2015 Zhik International Topper World Championships

We hope you had a great time at the Zhik Topper Worlds 2015!  Congratulations to all the prizewinners and competitors, and many thanks to all the volunteers throughout the week.  Results are available here:

5.3 World Championship - Gold Fleet

5.3 World Championship - Silver Fleet

4.2 World Championship

A massive debt of gratitude is owed to our sponsors:- 

Zhik, our Title Sponsor - who provided a wonderful range of high quality prizes for the event and stickers for boats

Topper International - who very generously supplied charter boats, the auction boat and bottles for competitors

Rothwells Supertravel - who kindly provided keepsake trophies for prizewinners, and

Hikingbench - who designed a fantastic custom-made Hiking Bench for the event.

Press coverage of the Zhik International Topper Class World Championships:

Zhik Continue Worlds Sponsorship

Arrival weekend

Day One - Qualification Series - 20th July 2015

Day Two - Qualification Series - 21st July 2015

Day Three - Qualification Series - 22nd July 2015

Day Four - Finals Series - 23rd July 2015

Day Five- Finals Series - 24th July 2015

ITCA World Facebook Page - has many photos from the event

Fraglia Vela Riva's Photo Gallery from the event

Fraglia Vela Riva's Video from the event

In 2016, the ITCA looks forward to welcoming all competitors and familes to the 2016 Topper Worlds, to be held at Ballyholme Yacht Club, Northern Ireland from 24th - 29th July.  Further information on the event will unfold on the websites and Facebook pages.  You can pre-register for the 2016 Worlds here


ITCA President Bill Brassington is pleased to announce that the 2015 Zhik International Topper World Championships will be held at Fraglia Vela Riva on Lake Garda, Italy from Sunday July 19th to Friday 24th 2015.

"We are extremely happy to return to Lake Garda and especially pleased that Fraglia Vela Riva is able to host us for our World Championships. We have always experienced great sailing on Lake Garda and the challenging conditions at the north of the lake will bring a new experience to our international fleet."

Fraglia Vela Riva has a wealth of experience in hosting major sailing events and provides a wide range of facilities for competitors 365 days a year. The administration offices, mechanic's shop and changing rooms are located on the ground floor next to the crane and boat launch. On the first floor is a restaurant and bar, lounge with internet, and a terrace with a breath-taking view of the lake and lots of services for before and after competitions.

Online registration is now available at: http://www.fragliavelariva.it/en/regatta/1832/view  Registration tips are available here:  http://www.itcaworld.org/registration-tips-2015-zhik

The Notices of Race are available here:  Notice of Race - 5.3 Class, Notice of Race - 4.2 Class

The Entry Fee is €300 for entries up to the 1st June 2014; €320 for entries from 2 July to 1st July and €400 for entries from 2nd July to registration.

Please visit the Fraglia Vela Riva website for further details on the club and local information.  Further information will follow in the ITCA World newsletters and on the ITCA World Facebook page.


A poster on the event can be found by clicking here; please share with fellow sailors!

A special word of thanks to our Title Sponsor, Zhik, who will be supporting the event for the second year in 2015.  Zhik will supply a great range of high quality products as prizes for the event.

Thank you as well to Topper International, who is also generously sponsoring the event.  Topper International will supply charter boats for international sailors and a race rigged Topper for auction.

The ITCA is pleased to welcome Hikingbench™ as a proud sponsor of the 2015 Topper Worlds. Developer David Page has designed and built a very special one-off custom 2015 Topper Worlds Hikingbench™ for the World Championships.  David has shared the development story of Hikingbench™ here.


Schedule:  The racing schedule is as follows:-

Saturday 18 July - Registration and Measurement

Sunday 19 July - Registration and Measurement

Monday 20 July - Racing - Qualification series, 4.2 and 5.3 World Championships

Tuesday 21 July - Racing- Qualification series, 4.2 and 5.3 World Championships

Wednesday 22 July - Racing- Qualification series, 4.2 and 5.3 World Championships, Masters Championship (tbc)

Thursday 23 July - Racing - Championship series, 4.2 and 5.3 World Championships

Friday 24th July - Racing - Championship series, 4.2 and 5.3 World Championships, Prizegiving

Accommodation:  A list of suitable accommodation is available from the Fraglia Vela Riva website.

4 Limoni Apartment Resort is offering a 10% discount with free WIFI and a car parking space for sailors and supporters booking through their website. Email info@4limoni.com for their best quote, and mention your association with the event. http://www.4limoni.com/lang/EN/homepage.

Fraglia Vela Riva would also like to recommend Centro Vela as an option for booking apartments.

Camping/Motorhomes:  The ITCA has identified Camping Brione as an excellent campsite in Riva del Garda.  From their website:-

Camping Brione is a 4-star campground and is the ideal solution for those who want to enjoy the Lake Garda countryside to the full without giving up on the amenities of an all-comfort site.  Facilities include dedicated campsites, private bathrooms, new mobile homes, a swimming pool, a mini-golf course, a children's play area, and an Internet Point.  The campground is in a quiet location, within a beautiful over 100-year-old olive grove. It borders directly on the entrance to the cycling path to Torbole and is less than 500 metres away from Riva del Garda's beach.

