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Inland Championships/ National Series 4
02/05/15 to 03/05/15 - Grafham Water SC
Entry Fee: £50 for entries made on or before 22/04/2015; £65 for entries made after 22/04/2015 and before 29/04/2015; £70 for entries made on or after 29/04/2015.
Open for Entries 

National Series 5
06/06/15 to 07/06/15 - Royal Norfolk & Suffolk YC
Entry Fee: £50 for entries made on or before 27/05/2015; £65 for entries made after 27/05/2015 and before 03/06/2015; £70 for entries made on or after 03/06/2015.
Open for Entries 


4.2 National Champioships/ 4.2 National Series 6
13/06/15 to 14/06/15 - Leigh & Lowton SC
Entry Fee: £50 for entries made on or before 03/06/2015; £65 for entries made after 03/06/2015 and before 10/06/2015; £70 for entries made on or after 10/06/2015.
Open for Entries


5.3 National Series 6/ 4.2 National Series 7
11/07/15 to 12/07/15 - Carsington SC
Entry Fee: £50 for entries made on or before 01/07/2015; £65 for entries made after 01/07/2015 and before 08/07/2015; £70 for entries made on or after 08/07/2015.
Open for Entries 


5.3 National Champs/ 4.2 Summer Champs/ Regatta Fleet
02/08/15 to 07/08/15 - Weymouth
Entry Fee: £200 for entries made on or before 22/05/2015; £230 for entries made after 22/05/2015 and before 20/06/2015; £265 for entries made on or after 20/06/2015. 
Open for Entries 

 

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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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Saturday 14 March 2015
Entry for National Championships is now open on line
Website Administrator, Saturday 14 March 2015 - 09:43 //

itca logoEntry for the forthcoming National Championships to be held at Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy  is now open on line. With 5.3, 4.2 and regatta fleets available, there is something to suit every sailor irrespective of their size or sailing experience.

Enter before May 22nd to benefit from the lowest entry fee of £200 per sailor.



 



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


Wednesday 11 February 2015
Inlands Clothing now available to order on line:
Website Administrator, Wednesday 11 February 2015 - 12:36 //

Inlands T-Shirt 2015We have a range of hoodies, t-shirts, polo shirts and jackets available to order for the Inland Championships at Grafham in May. Be the first to wear items with the stylish new class logo!

All items are available ONLY to order on line. THERE WILL BE NO CLOTHNG FOR SALE AT THE EVENT. Orders will be available to collect at registration at the event.

All competitors’ names and champ numbers will be printed on the back of the hoodies and the standard t-shirts as long as you have entered the event by the ORDER DEADLINE: APRIL 23rd.

Click on the link here to view and order the clothing:

Inlands Clothing 



Monday 26 January 2015
Boat Transportation to the Worlds in Garda
Website Administrator, Monday 26 January 2015 - 11:06 //

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Poole based Shoreshift.com are delivering Toppers to Garda for the Worlds in July 2015, and still have a very limited number of places on a first come first reserved basis. They are loading at Parkstone Yacht Club or in Poole, unloading at Garda on Friday 17th, and back at Parkstone 28th July.  No minimum numbers are required.  The total price for each boat is £325, with a £100 deposit required.  Contact them at:  [email] or 01202 722227



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.



Monday 05 January 2015
Membership Renewal 2015
Website Administrator, Monday 05 January 2015 - 20:50 //

ITCA LogoThank you to everyone who has renewed their ITCA (GBR) membership for 2015. Our first event of the new year will be our  Winter Regatta on 7th/8th February at WPNSA, Weymouth with racing for both 5.3 and 4.2 fleets. This promises to be a great event and we look forward to seeing lots of you there.

If you haven't yet had chance to renew your membership it would be really helpful if you could do so as soon as possible. Whether you sail a Topper 4.2 or a Topper 5.3, we have an exciting programme of coaching and sailing events planned at both national and area levels.
Individual and Family Members are people who own or sail Toppers, and Family Members are all normally resident at the same address; Associate and Overseas Members are members who don't sail in ITCA (GBR) restricted events; and Group Members are organisations such as sailing clubs.

