Topper Traveller 1
Sunday 19 May 2013
National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire
The first Topper Traveller of 2013 took place in on 19 May in the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire. It had been postponed form March because of storm force winds. The forecast on this occasion was nearly the opposite, and we were afraid we might have been becalmed. But there was a nice breeze, and a lovely sunny day in Dublin Bay for a nearly record 49 boats at a first traveller of the season.
The second Traveller of the 5-Traveller series takes place in County Antrim Yacht Club in Whitehead on Sunday June 15th.
Topper Irish National Championship
5 - 7 July 2013, Donaghadee Sailing Club
International Topper Class World Championships
Loctudy, France, 21 - 26 July 2013
Topper British Nationals
Weymouth and Portland, 4 - 9 August 2013
Crewsaver Topper 5.3 Nationals, Sailing Solutions Topper 4.2 Summer Championships, Crewsaver Topper Regatta Fleet
Please note the entry fee of £195 only applies until 31st May 2013 From 1st- 30th June the entry fee will be £210 From 1st - 20th July £225 then from 21st July until the day of the event (if entry is still open) £295
Topper Ulster Championships
27 - 28 April 2013, East Antrim Boat Club
Congratulations to all the competitors and prizewinners, and thank you to East Antrim Boat Club for hosting a great event.
Overall Winners: 1st Liam Glynn, 2nd & 1st Lady Nicole Hemeryck, 3rd Tom Purdon
Under 17s: 1st Daniel Raymond, 2nd Conor Sherriff, 3rd Anna McNulty
Under 14s: 1st Peter Gilmore, 2nd Conor Quinn, 3rd Evie Byrne
Under 12s: 1st Geoff Powers, 2nd Rob Salters, 3rd Fouad Ghareeb
4.2 Fleet: 1st Jenna McCarlie, 2nd Lucy Kane, 3rd Aidan Ritson
Photos have been added to the Gallery - many thanks to the contributors.
If you would like to contribute any photos, please email
Notice of Race Sailing Instructions Entry Form Welcome
Topper Traveller 1 rescheduled for
Sunday 19 May 2013 at the
National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire
Please note: the Courtown Traveller will be rescheduled.
ISA Youth Nationals 4 - 7 April 2013
Lough Derg Yacht Club
Congratulations to all Topper Competitors. The fleet was of an exceptional standard! Special congratulations to:-
Nicole Hemeryck - 1st
Liam Glynn - 2nd
Tom Purdon - 3rd
ITCA (IRL) Online Membership 2013
To become a member of the ITCA (IRL), you must complete an ITCA (IRL) Membership Form and pay the designated membership fee. There are two membership categories, Full Membership costs £20 or €20, and Day Membership costs £6 or €6. Day Membership is available at events only and can be paid at every event.
Online Membership is our preferred method of payment and is necessary if you wish to apply or retain your championship number. Championship numbers will be issued at the end of May. To hold your existing championship number you must register online no later than the end of May 2013.
Please click HERE to join: Online Membership 2013
ISA National Conference
The ISA National Conference is back for its seventh year with even more interesting seminars and workshop than ever before. Taking place on the the 2nd of March 2013 in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, the conference is open to all with an interest in sailing, windsurfing and powerboating and is FREE to all ISA members.
A total of 20 interactive seminars and workshops will run across a range of diverse topics to suit all interests.
ISA Team Physio Mark McCabe will deliver a no-nonsense workshop on Strength & Conditioning. ISA Team Psychologist Kate Kirby will discuss how mental factors can influence performance. FinallyOlympic 49er sailor Matt McGovern will talk about the highs and lows of London 2012 and how it prepared him for his Rio 2016 campaign.
Registration is free but should be done in advance.
Discounts on Ferry bookings for The International Topper Class World Championships 2014
AFerryGroups are offering a 5% discount for competitors traveling to this years Worlds in Loctudy. Decided when you want to travel and where from and also check what you expect to pay (as there might be some other deals out there). Then is you are interested contact them on 0844 576 8845 and quote reference 'ITCA 2013'.
The discount have been primarily set-up for Brittany Ferries but they can also offer the same discount on other operators.
