Third Day of Racing at the Rooster International Topper Class World Championships

Following yesterday's weather conditions causing some races to be abandoned, the sailors were keen to today get back out onto the water and get back into racing.

In the 4.2 class Max Yuang-Ngam from Thailand continued his winning form, shooting to victory in the first race of today. Max is from Phuket Youth sailing club in Thailand who work with many disadvantaged children, Max has spent most of his life living in care homes.

Patrick Zheng from China and Hannah Dadley-Young racing in the 4.2 FleetToday was the final day of the qualification stage of the event for the 5.3 fleet. On Thursday and Friday the competitors will be sorted, by their results in the qualification stage, into Gold, Silver and Bronze fleet, with the best sailors going into Gold fleet to battle it out for the trophies.

Under the event rules, in order to complete the qualification stage the sailors must complete four races. In the 5.3 class, due to wind conditions all races had to be abandoned yesterday so at the start of this morning they only had three races under their belt. Luckily the first race went off without a hitch and the qualification series requirement was fulfilled.

In the 5.3 class leading overall after five races was Britain's Sam Cooper. Cooper is closely followed by Jack Fahy from Lough Derg Yacht Club and Royal St George Yacht Club who is the Irish national male champion. In third is Great Britain’s Harris Cartwright and in fourth is Sophie Crosbie from Royal Cork Yacht Club who is the Irish national female champion.

Racing in the 5.3 Fleet above are Ireland's Johathan Sargent and Great Britian's Dani Middleton.

For many sailors today was all about the last chance to try to qualify to race in the  coveted Gold  Fleet during the finals stage . One sailor who is currently lying on the border between qualifying for Gold and Silver Fleet is France's Margot Dejeux.

The ITCA is very pleased to welcome Margot Dejeux to the competition. Margot, along with her parents founded the charity Voile en Action (Sailing in Action). The charity has raised money and organised events for a number of causes that include: disability sailing, support for those with autism and raising awareness of environmental issues. Most recently Margot has turned her attention to supporting the SNSM, the French sea rescue organisation. She hopes to raise money to enable them to purchase a rescue sea jet. If you wish to support her efforts and have not done so already Margot is selling keychains for £3 that can be bought throughout the rest of the competition.

The International Topper Class Association is always aiming to grow our class and increase awareness and participation.  The ITCA are constantly looking to develop new outreach programs and we have had some considerable success in recent years. Our entry number of 203 sailors is the second highest the competition has ever seen.

Dave Cockerill, ITCA Vice President, has spent four weeks in China this year training sailors and coaches. The Chinese entry has increased this year to 32 sailors from just three last year. As well as Dave's hard work this is also partly due to how impressed they were with last year's competition.

We are also very pleased to have, for the first time ever sailors from Macau. The country has sent over four competitors for the event and the ITCA hope to see many more sailors at events in the future.

Finn Purdy

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