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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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Thursday 23 July 2015
Final Countdown to Topper Nationals
Secretary, Thursday 23 July 2015 - 17:16 //

With only just over a week to go now until the National Championships, final plans are being drawn up.

  • Thank you to everyone who has signed up already to help during the week. 

We still URGENTLY NEED MORE PEOPLE especially to go out on ribs and on the committee boats. If you haven't yet offered help or can offer an additional day, then please contact Jeanette [email protected] to offer your help. You don't need particular skills to go on a committee boat...just be able to write or call numbers so don't be shy!

  • Important information is now available to download from the online entry system (including the gate code, course cards and timings for Saturday 1st). Sailing Instructions will be there at the start of next week too.
  • Tuesday 4th August will be the Family Food night. Free tickets for all competitors and available to buy for all others. We have chosen a "Get Ready for Rio" theme so bring your sombrero/Latin American flags etc and join in the fun (Launch for Life weekend proved we are a class that knows how to have fun!).
  • The cut off date for ordering event clothing in time for collection at registration has now passed BUT it is still not too late to order and have items delivered later in the week. Just click here to order Nationals clothing now. 

We look forward to seeing you all there!



Tuesday 21 July 2015
Did you miss out on booking your sailor support at the Nationals?
Secretary, Tuesday 21 July 2015 - 17:23 //



Wednesday 15 July 2015
Entry closes for Topper Nationals July 18th
Secretary, Wednesday 15 July 2015 - 17:37 //

nationals hoodie imageLast call for entry for the Topper Nationals (5.3, 4.2 and regatta fleets) at Weymouth in August!

Entry is via the links on the web site and CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT ON JULY 18th.

The last date to order Nationals clothing is JULY 22nd. Remember that there will be no clothing available to buy at the event so click on the link below to order yours today and avoid disppointment.

Order Nationals Clothing here



Launch for Life a resounding success....THANK YOU!
Secretary, Wednesday 15 July 2015 - 16:24 //

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.



Tuesday 07 July 2015
Error in RYA Squad Selection details for 4.2 Squad
Secretary, Tuesday 07 July 2015 - 19:53 //

We have been alerted that there is an error in the RYA Squad selection policy with regard to the 4.2 Squad indicator events. Just to confirm:

  • NS7 Carsington 11th/12th July IS an indicator event for 4.2 Squad selection
  • Summer Championships at WPNSA in August is NOT an indicator event for 4.2 Squad selection.

NS6 Carsington AND National Championships at WPNSA in August ARE BOTH indicator events for those wishing to apply for National Junior Squad or National Intermediate Junior Squad.



Saturday 04 July 2015
Topper on YouTube
Website Administrator, Saturday 04 July 2015 - 17:14 //

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 - 17:08 //

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



Tuesday 16 June 2015
Indicator events for squads
Secretary, Tuesday 16 June 2015 - 10:34 //

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.


                          



Friday 24 April 2015
Pre-Nationals Coaching at Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre
Website Administrator, Friday 24 April 2015 - 10:22 //

Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre logoThe Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre is running a 3-day pre-Nationals Training Course from 29th to 31st July. The coach will be Dave Cockerill, who has many years experience coaching Topper sailors up to National squad level. The course is aimed at sailors who have experience from Zone Squad level upwards, and will run from 09:30 to 17:00 each day.

The course will cover all aspects of racing Toppers at major events like the Nationals, including boat handling, starting, tactics, and strategy. The cost will be £150 per sailor. Sailors will need to bring their own packed lunch (or eat in the cafe). Accommodation can be arranged locally through Portland House.

If you would like to book a place on the course or would like further information, please contact the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre on 01305, 457400, or email them at [email protected]



Monday 13 April 2015
Try your next boat at Grafham - 4th May
Website Administrator, Monday 13 April 2015 - 20:08 //

29ers

Thinking about what boat next?

29er

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

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:
http://www.youthcat.org.uk/try-a-spitfire-booking-form/
 

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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 http://gbr420.uk 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.



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

 


 



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



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