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Wednesday 14 December 2016
Opportunities at ITCA
Website Administrator, Wednesday 14 December 2016 - 10:20 //

Want to help run and promote the ITCA (GBR) Topper ‘friendly’ class?  - then we have the paid jobs for you.

After several very successful years in post, Jeanette unfortunately is no longer able to continue as Secretary due to increasing family commitments of needing to help care for her parents. Jeanette formed two roles of both Secretary and Event Manager and both job descriptions can be found below.

We also have a role of Squad Administrator to fill, with Helena now choosing to move due to her sailor having moved on to 29ers.  This job description can also be found below.

We invite applications from anybody who is interested and would consider applications from individuals who are interested in combining two or more of these roles.

Additional questions should be directed at Sally (full contact details are in the Job Descriptions).

Applications should be emailed to chairman© by 6th January.  You should include details of relevant experience and highlight what you think you will personally bring to the role.

It is envisaged interviews will take place as soon as possible after the 6th January deadline. 

Please click on the documents below for more details:

Tuesday 21 June 2016
Sail With Us!
Website Administrator, Tuesday 21 June 2016 - 09:12 //

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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Wednesday 11 January 2017
Elliott Kuzyk - Young Sailor of the Year 2016
Website Administrator, Wednesday 11 January 2017 - 13:56 //

Elliott Kuzyk - Young Sailor of the Year 2016

Congratulations to our Topper World Champion, Elliott Kuzyk (GBR), who was named the Journalist Association 2016 Young Sailor of the Year! 

Elliott had the very best day of his life yesterday when he met all of his sailing heroes from the Ocean Yacht Racing, Olympic Dinghies, and Power Boat Racing Worlds, at the premier boating event of the year, (the Oscars of sailing, yachting and power boating) the ‘Yachtsman of the Year’ and the ‘Young Sailor of the Year’ awards ceremony at Trinity House, London.  The main sponsors of the event are and it’s organised annually by the Yachting Journalists’ Association (YJA).

150 of the most famous and decorated yachting people past and present were there for the gala luncheon presentation, along with the BBC, Radio Channels, and countless journalists, and Elliott Kuzyk was voted the winner for the ‘Young Sailor of the Year’ for winning the Topper World Championships in 2016, the Winter U.K. Regatta 2016, and 5 x Southern Area Championships, in succession.

The sailors were then escorted to the London Boat Show main stage where a live presentation was made once again and this was filmed too.

The presentation was shown on the BBC news last evening and covered on radio and streamed live on facebook.  

There will be significant publicity in the following weeks for the Topper Class and Elliott as the press report on the proceedings.

Elliott, Ali and Mike would like to extend their heartiest thanks once again to the whole of ITCA (GBR) Topper Class for their 100% support with Elliott’s sailing, training and beyond, as without this none of this would have been possible over the years, thank you!

Volvo round the world skipper Ian Walker praised the efforts of hard working parents who support their youngsters to achieve their dreams. The event was also attended by many sailing ‘heroes’ such as Sir Robin Knox-Johnston CBE and two times Olympic gold medallist Rodney Pattisson MBE.

Elliott said “I’m so happy to win this. There are a lot of great names on this trophy: I feel very proud to have won. It’s been a great day.”

Those names include: Ben Ainslie, Ellen MacArthur, Nick Thompson and 2015 winner Eleanor Poole, making this the second year in a row that a Topper sailor has won the title.

Thursday 22 December 2016
Youth Worlds Success for former Topper Sailors
Website Administrator, Thursday 22 December 2016 - 11:39 //

youth worlds 2016 logoHuge congratulations to former Topper sailor Crispin Beaumont who secured Gold with his sailing partner, Tom Darling, at the Youth Worlds in Aukland, New Zealand.

Other former Topper sailors in the GBR team were Jack Butters (10th in the Nacra 15), Marcus Tressler (7th in the 420 boys), while in the Lasers were Chloe Barr (13th) and Daniel Whiteley (8th).

Visit Us at the RYA Dinghy Show
Website Administrator, Thursday 22 December 2016 - 11:21 //

RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 2017The RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show is taking place on 4th-5th March at Alexandra Palace, London. The show is stacked with things to do, free talks and coaching sessions, tips and advice, 100s of dinghies, clubs and classes, and all the gear you could ever need. Come along and visit our stand, we would love to see you.

Click here for more details.

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Thursday 17 November 2016
Remember to renew your membership...or join us now ready for the start of the new racing year
Secretary, Thursday 17 November 2016 - 16:40 //

A quick reminder that after the vote at the AGM in June, the ITCA (GBR) membership year runs from September 1st to August 31st.

If you haven't already done so, please remember to renew your membership now before Christmas planning and activities take over and it slips through the net!

Not a member? Then follow the easy links at the top of this page and for just £37 for the year, you can have access to regional and national high quality coaching and racing, suitable for all levels from novice to national squad.

Dates for your Diary...
Secretary, Thursday 17 November 2016 - 16:35 //

A couple of extra dates for your diary:


Will be hosted at East Antrim Boat Club 7th-9th July 2017. There is easy access via Belfast Port and a 30 minute drive from there to the Club and all are welcome to enter.There are hotels near by and camping on site available.

See for more infomation.


Will be held at Llandegfedd on 27th/28th May 2017. More information to follow on the iTCA (GBR) web site.

Monday 26 September 2016
All Girl Training
Secretary, Monday 26 September 2016 - 13:30 //

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]

Thursday 11 August 2016
Key Points from RYA Transition Talk
Secretary, Thursday 11 August 2016 - 19:15 //

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 - 13:28 //

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 - 09:08 //

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 21 May 2016
New UK Topper Facebook Group
Secretary, Saturday 21 May 2016 - 11:06 //

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 - 17:21 //

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 to read more.

Wednesday 02 September 2015
Opportunities to try out a 29er at Weymouth
Secretary, Wednesday 02 September 2015 - 13:24 //

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

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