ITCA officials will be using this campsite as their base, and Topper competitors and families are very welcome to join the group. Bookings must be made directly to ensure accurate arrival and departure information.  Please mention the Topper Worlds on booking so everyone can be close together.  Please visit their website for further details and to book.  Camping Brione is a 20 minute walk or quick cycle from the Sailing Club.  There is also a bus stop directly outside the gates; only a few stops on the line directly to and from the club.

There are also two campsites very close to the sailing club, Camping Bavaria and Camping Al Lago.  Please visit their websites for further information.

Charter Boats:  A limited number of charter boats will be made available to selected international sailors by arrangement, courtesy of Topper International and the ITCA.  Additional charter boats may be available at a minimum cost of £395 + £50 setup; details to be confirmed.

International Sailors:  The ITCA sends a very warm welcome to sailors from outside of the UK and Ireland.  A limited number of Charter boats and places in an international coaching group are available.  A small number of Travel Grants will be available to sailors representing their country for the first time at a Topper Worlds.  Please contact the secretariat for further information. 


Following a change in delivery times for some charter boats, Alex Storrar Transport now have additional availability for four boats on their trailer, collecting either from the National Series event at Carsington on 12th July or Redhill in the days afterwards, delivering to Riva on Friday 17th July and  returning in time for the British Nationals in Weymouth. A deposit of £100 + balance of £230 due by 1st May 2015 secures a place. Booking is subject to a minimum of 12 Dinghies being transported to Lake Garda. A booking form is available here.

Poole based Shoreshift.com are delivering Toppers to Garda for the Worlds in July 2015, and also still have four spaces to fill.  They are loading at Parkstone Yacht Club or in Poole, unloading at Garda on Friday 17th, and back at Parkstone 28th July.  The total price for each boat is £325, with a £100 deposit required.  Contact them at:  shift@shoreshift.com or 01202 722227.

Andre Ozanne has 2 spaces for boats on a six stacker going to Garda arriving Friday late PM 17th July, returning 27th July.  Drop off and collection from Fareham Hampshire.  Boats will be stacked upside down on dedicated Topper racks, spars, spare spars, collapsible trolley on trailer +sail, foil bag and kit bag taken in van.  Contact andre@mambosailing.com or 0771 2650806.  Cost per boat is £275.

ITCA (IRL) are also organising group boat transport; please see their website for details.

Thinking of flying to the World Championships?  Riva is a compact town where bikes can be hired and walking is easy, so cars are often just left in the car park for the duration of the event.  If you are planning to send your boat by a specialist transporter, or on someone else’s trailer and thinking of flying, try the bus.

Bus from Verona Airport (Aeroporto Valerio Catullo) to Riva del Garda or Tobole:  Catch the ATV (www.atv.verona.it) service 164 from the airport, change at Garda onto the ATV service 184 for €5.80 (total journey).  The journey time from the airport to Garda is about 1 hour 50 minutes and then step from one bus onto the one in front (184) at Garda bus station for another 1 hour 15 minutes to the centre of Riva.  Tickets can be purchased in the airport or on the bus.  Usually there is plenty of space for luggage.

Evidence of boat insurance must be presented at registration.  This may be in Italian or English.

All competitors must complete a Helm Declaration form and submit it at registration.  Parents/guardians of competitors under the age of 18 must complete the Parental Declaration section of this form.

A draft Measurement Form 2015 is available here, to allow you to check your boat.

Visiting ribs must supply evidence of insurance (stating the engine size), identification and a deposit for the flag.  Identification must be carried whilst on the water.

You may wish to check that your travel insurance covers dinghy racing / competitive sports, and that your European Health Cards are within date.

Fraglia Vela Riva has provided maps to assist with arrival, which can be downloaded here.  Parking permits will be issued at registration by the club.

If you are still looking for transportation for your boat, please contact the International Secretary:  secretary@itcaworld.org

Drivers:  We hope you have a safe trip to Lake Garda.  You may find our article on Tips on Driving in Europe useful.  If you are hiring a car, please be aware of new UK driving license regulations:  https://www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence

Event clothing can be ordered online.  The last order date for delivery to the event is Wednesday 8th July.

Launch and recovery teams have been allocated as follows:  Monday- South and South West, Tuesday- East & South East, Wednesday- Ireland, Thursday- Scotland North East and North West, Friday- Wales and Midlands.  Teams are requested to appoint a beachmaster and tally board helpers along with as many launch and recovery helpers as possible.  The more hands the better, as we will need to launch the Toppers very quickly, due to the direction of the Lake Garda winds.

The Notices of Race have been published for the Zhik International Topper Class World Championships 2015

Notice of Race - 5.3 Class

Notice of Race - 4.2 Class

An Event Booklet can be downloaded here.

We look forward to seeing you there!