We do hope you have enjoyed your membership for the last year, and that you will renew for the year ahead. If you have any suggestions as to how we can improve what we do please feel free to contact your Area Representative or email me ([email]) at any time.

To renew your membership, please follow this link (or copy it into your browser):
https://gbrtopper.ourclubadmin.com

Please take time to review your membership details and update anything that is incorrect or out of date. If you have any difficulties using the system please contact our webmaster ([email]) and we will be happy to help. 

Please note that Championship Numbers are issued by the class secretary and cannot be altered via the membership system. If you think your Championship Number is wrong please contact either the class secretary ([email]) or the webmaster and they will help.

REMEMBER, you need to be a current member to take part in events

Sally Dugdale, Chairman



Thursday 11 December 2014
Topper Times Winter 2014 E-Edition
Website Administrator, Thursday 11 December 2014 - 10:07 //

ITCA logoThe 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:

Topper Times Winter 2014 - Part 1

Topper Times Winter 2014 - Part 2

 


 



Saturday 06 December 2014
AGM June 6th 2015
Website Administrator, Saturday 06 December 2014 - 10:37 //

itca logoITCA(GBR) will be holding their AGM at the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club, Lowestoft on Saturday 6th June 2015.

This is scheduled to start half an hour after the last boat ashore and the aim is for it to last no more than one hour. All members and their families are welcome.

Please put the date in your diaries as this is your chance to find out what has been happening in the Class over the last season and shape how the Class moves forward in the coming year.



Tuesday 04 November 2014
Please Look Out for Stolen Boat and Trailer
Website Administrator, Tuesday 04 November 2014 - 10:36 //

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



Thursday 16 October 2014
Bart's Bash photos
Website Administrator, Thursday 16 October 2014 - 16:37 //



Wednesday 08 October 2014
2015 Event Dates Published
Website Administrator, Wednesday 08 October 2014 - 10:48 //

itca logoThe dates for our 2015 events have now been added to our calendar. You can see them via the 'Forthcoming Events' box on the right of this page.

If you would like to download and print the dates, you can do so here:

2015 Event Dates 



Saturday 04 October 2014
All-Girls Open training 2014-15
Website Administrator, Saturday 04 October 2014 - 11:32 //

All Girls picOur All-Girls Open Training Programme for the 2014-15 season has now been published. These are fantastic weekends and are open to any girl who is enthusiastic about sailing and can sail a triangular course.

This year, both All-Girl Open Training camps will be held at Rutland SC. They will take place over the weekends of 6/7 December 2014 and 18/19 April 2015. Dave Cockerill will be the Head Coach, and will run the camp together with a team of 2 or 3 professional female coaches. You can read more about our All-Girl Open Training camps, from coaches, sailors, and parents, here:

All-Girl Open Training Article

Spaces for both camps are limited, so please get your bookings in soon to avoid disappointment. Download a booking form here:

All-Girl Open Training Programme and Booking Form



Wednesday 01 October 2014
Krishan's John Merricks Sailing Trust story
Website Administrator, Wednesday 01 October 2014 - 10:00 //

John Merricks Sailing Trust logoKrishan Bhogal was awarded a John Merricks Sailing Trust Topper last year. You can read his story on the RYA Website here:

Krishan's JMST story 



Thursday 25 September 2014
Former Topper Squad sailor wins gold!
Website Administrator, Thursday 25 September 2014 - 09:59 //

itca logoMany congratulations to former Topper squaddie and National Champion, Giles Scott. Giles has just won the 2014 Finn Gold Cup at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Santander. 

Reported by Yachts & Yachting he said, "It's a been a great season for me and I can't really think of a better way to round it off than with the world title. It's been a great event and I am really pleased with the way I have sailed, and there's always a lot to learn from it, but I'm over the moon about it.” 

He added, "It's a big milestone. I try to stay realistic, but my big goal is in two years time. But this is a very big step towards that so I am really looking forward to the next two years.”

Well done Giles from everyone at the international Topper Class (GBR).

Quotation reprinted from YachtsandYachting.com, 21st September 2014



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