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Monday 05 May 2014
Sail With Us!
Website Administrator, Monday 05 May 2014 - 15:14 //

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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 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

 


 



Wednesday 10 December 2014
2015 Worlds - Garda Transport - Update and pre 2015 discount
Website Administrator, Wednesday 10 December 2014 - 16:16 //

Toppers on Lake Garda

Alex Storrar Transport have a half full trailer and are offering a pre 2015 discount to see if we can fill this.

Loading options are either at  Carsington Water Sailing Club on Sunday 12th July 2015 or at Mercers Country Park. Nutfield  Marsh Road. nr Redhill. Surrey RH1 4EU on Monday 13th July 2015 or at the home address before by arrangement.

Boats will arrive at the venue Fri 17th July, and will be departing for the UK immediately after the last race, arriving back in UK on Sunday 26th July. Unloading will then be available at Redhill from Monday 27th until Thurssday29th, after which remaining Toppers will be transported to Weymouth by Friday 29th afternoon, or can be dropped off en route (F.O.C.), or delivered elsewhere by separate financial arrangement.

Deposit to reserve your place on the trailer is £100.00 (£70.00 if received by 31 Dec 2014) with the balance of  £230.00  due by 1st May 2015 latest.(Please note reminders are not sent), 

The sum paid entitles 1x Topper dinghy, spars/sail/foils plus 1x bag of sailing gear together with folding trolley to be transported from the UK loading venue to Lake Garda and returned to UK.

Note this booking is subject to a minimum of 12 Dinghies being transported to Lake Garda. If that isn't filled then a full refund with apply. In the event of cancellation all monies paid will be refunded (less £25.00 admin fee) only on a replacement dinghy being obtained to transport.

Booking forms (with payment details) can be obtained from Tom Dixon ([email])

If this trailers is filled then there are further options available



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.



Friday 14 November 2014
Planning to do some Christmas shopping on Amazon?
Website Administrator, Friday 14 November 2014 - 10:34 //

Then PLEASE remember to click on the link to enter their web site and ITCA (GBR) will automatically receive a percentage commission on everything you buy! It couldn’t be easier, won’t cost you a penny and will raise valuable funds for the Class.

Thank you to everyone who shopped this way last year, the Class received c£100 from Amazon. Let’s see if we can beat that total this year…



Tuesday 11 November 2014
Want to try your hand at Team Racing? Then here is your chanceā€¦.
Website Administrator, Tuesday 11 November 2014 - 17:14 //

OXFORD TEAM RACING ACADEMY

Five weekends of team race training are to be run at Oxford Sailing Club this winter in Fireflies. If you would like to be coached in the art of team racing then this is the squad for you.

The Academy is open to individual sailors from the age of 15 to 21 years as of the 1st September 2014, who are experienced fleet racers; no previous team racing experience is expected.  Both helms and crews can apply with boat crews and then teams being formed from the squad.

The aim of the Academy is to enable sailors to experience the joy of team racing and allow them to compete against the best team racers in the UK at the BSDRA Finals at the end of June 2015 with coach support.  It is also intended that an under 16 and under 18 team will participate in the NSSA two boat team racing regatta on the 21st March 2015.

The Academy is limited to 24 sailors. The head Coach will be George Barker. The Academy weekends are:
22/23 November
13/14 December
24/25 January
14/15 February
21/22 March

The Fireflies will be provided you just need your sailing kit. Hot food will be available each day of the squad and chips are on the menu!

The cost of the squad will be £250 per sailor and this covers all of the five training weekends. If you would like more information then please chat to George Barker on 07961147524.

To apply for a place please email Debbie Darling on [email]. Please include a CV of your sailing.



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 - 15:37 //



Wednesday 08 October 2014
2015 Event Dates Published
Website Administrator, Wednesday 08 October 2014 - 09:48 //

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 - 10:32 //

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 - 09:00 //

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 - 08:59 //

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



Saturday 20 September 2014
AGM Minutes and Revised Constitution Published
Website Administrator, Saturday 20 September 2014 - 07:14 //

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



Monday 15 September 2014
Craftinsure 5.3 and Virtual Rigger 4.2 NS1 Report
Website Administrator, Monday 15 September 2014 - 08:03 //

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 - 16:18 //

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! 



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