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Topper 5.3 National Series 1 2015/16
05/09/15 to 06/09/15 - Rutland SC
Entry Fee: £50 for entries made on or before 23/08/2015; £65 for entries made after 23/08/2015 and on or before 01/09/2015; £70 for entries made after 01/09/2015. 
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Topper 4.2 National Series 1 2015/16
05/09/15 to 06/09/15 - Rutland SC
Entry Fee: £50 for entries made on or before 23/08/2015; £65 for entries made after 23/08/2015 and on or before 01/09/2015; £70 for entries made after 01/09/2015. 
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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 25 August 2015
All Girls Training Dates Announced
Website Administrator, Tuesday 25 August 2015 - 12:51 //

It’s a great time to be a female sailor. The RYA and ITCA are working hard on your behalf with things like podiums for top females. By 2020 sailing at the Tokyo Olympics is expected to have equal medals for male and female athletes. You will become aware, if you are not already, of the 50:50 in 2020 initiative. As a hard working sailor you are a valuable asset to the RYA!

In 2015 the All Girls programme showed incredible success – with female sailors wining the following national titles:

  • National Inland Champion
  • National Champion
  • National Series Winner
  • Junior World Champion (1st and 3rd places!)


We also now have female Head Coaches leading the RYA UK National Squad, RYA UK National Intermediate Squad, and ITCA Topper 4.2 National Squad. Females Rock!


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

  • Making friends in the class – girls supporting girls
  • What is takes to be a World Class sailor
  • Being assertive on the race course (aka. Don’t be a pushover when racing)


There are two camps planned for 2015/16. Any female sailor from club racing level upwards is invited to attend. Sailors may be set into training groups for on the water exercises but for many elements of the camp sailors will work together across all abilities.

  • All camps will be an opportunity to be with other girls and taught by experienced female coaches.
  • The cost of the 2 day residential camp including food and accommodation will be £130.
  • The cost of the 4 day Easter camp including food and accommodation will be £245


All Girl Open Training camps are:

23-24th January 2016                                    Rutland Water Sailing Club

25-28th March 2016 (Easter weekend)            Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth

Both camps have a limited number of spaces, and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. You can download an entry form here:

All Girls Training Entry Form

Please return your forms to our Squad Administrator Helena Cope, at The Green, Longnor, Buxton SK17 0LB or to [email]



Squad Dates Published
Website Administrator, Tuesday 25 August 2015 - 12:46 //

ITCA logoThe squad dates for all 2015-16 Topper squads have been added to our calendar, and can be downloaded for you to print and pin on your wall here:

Topper Squad Dates 



Monday 10 August 2015
Entry for NS1 Rutland 5th/6th September now open
Secretary, Monday 10 August 2015 - 14:12 //

The first event of the 2015/16 season will take place at Rutland Water Sailing Club on the weekend of 5th/6th September. This event is an indicator event for sailors wishing to apply for a place in any 5.3 or 4.2 squads this year.

Entry is now open online.

  • Entry fee rises on 24th August.
  • Online entry closes at midnight on September 1st.
  • limited accommodation is available at the Club. Call them direct on 01780 720292 to book.
  • Camping is availble at rutlandwatercampsite.co.uk (directly opposite the Club). Contact [email]to book a space (you MUST book in advance).
  • Further details on arrival arrangements and catering available will be available to download from the entry system.

We look forward to seeing many of you there!



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



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.


                          



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.
 
 



Thursday 12 March 2015
Staying Safe Online
Website Administrator, Thursday 12 March 2015 - 15:11 //

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


Monday 19 January 2015
Topper sailing teaches so many more skills than simply boat handling!
Website Administrator, Monday 19 January 2015 - 23:17 //

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.



Thursday 11 December 2014
Topper Times Winter 2014 E-Edition
Website Administrator, Thursday 11 December 2014 - 10:07 //

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

 


 



Tuesday 04 November 2014
Please Look Out for Stolen Boat and Trailer
Website Administrator, Tuesday 04 November 2014 - 10:36 //

The following were stolen from Penine Sailing Club.

Topper, sail number 46388 and championship number 697; it has been
used in the Topper Zone Squad for the past 3 years and has all the race
kit (eg triple block 6:1 downhaul etc).  It has 2 top sections, 2 bottom
sections as well as 5 sails (varying from old and blown out through to
one only used since the start of this season and one only used at the
nationals!).  It has a Topper top cover, foil bag and spar bag and a
Sailing Solutions under cover.  It has an aluminium launching trolley
(new this season)
 Mersea double stacking box trailer with 4* RigTubes on it (2 normal
length and 2 longer length - for Laser top section).  This is virtually
brand new (old 4 months old) and the owner has the serial number and vehicle
identification number for it.  Inside was a toolbox and associated other
useful bits and pieces!

When  stolen :
22/23 October from Pennine Sailing Club

Who to contact :
If you have any information (or see something that sounds very similar
for sale!) then please can you contact Phil Tenney :
[email protected], 07785 998810



Thursday 16 October 2014
Bart's Bash photos
Website Administrator, Thursday 16 October 2014 - 16:37 //



Wednesday 08 October 2014
2015 Event Dates Published
Website Administrator, Wednesday 08 October 2014 - 10:48 //

itca logoThe dates for our 2015 events have now been added to our calendar. You can see them via the 'Forthcoming Events' box on the right of this page.

If you would like to download and print the dates, you can do so here:

2015 Event Dates 



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