Welcome to the
International Topper Class Association (GBR)

We are proud to be the UK arm of the International Class Association for the Topper sailing dinghy. The Topper is an iconic single handed sailing dinghy that has provided years of pleasure to sailors around the world, with nearly 50,000 boats now sold. From its early days as a family fun boat, a role it still fulfils to perfection, the Topper has evolved to become one of the UKs most popular single handed racing dinghies. Follow the links below to find out more.

Racing and Coaching

As an RYA recognised junior class, Topper racing can be amongst the most varied and competitive in the UK. A class renowned for its friendliness, find out how to race a Topper and join the fun.

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Getting started

Toppers can be found at almost every UK sailing club. With 2 sail choices available, Toppers can now be sailed by everyone from young children through to small adults.

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Toppers near me

ITCA organise training and racing around the UK. With a network of Area Reps, most people will find advice, and fun sailing close to where they live.

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Topper News


Latest #SailFromHome timetable for week commencing 8th June Read More

Topper Nationals and NS6 Update

It is with great regret that we are unfortunately cancelling both NS6 and the Nationals. Read More

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ITCA (GBR) are looking for two new custodians for our RIBs. Having these RIBs enable us to run our events in a way which is effective and safe. As well as helping out the class, we are able to offer the following incentives from 2021:

40p per mile travel expenses to and from ITCA National events

Half price entry to all National Series events (excluding the National Championships) for one sailor

Custodians would need to store their RIB and bring it to all NS events and the National Championships. ITCA may be able to help with covered storage costs if the custodian is not able to store the boat at home.

If you can help email: [email protected]

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Help Needed
The Class are after some help with a contract for venue bookings going forward. Are you able to help?
If so please contact the Class Secretary: [email protected]
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Press Release: ITCA (World) Technical Update.
Dated: 06/11/2020
Topper 4.2 Sail clarification:
As you may be aware, Topper International in conjunction with Hyde sails has been developing a new Topper 4.2 sail. An initial batch of around 45 sails was approved for sale and released earlier this year.
Whilst overall the sail conforms to the necessary specifications, it has come to our attention that the dimensions of the sail panels and the orientation of the clew reinforcement patch on the sails in this batch mean that it is impossible for sailors to number their sails in accordance with the ITCA Topper Class Rules. The design of the sail has now been revised to facilitate the correct placement of numbers. All future 4.2 sails will be produced to the revised design.
It is important to stress that the overall dimension of the sails produced in the initial batch is identical to the overall dimensions of the revised sails. Therefore the sails from the initial batch offer neither a performance advantage nor disadvantage.
With this in mind, it has been agreed between Topper International Limited and ITCA (World) that for a ‘limited period’ the initial batch of sails will be accepted at equipment inspection and will be considered class legal for racing. This ‘limited period’ shall extend
until the final day of racing at the Topper World Championships in 2023. After this date the initial batch of sails will no longer be considered class legal for racing.
So in a spirit of fairness, until after the last day of racing at the Topper World Championships 2023 NO 4.2 sails will be subjected to detailed sail measurement at competitions and the only requirement to race with a 4.2 sail will be that the sail shall carry the makers identification mark and that the sail numbers, event (championship) number and national letters where required by the competition are clearly visible and easily read.
5.3 sails are unaffected by the above and they will continue to be subject to detailed sail measurement at World Championships and other events as required.
Richard Glynn
Vice-President Technical
ITCA (World)
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How can the ITCA 5.3 Training Team improve your racing performance?

Here’s what one sailor got out of the (slightly curtailed) 2019-20 5.3 squad and, as actions speak louder than words, Lucia just scored her best ever race result at NS1 at Draycote – a 7th in race 3.

Hi, my name is Lucia and I’m currently 16. After two great years of Topper zone squad, I was part of the ITCA 5.3 squad, this past year, and found it to be an incredible and invaluable experience helping me to progress; it prepared me for the expected summer racing. As there were lots of sailors from all over the country, I was able to meet many people and make new friends. We received first-class training from exceptional and motivational coaches. Although we were a large group of around 22 sailors, it felt like all the coaches got to know each individual, in a relatively short space of time, and therefore gave us personalised coaching tips and advice as well as more general feedback. In particular, I found that this really helped to identify and target my personal weaknesses and was key to my improvement. I would wholeheartedly encourage any 15-18 year old 5.3 sailor, who wish to advance with their sailing journey, to apply. In addition, if you’re concerned that being in the squad could interfere with your studies during a crucial school year (I was in Year 11 last year), don’t be worried as it is possible to balance school with sailing.

Entries close at 12:00 Friday, 9th October so… make sure you apply before then!!

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