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.
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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
Battling 40mph Gusts at Leigh & Lowton
The BBC Challenge Channel Crossing Video
Henry to the Rescue
Why the Topper class is renowned as the friendly class
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SE Traveller No.3
SW Traveller 3/12, Saltash
National Intermediate Squad 6
North East Traveller 4/8 Yorkshire Dales S C
Midlands Traveller No.4
SW Traveller 4/12, Paignton
East - Traveller
Southern Open Coaching
25 May at 1200
North West Traveller - Rudyard
SE Traveller No.4
Emsworth Slipper Traveller 3
Scottish Topper Traveller No3
Midlands Traveller No.5
SW Traveller 5/12, Portishead
East - Traveller
01 June at 0900
National 4.2 Squad 5
Southern Open Coaching
01 June at 1200
North West Traveller - Bolton
SE Open Training
SE Traveller No.5
08 June at 0900
Craftinsure Topper 5.3 National Series 2
08 June at 0900
Sailing Solutions 2012/13 Topper 4.2 National Series 4
Junior Development Squad 8
Scottish Topper Traveller No4 & Scottish Championships
SE Traveller No.6
Midlands Traveller No.6
North East Traveller 5/8 Filey S C
15 June at 0900
Sailing Solutions Topper 4.2 National Championships
National Junior Squad 7
National Intermediate Squad 7
Guidance on Buying a Topper
The good news is: if you buy at the right price you will usually be able to sell your Topper for a similar amount in a couple of year’s time.
The Topper is one of the most popular second hand buys in the dinghy market. Race quality boats are sought after items.
Use the Classifieds section of this website or check out the back pages of Yachts and Yachting and the ads in the Dinghy Magazine and their websites. Sailing club notice-boards are also a good hunting ground. Word of mouth is a valuable route to finding a good boat too. Or try your local Topper dealer.
The Topper dinghy is one of the simplest performance dinghies available and there is not much that can go wrong.
If you plan to race it you need to check that you have a hull that has not been distorted: it should have been stored correctly with the deck facing down.
An air tight hull should hiss when you remove the bung after sailing.
Look at the mast foot cup: if it has gone, the mast can go through the deck moulding.
Check out the state of the transom plate: if this comes adrift it is quite difficult to get at the bolts inside. Hatches are not allowed under Class Rules.
As Jeremy Evans says in Yachts and Yachting "In most other respects, the Topper is near bullet proof."
Scratching of the Topper hull does occur. Deep scratches can be removed with ‘wet and dry’ glass paper. More minor damage can be rectified by cleaning with a bathroom cleaner and a plastic scouring pad.
The decks do fade with time and some colours are more prone to this than others. Yellow is probably the worst. Old grey boats can become ‘chalky’. It is possible to re-melt the surface of the plastic by heating with a hot air gun. This will cure all but the worst fading but requires great care!
Purple and dark pink decks show white ‘bruises’ when bashed and some of these will also come out with careful use of heat, as will any deformation of the hull caused by poor storage.
Most problems can be resolved in a straight forward manner – even welding the hulls and decks is no problem for an expert. Contact your local Topper dealer. Further related guidance can be found under ‘Upkeep'. A little time spent maintaining your boat will bring a lot of rewards.
Buying a New Topper
here are certain advantages to buying a new Topper when you join the Topper Class. Obviously you will want to examine these advantages, the cost and the methods of buying a new Topper before making a buying decision.
One of the key advantages is the fact that new boats include all the latest gear. For example a new race rigged Topper includes the new Mainsail design, the new centre mainsheet system from Ronstan, the new hull foam block design to maintain hull profile, the new improvements to the mastgate area of the deck mould, the new lower mast design with new webbing kicker strap, the new boom design with the new webbing kicker strap, and the new long tiller extension (975mm). Buying a new Topper also obviates the need to buy a new sail for an older boat.
Topper International Ltd often have special offers which may be attractive and offers interest free credit which reduces the initial outlay and spreads the payments.
For the latest deals visit www.toppersailboats.com
If you are interested in purchasing a new Topper please contact:
Topper International Ltd
Kingsnorth Technology Park
Tel: 01233 629181
Email: [email protected]
Guidance on Selling a Topper
If you are selling either a Topper or Topper related gear you may be contacted by individuals who are acting fraudulently. It is strongly recommended that you establish that any enquiry received is genuine before disclosing any personal details.
Signs to watch for:
- Individuals that only correspond by email
- Individuals that offer to buy solely on the basis of photographs
The following is a typical example of an initial fraudulent enquiry:
Just saw your advert and i want you to get back to me with these details:
- Exact Price
- Send Picture
I will be expectin your mail as soon as possible but iwont be able to get back to you until i leave workok.
Please be aware that the following Toppers have been reported as stolen to ITCA(GBR):
Should you have any information that could help in returning any Topper to its rightful owner would you please contact the ITCA(GBR) class association secretary.