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5.3 National Series 6/ 4.2 National Series 7
11/07/15 to 12/07/15 - Carsington SC
Entry Fee: £50 for entries made on or before 01/07/2015; £65 for entries made after 01/07/2015 and before 08/07/2015; £70 for entries made on or after 08/07/2015.
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Zhik International Topper World Championships
18/07/15 to 24/07/15 - Fraglia Vela Riva, Lake Garda, Italy
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5.3 National Champs/ 4.2 Summer Champs/ Regatta Fleet
02/08/15 to 07/08/15 - Weymouth
Entry Fee: £200 for entries made on or before 22/05/2015; £230 for entries made after 22/05/2015 and before 20/06/2015; £265 for entries made on or after 20/06/2015. 
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Monday 05 January 2015
Sail With Us!
Website Administrator, Monday 05 January 2015 - 21:11 //

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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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Tuesday 07 July 2015
Error in RYA Squad Selection details for 4.2 Squad
Secretary, Tuesday 07 July 2015 - 19:53 //

We have been alerted that there is an error in the RYA Squad selection policy with regard to the 4.2 Squad indicator events. Just to confirm:

  • NS7 Carsington 11th/12th July IS an indicator event for 4.2 Squad selection
  • Summer Championships at WPNSA in August is NOT an indicator event for 4.2 Squad selection.

NS6 Carsington AND National Championships at WPNSA in August ARE BOTH indicator events for those wishing to apply for National Junior Squad or National Intermediate Junior Squad.



Monday 06 July 2015
Final Countdown to Carsington NS6/7
Secretary, Monday 06 July 2015 - 11:59 //

If you have not already entered for this event then remember to do so by midnight on Tuesday 7th July when online entry closes. No entries will be accepted after this.

  • If you are planning on arriving on Friday evening to drop off your boat/trailer/rib AFTER 7pm then please contact the Club IN ADVANCE on 01629 540609.
  • Locals have informed us that the water levels are currently high so cars will be parked in the adjacent car park ...pack your car/trailer in anticipation of a short walk to/from your vehicle on the day.
  • LAUNCH FOR LIFE plans seem to be in place in many households. Pink wigs, nailvarnish, onesies, wings, flags and cake all on the agenda. Please bring cash to buy cake, t-shirts and tombola tickets to help us raise even more money for Cancer Research.
  • Paul is running the tombola stall...please bring a bottle, packet or tin or drink or sweets to make this happen. All contributions can be dropped off in the race office on Saturday morning.

The sign up sheet for helping at the Nationals event will be up on the board again at this event. If you haven't already done so, please sign up for a slot to help in whatever way you can...we still need more help and signing up now will save our area reps having to pester members with e-mails in the coming weeks!



Don't forget to order your Nationals Clothing online by JULY 22nd
Secretary, Monday 06 July 2015 - 11:30 //

Nationals blue t-shirt imageA great range of Nationals event clothing is available to order online via the link below. With 6 different styles and 2 colourways to choose from, there is something to suit all the family!

  • Last chance to try on some sample sizes of hoodies and t-shirts is at CARSINGTON this weekend..just pop in to the race office.
  • Hoodies and crew neck t-shirts will have the names of ALL competitors (5.3,4.2 and regatta) printed on the back.
  • Your order will be ready and awaiting collection when you register at the event
  • Order deadline is July 22nd .... PLEASE NOTE THAT NO CLOTHING WILL BE AVAILABLE TO BUY AT THE EVENT so order now to avoid disappointment.

Click here to order your Nationals clothing 



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 



Friday 26 June 2015
AGM Minutes
Website Administrator, Friday 26 June 2015 - 17:08 //

The minutes from the AGM held on 6th June 2015 at the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club are now available online. You can find them in the downloads section or by following this link:

Minutes of 2015 AGM



Thursday 25 June 2015
Topper Open event Yeadon SC July 18th
Secretary, Thursday 25 June 2015 - 18:28 //

Yeadon Sailing Club, Leeds, invite all Topper sailors to a Topper Open event on July 18th 2015:

  • Register/enter on the day. Entry fee £10 (which includes lunch for the sailor)
  • Extra lunches for parents and helpers can be ordered at registration for £3.50 each
  • 3 races are planned 
  • First start no earlier than 11.30am
  • Competitor briefing 11am in the club house

For more information, please look at the Club web site yeadonsailingclub.co.uk

notice of Race available here

 



"Launch for Life" July 11th 2015 Carsington NS6/7
Secretary, Thursday 25 June 2015 - 14:59 //

Topper sailors and their families are definitely living up to their reputation as "Fun & Friendly" with a fantastic level of support for the event already... a huge THANK YOU to everyone for your enthusiasm. There have been reports of adult size pink onesies and fairy wings on order and men in pink tights... and more daft ideas continue to emerge!! 25 ladies all set to go out on the water, £326.87 already donated to Cancer Research via our Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/topperlaunch4life and still more fund raising plans from Class members.



Tuesday 16 June 2015
Indicator events for squads
Secretary, Tuesday 16 June 2015 - 10:34 //

A quick reminder to all who think they MIGHT want to apply for a squad place for the coming winter that the remaining events that are indicators for squad places are:

11th/12th July Carsington NS6/7                 5.3 squads & 4.2 squad

2nd to 7th August National Championships 5.3 squads

5th/6th September Rutland NS1                   5.3 squads & 4.2 squads

Entry fee for the National Championships at WPNSA goes up on Saturday 20th June so remember to enter by midnight on 19th June to avoid higher cost.

We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at forthcoming events.


