ITCA (Irl) Notice of Race 2015

ITCA (Irl) Standard Sailing Instructions 2015


Irish Topper National Championships 2015

Friday 3 July - Sunday 5 July 

There is one week left to enter with the discounted fee of £70 for early entry
From Sunday 21 June the fee will increase to £80 as the final week of late entries will be accepted on Sail Racer online entry up until Sunday 28 June.

Direct link to Entry on Sail Racer
( if using an IPad turn to landscape to see the full menu features of Sail Racer)
Link to Sail Racer Information page
Link to Event Website - Packed with useful information - including Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions which every competitor needs to read.

You can also order Event Polo shirts at the same time as entering £15 - these must be ordered early to be able to pick up at Registration on the Thursday or Friday sessions.

Alternatively- order with payment  directly from behind the Bar by this Sunday 21 June

John Lewis
Event Organiser



ITCA (Irl) Topper Leinster Championships -

Rush Sailing Club  20th & 21st June

Lots planned for next week end. There is food for the sailors and games after sailing. Followed by a BBQ (cost €8) with live music after. There are a couple of B&Bs in Rush and the closest hotel is the Airport View. There is also ample space for camping and camper vans in the Club grounds. There will be a drying room to dry the sailing gear as well.


Topper Leinster at Rush Sailing Club - Notice of Race

Topper Leinster at Rush Sailing Club - Sailing Instructions

Topper Leinster at Rush Sailing Club - Entry Form



ITCA (Irl) would like to acknowledge Virtual Rigger who have kindly donated £250 worth of vouchers to be awarded at ITCA (Irl) Travellers/Training Events to young competitors for  their endeavours. Thank you Virtual Rigger.






Topper Irish Nationals - CAYC - 3rd to 5th July 2015



Two huge events are happening in Belfast Lough on the same dates in July. The Irish Topper National Championships at Whitehead, Belfast Lough and the TallShips. The official launch took place for the Tall Ships Belfast recently :http://www.u.tv/…/Summers-Tall-Ships-to-be-Belfasts-biggest….

Competitors and Supporters for the Topper Event should be considering their Accommodation arrangements now given these large Events. CAYC Event Website has a suitable list of local Hotels and B&Bs to Whitehead to checkout. 
https://topperinc2015.wordpress.com/local-gui…/accomodation/ Don't Delay !


Irish National Championships - Notice of Race

Entry Now Open - Click Here



2015 Topper World Championships


Fraglia Vela Riva,


Lake Garda, Italy 19-24 July 2015




Entry to the World Championship is €300 for entries up to the 1st June 2014, €320 for entries 2nd June to 1st July, and €400 for entries from the 2nd July


Two huge events are happening in Belfast Lough on the same dates in July. The Irish Topper National Championships at Whitehead, Belfast Lough and the TallShips. The official launch took place for the Tall Ships Belfast recently :http://www.u.tv/…/Summers-Tall-Ships-to-be-Belfasts-biggest….



Competitors and Supporters for the Topper Event should be considering their Accommodation arrangements now given these large Events. CAYC Event Website has a suitable list of local Hotels and B&Bs to Whitehead to checkout. 
https://topperinc2015.wordpress.com/local-gui…/accomodation/ Don't Delay !



Malahide Traveller 1

This traveller has been rescheduled for Sunday 28th June at Malahide Yacht Club. Training wil be planned for Saturday 27th June. Contact Trish Powers at toptrainingsouth.irl@gmail.com


ITCA (IRL) Jackets
Available directly from Azzurri Sport on telephone 00353 (0)51 85006600353 (0)51 850066
ask for Louise (she works Wedsnesday, Thursday, Friday). 
They are a black softshell jacket with the ITCA logo on front and the sailor's name on one sleeve - are priced at €55 (incl VAT) plus p&p.
Contact Trish Powers for further details

2015 Membership Now Open.

Click the Membership Tab above and follow the link



 ITCA Irl Championship Numbers 2015

As we approach membership renewal time, we thought that we would draw your attention to a few points regarding championship numbers.
To hold your existing championship number you must register online by 31st March 2015
New championship numbers are only issued upon request. Please note that a championship number is only required if you plan to compete in the UK Nationals or the World Championships. There are no events within Ireland that currently require you to submit one.
Championship numbers are not transferable with change of boat ownership. If you purchase a boat and wish to keep the number that came with it, you must request this.
ITCA (IRL) members should only be using championship numbers which fall within the ITCA (IRL) range, which is 400-499. If you purchase a boat with a number outside of this range you should not use it and (if required) request a new number.
Championship numbers can only be issued upon receipt of your membership fee.
Requests or queries should be emailed to Nicola Williamson ( membership.irl@gmail.com )



15% Off Fares to Weymouth for IRL Sailors

Calling any Topper IRL sailors who are keen to travel across to the UK Nationals in Weymouth next year 2nd - 7th July 2015 , then ITCA ( IRL ) have negotiated a 15% discount off "Motorist" fares with Stena Line.www.stenaline.co.uk ..

