Invitational Coaching

The aim of ITCA (GBR) Invitational coaching is to enable sailors who compete regularly at National Series (NS) Events and are planning to continue sailing in the class going forward, the opportunity to develop their sailing skills further with sailors of similar ability and performance levels.

The plan is to run approximately 3-4 weekends throughout the year at various inland and coastal venues with highly experienced guest coaches where they will work with sailors to hone their racing skills. 

This is a really exciting opportunity for the Sailors to have a great learning experience and really push to get the maximum out of sailing their Topper.

Please see the Policy link below and if you have questions, please contact:
Vice Chair (Training) Email: [email protected]


ITCA GBR 5.3 Sail Classification Invitational Coaching Selection Policy


ITCA GBR 4.2 Sail Classification Invitational Coaching Selection Policy


November 2023 4.2 Invitational Coaching - Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club 18th/19th Nov 23, with coaches Tom Scott and Mark Ripley.

Link to Finalised 4.2 Sailor Position Table for the November 2023 Invitational Coaching - ITCA Members as of 12th October 2023.


January 2024 5.3 Invitational Coaching - Carsington SC 27th/28th Jan 24, with coaches Steve Irish and Tom Goodbourn (3rd coach tbc).

Link to Finalised 5.3 Sailor Position Table for the January 2024 Invitational Coaching - ITCA Members as of 4th October 2023.



July 2023 Invitational Coaching – Poole YC




 On 1st/2nd July 2023, ITCA organised Invitational Coaching Event at Poole YC where we had 24 very enthusiast Topper sailors from across the country in attendance looking to hone their racing skills. The class association arranged for 3 amazing coaches, these being experienced head coach Helena Lucas MBE along with Tom Scott and Mark Ripley. The sailors all enjoyed the weekend spending the maximum amount of time on the water in sunshine and windy conditions. They have taken away a great deal of learning and experience from the coaching. The feedback received from the sailors and parents/guardians has been amazing.

Link to Yachts and Yachting Report from the weekend here.




…..and for 2024

ITCA (GBR) have also been very busy arranging the Invitational coaching dates for 2024, so you can add them to your sailing planner!

The 2024 dates for your diary are:

   2024 Invitational Coaching Weekend 1 – 27th/28th January 2024

   2024 Invitational Coaching Weekend 2 – 20th/21st April 2024

   2024 Invitational Coaching Weekend 3 – 6th/7th July 2024

Venue and coaches are to be confirmed, however we are working to book excellent venues and exciting coaches for our Topper Sailors to continue to develop their race skills to be the best they can be.


January 2023 Invitational Coaching – Northampton SC

On 28th/29th January 2023, ITCA organised an Invitational Coaching Event at Northampton Sailing Club with the World Championship winning head coach Steve Irish along with Charlotte Bonnella and Angus Kemp.
Link to Yachts and Yachting Report - January 2023: 
Start Practice at the ITCA (GBR) Invitational Coaching (Jan 2023)
Sailors listening attentively at the ITCA (GBR) Invitational Coaching (Jan 2023)

 Our first Invitational Coaching Weekend at Weymouth


Draycote Invitational Coaching and Yachts and Yachting Report by Midlands Area Rep, Mike Powell:





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