For full information, please see the News Section.
The 2013 ITCA (IRL) Event Calendar
An initial lineup of dates for the 2013 Calendar is now displayed on the Events page.
As further dates and venues are confirmed, they will be added.
Please click HERE to view.
International Topper Class World Championships
Cercle Nautique de Loctudy, Brittany, France
July 21st to 26th 2013
The International Committee has announced that the 2013 International Topper World Championships will be held from 21st to 26th July 2013 in Cercle Nautique de Loctudy (Loctudy Sailing Club).
The following documents have been provided by the ITCA.
ITCWC 2013 Notice
Loctudy - How to Get There
Loctudy Tourist Information
2012 Final Rankings
The 2012 Final Rankings have now been published.
Congratulations to all sailors for their exceptional performance during the year!
Beware Stolen Boats
Mersea triple trailer stolen last Saturday week from green hills in Dublin .
With the trailer were a full rig laser ; sail number 196757 with all the bits and launching trolly , another laser hull ( no spars , foils or sail) and a topper hull ( light red , quite unique as it was a manufacturing flaw ) with no spars , foils or sails ... The name if still on any of the stuff is Raymond .
Should you come across any of these boats please contact Alison Raymond: email@example.com or the Gardai
Notice to all Topper Sailors
Hi To All Topper Sailors,
This year the ISA have decided to set up a Topper Leinster Squad in conjunction with the Irish Topper Association. We have 2 coaching weekends set up this side of Christmas and another 2 before the ISA Nationals at Easter. The Topper Association is holding Open Training on the first of these weekends, on the 3rd and 4th of November in Blessington Sailing Club where the Leinster squad will be picked for the following sessions. The Topper Association proposes to run Open Training on the same subsequent weekends as the Leinster Squad , using the same venue as the squad where possible. The other weekends will be 1/2 December, 16/17 February, 9/10 March. Our main coach for the weekend will be Alan Ruigrok.
This coaching weekend is open to all Topper sailors and is a great chance for club sailors to get some top coaching and a good chance to get on to the ISA Topper Leinster Squad.
Sailors attending need to have their boats rigged for 10.30 a.m. on Saturday. They don’t have to be changed into their sailing gear but they do need to be ready for briefing at 10.30 a.m. sharp
Please bring your own lunch. Can you also bring running gear as you might be brought for a run.
The intended finishing time will be around 4.30 pm each day. The cost for the weekend is €50. Any sailor who can only do 1 day the cost will be €30. Any Sailors interested can they please contact me by email in case we need to call off the coaching due to the weather or any unforeseen. circumstances.
Topper Squad Winter 2012
Congratulations to the following sailors who have been selected for the ISA Topper Squad !
Topper Munster championships Skerries Sailing Club 15th & 16th September
Congratulations to Erica Ruigrok overall winner of the Topper Munster Championships.
Well done all the prizewinners and participants.
Thank you to Skerries for hosting a great event.
The full compliment of six races were completed.
Topper Traveller Results
Congratulations to all who competed in the Strangford Lough Topper Traveller
Remember our next event is in Skerries next weekend details below See you there !
Toppers Wanted Urgently
The Topper Association has been approached by a number of sailors/parents who want to move into the Topper Class, but are having difficulty in finding Toppers for sale. If you have a Topper you are considering selling, or might be moving out of the Topper yourself at the end of the season, would you consider putting an ad on the Topper website asap? A number of sailors are trying to get toppers to do winter training, and/or to do the remaining events of the season.
Please contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to discuss further.
Best wishes Margaret Kneafsey Chairman IRL Topper
Congratulations & Welcome Home to the Irish sailors at the Topper Worlds !
Following a successful event in Holland the Irish team has returned home. The Irish results were excellent with lots of sailors showing top form and also promise for the future.
Many of the newer topper sailors had fantasic results in the Silver Fleet and the Gold fleet sailors did us proud with Doug Power (5th overall), Erica Ruigrok (22nd) and Liam Glynn (27th) in the top 30.
If anyone has an event report or photos can you send them on please.
Check out the daily blog & results on the event website to keep up with all the news.
Daily updates are also being posted on the isa website www.sailing.ie