Should anyone be travelling by van up to 6m long that will not be used for commercial purposes they should select the ‘Motorhome / Minibus up to 6m long’ vehicle type.

Those attending will have the option of booking Economy, Flexi or Premiummotorist fares (terms and conditions vary for each) and the prices shown will include the agreed discount.

The discount is available on all Stena Line Irish Sea routes.

Any sailors & families who are planning to travel across in advance of the UK Nationals please e-mail Alistair McCarlie ITCA ( IRL ) Chairman in good time at topchair.irl@gmail.com who will offer the relevant code.



4.2 Virtual Rigger Summer Championship – UK Nationals,

Pwllheli Sailing Club  Wales

By - Jenna McCarlie, 47097 (480),

County Antrim Yacht Club. Whitehead. Northern Ireland

The Virtual Rigger Summer Championships started on Sunday 3rd August with some 33 boats entered. This was my second time competing in the Summer Championships when in 2013 at WPNSA, I finished 3rd overall (1st Lady) and was keen to go up the table. I remembered some names from last year and was pleased to see them all again.

 Knowing that the forecast was to be strong winds the first day was postponed with AP over 3 displayed in the morning and further AP over A later that day so we were all told to come back the next day ready for racing. Time to head to the Beach instead!!!

Each morning we were given a briefing in the Marquee with the 5.3 sailors and then separately from 4.2 coaches and PRO Kate Jones & Jim. Their instructions and pointers were great throughout the week.

We tried to get racing as soon as we got afloat each day with 2 races in the morning with lunch ashore and then back afloat for more races. Over the week we completed 13 races.

It was noticeable how much the wind increased with the sea breeze factor had on the size of the waves. Where I sail in Whitehead (CAYC ) which is on the entrance to Belfast Lough the waves and swell can get up to 2 metres. I felt happy and really enjoyed the experience of sailing in waves, practicing and using wave techniques to keep my boat going fast. Racing was very competitive throughout the week and all the girls on the results table started to pull away from the boys which was great, with one point of the week being 1st to 5th were all girls!!

On Friday 8th August the last day of racing I was sitting in second place behind Rachel McCluskey who was so consistent throughout the week and we had great competitive racing together all week. The wind was very light and even though we went afloat, racing was postponed to allow the wind to fill in. I said to myself  I had to sail to the best of my ability to get into 1st place and see how other results came about. The wind picked up from around 1100 and Kate Jones (PRO) set a windward / leeward course which was great given the wind direction and strength. I won all the races on the Friday and managed to take the Championship by 1 point. I was so pleased and excited when I came ashore

After we all came ashore all sailors were given a review by their coaches on their weeks sailing and then onto the Prize giving in the Giant Marquee. It was so exciting to go up onto the podium and be cheered by all those other sailors at the event.

If I was to give advice to new sailors competing for their first time in this event would be to always feel confident, always be prepared, never give up until crossing the finish line on the last race because you don't know what will happen and most importantly enjoy every minute of it!



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Topper Event Photos

Topper event photdo can be found at www.irishtopperracers.com

Thank you to Simon McIlwaine


SLYC - Traveller No.4 and Team Racing Weekend
Strangford LoughYC attracted a record 92 boats for the penultimate Topper Traveller event of the year; the competitors were treated to sparkling seas, blue skies and a brisk force 4 which the leading boats revelled in, and was just past the comfort zone of some of the youngest and smallest sailors. For the ?th year a charity team racing event was held the day before, raising a stunning £1200 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. 36 sailors in 12 teams sailed a round Robin event across two leagues, with a knockout final series in the afternoon. This event had attracted more than 36 entrants, and so the Topper Class quickly arranged a training session for the those who missed a team racing place. The final was contested by the indelicately named Butt Hawks, featuring 3 of[1]  Ireland's most successful topper sailors this year - Conor Quinn (Carlingford), Geoff Power (Waterford) and Andrew Mitchell (Whitehead). Their opposition was "The Beauty and her Beasts" with SLYC sailors Peter Gilmore and Juliette Kennedy with visiting sailor from Royal Harwich YC, Ollie Dixon. The Hawks were slick performers and in the second race an over enthusiastic roll tack with capsize spelled the end of the SLYC challenge. Saturday night brought everyone together for a meal and craic in the clubhouse, allowing the charity raffle ticket sellers to run riot.
Three races on Sunday run from "Stack Polly" by PRO PJ Gault were closely contested by four adversaries who have battled against each other all year. This time it was only one point that separated them, finishing Conor Quinn first, then Ross Morgan from Skerries, Peter Gilmore and Geoff Power separated on count back in that order. Jenny Fekkes took the top lady prize in great style, whilst it was Erin McIlwaine from Newcastle who dominated the 4.2 smaller rig fleet, with three bullets.
Thank you to the approximately 70 club members who helped run a safe and successful weekend, led by the indefatigable Heather Gilmore!
Peter Kennedy


Afloat Sailor of the Year 



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






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