This year’s Irish Topper National Championships was hosted by Carrickfergus Sailing Club on the north shore of Belfast Lough from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd of August. The 56 competitors across the 2 fleets battled in challenging conditions from very little wind to a gusty 18 knot breeze, persistent rain, and a choppy sea. Daniel Palmer from Ballyholme sailed consistently well over the 9-race series taking the overall title. Flying the flag for NYC was Ella Fitzgerald who had mixed fortunes, having led the first race from the start completely ran out of wind within touching distance of the line dropping back 6 places. Gear failure brought the second race to a premature end, but a series of top 10 finishes secured her the overall prize for 2nd youth girl.