ITCA (IRL) Annual General Meeting

The AGM of the ITCA  (IRL ) will take place on Sunday 7th September at SLYC after prize giving for Topper Traveller No.4.
Parents/Guardians of all ITCA members are invited to attend and their input would be greatly appreciated.


Expression of Interest for IRL Topper 2015 Events

ITCA (IRL ) would be welcome expressions of interest from all Clubs who may be in a position to be able to  host a variety of events for 2015. The schedule for next year is as follows and I would welcome your reply as soon as you are able so as to prepare the Calender for 2015.

  • Irish Nationals - normally early July  - to be held in Northern Ireland for 2015
  • Ulster Championships ( end of May ) 
  • Leinster Championships ( June )
  • Munster Championships ( August )
  • 2 x Travellers in Northern Ireland
  • 3 x Travellers in Ireland


Regards, Alistair

Alistair McCarlie
ITCA (IRL) Chairman
07540 370062

RYANI Topper Junior Squad Applications Now Open

Please be advised that applications to the RYANI Topper Junior Squad is now available through


Topper Munster Championships

23rd and 24th August at Wexford Harbour Boating and Tennis Club



Topper Traveller No.3

Traveller No.3 is on Sunday 20th July at Wicklow Sailing Club. For further information click on the link below:


Sail Lost

Training sail lost at the Nationals at WHSC on the 6th July. It has the sail number 46918 on it and is not in a sail bag. If found please contact Susan Spain +353878166010

Topper Worlds and British Nationals online entry is now open at:
Please note: The entry fees for the Topper GBR National Championships are set to increase from Saturday 24th May 2014. The entry fee schedule for this event is as follows:
£195 - on or before the 24th May
£210 - 25th May - 20th June
£225 - 21st June - 17th July
£295 - 18th July onwards

Topper Leinsters 3rd and 4th May at National Yacht Club Dun Laoghaire Sponsored by The Jelly Bean Factory







Smile!!: Our sponsors The Jelly Bean Factory have organised a photographer on the water on Saturday. The photo will be available free to down load and keep as often as you like. So strike a pose and look good, you will be on camera!

Boat delivery: Toppers can be delivered to NYC immediately after the ISA Youth Nationals in Howth on Sunday 27th April up to 7pm. Trailer storage facilities are available free of charge in the coal harbour for your road trailer from Sunday 27th April to Sunday 4th May. Please note this is parking is not monitored and secured only by a padlock. If you require secure parking, please call Tom Whelan at Solas Marine 0872480278 who will accommodate trailers and RIBs for a fee.

Registration Office will be open Friday 2nd May 5.30pm to 7.30pm and Saturday 3rd May 8.30am to 10am. These are also the times to deliver your Topper to NYC if you have not done so on Sunday 27th April.

Dining at NYC A casual and sociable barbecue has been organised for sailors and parents on Saturday evening 3rd May all are invited to enjoy the Saturday evening sunshine on the balcony! Full dining facilities are available at NYC for the duration of the event, please look at the NYC event web site or contact Louise on 01 2805725.

Event Website: The event website has information on If you have any other queries, please call Susan Spain on 0878166010 

Training Day at LEYC 17th May

We are in the final stages of putting together a one day training session at Lough Erne Yacht Club. This will take place on Saturday 17th May and will be followed on the Sunday by a 3 race Topper traveller event.
The training session will be headed up by Chris Penney (RYA head Topper coach) and as usual, due to maintaining instructor/sailor ratios, places will be limited to 18 or 20. The cost for the day will be around £22 (or 25 Euro). We are hoping to organise the training groups so that all racing ability levels can be catered for.
If you are interested and wish to reserve a place, please drop an email to:
Simon McIlwaine  ( )


Topper Handbook available to view or download. Follow the link under the TOPPER Tab or Click Here. 



ITCA Irl Membership for 2014

Please remember that you must be a member of ITCA Irl class association. This can be done online by clicking the link below or on the day of the event that you first sail at.



2014 GBR Nationals and ITCA Topper Worlds - Pwllheli, Wales
GBR Nationals  Racing days are Sunday 3 - Thursday 7th August
---  3 day rest period ---
ITCA Topper World Championships  Racing days are Monday 11 - Friday 15th August 2014
Entry fee is £195 for the UK Nationals and £235 for the Topper Worlds (Late entry fees apply)
The Topper Worlds fee is reduced to £205 if entering both events.
Online entry will be opening soon.


ITCA (IRL)  Online Membership 2014

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 towards the end of May. To hold your existing championship number you must register online no later than the end of May 2014.

Afloat Sailor of the Year 



Liam Glynn, Topper World Champion 2013, has been nominated for "Afloat Sailor of the Year"! 

Please cast your vote for him using this link:-



Leinster Championships 2013 - Blessington

Click here to access photos of Leinster Championships - Photos courtesy of Simon McIlwaine - Newcastle Sailing Club


Topper World Championships 2016

The International Topper Class Association is looking to Ireland as a potential venue for the 2016 Topper World Championships. This will likely be confirmed during Worlds 2014 in Pwhelli Sailing Club and the selection process will be managed by ITCA ( IRL ) committee prior to presenting the successful Host Club to ITCA International.

