In order to offer the best possible value to competitors at our events and coaching, ITCA (GBR) relies almost entirely upon the efforts of volunteers. As the Topper is now mainly sailed by junior and youth sailors (though we welcome adults too!), there is inevitably a continuous turnover of parents who are able to assist the class. There are always
opportunities to help at both local and National events – just contact any committee member or [email protected] to find out more – you will probably be surprised how much reward you can achieve from helping the friendly class.
ITCA (GBR) needs your help in the safety fleet at our National events. If you would like to help support the ever growing Topper fleet, then our ribmaster, Andy Millington, would like to hear from you - contact Andy at [email protected]
Topper National Squad 2012 - Windy Weymouth
Topper Sailing at Hayling Island
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Henry to the Rescue
Why the Topper class is renowned as the friendly class
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Midlands Open Coaching 3
08 February at 0900
01 March at 0930
Midlands Open Coaching 4
15 March at 0900
All Girls Open Training 1
15 March at 0930
Midlands Open Coaching 5
05 April at 0800
5.3 National Series 1
18 April at 0800
All Girls Open Training 2
03 May at 0800
5.3 Inland Championship
03 May at 0800
Sailing Solutions 4.2 2013/14 National Series 3/Inland Championship
31 May at 0800
Sailing Solutions 4.2 2013/14 National Series 4
31 May at 0800
5.3 National Series 2
14 June at 0800
All Girls Invitational Training 2
28 June at 0800
Sailing Solutions 4.2 2013/14 National Series 5/National Championship
04 July at 0900
Irish National Championship
12 July at 0800
5.3 National Series 3
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Topper sailor Morgan Bugler has been awarded the 2013 Junior (u16) Disability Sport Award. Morgan is a regular competitor both at local and our national events and has gained some excellent results over the year.
Morgan's ambition is to compete in the Paralympics. He is a fantastic ambassador for our sport and a fine example to us all. Well done Morgan!
The RYA Youth Steering Group (YSG) are looking to recruit a new member. The YSG is the volunteer group responsible for endorsing policy, advising, challenging and liaising with RYA staff within the RYA Youth Racing Programme. Details can be found here:
The deadline for applications is 13th December 2013
If you're passionate about dinghy sailing or simply want to find out more; then the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 2014, is a must for your calendar.
Taking place at the magnificent Alexandra Palace in London over the weekend of 1-2 March 2014 the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show, in association with Yachts and Yachting, is at the heart of British dinghy sailing with something for everyone; young or old, novice or pro, cruiser or racer. You can find out more by following this link:
RYA Dinghy Show 2014
Following on from last year's successes, West Sussex Schools have decided to run an internal Topper Traveller Series again in 2014. This is a small series of events for local sailors designed to give them their first experience of racing outside of their home clubs and introduce them to the wider racing in the area. Accordingly, the series incorporates a couple of events in the harbour, some coastal and one inland. It is also balanced between events run specifically for this series, larger Club Open Meetings and a couple of the ITCA SE Traveller events.
Last year around fifty sailors took part. The series is open to West Sussex sailors who will be under the age of 19 on January 1st 2014. You can find more details here:
Would you like to represent Great Britain at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games or at the Youth Sailing World Championships?
The RYA Team GBR selection notices for the following events are now posted on the international event page of the RYA website:
· International Olympic Committee (IOC) Youth Olympic Games 2014*
· ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships 2014
*Please note there is a very specific age range for the Youth Olympic Games set by the IOC: In order to be eligible for selection, sailors must have been born between 1 January 1998 and 31 December 1999.
If you would like a change of scene, different competition, or are perhaps thinking of spending a holiday in Ireland, why not try some of the Irish Topper events planned for 2014? Anyone venturing over will be assured of a warm welcome. Check out the list of key Irish Topper events planned for 2014:
Topper Ireland Events 2014
The 2014 Topper National and World Championships are being held on consecutive weeks at Pwllheli Sailing Club. If you are planning to go and are looking for somewhere to stay, Hafan y Mor Apartments are currently offering a discount. You can find out more details here:
Hafan y Mor Apartments for Topper Nationals and Worlds 2014
As in previous years, we are running our excellent All-Girl Training Programme in the Spring. The programme is subsidised by the RYA and supported by ITCA, and is a great opportunity for our female sailors to develop their skills alongside other girls. Their are two training camps organised: at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on 15/16 March; and at Rutland on 18/19 April. Applications are welcome from any girl who is enthusiastic about sailing and can sail a triangular course. Places are limited so please get your applications in early.
