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Crewsaver 5.3 National Championships
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Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club
2/7 August
Entry Fee:
£195 to 24 May;
£210 after 24 May and before 21 June;
£225 on or after 21 June and before 18 July;
£295 on or after 18 July
Online entries closed. Please contact secretary

Zhik International 5.3 World Championships
Zhik International 4.2 World Championships
Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club
9/15 August
Entry Fee:
£235 (£205 if entered at the same time as UK Nationals)
Online entries open

Zhik International 5.3 Masters Championships
Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club
10 August

Entry Fee: £30
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Monday 05 May 2014
Sail With Us!
Website Administrator, Monday 05 May 2014 - 16:14 //

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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 24 July 2014
Topper Nationals 2014 - Entries Closed Friday 25 July
Website Administrator, Thursday 24 July 2014 - 17:20 //

topper nationals logoOver 250 boats are already registered to sail in the Topper Nationals next week. Online entries are now closed. If you still wish to enter, please contact secretary©gbrtopper.co.uk who will advise whether or not your entry can be accepted.



Monday 21 July 2014
Derwent Photos
Website Administrator, Monday 21 July 2014 - 16:17 //

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



Thursday 17 July 2014
Reports from Craftinsure 5.3 NS5 and Virtual Rigger 4.2 NS6
Website Administrator, Thursday 17 July 2014 - 11:49 //


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The report from Craftinsure 5.3 National Series 5 at Derwent Reservoir SC is now online at Yachts & Yachting here:

Craftinsure NS5 Y&Y Report

The report from Virtual Rigger 4.2 National Series 6 at Derwent Reservoir SC is now online at Yachts & Yachting here:

Virtual Rigger NS6 Y&Y Report

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:

ITCA (GBR) Results 2014



Monday 07 July 2014
Nationals Entry Fee and Clothing Reminder
Website Administrator, Monday 07 July 2014 - 11:06 //

Topper Nationals 2014 logoYou have less than 2 weeks to enter the Nationals at a lower fee as entry fees increase to £295 on July 18th so enter now and avoid the additional cost.

It will be a great week of sailing for all ages and abilities with 3 fleets to choose from:

itca logo5.3 fleet: competitive racing for more experienced sailors, out on the water for up to 6 hours a day

ITCA logo4.2 Summer Championships: a combination every day of great coaching and some competitive racing, closer to shore and coming in for lunch so suitable for smaller or less experienced sailors. 

ITCA logoRegatta Fleet: for young and/or inexperienced sailors where the emphasis is on having lots of fun, improving sailing skills and starting to learn how to race.

Please note that if you enter for the Worlds AT THE SAME TIME you save an additional £30 (courtesy of Worlds team).


nationals clothing logoDON’T FORGET TO ORDER YOUR EVENT CLOTHING ON LINE
(click here to order)

  • T-shirts £12.50
  • Polo shirts £14.58
  • Hoodies £27 (Order before July 23rd if you would like sailor names printed on the back)
  • Lady’s zip through jacket £25.00
  • 1⁄4 zip sweatshirt £29.16

NO clothing will be available to buy at the event. 



Monday 30 June 2014
Reports from Virtual Rigger 4.2 Nationals - Northampton SC 28/29 June
Website Administrator, Monday 30 June 2014 - 11:21 //

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You can read the reports form the Craftinsure 5.3 National Series 4 and the Virtual Rigger 4.2 National Series 4 at Paignton on the Yachts & Yachting website here:

Y&Y Virtual Rigger 4.2 National Championships
 

The results from the Virtual Rigger 4.2 National Championships are now available online. Select the 'Results' option from the main menu or click the link below:

2014 National Results

Once again there are some excellent photos from the weekend:

Click here to see Racing pics

Click here to see Prizegiving pics 



Tuesday 24 June 2014
RYA UK Zone and Junior, and ITCA(GBR) Squads
Website Administrator, Tuesday 24 June 2014 - 10:47 //

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Applications are now open for RYA UK Zone and Junior and ITCA(GBR) Squads. You can find all the details and apply for a squad on the RYA web site here:


RYA/ITCA Topper Squad Information and Applications



Saturday 21 June 2014
Topper Nationals Charity Event
Website Administrator, Saturday 21 June 2014 - 14:47 //

itca logoJohn Merricks Sailing Trust logoandrew simpson sailing foundation logoInspired by the efforts of the Topper sailors who sailed home to Parkstone Sailing Club from the Nationals at Weymouth last year it was suggested that we as a class should raise some money for charity during the two weeks in Pwllheli for the Nationals and the Worlds. Realising that Topper families are a robust, energetic and enthusiastic bunch we knew that only a serious challenge would be acceptable, but what?

