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Crewsaver Winter Regatta/
5.3 National Series 1
Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy
Re-scheduled to 22/23 March
£45 to 7 March;
£60 after 7 March and before 20 March;
£75 on or after 20 March
Open for Entries
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, Andy Millington, would like to hear from you - contact Andy at [email protected]
Topper National Squad 2012 - Windy Weymouth
Topper Sailing at Hayling Island
Battling 40mph Gusts at Leigh & Lowton
The BBC Challenge Channel Crossing Video
Henry to the Rescue
Why the Topper class is renowned as the friendly class
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All Girls Open Training 1
South East Open Coaching
Southern Area Traveller 1
15 March at 0930
Midlands Open Coaching 5
NW Topper Traveller - Burwain Sailing Club
Midlands Traveller 2
South East Traveller 1
22 March at 0900
Winter Regatta/ 5.3 National Series 1
22 March at 0930
Eastern Area Open Coaching
NW Topper Traveller - Nantwich & Border Counties Sailing Club
05 April at 0800
5.3 National Series 2
South East Traveller 2
12 April at 0930
Midlands Open Coaching 6
18 April at 0800
All Girls Open Training 2
Midlands Traveller 3
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As part of their continuing programme to keep improving our Toppers, Topper International have introduced a new gooseneck to help address the breakages that some sailors have suffered. These are now available from your usual chandler or direct from Topper International.
A big thank you to all the Topper sailors who helped out on our stand at the weekend. A brilliant team effort.
Since 2006, the scheme has been handled by Craftinsure.com, providing a convenient and cost effective way to insure your Topper, with the backing of Navigators & General (part of the Zurich Insurance Group) as underwriters.
To obtain an immediate quotation and cover if required, just click on the link below, or call Craftinsure on 0845 2607 888 (or 1800 844 100 from the ROI).
In addition to premiums and terms tailored for Toppers, benefits for Class Associations members include
- No policy fee
- No administration fees (for copy documentation, amendments, etc)
- Reduced charges for special extensions
In addition, a contribution is paid to the Association for each Topper insured with Craftinsure, helping to reduce membership costs and fund events.
Other features include:
- 'New for Old' cover on all items apart from sails or covers over 3 years old (where a deduction of one third of the replacement cost applies)
- Automatic Third Party liability insurance when borrowing another Topper (which might not be insured)
- Cover for use and transit within Continental Europe
- Multi-boat discounts – insure two or more boats with us for less.
Claims are handled by dinghy sailing insurance specialists and you can track your claim progress on line. There is also a 24 hour Claims Helpline (0845 2607 999) and having close links with Topper suppliers means we can get you back on the water as quickly as possible.
The re-scheduled New Year’s Day pursuit race at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club which had been postponed due to gales, took place on 22nd February. 59 boats of numerous different classes took to the water, with the largest fleet in the race being the 11 Toppers.
The competitors were greeted to a bright cloudless day with a Force 3 breeze, gusting 4 from the south. The race officer, set a course with a number of short beats across the Flash and broad reaches back, then one long reach the whole length of the Flash which provided exhilarating, fast planning in the gusty breeze.
First away for their 2 hours 50 minutes of racing was the optimist fleet who had sailed more than a lap, before they were followed 34 minutes later by the Toppers.
It was Steph Wingeatt who got off to a flying start, below, leading from Ollie Blackburn.
The Toppers soon unlapped themselves and set about building as bigger lead as possible over the faster boats still to start. Steph gained a lead of 150 metres over the other toppers and sailed consistently throughout the race, never giving the other boats a chance of taking the lead.
Sam Platt and Tom Wallwork turn their race into a match race with the pair swapping position a dozen times through the race and all the while letting Steph and Ollie slip further ahead.
As the clock ticked down the leading Toppers started to pick off the oppies. With just minutes remaining Steph and Ollie came on to the last long reach and there was the leading oppie just 150 metres ahead. It was now just a drag race against the clock with every gust taking the Toppers closer to the lead. At the end of the reach with just 90 seconds to go, Steph took the lead. Ollie was 150 metres further back in third.
As the race officer was setting up the finish line, the leaders of the chasing pack of quicker boats made their appearance after the fast reach. The RS 300 pipped Steph for first place, the oppie held on to third, a Phantom took fourth and Ollie came in fifth. Sam and Tom came tenth and eleventh respectively.
All of the Toppers finished the race and the final results were:
2nd Steph Wingeatt
5th Ollie Blackburn
10th Sam Platt
11th Tom Wallwork
18th Sam Cooper
19th Michael Platt
21st Molly Nixon
45th Ross Southwell
46th Brandon Banner
48th Lorcan Knowles
51st Tasha Helsby
Well done to all the Topper sailors, not just for being the largest fleet, but the best overall class result.
In the recently concluded GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series Toppers were the second biggest class competing – well done to all, especially considering the Topper was in most cases the slowest boat afloat meaning for the pursuit races our sailors were afloat for much longer than everyone else.
The individual Topper results can be seen by clicking on this link.
Congratulations to Topper sailors Ben Whaley and Bella Fellows, who have both won through to the second stage of selection for this summer's Youth Olympics in China.
As well as Ben's and Bella's excellent sailing, this hotly contested competition also saw some strong results shown by other past and present Topper sailors. Well done to all who took part.
After consultation with WPNSA and our PRO we have regrettably but probably unsurprisingly decided that the weather forecast is too strong for us to have a realistic chance of sailing safely over the weekend of 8th/9th February. It is also possible that the road to WPNSA will be closed.
We all realise that this will be a huge disappointment to you but we have been extremely fortunate to be able to rearrange the event for 22/23rd March so please adjust your sailing calendar.
Entry for this revised event will re-open shortly, but if you have entered your entry will be carried forwards automatically.
We are aware that some of you have left boats on site at WPNSA. Please can you arrange recovery of these directly with WPNSA as soon as possible? It would be a massive help if you could contact them this week or very early next week. Many thanks.
We look forward to seeing you all at the re-scheduled event in March.
ITCA (GBR) Chairman
For 2014 we are introducing a Youth Series for our older sailors who have decided to continue enjoying all sailing a Topper has to offer rather than choosing to transition into Laser, 420 or 29er.
We want to celebrate our youth sailors and offer an exciting and vibrant alternative to moving to one of the other classes at 15. We appreciate that many Topper sailors don’t feel that progressing into one of the RYA recognised Youth classes is a route that is appropriate for them for a variety of reasons but want to continue sailing, training and racing at the very highest standard.
We want to rectify the situation and offer our youth sailors their own National Series and Championship at the Nationals. Eligibility for the Youth Series and Championship will be restricted to sailors of sailing age 15 to 21 who were too old for a Junior Squad the previous winter. This year the Youth Series will be run at the Crewsaver Winter Regatta and Inlands, and the Craftinsure National Series events at Queen Mary SC, Paignton SC and Derwent SC. The Youth National Series Winner will be the highest placed sailor after the last 2014 National Series event at Derwent in July, with your best 4 results from the 5 races to count.
In line with our decision to realign our sailing year to match the academic year, the 2014/15 Youth series will be run over 6 events and will start with the Craftinsure National Series event at Rutland in September 2014. We are aware that you are juggling sailing with exams and a social life which is why we are proposing that your series 2014/15 series score will be your best 4 results from the 6 events.
This year for the first time, Youth sailors’ results will also be recorded and displayed separately at the ITCA (GBR) National Championships and there will be a Youth Topper National Champion.
On Saturday 18th January, three Topper sailors Ollie Blackburn, Steph Wingeatt and Michael Platt headed to Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club, 1,000feet above sea level in the Pennines to take part in the GJW Direct SailJuice Series 2013 Brass Monkey event. They were greeted to low cloud obscuring the reservoir, causing a 30 minutes delay.
The format of the competition was two handicap races, both to count. The fleet of over 80 boats included a 49er, RS800, 400s & 200s, Musto Skiffs, Contenders, Lasers, Solos, Scorpions, Enterprises, Mirrors and many others.
The race officer set a figure of eight course with two beats, a broad reach and a long run. Due to the large numbers, the fleet was split into three flights with the Toppers in with the slower two-handed boats.
The first race started in a brisk and gusty south easterly, with a competitive start and the crowded mark roundings suiting the Topper sailors who were well used to the large fleet. The long dead run also helped the Toppers, as they could kite by the lee and manoeuvre to keep clear air. The first race was won by the GP14 crewed by another Topper sailor Sam Platt, with the 49er in second, an RS400 3rd and Ollie an excellent 5th. Steph and Michael came a respectable 21st and 24th.
The race officer kept the same course for the second race and fleet got away cleanly in slightly less wind, but still enough to make hard hiking pay. The 49er claimed first place and first overall, but Ollie sailed the near perfect race to grab second and a fantastic second overall.
Steph came 18th and 19th overall, with Michael 37th and 29th overall. Sam crewing in the GP took 5th overall.
For the full results visit:
The Bloody Mary Pursuit Race is the largest inland dinghy race in the UK, open to all dinghy classes with a PY number equal to or lower than the Topper. This year's race was billed as the ‘Ultimate Bloody Mary Battle’ between Toppers and Moths, with the Toppers to start first and the Moths to start last - in a two and half hour Pursuit Race around the reservoir. 33 Toppers entered amongst over 300 other boats – including two towering Thames A Raters, with masts over 40 feet tall, almost three times the height of a Topper.
