North Area Training

Open Training Programme 2020-21

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 2020/21

  Date Club Head Coach Notes / Focus of Training
1 Sat. 19st Sept 2020 Pennine SC Curtis Mearns Boat Handling
2 Sat 17th Oct 2020 West Riding SC Lucy Mearns TBC
Sat 14th Nov 2020 Budworth SC Adam Millington TBC
4 Sat 5th Dec 2020 Ripon SC TBC TBC
5 Sat 2nd Jan 2021 Jumbles SC Adam Millington TBC
6 Sat 16th Jan 2021 Ripon SC TBC TBC
7 Sat 6th Feb 2021 Elton SC TBC TBC
8 Sat 13th Mar 2021 Pennine SC TBC TBC

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.

Please note: Due to current restrictions, training days are running under a differnent format to usual

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 selected over a short series of race and training events during September and is open to sailors under the age of 15 years old on 31st December 2020. More details about RYA training can be found here

The events to be used in the selection of the North Training group for 2020-21 will include:

  • NE Area Champs - Beaver SC - Sat 5th Sept
  • Open Tranining - Pennine - Sat 19th Sept
  • Regional Championships - UYC - 26th/27th Sept

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

With the current uncertainties there is an additional Topper Traveller event on Sat 12th Sept at LLSC which may be used for selection, it is advised that you also attend this event.


The Provisional North Regional Training Group dates for 2020/21 are listed below:

7 or 8 November 2020 - Land Day

21 & 22 November 2020 - West Kirby SC

12 & 13 December 2020 - Derwent Reservoir

23 & 24 January 2021 - Beaver SC

13 & 14 Feb 2021 -

20 & 21 Mar 2021 - Sunderland SC

24 & 25 Apr 2021 - LLSC

For more information contact us.



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