Topper Sailors keeping busy!
The Topper Group has had a busy few weeks on the circuit, with 2 events in the last 3 weeks.
Adam Irvin, James Fitzgerald and Ella Fitzgerald all travelled to Donaghadee on the last weekend in May for the Topper sprint, which is a very different format with lots of short races, allowing sailors to concentrate on improving their starts. All three NYC sailors finished in the Prizes, where James came 2nd and Adam came 3rd in the 5.3 fleet and Ella came 2nd in the 4.2 fleet.
The 3rd of the 1 day Traveller events was held on Sunday 9th June in fantastic sunny conditions for parents and good sailing wind for competitors in County Antrim Yacht Club in Whitehead. There were 38 sailors in the main fleet, 9 in the 4.2 fleet, and 5 in the a regatta fleet, a new initiative for sailors new to racing. Adam Irvin won the overall event, taking home the 1st Youth Male trophy, and Ella Fitzgerald came 3rd in the 4.2 fleet.
The next events for the Topper fleet include:
The 2-day Southerns Championships in Waterford Harbour Sailing Club in Dunmore East on 22nd/23rd June next, with an optional training day on Friday 21st June; and
The 3-day National Championships on 5th to 7th July in Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club, Holywood.
Entry for both of these events is open, and early entry is advised given the growth in the Topper fleet this season!
The 4th of the 1 day Traveller Series will be in Kinsale on 11th August, after the Worlds in Medemblik, Holland in late July.
The final event of the 2019 Season will be the 2-day Northerns Championships, in Killyleagh Yacht Club. While there is a lot of competitive action planned for the remainder of the summer season, there is also the fun racing in the Harbour with the Friday Night Series, the various Junior Regattas in July, and the September Series which are great fun for all levels of sailors. So come and join this friendly class!