Welcome to the home of Topper sailing in the South East. We’re the South East area of the International Topper Class Association (GBR). The ITCA (GBR) organizes fabulous national Topper racing events, all around the country. On this webpage you’ll find out all about local Topper racing and training events, get advice about making your Topper faster, and find out what our sailors have achieved. All this is run by the parents of Topper sailors – take a quick look at our welcome pages for more information about who we are, the area we cover, what we do, and how you can join in.

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Downs Traveller

Sunday 21st May saw Downs Sailing Club giving their usual warm welcome to the South East Toppers.  22 sailors took to the water with a good breeze at first, but becoming very light as the day progressed.  The tides made for some very interesting courses, and a few sailors learned quite a bit in the afternoon.  Congratulations to Scott Wilkinson, 1st, Curtis McKay, 2nd, and Coco Barratt, 3rd.

This event marks the half-way point in the 2017 traveller series. It is turning out to be a really excellent year, with only five points separating the four leading sailors.  Amazingly, we have six different victors from six events sailed!  Well done to our current leader, Curtis McKay!

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Erith Traveller

Congratulations to Coco Barrett, winner of the 5th Traveller of 2017 at Erith Yacht Club, and to Curtis McKay and Scott Wilkinson who came 2nd and 3rd respectively.

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Rooster SE Traveller at DSWC

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Saturday 22nd April saw the Toppers return to Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre.  Here is our race report from Leo Wilkinson.

Twenty two Toppers took part in this city Traveller Series event, with nine local sailors from DWSC entering. We launched into 6-10 knots of breeze on Millwall Outer Dock, but it was very patchy and shifty with all the skyscrapers around. The first race started with a tight pin end bias with myself, Fin, Coco and Curtis breaking away from the pack. We tussled all race but eventually Fin got ahead, followed by me, Curtis, Aaron and Coco.

In between races there was a big left hand shift which made the started even tighter at the pin, resulting in a single recall. In that race we discovered that whilst going down wind, if you sailed as close as you dared to the dock wall, you accelerated, even though there were tall buildings above you. I won, followed tightly by Fin and Yana.

In race three the wind levelled our over the course and it was between Fin, Coco, Curtis and myself but Fin romped away, leaving Coco in second and Curtis in third positions.

Going into the final race, with Coco having an OCS in the second race and Curtis a couple of points behind, it was a race between Fin and I for the overall top position. Fin won the race with Curtis, me and Coco having a photo finish.

Congratulations to Fin on his win in challenging conditions. Thanks to the club volunteers, all the competitors and all the parents for braving the centre of London.

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Thanks!

Huge thanks for Tony Rowe from the RYA Youth Training Fund for supporting South East topper sailors over the 2016/17 programme. Watch this space for coaching sessions!

Thanks again Tony!
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2016/17 Winter Training Dates

The 2016/17 Winter training dates have all been finalised, with Island Barn Reservoir SC hosting the training on Sunday 8 January after the Bloody Mary race at QMSC on Saturday 7 January.

To help continue promoting the Open Coaching training events, it would be appreciated if you could download the poster below and circulate it to your sailing club junior membership.

2016/17 Training Poster

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Congratulations

2016/2017 Squads Announced

Congratulation to all of the South East Topper sailors who have been selected to be part of the RYA and ITCA Squads for this year. Each squad will undertake a series of coaching weekends over the Winter and early Spring to prepare them for the racing season.

RYA Topper SE Zone Squad – Head Coach: Charlotte Bonnella

Aaron Evans, Adam Grimwood, Alex Head, Alfie Lester, Bill Hudson, Charles Close, Henry Koe, James Deaton, James Smaggasgale, Johnny Woolgar, Lawrence Donnelly, Leo Wilkinson, Maisie Bristow, Robin Stein, Samuel Brackley, Thomas Williamson & Yana Skvortsova

SE Sailors selected to the ITCA (GBR) Topper 4.2 UK Squad – Head Coaches: Charlotte Bonella & Lynn Billowes

Bjørn Handley, Cameron Sword, Harriet Sacker, Henry Koe & James Smaggasgale

SE Sailors selected to the ITCA (GBR) Topper UK Youth Squad – Head Coach: Sally Dugdale

Annabel Sumeray Josie Meredith, Liam Schiess, Lily Barrett, Maxi Tustain & Oliver Williamson

SE Sailors selected to the RYA Topper Intermediate Squad – Head Coach: Flip Foulds

Anabelle Esqulant & Finlay Swanton

SE Sailors selected to the RYA Topper Junior Squad – Head Coach: Natalie Lloyd

Coco Barrett & Scott Wilkinson

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2016/17 Winter Open Training

Winter Training dates for 16/17 are now listed on the SE Open Coaching page along with links to the ITCA booking site.  We have a session booked each month from November and are keeping costs at £25 per day.  If you would like to participate and are new to SE Toppers you can do the 1st session without joining ITCA.  If you have any questions about training there is lots of info on the SE Open Coaching page otherwise please contact me at “training.southeast@gbrtopper.co.uk”.  Please book early as places are limited.

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Topper World Championships

Congratulations to South East sailor Tim Hartnell from Lancing SC for an excellent 2nd place finish at the Topper World Championships at Ballyholme on Belfast Lough.

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Tim Hartnell (left), winner Elliott Kuzyk (centre) and Sam Cooper (right). Photograph by Simon McIlwaine

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Eventful Hastings Traveller

Congratulations to Morgan Archer, Liam Schiess and Nial Schiess for surviving the very difficult conditions at Hastings this weekend to take the top three positions. All the sailors who braved the conditions deserve mention; well done to Anabelle, Tom, Charlie, and Magnus. The price: three broken masts, two ripped sails, and one or two hull scratches, but you’ll be talking about this one for ages!

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We’ve reached the two-thirds point in the VR 2016 Traveller Series, and Morgan Archer has a commanding lead. While he can still be caught, it’s looking increasingly unlikely. The remaining trophy positions are still wide open though, and any of half a dozen sailors could take second place once all the races are sailed.

The next two events are both on the sea – excellent practice for this summer’s Topper Nationals at North Berwick. See you there!

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