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.

Special opportunity to sail out of the venue of the 2014 ISA Youth Nationals


Howth YC will kindly play host to an ITCA open Topper training event on March 22nd and 23rd

With guest GBR coach Dave Cockerill.


More details soon.


Please apply to - places limited.


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.


Topper 4.2 Sail Offer!!
In an attempt to promote the development of the Topper Class in Ireland
the Irish Topper Class Association (Ireland) are delighted to announce the offer of a limited number of Topper 4.2 Sails at a significantly reduced price to Topper Association Members.
These sails are available at a reduced price of €100 per sail. The Offer has been made possible by the kind support of Proctor Designs and Sailing Solutions.
To register your interest, please email either:
Alistair McCarlie at  
Bob Sherriff at
Please include:
the sailors name,age and their Sailing club.
Should the offer be oversubscribed we will make a draw and allocate the sails accordingly. We will then continue to try to secure additional sails to allocate to interested sailors.
Please apply by 31st Jan  2014
The ITCA (IRL) Committee     

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

ITCA Open Topper Training at RCYC

Saturday & Sunday 7th & 8th December

 Rigged and ready to launch 10am sharp
 Bring plenty of warm clothing for both on and off water
Wear a hat and no exposed skin
 Bring your own lunches
 Cost is €55 – two days coaching and dinner at the club on Saturday.
 The RCYC families have kindly offered to accommodate sailors, please contact
Sue Walsh to arrange or 087 6004054
 Please reply to or 086 8325930 to register for training.
 Topper sailors of every ability welcome.



Open to  topper sailors of every ability

4.2 sailors also very welcome.


Saturday 16th November 2013


At Wicklow Sailing Club


Rigged and ready for 10am

Please contact Trish on: 


if you intend to come along

Cost will be €25 for the day.

Bring your lunch and plenty of warm clothing  - could be very cold.

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

 Open Topper Training with Barry McCartin
Royal Cork YC - October 28th & 29th October (mid-term)

 Open to all sailors

Barry McCartin will run a 2 day coaching clinic for all Topper sailors at the Royal Cork Yacht Club on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th October (mid-term). Entry form below

Training will start at 10:30am on both mornings, rigged and ready to go and conclude with evening meal and debrief in the club house approximately 5pm.

We are aiming for a price of approx. 60 euro per person for the training which includes dinner on both evenings.

Also, we hope to put up all sailors travelling to the training with Topper families in the Club. Please let us know if you need accommodation by contacting Sue Walsh at

 Download entry form


Photos from World Championships
and British Nationals

Many thanks to Simon McIlwaine for sharing his Flickr albums with the IRL Topper community.  They are fantastic!

To view, click here:-
World Championships
British Nationals 

Missing Sail !!

A sail has gone astray at the SLYC traveller last weekend.

Sail No: 47165

Please check in case it was picked up in error

If found, please contact the webmaster @ so it can be returned to the rightful owner


The RYANI Youth Championships and Schools Cup
Reminder:  Applications will not be accepted after 23rd September
28-29 September 2013, Ballyholme Yacht Club (scroll down for further information)

Next Event:  Topper Munsters

Royal Cork Yacht Club, 14th & 15th September 2013

Entry Form

Notice of Race

We're all looking forward to welcoming you to the RCYC at the weekend for the Topper Munsters. Registration will take place in the dinghy centre from 7 - 8pm on Friday evening and from 9am on Saturday morning. Sailors briefing is 10am on Saturday and FG 11.25. FG on Sunday will be 10.25.

A sailing supper is arranged for Saturday evening in the Club dining room and it would be great if we could all eat together. On the menu is creole chicken with saffron rice and a selection of delicious salads or homemade prime beefburger with fries and salads - all at only 10 euro per head.

Several local families are able to accommodate sailor and/or sailors and parent. Please contact Sue Walsh at if you need accommodation.

Finally, if you or your club are able to bring down an extra Topper or two, we have lots of sailors here who would welcome the opportunity to take part in the event. Contact Sue at the email above if you have a boat or boats that we could use.

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the weekend.

Please contact Celine McGrath by email at or print and post the Entry form.

The RYANI Youth Championships and Schools Cup

28-29 September 2013, Ballyholme Yacht Club
Please enter for the event online here 
Event Website

Reminder:  Applications will not be accepted after 23rd September

The event will act as an indicator for all sailors interested in being selected for RYANI Junior and Youth Squads (along with Topper Traveller 4 @ SLYC and Open Pathway @ BYC 21-22 September). . See the RYANI page for further information on squads and Open Pathway training.

Topper Traveller 5

Sunday 6th October 2013
Skerries Sailing Club

Entry Form
Notice Of Race
Sailing Instructions

Skerries Sailing Club are also hoping to have a training day on Saturday the 5th subject to numbers.
If numbers are high they may require 2 coaches, so please advise if you wish to take part.
Please contact Aidan Staunton 0862426156 or email

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 Team Racing in Aid of Cystic Fibrosis

Saturday 7th September 2013
Strangford Lough Yacht Club

A very successful Team Racing event was held with 12 teams participating and over £1000 raised for Cystic Fibrosis.  Thank you to the competitors and organisers!  Lots of fun was had by all and we look forward to this event again next year.

