The 2021 International Topper World Championships will be hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Ireland, from the 24th to 30th July. The event has been planned to dovetail with the UK National Championships, following on two days later at Ballyholme YC, Northern Ireland, from the 2nd to 6th August – providing sailors with a fun, fortnight festival of top-quality racing.
The Royal Cork Yacht Club was founded back in 1720 and has since become famous for not only producing numerous dinghy and keelboat champions, but also for hosting the very popular biennial Cork Week yacht regatta. Cork Harbour is a natural harbour, with stunning scenery and provides a perfect location for any sailing championship. Claimed to be the second biggest in the world after Sydney Harbour, it has room for 2 protected races areas within the harbour and a further 3 out in the bay.
The club and ITCA World are currently finalising plans for the event and will of course be closely monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 very closely. A COVID-19 cancellation and entry refund policy is set out in item 7 of the Notice of Race.
Accommodation: Please visit our accommodation page to arrange hotel and B&B accommodation or for local house rentals. Club member April English is taking direct enquiries. There will be a number of Campervan spaces available on-site, we ask interested parties to complete this form. Suitable camping grounds are also available withing walking distance of the club, booking form here.
Online Entry: Will open on February 12th 2021 here
NoR: Download the NoR here.
Charter Boat Information: We have a small number of boats available for charter to sailors from WS designated Emerging Nations and North America, on a first comers basis, once entry has been received. Full details of how they can be booked are available at from the Secretary General.
Coach Boat hire: We are awaiting details from the venue that will be posted here.
Travel to Ireland: Cork is well served by transport links - there are ferry links from Fishguard in Wales to Rosslare and routes from Belfast for those also attending the UK Nationals at Ballyhome YC. RB Sport Travel is a specialist sailing ferry booking service with many years experience in booking travel for sailing championships and offers very competative rates. Irish Ferries are offering an exclusive deal for competitors of around 1/3rd off their standard rates. To apply for the discount complete the form here.
Things To Do In Crosshaven: Lots of great ideas and information on things to do around Cork - check out the Things to Do & See page.
Contact the Club: Office details for the Royal Cork are here
ITCA Ireland are keen to showcase the Topper as the youth class to sail in Ireland, with a great summer of top-class racing planned for 2021.
The Irish Nationals is scheduled for the 2-4th July at Strangford Lough YC, a great warm up regatta for the Topper 4.2 and 5.3 World Championships in Cork at the end of the month, followed immediately by the UK National Championships in Ballyhome 2 days later.
What better way is there to spend July in beautiful Ireland!