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National Series 5

06/06/15 to 07/06/15 - Royal Norfolk & Suffolk YC
Entry Fee: £50 for entries made on or before 27/05/2015; £65 for entries made after 27/05/2015 and before 03/06/2015; £70 for entries made on or after 03/06/2015.
Open for Entries 


4.2 National Champioships/ 4.2 National Series 6
13/06/15 to 14/06/15 - Leigh & Lowton SC
Entry Fee: £50 for entries made on or before 03/06/2015; £65 for entries made after 03/06/2015 and before 10/06/2015; £70 for entries made on or after 10/06/2015.
Open for Entries


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.
Open for Entries 


Zhik International Topper World Championships
18/07/15 to 24/07/15 - Fraglia Vela Riva, Lake Garda, Italy
Open for Entries 


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 - 20:56 //

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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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Friday 01 May 2015
Team Racing at Grafham
Website Administrator, Friday 01 May 2015 - 11:40 //

Unfortunately we have cancelled the Team Racing event at Grafham on May 4th as there were insufficient entries for the event to be viable this time.



Friday 24 April 2015
Secondhand Clothing Sale at Inland Champs
Website Administrator, Friday 24 April 2015 - 11:37 //

Do you have kit that your sailor has outgrown but would be great for someone else to use? Need to raise some funds for the next bit of kit you need to buy and would like to contribute a little something to Class funds? Then this is your chance!

Kirsten Percival (a new Topper mum and brilliant helper on the committee) has sorted out a plan to tick all those boxes. The 30% you donate from sales will provide some extra funds for the Class will help pay for radio repairs, replace broken kit and insure our ribs without having to dip into reserves or put up fees too much.

SO… you will recoup some money, others will benefit from new kit and the Class will have a bit of much needed financial help!

See the note below from Kirtsen on how to go about selling your items. 

Details of Secondhand Clothing Sale



Pre-Nationals Coaching at Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre
Website Administrator, Friday 24 April 2015 - 10:07 //

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 - 19:53 //

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If you are trying to decide what to choose for your next boat, you can try sailing a 29er at Grafham Water SC on 4th May, which is the day after the Topper Inlands (Bank Holiday Monday).

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.

There will be 2 29ers that you can try. The 29er Class Head Coach will be there, together with some experienced 29er sailors, to give you help and advice and get you started on the water. 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.

Places are limited, and we will aim to give sailors about an hour with the boat. If you would like to have a go, please book your place soon to be sure of a sail. You can book your place by emailing the 29er Class Secretary, Sally Thomas, at [email]. You can find more details about 29er sailing at their class website 29er.org.uk

Spitifire CatSpitfire

Would you like to try out a Catamaran?

If you are trying to decide whether a Spitfire catamaran is for you, come along on the 4th of May at Grafham Water Sailing Club, (when the Topper inlands are on), for an opportunity to 'Try a Spitfire'. There will also be the opportunity to try a Topper CX14.  We also have an association Spitfire and CX14  boats which are available to try which are based at Datchet Water SC, and have other 'Try a Spitfire' days on 30th/31st May at Rutland, (Feva Nationals), and 22nd/23rd August at Grafham.

There will be two classes of cat available to try:
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.

We will be at Grafham Water SC on Monday 4th May with 2 Spitfires that you can try. Some of our more experienced sailors will be there, to give you help and advice and get you started on the water. It doesn't matter if you haven't got a sailing partner - we will help match sailors. Remember we actually encourage mixed teams.

Places are not limited. We know that you will love cat sailing in just a few minutes. We aim to give sailors about an hour with the boat, but there is some flexibility depending on numbers. Please book your place soon to be sure of a sail. 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.

One of our head coaches, Steve Irish, will be at GWSC on Monday, with a boat for you to try out, either by yourselves, or with Steve. Steve will be able to answer any questions you may have about the boat.

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

Other Boats
We are hoping to have boats from other youth classes along on 4th May as well, and will post more details when they are available.



Update on Boat Transportation to the Worlds in Garda
Website Administrator, Monday 13 April 2015 - 13:33 //

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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
New Look Clothing Web Site
Website Administrator, Tuesday 07 April 2015 - 17:38 //

ITCA Inlands HoodieOur suppliers, JamiQ, have developed a new system to make viewing and ordering event and class clothing easier. Click on the link below to see it in action and to order Inlands clothing before the 23rd April deadline. Remember, if you haven’t entered the Inland Championships on line by this date then your name and championship number will NOT appear on the back of the t-shirts and hoodies.

Order Inlands Clothing Here

We are looking for ideas of other products you would be interested in purchasing with the Class logo on going forward… baseball caps? Gilets? Water bottles? Etc. Let us know what you would like and we will source a supply. You can e-mail Jeanette at [email] with your ideas.



