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Tuesday 01 April 2014
Sail With Us!
Website Administrator, Tuesday 01 April 2014 - 08:24 //

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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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Wednesday 09 April 2014
Don't Forget to Enter the Crewsaver Inland Championships
Website Administrator, Wednesday 09 April 2014 - 18:12 //

The Crewsaver 5.3 Inland Championships, the ITCA(GBR) 4.2 Inland Championships, and the ITCA(GBR) Inlands Regatta Fleet are taking place at Grafham on 3rd/4th May.

Not been to a big event before or new to the Topper Circuit?

Then this will be a great event for you. This event has separate races for 4.2 sailors (those who are too small or inexperienced yet for the main fleet 5.3 sail racing but can sail a set course) as well as a regatta fleet for those who are just learning to sail but want to take part (ideal for those younger siblings who are bored of hanging around on the shore!). The emphasis for both these fleets is on having fun whilst you learn. Unlike the main fleet, they come in for lunch so a gentle introduction to a National event.

Just follow the links on the entry system to choose the fleet you wish to sail with.

You are NEVER too old to sail a Topper!

Fancy your chances at beating the coaches or just want to entertain your offspring with your prowess (or not!) on the water? There will be a Masters Race straight after the main races on Saturday for all those over 21. Entry is FREE and there is a prize of £300 for the charity of your choice if you win (kindly donated by Roger Procter). This is always great fun… you don’t need to have been an Olympic sailor…just jump in your sailor’s boat and join in.

Again, follow the links in the entry system.

Event Clothing

This is now available to buy using the link on this website to JamiQ. There will be NO ITEMS TO BUY AT THE EVENT . All items must be ordered and paid for on line in advance and will be ready for collection at registration (9am to 10.30am) on Saturday morning.

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We are looking forward to seeing many of you there for a weekend of great racing and plenty of fun.

If you have any questions about the event don’t hesitate to contact Jeanette Sanderson (class secretary) [email protected] and she will do her best to answer them. 

How to Enter

We have extended our membership administration system and are using it for the first time to accept entries for the Inlands events. Simply click on the link below, and once you have logged in with your username and password you will be able to enter any events that are open (this is the same username and password as you use for joining and renewing your membership). We hope you find the system easy to use, but if you get stuck, encounter a problem, or have any comments please contact our webmaster ([email protected]) who will be happy to help.

If you are not a member, you can also enter our events by clicking the link and registering with us. Non-members are charged a temporary membership fee for each event, so why not join us anyway to enjoy great racing and training throughout the year?

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Monday 07 April 2014
Craftinsure National Series 2 - Results
Website Administrator, Monday 07 April 2014 - 12:55 //

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You can read the report  from last weekend's Craftinsure National Series 2 on the Yachts & Yachting website here:

Y&Y Craftinsure National Series 2

and see the results by clicking on the following link:

Craftinsure National Series 2 Results 

There are some excellent photos on the Sportography website here - enjoy!

Single Handed Pathway Coaching Opportunity
Website Administrator, Monday 07 April 2014 - 12:43 //

The RYA Youth and Junior department have a number of coaching opportunities within the Single Handed Pathway. Please click below for more details.

Single Handed Pathway Opportunities

Saturday 05 April 2014
Welsh Youth & Junior Championships 2014
Website Administrator, Saturday 05 April 2014 - 15:49 //

WYA logoPwllheli Sailing Club are hosting the Welsh Youth & Junior Championships 2014 over the weekend of 26-27 April. This is a fantastic event and the highlight of the Welsh Sailing Calendar - a great way for young sailors to show what they’ve learnt over the winter.  There’s a regatta fleet for novices and the main fleet for the more experienced! Loads of fun! You can enter by clicking on the following link:

Enter the Welsh Youth & Junior Championships 2014

Wednesday 26 March 2014
Looking to Insure Your Boat?
Website Administrator, Wednesday 26 March 2014 - 10:10 //

Craftinsure ButtonThe Topper Class Association has benefited from having an insurance scheme with the UK's leading boat insurers for many years.

Since 2006, the scheme has been handled by, 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.

Saturday 22 March 2014
Crewsaver Winter Regatta - Results and Report
Website Administrator, Saturday 22 March 2014 - 15:41 //

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You can read the report from last weekend's Crewsaver Winter Regatta on the Yachts & Yachting website here:

Y&Y Crewsaver Winter Regatta

and see the results by clicking on the following link:

Crewsaver Winter Regatta - Results

Wednesday 19 March 2014
About Paignton ...
Website Administrator, Wednesday 19 March 2014 - 19:40 //

Paignton SC will be hosting our Craftinsure Topper 5.3 National Series 3 and Sailing Solutions Topper 4.2 National Series 4 over the weekend of 31st May/1st June. YOu can find out more details about Paignton by following this link:

Paignton Sailing Club 

Monday 17 March 2014
Dave Cockerill
Website Administrator, Monday 17 March 2014 - 17:44 //

Dave CockerillAfter over 13 years as Topper UK National Squad Head Coach, Dave Cockerill is moving on to new challenges.

The RYA are working on a number of changes within the single-handed pathway and a range of coaching opportunities will be advertised very shortly, including the role of Topper UK National Squad Head Coach.

The RYA and ITCA (GBR) would like to formally thank Dave for his vast contribution to the Topper Class, the sailors he has developed and the impact he has made during his time in post.

Dave started working with the Topper UK National Squad in April 2001. Since that time he has given a massive amount of input in terms of coaching as well as developing the class with a number of significant contributions to the design for racing. Dave’s passion and enthusiasm as well as technical knowledge has helped guide a huge number of sailors (and their parents) through the Topper class to achieve some fantastic results and also develop sailors for a future in the sport. His leadership also helps guide a number of other coaches that he has worked with who all contribute to the Topper Class and the RYA Pathway.

Dave will remain UK National Squad Head Coach until the end of August 2014 and will support sailors in the current UK National Squad and ITCA 4.2 Squad in preparation for the National and World Championships, both being held in Pwllheli this summer. Dave will continue coaching for the RYA and ITCA (GBR) in the long term in a number of new areas where his skills and expertise can be fully utilised further as well as retaining an involvement with the RYA Topper All-Girls programme.

Monday 03 March 2014
Website Administrator, Monday 03 March 2014 - 11:12 //

topper international logoAs 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.

Wednesday 26 February 2014
Topper Success at Leigh & Lowton Pursuit Race
Website Administrator, Wednesday 26 February 2014 - 09:31 //

Toppers in Leigh & Lowton Winter Pursuit RaceThe 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.

Tuesday 25 February 2014
GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series
Website Administrator, Tuesday 25 February 2014 - 08:38 //

itca gbr logoIn 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.

Thursday 13 February 2014
Youth Olympics Selection
Website Administrator, Thursday 13 February 2014 - 08:51 //

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.

Thursday 23 January 2014
Calling all Topper Youth Sailors
Website Administrator, Thursday 23 January 2014 - 08:53 //

Topper sailorsFor 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. 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 16 to 21. 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.

Wednesday 22 January 2014
Brass Monkey
Website Administrator, Wednesday 22 January 2014 - 09:24 //

Topper at Brass Monkey 2014 - 1Toppers at Brass Monkey 2014 - 2On 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:

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