Rig a Topper on the top of Snowdon, of course! After all we are On Topper the World!

With the Nationals finishing on Thursday and the Worlds not starting until the weekend, Friday 8th August seems like the most suitable date. It will be an early start and we will need teams to transport the hull (hopefully some distance on a trailer or special trolley and a stretcher for when we have to carry it), the spars, the foils and the sail. Up and down!

Of course, we also needed to find charities that were worthy of your efforts and it has been decided that the money raised will go to the John Merricks Sailing Trust and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. These charities, set up in the memory of Olympic Sailors, inspire, support and encourage young sailors to achieve their goals. South West Topper sailor Noah Sherriff has recently received a brand new Topper from The John Merricks Sailing Trust so we know that these charities are there for you and other young people who want a chance of success in this most incredible of sports.

Come and join in, get involved and form a team, let’s have some fun and raise some money for a couple of good causes. The attempt, the first known in the history of Snowdon, or any other mountain for that matter is dependent on enough people joining in and the weather being kind! To enter a team, volunteer to help, or for more details please contact Caroline Randeria ( tteditor©gbrtopper.co.uk ).

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=topperchallenge2014&faId=469632&isTeam=true



Thursday 19 June 2014
Coach Support for the World Championships
Website Administrator, Thursday 19 June 2014 - 12:36 //

itca logoThere will be Coach support available for sailors who would like it for the World Championships in Pwllheli this August. This will consist of:

  • Daily pre- race and post- race briefings.
  • On water support
  • Storage of dry sacks/spares on the coach RIB
  • Support with rules and protests and general advice.

The cost for race day support will be £75 per sailor.

There is also an option for a day of pre-event training if there is sufficient interest. The cost for the pre-event day will be £25 per sailor.

 

Places are limited so please register your interest by contacting Helena Cope, Squads Administrator at [email protected]




Saturday 14 June 2014
Extended deadline – ITCA Coaching Opportunities
Website Administrator, Saturday 14 June 2014 - 14:32 //

itca logoThe committee are extending the closing date for applications until 29th June, the weekend of the Topper 4.2 Nationals.

Expressions of interest would be welcome for the roles of Head and Assistant Coaches for the ITCA  Squads for 2014/2015.

The roles will involve weekend domestic training camps through the winter at various venues.

ITCA is keen to further enhance their team of coaches and develop our squad programmes.

Applications should be send with a sailing CV and covering letter to Adam McElroy (Chairman) [email protected].

Final closing date for applications:  Sunday 29th June 2014



Thursday 12 June 2014
Thinking of Transitioning to a Youth Class?
Website Administrator, Thursday 12 June 2014 - 15:40 //

If you are thinking of transitioning to a youth class this summer, you might like to take a look at our Youth Transition page to see some of the options available. The page has links to the RYA Pathway Youth Classes where you can find out much more detail about each class's racing and coaching events. Don't forget, we also have our own ITCA Youth squad and a friendly competitive youth series so remember to include sailing in our Youth Squad as one of your options!!



Friday 06 June 2014
Irish Topper Nationals 4th-6th July
Website Administrator, Friday 06 June 2014 - 08:51 //

ITCA IRL logoThe 2014 Irish Topper Nationals are being hosted by Waterford Harbour Sailing Club from 4th to 6th July. This is always a great event for both sailors and parents/supporters. There are 9 races planned over the 3 days, with great sailing in a beautiful part of Ireland. To enter or find out more, please click on the link below:

Link to Irish Topper Nationals



Tuesday 03 June 2014
Craftinsure 5.3 NS4/ Regatta Fleet/ Virtual Rigger 4.2 NS4
Website Administrator, Tuesday 03 June 2014 - 15:54 //

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You can read the reports form the Craftinsure 5.3 National Series 4 and the Virtual Rigger 4.2 National Series 4 at Paignton on the Yachts & Yachting website here:

Y&Y Craftinsure 5.3 National Series 4

Y&Y Virtual Rigger 4.2 National Series 4

There are some great photos from the weekend at Paignton. many thanks to Rick Barry for sharing them. You can view by following this link (when you get there, if you're not sure what to do click on the readme file first):

Paignton Photos

You can see the results from the Craftinsure 5.3 NS4, Regatta Fleet, and Virtual Rigger 4.2 NS4 by clicking on the following link:

Paignton Results 



Thursday 29 May 2014
RYA appoints new Topper UK Squad Head Coach
Website Administrator, Thursday 29 May 2014 - 12:50 //

RYA Junior Sailing logoThe Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is pleased to announce the new appointment of Natalie Lloyd as RYA Topper UK Junior Squad Head Coach, who will take over from Dave Cockerill in September.

Lloyd has been involved in the sport of sailing from a young age and enjoyed a successful career as an RYA Youth sailor. Competing at her first RYA Youth National Championships in 1998, the Laser Radial sailor went on to win selection for the RYA UK Youth Squad which led onto two consecutive RYA Youth National titles in 2001 and 2002, as well as selection to represent Great Britain at the 2001 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships.

Racing against the world’s best youth sailors in the Laser Radial event in Crozon-Morgat, France, Lloyd rounded off her youth racing CV with a bronze medal before moving into the Europe (then the Olympic single-hander) where she represented the British Sailing Team three years while on a Sports Scholarship at the University of Exeter studying BSc in Sports Science.

After completing her degree, the ISAF Youth Worlds medallist moved on from Olympic campaigning and started coaching Toppers. Having worked as an assistant coach with the UK National Junior Topper squad for the last 10 years and for the South West Zone Topper squad from 2006-2008, Lloyd became the Head Coach for the South Zone Topper Squad from 2008-2011.

Lloyd, who also works at Crediton Hospital for Northern Devon NHS Healthcare Trust and as a physiotherapist for Exeter City Football Academy, said: “I'm really excited to be taking on the role of Head Topper coach. Having worked with the National Topper squad as an assistant coach for ten years, I'm looking forward to the challenge of leading a coaching programme that will inspire and develop the top sailors into world class athletes, as well as setting up their progression into future classes and disciplines of sailing.


Lloyd concluded: “For me this role is about helping the most talented sailors develop their skills and attributes to the best of each individual’s potential. I hope to give them the best foundations as an athlete in whatever boat or sailing discipline they compete in in the future, whether that is Olympic, yacht, team or match racing, or even coaching. My dream is to have one of my sailors go on to compete in the Olympics, and I think I have a few potentials on the way already!”

Tim Hall, RYA Single Handed Pathway Manager, commented: “With Natalie’s excellent single handed racing background and previous Topper coaching experience, we are looking forward to her leading the RYA Topper UK Junior Squad programme from September onwards.

“Natalie takes over from Dave Cockerill, who has done a fantastic job for the past 13 years, after the Topper World Championships in Pwllheli this August”.

Adam McElroy, Topper Class Chairman, added: “The Class is delighted to welcome Natalie to the Topper family. Her medal successes as a Youth at international level will make a fantastic contribution to the development of our National Squad sailors."

For more information on the RYA Youth Racing programme please visit:
www.rya.org.uk/racing.



Monday 12 May 2014
Coaching Opportunities
Website Administrator, Monday 12 May 2014 - 12:24 //

itca logoExpressions of interest would be welcome for the roles of Head and Assistant Coaches for the ITCA  Squads for 2014/2015.

The roles will involve weekend domestic training camps through the winter at various venues.

ITCA is keen to further enhance their team of coaches and develop our squad programmes.

Applications should be send with a CV and covering letter to Adam McElroy (Chairman)  [email protected].

Closing date for applications:  Thursday 29th May 2014



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