Irish National Championships 3rd/4th/5th July 2015
Website Administrator, Tuesday 07 April 2015 - 17:03 //

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



Sunday 05 April 2015
Welsh Topper Nationals
Website Administrator, Sunday 05 April 2015 - 22:34 //

The Welsh Topper Nationals will be held at Llandegfedd Sailing Club on 30-31 May. You can find more details here:

Welsh Topper Nationals



Saturday 14 March 2015
Entry for National Championships is now open on line
Website Administrator, Saturday 14 March 2015 - 09:28 //

itca logoEntry for the forthcoming National Championships to be held at Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy  is now open on line. With 5.3, 4.2 and regatta fleets available, there is something to suit every sailor irrespective of their size or sailing experience.

Enter before May 22nd to benefit from the lowest entry fee of £200 per sailor.



 



Thursday 12 March 2015
Staying Safe Online
Website Administrator, Thursday 12 March 2015 - 14:56 //

ITCA (GBR) takes the safety of its members, particularly its young members, very seriously. If you are using Facebook to keep up to date with all that is happening in the world of Toppers, please bear the following guidance in mind:

  • Never accept as a friend anybody whom you do not actually know personally – this includes ‘friends of friends’ as it really is not possible to be sure who they are.  It is strongly advised that you look through your friend list and delete anybody that you do not actually know.  The same advice would be appropriate for anybody who is followed/following on Twitter (or similar media) by somebody they do not know.
  • Disclose only very limited personal information so that your son/your home address cannot be traced
  • People under the age of 13 should not have Facebook accounts – this is the guidance from Facebook and the police.
  • Never post, send or share a photograph of yourself, or anyone else, which could be considered to be offensive to anyone, or could be used against you, now or in later life
  • Never post, send or share a comment which could be considered offensive to anyone, or could be used against you, now or in later life


Wednesday 11 February 2015
Inlands Clothing now available to order on line:
Website Administrator, Wednesday 11 February 2015 - 12:21 //

Inlands T-Shirt 2015We have a range of hoodies, t-shirts, polo shirts and jackets available to order for the Inland Championships at Grafham in May. Be the first to wear items with the stylish new class logo!

All items are available ONLY to order on line. THERE WILL BE NO CLOTHNG FOR SALE AT THE EVENT. Orders will be available to collect at registration at the event.

All competitors’ names and champ numbers will be printed on the back of the hoodies and the standard t-shirts as long as you have entered the event by the ORDER DEADLINE: APRIL 23rd.

Click on the link here to view and order the clothing:

Inlands Clothing 



Monday 19 January 2015
Topper sailing teaches so many more skills than simply boat handling!
Website Administrator, Monday 19 January 2015 - 23:02 //

itca logoA sense of adventure, determination, discipline, stamina… take inspiration from these two ex-Topper sailors…

23-year-old Tom Rainey and 24 year old Sam Coombs plan to row across the Atlantic in May from New York to Salcombe, in Devon. Tom, who now works in the oil industry, and Sam aim to be the youngest team to row from mainland USA to mainland UK. The trip will take three months and raise some £250,000 for the Brain Tumour Charity in memory of Tom's father who died from the disease.



Monday 05 January 2015
Membership Renewal 2015
Website Administrator, Monday 05 January 2015 - 20:35 //

ITCA LogoThank you to everyone who has renewed their ITCA (GBR) membership for 2015. Our next event of will be our  Inland Championships on 2nd/3rd May at Grafham Water SC, with racing for both 5.3 and 4.2 fleets. This promises to be a great event and we look forward to seeing lots of you there.

If you haven't yet had chance to renew your membership it would be really helpful if you could do so as soon as possible. Whether you sail a Topper 4.2 or a Topper 5.3, we have an exciting programme of coaching and sailing events planned at both national and area levels.
Individual and Family Members are people who own or sail Toppers, and Family Members are all normally resident at the same address; Associate and Overseas Members are members who don't sail in ITCA (GBR) restricted events; and Group Members are organisations such as sailing clubs.

We do hope you have enjoyed your membership for the last year, and that you will renew for the year ahead. If you have any suggestions as to how we can improve what we do please feel free to contact your Area Representative or email me ([email]) at any time.

To renew your membership, please follow this link (or copy it into your browser):
https://gbrtopper.ourclubadmin.com

Please take time to review your membership details and update anything that is incorrect or out of date. If you have any difficulties using the system please contact our webmaster ([email]) and we will be happy to help. 

Please note that Championship Numbers are issued by the class secretary and cannot be altered via the membership system. If you think your Championship Number is wrong please contact either the class secretary ([email]) or the webmaster and they will help.

REMEMBER, you need to be a current member to take part in events

Sally Dugdale, Chairman



Thursday 11 December 2014
Topper Times Winter 2014 E-Edition
Website Administrator, Thursday 11 December 2014 - 09:52 //

ITCA logoThe new Winter 2014 E-Edition of the Topper Times is now available to download. You can find this edition (and editions dating back to 2007!) by clicking the 'Downloads' link in our main menu and scrolling down to the 'Topper Times' section. Alternatively, just click on the following links for direct downloads:

Topper Times Winter 2014 - Part 1

Topper Times Winter 2014 - Part 2

 


 



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