North Area Training

Open Training Programme 2022-23

Each year we organise an Open Coaching programme for the region's Topper sailors. Open Coaching is available to all ITCA members (if you are not a member you will be able to try one session with a temporary membership). This Coaching is an excellent opportunity to develop your skills alongside other Topper sailors. It aims to increase sailors’ skills, confidence and enjoyment in Topper sailing. The coaching will focus on boat set up, boat handling, boat speed, race tactics, wind strategy, starting techniques, target setting, fitness, diet and nutrition.

Open Training Programme 2022/23

Session  Date Club Notes / Focus of Training
#1 Sat 3rd September 22 Pennine SC RYA RTG Indicator
#2W Sat 8th October 22 Elton SC NW venue for shared topic with #2E 
#2E Sat 15th October 22 West Riding SC NE venue for shared topic with #2W
Girls Sat 12th November 22 Elton SC Girls only training
#3W Sat 26th November 22 Budworth SC NW venue for shared topic with #3E
#3E Sat 3rd December 22 Scaling Dam SC NE venue for shared topic with #3W
#4 Sat 28th January 23 Elton SC  
#5 Sat 25th March 23 Ripon SC  
#6 Sat 22nd April 23 Bolton SC  
#7 Sat 13th May 23 Tees & Hartlepool YC North Topper racing the the Sunday

An email with details of each coaching day will be sent out a few weeks ahead of the date for that event. The coaching events can be entered via the ITCA (GBR) websites Event Entry system Early entry is as places are limited and fill up quickly.

Provided there are sufficient numbers, sailors will be divided into groups of similar ability for part of the day's training. This helps the less experienced sailors work on one set of goals, while the more experienced sailors may work on slightly different goals.

The specific objectives for each coaching day are based on the RYA's Start Racing programme. Examples include mark rounding, starting technique, boat handling, wind strategy, boat on boat tactics, together with specialist techniques for setting up a topper in various conditions. As well as briefing and on-the-water training, we usually include coaching games and some friendly racing to help practice what has been learnt.

Our Open Coaching days normally start at 09:30am and finish around 4:30pm, depending on the light and conditions. Sailors are asked to have their boats rigged and be in the training room for 09:30am, but are requested not to change into sailing gear until they are asked to do so by the coaches. It is essential that all sailors wear appropriate clothing to keep them warm when wet, as it can be cold during the winter months.


RYA Topper Regional Training Group

This is training organised by the RYA and usually consists of a squad of 12 to 18 boats that train over 6 weekends from November through to May. The group is usually selected over a short series of race and training events during June & September and is open to sailors under the age of 15 years old on 31st December 2023. More details about RYA training can be found here

The events to be used in the selection of the North Training group for 2023-24 will include:

  • Sat 17th & Sun 18th June 2023 - RYA Regional Junior Championships - Bassenthwaite Sailing Club
  • 2nd September 2023 - Pennine SC - North Topper Open Training (secondary indicator)
  • 9th September 2023- Yorkshire Dales SC - North Topper Traveller (secondary indicator)

If you are interested in applying for this Training Group then you should attend all these events. 

For more information contact us.

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