Each year, ITCA World organises the Topper World Championships, for the 4.2 and 5.3 categories and the Masters Cup event. A hugely popular event, where the accent is on fun and fair competition, the Topper Worlds regularly attracts 250+ boats and is held at iconic championship venues throughout Europe and recently in Shenzhen, China.
Regional events including an Asian/Pacific Championships are also arranged, with charter boats available to allow competitors to attend from a wide range of neighbouring countries and continents.
The 2022 International Topper World Championships will be hosted by the Fraglia Vela Riva club in Riva Del Garda, Italy from the 25-29th July.
The first International Topper 6.4 European Championships will also be held alongside the Worlds, from the 26-28th July.
At the 2019 Topper World Championships held in record temperatures at Medemblik Regatta Center, The Netherlands, a new World Champion in the Topper 5.3 gold fleet was crowned in Leo Wilkinson, (GBR). With a great performance across the wide range of conditions Medemblik served up, Leo spent four years in the Topper class training for this moment and his win by a 23 point margin underlined his dominance.
Kate Robertson (GBR) claimed the silver medal in a dramatic last race from Yikang Su (CHN), who had been firmly in second position all week - with a second place in the final race to match Su's net points and take the silver medal on count back.
Leo Wilkinson was awarded the hefty Topper 5.3 World Champion trophy and took his place atop the podium, with Kate Robertson awarded the silver medal and International Cup for first female, and Yikang Su the bronze.
See all past Topper 5.3 World Champions here
Yushuo Liao of Vanhang Sailing from China was the crowned World Champion in the 2019 Topper 4.2 fleet, with runner up Bjorn Handley of Queen Mary SC (GBR) in silver and Jiahan Chen of Vanhang Sailing, (CHN) awarded the bronze.
Despite a 14th in the breezy first race, Bjorn Handley found the lighter 6-8 knots in the final two races more to his liking and slotted home two solid second places to cement his silver medal and a well deserved place on the podium, alongside the highly consistent Yushuo Liao.
Liao demonstrated great race management to keep close to his rivals with a 2, 3 score line and was able to relax a little in the final heat that saw him finish in 13th spot.
See all past Topper 4.2 World Champions here.
Accommodation: There is plenty of accomodation available within easy walking distance of the venue in Riva del Garda, from hotels and B&B's to apartments and campsites.
The nearest airports are Verona or Venice, then take the train to Rovereto (on the Brennero line), some 20 kilometers from Riva del Garda. Click here for the tourist information office.
You can download a more detailed guide to accomodation around Riva here.
ITCA are hoping to have a limited number of boats available for charter to sailors from World Sailing Emerging Nations and North America at the Worlds in Garda. However we are unable to confirm availblity at this time, but please contact the Secretary General to register your interest.