ITCA ( IRL ) would be interested in receiving "expressions of interest" from any clubs in Ireland who feel they have the facilities and resources to be able to run this major event.

Please contact Alistair McCarlie, by Friday 7th December 2013 with a presentation for consideration by the committee



Topper Traveller 4

Sunday 8th September 2013
Strangford Lough Yacht Club

Congratulations to all competitors - a phenomenal entry of 80 Toppers for this event!  Many thanks to Strangford Lough Yacht Club and all the organisers for such a successful event.

1st Place:  Nicole Hemeryck, National Yacht Club, 2nd Place:  Liam Glynn, Ballyholme Yacht Club, 3rd Place:  Daniel Raymond, National Yacht Club.  4.2 Fleet:  1st Place:  Jenna McCarlie, County Antrim Yacht Club.

Full Results will be posted shortly. 



Topper Leinsters

Blessington Sailing Club
17th & 18th August 2013

A very successful Leinster Championships took place at the weekend in Blessington.  Congratulations to Liam Glynn who took 1st place overall, followed by Nicole Hemeryk, National Yacht Club, in 2nd and Tom Purdon, Strangford Lough Yacht Club, in 3rd.  In the 4.2 class, Jenna McCarlie, County Antrim Yacht Club, was first overall.

Full results, 5.3 Fleet

Congratulations to all the competitors who did very well in challenging conditions! 

A great BBQ and singsong was held on the Saturday night.  Thank you to Blessington Sailing Club and all the organisers of the event.

Congratulations to the Irish Competitors who did so well at the British Nationals in Weymouth!

There was strong Irish representation at the British Nationals last week in Weymouth, with 33 Irish sailors competing.

In the 5.3 Class, 250 boats competed in 16 races over 6 days.  Prizewinners were Nicole Hemeryk (NYC) 2nd overall and First Lady, Liam Glynn (BYC) 4th, Daniel Raymond (NYC) 8th and Anna McNulty (CLYC) 21st.  14 Irish Sailors in total achieved the Gold fleet.

In the 4.2 Class, Jenna McCarlie (CAYC) was 3rd overall and First Lady, followed by Ellen McCarlie (CAYC) in 4th.

Full results are available here:

Topper World Championship 2013

Loctudy, France, 21 - 26 July

Liam Glynn from Ballyholme Yacht Club, Bangor, Co. Down has been crowned the Topper World Champion 2013.

5 days of racing yielded 12 races with light to medium winds and great competition throughout the fleets.  Liam comments:-

"I thoroughly enjoyed the racing at Loctudy, which was a great sailing area.  I appreciate the support of my teammates, family and friends throughout the event, and look forward to racing again at the British Nationals in a weeks time!"

The tightly knit Irish team had great results, with a total of 5 top 20 finishes:-  Niamh Doran in 12th, Tom Purdon in 14th, Conor Sherriff in 17th and Alison Dolan in 19th.  Conor Sherriff also won First Youth.  Congratulations to all the Irish team!

CN Loctudy Final Press Release
ISA Article
Ballyholme Yacht Club Article
ITCA World Facebook Page








Latest News


Topper Traveller No.4 - Strangford Lough Sailing Club


Revised Results from Traveller No.4 held at SLYC on the 7th September can be found on the "Results" tab and click on the link. (Click Here)


Overall Taveller Results can also be found on the "Results" tab or (Click Here)

On-line entry now open at

On-line entries will automatically go into the prize draw for a new Topper 5.3 Sail and will be drawn at prize-giving on Sunday 7th September.


Team Racing Charity Event

Saturday 6th September

Entries from teams or individuals can be accepted.

Limited to 36 entries, £20 per child

Please Contact Heather Gilmore

Topper Traveller No.3 - Wicklow Sailing club

Results from Traveller No.3 held at Wicklow Sailing Club on the 20th July can be found on the "Results" tab and click on the link. (Click Here)


Overall Taveller results can also be found on the "Results" tab or click here. 


Topper Irish Nationals

Results from Irish Topper National Championships are now available online. Please go to "Results" tab and click on "Topper National Championships"


Topper Ulsters

Results from Topper Ulsters now available online. Please go to "Results" tab and click on "Topper Ulster Championships"

 Topper Traveller Overall Results & Topper Traveller 2 - LEYC Results

Overall topper traveller series results are now available online. Results from traveller 2 also available. Please go to results tab to view.

Topper Leinsters

Results now available online. Please go to "Results" tab and click on "Topper Leinster Championships".

Click Here for photographs from the event



Irish Topper Nationals

4th - 6th July 2014

Waterford Harbour Sailing Club

Click Here to follow link to event page


Events Calendar 2014

Has been updated with confirmed events for the season ahead


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