                          



Toppers Launch For Life and raise money for Cancer Reserach at Carsington 11th July 2015
Secretary, Tuesday 16 June 2015 - 10:16 //

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Did you know that 36% of our sailors are female but we only ever have 2 females (at best) in our safety briefings at events? Toppers have set the challenge to fill the safety fleet with mums, grannies and sisters who normally stay on shore, at NS6 Carsington on Saturday July 11th 2015.

We want to:

  • Break down the perception that mums/females stay on shore and men/dads go afloat
  • Raise lots of money for Cancer Research
  • Celebrate that we are the FUN & FRIENDLY class with lots of fun and laughter on the day. 

How you can get invloved... 

  • ladies...e-mail Jeanette secretary@gbrtopper if you are happy to go afloat on the day (if we have enough volunteers we will only need to be afloat for half a day each)
  • EVERYONE wear as much pink as possible on the day (men afloat will be wearing pink tutus...look out for the photos!)
  • Buy one of our limited edition t-shirts for just £5 (available on the day), kindly supported by JamiQs so that we can donate £1.80 of every sale to Cancer Research.
  • Make a donation to Cancer Research via our JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/topperlaunch4life  


Tuesday 12 May 2015
Coach Support for the World Championships Garda July 2015
Website Administrator, Tuesday 12 May 2015 - 12:26 //

ITCA logoPaul Simes, Welsh Topper Squad Head Coach will provide coach support to sailors who would like it for the World Championships in Garda this July. This will consist of:

- Pre-event training on Sunday 19th July
- 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 support will be £130 per sailor.

Places are limited so please register your interest by contacting Helena Cope Squads Administrator by 26th June at [email]



Friday 24 April 2015
Pre-Nationals Coaching at Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre
Website Administrator, Friday 24 April 2015 - 10:22 //

Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre logoThe Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre is running a 3-day pre-Nationals Training Course from 29th to 31st July. The coach will be Dave Cockerill, who has many years experience coaching Topper sailors up to National squad level. The course is aimed at sailors who have experience from Zone Squad level upwards, and will run from 09:30 to 17:00 each day.

The course will cover all aspects of racing Toppers at major events like the Nationals, including boat handling, starting, tactics, and strategy. The cost will be £150 per sailor. Sailors will need to bring their own packed lunch (or eat in the cafe). Accommodation can be arranged locally through Portland House.

If you would like to book a place on the course or would like further information, please contact the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre on 01305, 457400, or email them at [email protected]



Monday 13 April 2015
Try your next boat at Grafham - 4th May
Website Administrator, Monday 13 April 2015 - 20:08 //

29ers

Thinking about what boat next?

29er

The 29er is fast, exciting, and fun. There is a large and growing fleet, with superb competitive racing all year-round at venues across the UK.

Our sailors come from a range of fleets - Fevas, Toppers, Cadets and many more. There is always help on hand for newcomers, and to help you transition into the boat, and develop your skills to Youth Squad level, we have an excellent comprehensive training programme.

 It doesn't matter if you haven't got a sailing partner - we will help match sailors together or pair you up with someone who already knows 29ers well.

You can find more details about 29er sailing at their class website 29er.org.uk

Spitifire CatSpitfire

'Try a Spitfire' day 22nd/23rd August at Grafham.


The Junior Topaz 14 – A high performance catamaran, with trapeze and asymmetric spinnaker which is a superb introduction to cat sailing at all levels.
The Spitfire – The youth catamaran and feeder for the Nacra 17 Olympic class. A high performance twin trapeze catamaran with an asymmetric spinnaker.

The Spitfire is fast, exciting, and fun. We have a growing fleet, with superb competitive racing all year-round at venues across the UK.

Our sailors come from a range of fleets – RS Feva, Topper, Cadet and Mirror as well as the other Youth classes. There is always help on hand for newcomers, and to help you transition into the boat, and develop your skills to Youth Squad level. We have an excellent comprehensive training programme.

You can book your place by emailing our co-ordinator, Tim Johnson, at [email] , or online here:
http://www.youthcat.org.uk/try-a-spitfire-booking-form/
 

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The 420 is an established performance two person trapeze and spinnaker racing dinghy. There are 56,000 worldwide, and they are sailed in countries ranging from Angola to USA, from Brazil to Japan, a total of 56 countries worldwide using the 420 as a youth training boat.

Please also have a look at our website http://gbr420.uk to see all that is happening in the class.
 
 



Update on Boat Transportation to the Worlds in Garda
Website Administrator, Monday 13 April 2015 - 13:48 //

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8 Places Still Available

Following a change in delivery times for some charter boats Alex Storrar Transport now have additional availability for four boats on their trailer, collecting either from the National Series event at Carsington on 12th July or Redhill in the days afterwards, delivering to Riva on Friday 17th July and  returning in time for the British Nationals in Weymouth. .

A deposit of £100 + balance of £230 due by 1st May 2015 secures a place. Booking is subject to a minimum of 12 Dinghies being transported to Lake Garda. A booking form is available here.

Poole based Shoreshift.com are also delivering Toppers to Garda for the Worlds in July 2015, and also still have four spaces to fill, They are loading at Parkstone Yacht Club or in Poole, unloading at Garda on Friday 17th, and back at Parkstone 28th July.  The total price for each boat is £325, with a £100 deposit required.  Contact them at:  [email] or 01202 722227




Tuesday 07 April 2015
Irish National Championships 3rd/4th/5th July 2015
Website Administrator, Tuesday 07 April 2015 - 17:18 //

The Irish National Championships are taking place at County Antrim Yacht Club this year and all GBR sailors are warmly invited to take part. A discount code for 15% off ferry crossings is available for any GBR sailor wishing to attend. Please contact Jeanette [email] to receive the code.

Further information about the event and the host club are available by emailing the host club [email] or by clicking on the link below:

www.topperinc2015.wordpress.com



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