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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

Re-Activate old Toppers – special offer

Tips and tricks to help you rejuvenate your Topper Read More

Regional All-Girls Training at Datchet on 8 April

Book your place on the Regional All Girls Training day at Datchet Water SC while there are still places available. Read More

The 2017 Topper Worlds are now open for entries

The International Topper Class Association is delighted to be returning to Cercle Nautique de Loctudy for the 2017 Topper World Championships. Further details including access to the online entry system can be found on the International ITCA website Read More

Sam Cooper - RYA NW Youth Champion 2017

Sam Cooper from Southport has been named as RYA North West Youth Champion 2017. Read More

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I wanted to let you all know that our Topper 47781 which was stolen a couple of weeks ago has been returned to us tonight. Thanks to neighbours vigilance the thief has been apprehended!! So if you see this topper on the circuit in the future it will be owned by a very legitimate family! Thanks for all the messages we received on this. ... See moreSee less

Sally Dugdale shared RYA North East Region's post to the group: ITCA (GBR) - Toppers in the UK.

Calling all Topper sailors we have agreed with the North East Youth Travellers Series organisers that the following 5 events will form the NE Topper Traveller series with the best 3 scores to count;

Scaling Dam NE 8th April
Beaver SC Y&H 15th April
Yorkshire Dales SC Y&H 22nd April
RiponSC Y&H 8th July
Pennine SC Y&H 2nd September

The organisers have advised Toppers will be offered their own start providing we have 8 Toppers a an event. Please make every effort to attend (even if you are based in the Midlands or NW) to get this area up & running again.😌
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REGIONAL YOUNG SAILORS PREPARE FOR THE NEW SEASON Young sailors across the region are polishing their boats and dusting off their bouyancy aids as they get ready to do battle with each other, and the weather, during this spring and summer. No sooner do the clocks go forward than the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) North East Youth Travellers Series 2017 takes to the water. Sailing clubs throughout the RYA North East Region will host the fleet as it travels around the area, from Kielder Water in the north down to Sheffield in the south. “I am very pleased to welcome our Youth Travellers Series on to the water again this year,” said Ian Smith, Chairman of the RYA North East Region. “Sailing and competing at different venues, combating different weather conditions on unfamiliar waters are very important lessons for our young sailors as they prepare to take the next steps towards national competitions. Over the past ten years, the RYA North East Travellers Series has produced several young sailors who have since gone on to represent the UK in national and international competitions.” “We will be providing coaching at each venue, to hone the skills of the most experienced and to help those sailing away from home for the first time.” “To make life easier for the young sailors, their parents and coaches, the series will be split into northern and southern leagues, so that travelling costs are kept as low as possible. However the youngsters are encouraged to sail at as many venues as possible, both in the north and south of the region and can qualify for prizes in both leagues if desired. The final event will be at Ripon Sailing Club on 8 July 2017 when the winners of each league will be awarded their trophies.” RYA North East Youth Travellers Series – dates and venues 2017 Southern League 1st April Denholme SC 15th April Beaver SC 22nd April Yorkshire Dales SC 20th May Filey SC 3rd June Ulley SC 17th June Scammonden SC Northern League 8th April Scaling Dam SC 29th April Kielder Water SC 13th May Teesdale SC 27th May South Shields SC 10th June Sunderland YC 17th June Derwent Reservoir SC 8th July (Joint Prizegiving) Ripon SC Love Boating? Then why not join the association that promotes and protects, safe, successful and rewarding British boating. Join today and support the RYA in protecting your boating rights and freedoms. Take advantage of free advice and support on all aspects of your boating, as well as enjoying a range of fantastic personal member offers. Find out more by calling 02380 604 159, email member.services@rya.org.uk or visit www.rya.org.uk

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Hi all,
I repaired a broken downhaul for a sailor while afloat on Sunday at Carsington. The strop had snapped and the only way to keep them sailing was to use the last spare I had in my dry bag. If you found an extra carabiner after packing up at Carsington please PM me... thanks. WW
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