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]
Craftinsure 2014 National Series 2 - Queen Mary SC
Topper National Squad 2012 - Windy Weymouth
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Eastern Open Event - WOBYC
08 November at 0900
Midlands Open Coaching 1
15 November at 0900
Eastern Open Coaching 1 - Haversham SC
16 November at 0800
SAILING SOLUTIONS SOUTHERN TRAVELLER SERIES FINAL TRAVELLER
29 November at 0900
Midlands Open Coaching 2
29 November at 0900
Eastern Open Coaching 2 - Stewartby SC
06 December at 0900
All-Girls Open Training
10 January at 0900
Open Coaching 3 Royal Harwich YC
10 January at 0900
Midlands Open Coaching 3
11 January at 0900
Midlands Open Coaching 3
25 January at 0900
Midlands Open Coaching 4
07 February at 0900
ITCA(GBR) 2014-15 4.2 National Series 2/2015 Winter Regatta
07 February at 0900
ITCA(GBR) 2014-15 5.3 National Series 2/2015 Winter Regatta
21 February at 0900
Eastern Open Coaching 4 - Snowflakes SC
22 February at 0900
Eastern Open Event - Snowflakes SC
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Do you have any photos of Topers competing in Bart's Bash? If so, we would love to include some in Topper Times. Please send them to
The 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
Our 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:
Krishan 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
Many 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
The minutes from our 2014 AGM held at Rutland SC and the revised constitution approved at the AGM are now available in the 'Downloads' section of this website. You can download them directly here:
Minutes from 2014 AGM
ITCA (GBR) Constitution - September 2014
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
ITCA 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 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
Rutland 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 http://www.sailracer.org/events/event-v2.asp?eventid=193448
If you have any queries regarding squad selection please ask your Area Rep or a member of the Committee at Rutland.
The report from the 2014 Crewsaver Topper Nationals is now online at Yachts & Yachting here:
The report from the 2014 Virtual Rigger Topper 4.2 Summer Championships is now online at Yachts & Yachting here:
Photographs from the Nationals are available online from Alan Dop Photography:
More photos courtesy of Rick Barry. You can view them all here:
Photos from the Nationals
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
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.
Submitted by Chairman
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: