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Latest Topper News

Tuesday 21 June 2016
Sail With Us!
Website Administrator, Tuesday 21 June 2016 - 10:12 //

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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Tuesday 12 July 2016
Even more fun to be had at Carsington this weekend!
Secretary, Tuesday 12 July 2016 - 16:46 //

As if the chance to dress up as "Where's Wally", don your hand knitted bobble hat and fabulous "Wallys on the Water" event t-shirt isn't enough to make your weekend...

Our sponsosrs VOLVO will be on site all weekend with cars to look round and LOTS of games and activities for all the family. Giant garden games, a Podium Photo activity, remote controlled Volvo cars amd Sail for Gold games...

They will have activities going on throughout the weekend and are really proud to show people around the new multi award winning car (even if you aren't in any way interested in buying one) – so please come and visit them and say hi to our new sponsor!

Do take time to come and see the cars, meet the staff and have some fun.

Tuesday 21 June 2016
AGM Saturday June 18th at the Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth
Secretary, Tuesday 21 June 2016 - 10:08 //

Our AGM was held on Saturday 18 June in the Waterside Room at the Mount Batten Centre.

You can download the following AGM reports here:

You can download the minutes of the meeting and the amended constitution approved at the meeting here:

Saturday 11 June 2016
Coach Support for the World Championships Belfast July 2016
Secretary, Saturday 11 June 2016 - 09:16 //

Sally Dugdale, Youth Squad Coach will provide pre-event training and coach support at the

World Championships in Ballyholme in July.

This will consist of:

Pre-event training on Sunday 24th July

Daily pre-race and post-race briefings

On water support

Storage of dry sacks/spares on the coach RIB

Support with rules, protests and general advice.

Cost will be £130 per sailor.

Places are limited and will be on a first come first served basis, please contact Helena Cope [email]for a place or Sally on [email]if you have any questions.

Friday 10 June 2016
Wallys on the Water at Carsington: Toppers plan to have fun and raise funds!
Secretary, Friday 10 June 2016 - 17:43 //

wallys on the water logoTo celebrate the brilliant volunteers and community spirit that the Topper Class relies and thrives on, and support the Topper families affected by prostate cancer,’ Wallys’ from all over the country will be taking to the water in stripy bobble hats to have fun and raise money and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK at our national Series event at carsington on 16th/17th July 2016!

Last year we encouraged Topper mums to get on the water and ‘Launch for Life’ in aid of Cancer Research UK. This year, the whole Topper family is getting in on the action and raising awareness and support for Dads, Uncles, Grandads and friends affected by Prostate Cancer.

Bags of red and white wool have been changing hands in sailing clubs around the country all spring. Topper mums, grans and neighbours have had their knitting needles clicking away as they knit red and white stripey hats, while anyone caught sitting at a sailing club bars has been press-ganged into the pompom-making factory!

EVERYONE can join in by:

There will be prizes on the day for best dressed RIB, sailor, parent, launch trolley and dig out those stripey tights, funky glasses and walking stick to team with your bobble hat and t-shirt!

Thursday 09 June 2016
Great Competition from our sponsors, Volvo
Secretary, Thursday 09 June 2016 - 17:45 //

Wish your sailing heroes good luck this year and WIN a sailing masterclass with a member of the British Sailing Team

Volvo are offering three lucky sailors and their sailing clubs the chance to learn from the best in this exciting sporting year.

Send the Team Volvo sailors your good luck message, spurring them on to success.

Get creative – photos, videos, we want you to have fun with this.

To enter, simply upload your message to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, using the hashtag #DriveMedalsHome, and tag Volvo Cars Sailing.

Every good luck message will also be combined into a unique memento for our sailors to carry with them at their key events, driving them on to win.

The closing date for entries is Monday 18th July. Wishing you a huge GOOD LUCK from all at Volvo.


Monday 23 May 2016
29er Training for those new to the boat
Secretary, Monday 23 May 2016 - 18:26 //

The 29er Class is holding a Newcomers Training weekend at Rutland SC on 2/3 July. The training is open to all class newcomers or those considering joining the class and less experienced 29er sailors. The weekend is heavily subsidised by the class and entry is just £50 per boat - half the normal cost of training. You will need your own boat. 
The weekend will be run by the top coaches who regularly work with the class. Pete Perera runs the class open training program, is a former 49er and 29er sailor, a junior world champion and has degree in Sport and Coach Development. Joining Pete will be Niall Myant, former Feva National Class Coach + 49er sailor, and Will Alloway, former 29er National Champion and current 49er sailor.
It is also being run alongside an RYA T1 Squad weekend providing a chance for newcomers learn about the T1 program and meet coaches James Ellis and Stevie Wilson.
Register for the weekend at and look to the left of the screen and select Newcomer Training T1 at Rutland.
For more information contact Steve Norbury, 29er Training Officer at [email protected].

Saturday 21 May 2016
New UK Topper Facebook Group
Secretary, Saturday 21 May 2016 - 12:06 //

A new Facebook Group has been set up to make it easy to share photos, news and gossip relating to Topper sailing in the UK. It is aimed mainly at ITCA (GBR) members and their families and friends but anyone can join the group. As soon as you have joined the group, you can start posting, so don't be shy! Please remember that we have a lot of young members and that off topic posts may be removed.

To join go to

Friday 20 May 2016
Guidleines on Championship Number colours
Secretary, Friday 20 May 2016 - 18:21 //

There have been a few queries about the colour of championship numbers on sails recently so here is the up dated guidance from the Class Measurer:

The ITCA (GBR) Prescriptions specify that Championship Numbers on sails must be Black or White and contrast with the sail panel to which they are attached.

This latter point is important as race finishing teams,support boats and others sometimes need to be able to read Championship numbers from a distance in difficult conditions.

In most (but not all) cases current Topper sails have a red panel where the championship numbers are to be attached. White numbers contrast clearly with this red panel, whereas the contrats is less clear with black numbers.

(Conversely some sails have a light grey panel in this position, and in this case black numbers contrast more clearly than white numbers would). Whilst the class does not currently intend to require sailors thta have used black championship numbers on sails with a red panel to change them for white championship numbers THE CLASS WOULD STRONGLY RECOMMEND THE USE OF WHITE CHAMPIONSHIP NUMBERS ON ANY SAIL WITH A RED PANEL IN FUTURE.

In case any competitor has a sail with a different coloured panel, the following lists the recommended colour of championship numbers to be used more generally.





Light Grey


Dark Blue


Light Blue








Thursday 03 March 2016
World Championship on line entry now open
Secretary, Thursday 03 March 2016 - 20:32 //

The 2016 World Championships will be held from 24th-29th July at Ballyhome Yacht Club, Northern Ireland. Entry is now open on line via

New Book Available to buy:The History of the Topper Dinghy and its Class Association
Secretary, Thursday 03 March 2016 - 20:28 //

Want to know who has won the National Championships from the start of the Class in 1973? Who were the multiple title winners? Which Olymoic sailors started out in a Topper? Roger Cleland (ITCA GBR Chairman 1995-99) has spent the winter months collating information, facts, figures, anecdotes and photos to produce a book detailing the history of the Topper and ITCA (GBR). It is avaialble to purchase via for £9.95. If you access via the link at the side of this page then the class will receive a small commission for each one sold.

Tuesday 19 January 2016
Topper Sailor wins Young Sailor of the Year Award
Secretary, Tuesday 19 January 2016 - 15:17 //

Congratulations to Ellie Poole who was awarded the Trophy for Young Sailor of the Year by the Yachting Journalists Association at the recent Boat Show. Well done Ellie from all your friends in ITCA (GBR).

Go to to read more.

Wednesday 02 September 2015
Opportunities to try out a 29er at Weymouth
Secretary, Wednesday 02 September 2015 - 14:24 //

If you are looking to transition from a Junior Class and wish to try out a 29er, the Andrew Simpson Sailiing Centre in Weymouth has 3 29ers that can be used for exactly this purpose. The Centre will charge £160 per boat (i.e. £160 for 2 sailors sailing together in one boat) for a full day with a coach. They will want evidence of the sailor's skill level in their Junior Class but are happy to accommodate sailors who want to transition into the world of 29er skiff sailing.

Contact the centre for available dates - they are also happy to consider dates where they can offer a discount if  3 boats (i.e. 6 sailors) sign up. 

Dan Hallam is the coach there and is happy to discuss things with anyone interested. You can get in touch with him on 01305 457400 or by e-mailing him [email] 

Find out more information by looking at the centre website

Wednesday 15 July 2015
Launch for Life a resounding success....THANK YOU!
Secretary, Wednesday 15 July 2015 - 16:24 //

Team Knights rib at Launch for LifeA huge THANK YOU to everyone who joined in the fun at the weekend. We raised £1401.87 altogether which has already been sent to Cancer Research. Can you believe that we managed to eat our way through £250 worth of cake, buy 1755 raffle tickets and that 163 people were wearing a Launch for Life t-shirt?! 

Special thanks to JamiQ, Tordoff Wines & Hampers and Avenue Signs who all gave generously to the event to make it such a success....and to Team Knights whose rib and outfit truly encapsulated the spirit of the day.

There are some photos of the event on Face Book already but here is one photo to give a taste of the laughter we all enjoyed on the day.

Saturday 04 July 2015
Topper on YouTube
Website Administrator, Saturday 04 July 2015 - 17:14 //

We now have our own YouTube channel where we will be loading some great Topper videos for you to watch. Take a look here:

Toppers on YouTube 

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