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.
With the 2020 Topper Worlds in Riva del Garda, Italy sadly cancelled due to the global Covid 19 pandemic, the 2021 International Topper World Championships will be hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club, in Ireland. The Royal Cork is the world's oldest yacht club, formed in 1720 and situated in one of the world’s biggest natural harbours. Cork Harbour is a natural harbour and river estuary, with stunning scenery and provides a perfect location for any sailing championship.
It will be a fantastic festival of Topper racing in Ireland, starting with the Irish Nationals in the North of Ireland, at Strangford Yacht Club from 2-4th July. The action then moves to Crosshaven, Cork for the World Championships, from the 24-30th July.
The UK Nationals then follows on immediately at Ballyholme Yacht Club, on August 2nd to 6th, delivering a full, fun-filled fortnight of top-flight Topper racing!
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.
The host Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven is located on the west side of Cork Harbour, a few miles outside the city of Cork, (known locally as Cobh), famous as being the culinary capital of Ireland! Crosshaven has a good number of hotels, guest houses and B&B's close to the club, follow the link below to the Crosshaven tourist office.
Cork is well served by transport links - there are ferry routes from Pembroke and Fishguard in Wales to Rosslare, as well as a Holyhead, in North Wales to Dublin option. There is also direct ferries to Roscoff in France and Santander in Spain. Cork airport is only a 20-minute car journey from Crosshaven.
So, if you want something positive and exciting to do whilst in isolation at home, plan your trip to Cork 2021 now!
We look forward to seeing you in Cork!
ITCA are planning to have a number of boats available for charter to sailors from emerging nations and North America at the Worlds in Cork. Full details of the number of boats for charter and how they can be booked will be available at the begining of 2021 from the Secretary General.