The Toppers got off to a decent start with the wind building through the morning and led for much of the first lap, when the wind began to drop. The Fevas which started shortly after the Toppers were able to catch up using their spinnakers and then the Lasers and other faster club boats overtook them both on the start of the second lap. Once the National-12’s, International-14’s and 49-ers launched, the Toppers really began to suffer in all the traffic where the bigger spinnaker boats took all the wind from the much smaller 5.3’s.The wind continued to drop another 2-3 mph before the Moths finally launched, the last boats off the beach and 95 mins after the Toppers. Although they were able to get up on their foils they couldn’t quite manage to hit the top speeds they are capable of, as they set off to chase down the Toppers who were almost two complete laps ahead.The final lap brought the whole fleet together as the biggest boats continued to work their way towards the front.
Competition between the Toppers continued right to the finish, with the lead switching between the top three boats throughout the race. Congratulations to Cramm & Ballantyne in their National 12 who held onto the overall lead and finished first in the 2014 Bloody Mary.
More importantly, the Toppers WON in the battle against the Moths, with the first Moth coming in at 111th. Congratulations to (1st Topper) Michael O’Driscoll, (2nd Topper) Hamish Beaumont, and (3rd Topper) Clive Jackson. Extra credit to Coco Barrett, Anna Benz, and Hugo Burrows in their Toppers, who beat their parents, and to Charlie South who was the youngest competitor at just turning 10 years old.
1st Michael O’Driscoll [57th]
2nd Hamish Beaumont [58th]
3rd Clive Jackson [60th]
4th Morgan Archer [107th]
5th Hakan Digby [115th]
1st Grace Bradley-Shankar [145th]
2nd Lizzy Markham [170th]
3rd Coco Barrett [244th]
In response to the feedback that we received from our survey earlier this year and the falling numbers at our 5.3 national events, we have decided to make a few alterations to how we organise our events this year. The main changes are:
- We are re-aligning our sailing calendar for 5.3 sailors to coincide with the school year, in the same way as our calendar does for our 4.2 sailors. Thus the last event in our 2014 Craftinsure 5.3 National Series will be at Derwent SC on 12/13 July (i.e. the last event before the Nationals), and the first event in the 2014/15 Craftinsure 5.3 National Series will be at Rutland SC on 6/7 September.
- We are including all of our weekend events within the national series (so that the Crewsaver Winter Regatta and Crewsaver Inland Championships wil also be part of the 2014 Craftinsure 5.3 National Series).
Although the dates and venues are the same, the events in our calendar to August 2014 for our 5.3 National Series have been re-labelled as follows:
|Crewsaver Winter Regatta/ NS1||22/23 March|
|Craftinsure NS2||5/6 April||Queen Mary SC|
|Crewsaver Inland Championships/ NS3||3/4 May||Grafham Water SC|
|Craftinsure NS4||31 May/1 June||Paignton SC|
|Craftinsure NS5||12/13 July||Derwent SC|
The Crewsaver Winter Regatta/ National Series 1 is now open for entries. This is a great start to the year and an ideal opportunity for sailors in the various national and zone squads to put into practice some of the skills they have been learning over the winter months, as well as for non-squad sailors to get out on the water and blow the cobwebs away!. We look forward to seeing you there in February.
You can download the Notice of Series for these events via the following link:
Craftinsure National Series 2014 - Notice of Series
Hopefully you have all received your Autumn edition of the Topper Times and have found photographs of yourselves and your friends enjoying all that Topper has to offer. We, as a class, would like to promote the wonderful sailing, excellent racing and first class training that you experience so we included a loose leaf flyer in the magazine. We would like you to take this to your clubs and pin it prominently on your noticeboards. Many clubs have fleet noticeboards so please print off another copy of the flyer from the website to pin on there. You may be a member of scouts, guides, and a youth group or even have friends at school who would like to find out more about sailing the Topper and we would like to reach them, therefore please use the downloadable version of the flyer from the website and start spreading the word!
On Topper the World
Want to be part of a World Record Attempt?
Topper sailors have already raised money in memory of Andrew Simpson at the 2013 National Championships, and now plans are afoot to create the largest ever sailing event – Bart's Bash.
The venue is still a secret but more details are to follow on 17th December and again on 1st February. In the meantime please checkout the Bart's Bash Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/bartsbash) .
Looking to sharpen up your skills over the winter months? Take a look at these coaching videos on the RYA website:
Topper Coaching Videos