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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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Monday 26 September 2016
All Girl Training
Secretary, Monday 26 September 2016 - 14:30 //

Topper ALL-GIRLS Camp

It’s a great time to be a female sailor. By 2020 sailing at the Tokyo Olympics is expected to have equal medals for male and female athletes. The RYA and ITCA want to support girls to have fun and be competitive Topper Racers.

The All Girls Programme contains many elements, but some of the key messages that we want to promote are:

  • Making friends in the Topper class – girls supporting girls
  • Being assertive on the race course (aka. Don’t be a pushover when racing)
  • Improving race skills

Second Residential Camp:

Rutland Sailing Club 10/11th June 2017


We are running our first residential camp at:

Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy  on 26/27th November 2016

This camp is open to any girl, of any age, of club racing standard or above. You can sail a full size (5.3) or a 4.2 sail – whichever suits you best!

Camps are taught using experienced female coaches. Places are limited, so call your friends, and let’s get as many girls as possible to the camp for a great weekend of fun, assertiveness and improving our race skills.

Cost for the residential weekend is: £130


To apply email [email]If you have any questions, feel free to email Natalie Lloyd (RYA National Topper Head Coach) at [email]

Tuesday 23 August 2016
Topper Secretary Unavailable at the Moment
Secretary, Tuesday 23 August 2016 - 10:58 //

Our Class Secretary, Jeanette, is currently dealing with a serious family medical crisis and as a result will not be able to respond to e-mails and messages in a timely manner. If you have an urgent enquiy then please direct it to your area representative of another member of the ITCA (GBR) committee.

She hopes to be back at her desk as soon as possible but thanks you for your undertsanding in the meantime.

Thursday 11 August 2016
Key Points from RYA Transition Talk
Secretary, Thursday 11 August 2016 - 20:15 //

Thanks you to everyone who came to the Hope Rooms yesterday to listen to the talk by Chris Balckburn (HPM North) for sailors thinking about transitioning this Autumn into Youth classes. Here is a summary of the key points:

All info is in the on RYA youth racing section of RYA website:

3 things to do now if you are planning to transition in to a youth boat :

1. Register intention to transition on RYA website before 26th August:

2. Sign up for regional profiling on RYA website before 15th August:

3. Sign up/book place on T1/Open training programme - contact specific class/website
Also home country RYA websites for open training within Scotland/Wales/N.Ireland

Still have questions? Then get in touch with:

Roy McCubbin - Double Handed Pathway Manager
[email protected]
07717 495581

Tim Hall - Singlehanded Pathway Manager
[email protected]
07901 822844

Monday 01 August 2016
Wonderful Wallys!
Secretary, Monday 01 August 2016 - 14:28 //

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported our "Wallys on the Water" event at Carsington. Special thanks to Mike Kneale at JamiQs for supplying the event t-shirts, Coral and Steve Archer for the banner, Katie Wilkinson for publicity, Nerys Chandler for fabulous cakes and all the WONDERFUL knitters around the country who together managed to knit a total of 389 bobble hats!

We sold 242 hats and 191 t-shirts on the day and together and have been able to send £1081 to Prostate Cancer UK.

We will be sailing at Draycote on Bart's Bash day and will BOBBLE FOR BART.... so please keep your hat and wear it to that event too. Missed out on buying a hat? You can buy these at the Nationals next week or on the day at Draycote.

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:

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 www.29er.org.uk 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 facebook.com/groups/UKToppers

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








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 http://www.yja.co.uk/default.lasso 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 andrewsimpsonsailing.org

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 

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

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