Topper Class

Waldringfield Topper Class

The Topper is a lightweight single-handed one-design dinghy, easily rigged and with very simple sail controls (and built from polypropylene and therefore virtually indestructible!). The recommended weight range for Juniors is around 45-65kg, with a smaller 4.2 sail available for lighter sailors or windier conditions! For adults, ability and confidence are more relevant than weight.

The Topper is new to Waldringfield SC. The principal reason for adopting Toppers is to give our Junior members a single-handed option, to complement the existing double-handed option of Cadets. But the Topper is not just for youngsters, it is also a great boat for adults who are not heavy enough, or strong enough, to feel confident in a Laser Radial. Juniors and Adults will race together, but their results will be scored separately.

The Club has a full racing programme through 2018 (see calendar) and for those who are not yet ready to race, there are 8 “start to race” training sessions organised for Saturday mornings. They are free to attend for Club members and will be on the following dates.

Sat 14 April
Sat 5 May
Sat 26 May
Sat 9 Jun
Sat 30 Jun
Sat 15 Jul
Sat 11 Aug
Sat 25 Aug

RYA GIRLS SAIL. We’re also hoping to have RYA coach at the Club for a day as part of their “Girls Sail” initiative. The initiative focuses on new sailors, those that have just learnt to sail and want to do a bit more but are unsure of their ability and confidence.

If you would like to sail, race or arrange to try sailing a Topper please contact the class captain, Julian Rains. or 07585 7707920.

Links : International Topper Class Association UK Eastern Region link. ITCA Eastern