Meningitis Chase Race

Saturday 7th September 2013
East Antrim Boat Club

The Meningitis Chase Race, was also very successful with over £3000 being raised for Meningitis and lots of fun had by all.  Well done to the competitors and organisers!


We are organising topper training in RCYC on Friday the 23rd and Saturday 24th of August to coincide with the Laser Nationals. This coaching is open to sailors of all abilities. Head Coach for the weekend will be Mark Dolan and will be joined by Sian Kneafsey if required. Coaching will start at ten. During the two days we would hope to cover:

Boat handling
Boat speed
Boat prep

If interested please contact Imelda D’Arcy by email: 

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

Topper Traveller 3

Sunday 14th July 2013
Courtown Sailing Club, Courtown



Topper Irish National Championship

5 - 7 July 2013, Donaghadee Sailing Club

66 Competitors took part in the Topper Irish Nationals at Donaghadee, including 12 from the GBR squad.

The overall winner and Irish National Champion was Liam Glynn from Ballyholme Yacht Club. 
2nd:  Daniel Raymond, National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire. 
3rd:  Tom Purdon, Strangford Lough Yacht Club.  1st Lady:  Bella Fellows, Yealm Yacht Club
First Irish Lady:  Nicole Hemryk from the National Yacht Club 
1st Overall 4.2  Rig Irish Champion:  Jenna McCarlie, County Antrim Yacht Club.

Congratulations to everyone who took part in this event, and many thanks to Donaghadee Sailing Club for hosting a successful event.

Press Release

Photo Gallery

Full Artlcle and Pictures

Topper Irish Nationals Results 2013


Topper Traveller 2

Saturday 15 June 2013
County Antrim Yacht Club, Whitehead

Well done to all the sailors who competed in very challenging conditions at Topper Traveller 2.  Many thanks to all at County Antrim Yacht Club for hosting an excellent event.

Special congratulations to the prizewinners:-

1st Overall:  Liam Glynn, Ballyholme Yacht Club
2nd Overall:  Daniel Raymond, National Yacht Club
3rd Overall:  Peter Gilmore, Strangford Lough Yacht Club
1st Lady:  Emma McKnight, Strangford Lough Yacht Club

Under 17:  1st Conor Sherriff, Courtown SC; 2nd Patrick Coyle, NYC; 3rd Emma McKnight, SLYC
Under 14:  1st Conor Quinn, Carlingford Lough YC; 2nd Issy Delamar, Howth YC; 3rd Luke McIlwaine, Newcastle YC
Under 12:  1st Ross Donnelly, Skerries SC; 2nd Fouad Ghareeb, Lough Erne YC

4.2 Class:  1st Jenna McCarlie, County Antrim Yacht Club

Full Results

The First Dutch International Topper Championships

will be held at
Eemhof Watersportcenter and Beachclub in Holland
August 31 - September 1, 2013

Open event - sailors from all NTCAs will be welcome

Many thanks to Simon McIlwaine for providing an excellent selection of photographs from the Topper Ulsters, April 27-28, East Antrim Boat Club.

To view, please see the Photo Gallery.

If anyone would like a hi-res copy, please email

It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that Lynne Cockerill passed away peacefully yesterday with her family at her side (Wednesday 19th June).  The family as a whole have all given so much to British Sailing and the Topper Class in particular.  Dave is GBR Topper coach and has been instrumental in develping the Topper as a racing boat. His son Adam sailed Toppers as a child and is now a GBR Intermediate squad coach.


Many people might have met Lynne (wife and mother respectively) at events, or coaching, over the years as they travelled extensively in their camper van, or may have spoken to her if they had been in contact with the family business, Sailing Solutions. Lynne’s smile will live on in our hearts forever, and all of our most sincere thoughts and best wishes are with Dave, Adam, Jackie and Hannah at this time.

The family have expressed their profound thanks for the tremendous support they have received over the recent period and with so many people keen to express their condolences, they have set up a memorial website page for thoughts / stories / memories that you may wish to share with the family about Lynne.  This can be found at I know they would love to hear them.

Attending the GBR Topper British Nationals?

If anyone is bringing a rib can they please let Andy Millington know (ribmaster© so he can reserve a pontoon spot and get rib owners properly involved.

Did anyone find a bag of Straps left behind at the Ulsters?

The straps were last seen in an LIDL bad in the field. There should be an orange and a red rachet and a lovely new navy rachet. If found please contact  Many Thanks!

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.


For the Full Report, Results and pictures, click here


The second Traveller of the 5-Traveller series takes place in County Antrim Yacht Club in Whitehead on Sunday June 15th.

 International Topper Class World Championships

Loctudy, France, 21 - 26 July 2013

Link to Online Entry

If you are having issues with entry - please limit your Post Code to 6 digits; this should sort the problem.  Thanks!



 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



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












Latest News

 Topper Leinsters

3rd and 4th May

National Yacht Club


Click Here for Event Pages & Entry 

Irish Topper Nationals

4th - 6th July 2014

Waterford Harbour Sailing Club

Click Here to follow link to event page


Topper Traveller No.1 Results online. Click RESULTS

First Traveller

Carlingford Lough Yacht Club

Sunday 30th March

@ Carlingford Lough Yacht Club

Please Note CLYC is located at:

Killowen Point



Co Down


Events Calendar 2014

Has been updated with confirmed events for the season ahead


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