over from Dave Cockerill in September.

Lloyd has been involved in the sport of sailing from a young age and enjoyed a successful career as an RYA Youth sailor. Competing at her first RYA Youth National Championships in 1998, the Laser Radial sailor went on to win selection for the RYA UK Youth Squad which led onto two consecutive RYA Youth National titles in 2001 and 2002, as well as selection to represent Great Britain at the 2001 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships.

Racing against the world’s best youth sailors in the Laser Radial event in Crozon-Morgat, France, Lloyd rounded off her youth racing CV with a bronze medal before moving into the Europe (then the Olympic single-hander) where she represented the British Sailing Team three years while on a Sports Scholarship at the University of Exeter studying BSc in Sports Science.

After completing her degree, the ISAF Youth Worlds medallist moved on from Olympic campaigning and started coaching Toppers. Having worked as an assistant coach with the UK National Junior Topper squad for the last 10 years and for the South West Zone Topper squad from 2006-2008, Lloyd became the Head Coach for the South Zone Topper Squad from 2008-2011.

Lloyd, who also works at Crediton Hospital for Northern Devon NHS Healthcare Trust and as a physiotherapist for Exeter City Football Academy, said: “I'm really excited to be taking on the role of Head Topper coach. Having worked with the National Topper squad as an assistant coach for ten years, I'm looking forward to the challenge of leading a coaching programme that will inspire and develop the top sailors into world class athletes, as well as setting up their progression into future classes and disciplines of sailing.

Lloyd concluded: “For me this role is about helping the most talented sailors develop their skills and attributes to the best of each individual’s potential. I hope to give them the best foundations as an athlete in whatever boat or sailing discipline they compete in in the future, whether that is Olympic, yacht, team or match racing, or even coaching. My dream is to have one of my sailors go on to compete in the Olympics, and I think I have a few potentials on the way already!”

Tim Hall, RYA Single Handed Pathway Manager, commented: “With Natalie’s excellent single handed racing background and previous Topper coaching experience, we are looking forward to her leading the RYA Topper UK Junior Squad programme from September onwards.

“Natalie takes over from Dave Cockerill, who has done a fantastic job for the past 13 years, after the Topper World Championships in Pwllheli this August”.

Adam McElroy, Topper Class Chairman, added: “The Class is delighted to welcome Natalie to the Topper family. Her medal successes as a Youth at international level will make a fantastic contribution to the development of our National Squad sailors."

For more information on the RYA Youth Racing programme please visit:

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