Welcome to the Topper class at Papercourt. The Topper is fun to sail, can be managed by sailors of all ages and has a very active and competitive open meeting scene. At Papercourt we have a large number of active sailors at all levels. There are currently several sailors in squads, from National squad to SE Zone squad and at least that number again who regularly travel to open meetings and compete at National level. Many of these sailors can also be regularly seen racing at Papercourt and we encourage others to come and join them. To help develop our members, between Easter and October there are regular Saturday morning training for sailors of all levels, delivered by experienced trainers, coaches and previous Topper squad sailors. The momentum is maintained during the winter months with a series of six coaching days, attracting a core of approximately twenty sailors. Training days and times are coordinated with the Optimist class in recognition of the number of families with sailing children of varying ages, however access to training is not the preserve of our younger members but structured to improve and develop the skills of anyone interested in sailing the Topper. If you want to improve come and join us.
There are now five club Toppers available for hire. Equipment for the hire boats is secured in the club and the masts and sails are stored ready rigged. Payment for hire is administered by the OOD on organised club sailing days, or through the class captain or other organizer on winter training days
2017 Papercourt Summer Topper Sailing Programme
Youth summer training will be run on Saturday mornings from 22 April 2017 through to October (briefings at 09.30, be rigged and ready, and session de-brief at 12.30). Parents need to be willing to help out either onshore or as safety boat crew or helm.
Download information and the application form here.
Topper Nationals 2016
The Topper Nationals at Berwick saw Cameron Sword, Josie Meredith, Jessica Dodsworth, Annabel Sumeray and Tamsin Dodsworth from Papercourt making the trip up north.
A very tricky Nationals with either too much wind or not enough. With over 175 boats in the main 5.3 fleet qualification for gold, silver and bronze fleet became a challenge, especially as there had been no racing for the first three days! In the end four races were completed on the Wednesday evening with the fleet returning at dusk after a long day. Only two races followed for Gold and Silver fleet so a frustrating time for the sailors. Notable achievements were Jessica Dodsworth qualifying for Gold fleet in her first Nationals and Cameron Sword coming 10th in the 4.2 fleet.