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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 January 2015
Sail With Us!
Website Administrator, Monday 05 January 2015 - 21:11 //

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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 16 November 2015
Topper Sailor nominated for prestigious award: VOTE NOW!
Secretary, Monday 16 November 2015 - 12:21 //

Our National Champion, Eleanor Poole, has been nominated for the Yachts and Yachting Youth Sailor of the Year Award. It would be fantastic for a Topper Sailor to win this prestigious award so we need your votes to support her against tough competition. Eleanor was the first ever female to win the National Championships in the 30 year history of the competition, an achievement in female sailing worthy of recognition.

Voting closes on 4th December 2015 and the award will be presented at the London Boat Show in January.

Click on the following link to register your vote

Monday 09 November 2015
National Championships: North Berwick 2016...put the date in your diary now
Secretary, Monday 09 November 2015 - 11:13 //

Don't forget to put the date of the 2016 Topper National Championships in your diary now.

Registration 1pm to 5pm on Saturday 6th August and sailing from 7th to the 12th August inclusive.

These will be held at North Berwick, a venue we last visited in 2011. Jeanette has been back to visit and attend planning meetings and is really looking forward to spending a week in this stunning location. North Berwickis a beautiful holiday destination for all the family with beaches, great little shops and cafes, tennis, golf, walking, cycling...and just a short trip on the train in to the centre of Edinburgh which will be great for those not sailing as the Edinburgh Fringe is on at the same time as the Championships.

If you haven't been there before, here are a few things that might be useful in the early planning stages:

  • as a small, beautiful town, parking is restricted so if you are looking to rent a property, try and book one in the actual town to save you having to find somewhere to park every day (this can be a challenge). 
  • the nearest camp site is Tantallon. It is situated right on the coast, has stunning views but is a cycle ride away from the town centre.
  • bikes are a good thing to have with you... but there is a cycle hire shop in the centre of town (more details to follow) if you don't want to strap bikes to boat trailers.
  • the club is really welcoming but small so there will be limited changing facilities and no real showers so come prepared for this (another reason to book accommodation in town).

Having said that, this really is a stunning place to sail (and have a great holiday if you are the support crew!). We will have 3 fleets again so there will be something suitable for all, no matter what their level of racing skill. If you know someone new to the sport at your Club, let them know about the fun to be had and encourage them to join us!

Entry for 2016 events will be open on line at the start of January.

Tuesday 20 October 2015
Membership Renewal Open for 2016
Secretary, Tuesday 20 October 2015 - 14:50 //

You can now join the Class or renew your membership for 2016 online. Fees have stayed the same as last season and if you join now, your membership will be valid until December 31st 2016.

Click on the link at the top of the page to join/renew your membership. 

Topper Team Needs Your Help
Secretary, Tuesday 20 October 2015 - 14:44 //

With a break before the next National Series events, the Topper Team are working hard behind the scenes in preparation for events in 2016 and we need your help.

Enjoy taking photographs and have a decent camera?

We need people to take photos at each of our coming events that we can use for reports/blogs/Topper Times and to give to our generous sponsors. The role would involve checking with the marketing team in advance to decide any particular shots that were needed and then snapping away either on or aff shore for the weekend. It would be great to have at least two people at each event.

More information on what the role involves available from Jeanette.

Spreading the Topper Family Message

As a Class, we are wanting to reach out to sailors in Clubs around the country who may not have heard of ITCA (GBR) and who would enjoy, and benefit from, getting involved in training and racing with us. 

Do you have an hour or two a week that you could spare to work on developing a Club data base and sending out e-mails to Clubs not as yet involved with the Class? 

More information on what the role involves available from Jeanette.

If you think you can help in anyway, please get in touch with Jeanette: [email]

Tuesday 08 September 2015
Lost and Found!
Secretary, Tuesday 08 September 2015 - 11:10 //


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.


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.


  • 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!

Wednesday 02 September 2015
Opportunities to try out a 29er at Weymouth
Secretary, Wednesday 02 September 2015 - 13:24 //

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¬© 

Find out more information by looking at the centre website

Tuesday 25 August 2015
All Girls Training Dates Announced
Website Administrator, Tuesday 25 August 2015 - 11:51 //

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:

All Girls Training Entry Form

Please return your forms to our Squad Administrator Helena Cope, at The Green, Longnor, Buxton SK17 0LB or to [email]

Squad Dates Published
Website Administrator, Tuesday 25 August 2015 - 11:46 //

ITCA logoThe 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 

Wednesday 15 July 2015
Launch for Life a resounding success....THANK YOU!
Secretary, Wednesday 15 July 2015 - 15:24 //

Team Knights rib at Launch for LifeA 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.

Saturday 04 July 2015
Topper on YouTube
Website Administrator, Saturday 04 July 2015 - 16:14 //

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 

Friday 26 June 2015
AGM Minutes
Website Administrator, Friday 26 June 2015 - 16:08 //

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:

Minutes of 2015 AGM

Monday 13 April 2015
Try your next boat at Grafham - 4th May
Website Administrator, Monday 13 April 2015 - 19:08 //


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

Spitifire CatSpitfire

'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:

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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 to see all that is happening in the class.

Thursday 12 March 2015
Staying Safe Online
Website Administrator, Thursday 12 March 2015 - 15:11 //

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

Monday 19 January 2015
Topper sailing teaches so many more skills than simply boat handling!
Website Administrator, Monday 19 January 2015 - 23:17 //

itca logoA 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.

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