Download All-Girls Training Application Form
The UK Laser Association (UKLA) would like to welcome any Topper sailors who are thinking of joining the Laser class in 2014 or 2015.
The season really starts off at the Dinghy Show on the first weekend of March. Important dates for anyone looking to compete in 2014 events are the three "Qualifiers" which are the following three weekends, and the Youth Nationals in April.
For those in the majority looking to Transition for 2015 the important events are the Transition Qualifiers and Inlands after the 2014 Topper Nationals and Worlds.
You are more than welcome to come and have a chat with Jon at any of these events or contact him by phone or email (07748 902679 or [email protected]). All the dates, venues and NOR may be found on www.laser.org.uk.
The RYA has now published details of the 2013 Zone Squads. You can find details on the RYA website here:
RYA Zone Squad Details
Leigh & Lowton sailing club launched its 2013/2014 winter series in grand style on Sunday 3rd November with the Guy Fawkes pursuit race. Among those who entered were the current Solo inland champion Michael Sims (Carsington SC), Andy Davis (Ex Solo national champion – Blithfield SC) and Paul ‘wheres my mast?’ Brotherton (Olympic 470 & 49R helm and coach – he’d left it at home so had to go back for it!!!) sailing an International foiling Moth.
56 boats arrived to a blustery and challenging F5 breeze from the west with heavy rain. With numerous early capsizes it kept the rescue crews very busy but as was forecast the wind moderated as the race went on but there was the occasional gust that caught the tired and unsuspecting out and resulted in a few retirements.
After almost 3 hours of full on conditions the fleet were finished on the water and so it was that the first three places were taken by those junior sailors who started early and used the early breeze to good effect. The eventual winner, with a two leg lead after some early amazing pace in the big breeze, was the current Topper National Squad sailor Steph Wingeatt (LLSC). Second was the Feva XL of Harvey Martin & Bobby Hewitt (LLSC). Clinging onto third, after a capsize on the last run, was Libby Cuthbert(LLSC) in her Optmist who managed to hold off the first senior sailor home, Alex Morrison (LLSC) in his Phantom.
You can see a full race report and more pictures from the event here:
Race Report from Leigh & Lowton SC Guy Fawkes Pursuit.
Do you struggle to sail due to crew or helm issues, or your college/university has no sailing team, or you can’t afford to campaign a dinghy then this is just for you!
Open to individual sailors age 16 to 21 who are experienced fleet racers.
Limited to 36 sailors
Dates: Nov 2/3; Nov 30/1 Dec, January 25/26, Feb 22/23; Mar 15/16
Cost: £250 per sailor for five training weekends OR £60 per sailor per weekend
Head Coach- George Barker
Assistant Coach - Sam Jenkins (ex MCS) & Phil Derry (Oxford Uni)
Administrator – Debbie Darling
To apply for a place please email [email protected]
The Autumn Regatta started with the announcement at the briefing that the girls and boys would not be having separate starts and courses. The conditions were miserable with on and off downpours of rain and low temperatures.
In race 1 Lucy Mearns started strong with a win, Bella Fellows was second and Stephanie Wingeatt in third. Race 2 was won by Georgie Mckenzie with Lucy Mearns second and Anna Sturrock claiming a third. The last race on Saturday, in slightly lighter wind, was won by Bella with Lucy second, followed by Ellie Hutchings in third and Nancy Scott was fourth.
Sunday started with a one hour postponement as the wind was whistling past the club at high speeds. When racing began the first race was won by Bella, Lucy with another second and Georgie in third. With the discard in place Bella now led, Lucy was second then Georgie third.
Anna claimed a brilliant win in race 5. Lucy claiming another second place and Bella in third.
Going into the last race Bella and Lucy had 7 points each… close or what!?
In the end Georgie scored her second bullet, Bella was second and Ellie got another third. Lucy was fourth which she discarded to put her level with Bella on 9 points so it was down to count back which went to Bella. So Bella won, Lucy came second and Georgie claimed third. Ellie came fourth and was first under 14 by one point ahead of Anna in 5th. The top ten was completed with Nancy Scott, Stephanie Wingeatt, Hannah Stowe, Freya Cumpsty and Niamh Harper.
By Stephanie Wingeatt
Queen Mary Sailing Club is hosting top class Topper coaching throughout the Autumn with Ian Patience - who has an immense knowledge of how to make them go much faster with loads of fun added too!
Many of the coaching clinics are also supported by Harken with excellent technical clinics to make sure your boat preparation and boat speed is at the maximum. Paul Davis, Harken's technical advisor, will be on hand at events to offer advice and suggestions to make your boat 'sing' on the water.
For further details please contact Queen Mary Sailing Club at: