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The 2023 International Topper 4.2 and 5.3 World Championships will be held at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the world's oldest sailing club in Crosshaven, County Cork, Ireland from the 24-28th July 2023.

 

Registration and equipment inspection will be open from the 22nd of July.

Based within one of the world's largest and most scenic natural harbours, racing is likely to be within the sheltered waters of the harbour, a short sail out from the club.

Crosshaven is a small seaside town with a good number of bars, restaurants, beaches and walks nearby. It is a 25-minute drive to Cork City where there is much to see and do. It is also a great base to explore the surrounding countryside, including Kinsale - originally a medieval fishing port, historic Kinsale (from the Irish, Ceann tSaile – ‘Head of the Sea’) is one of the most picturesque popular and historic towns on the south-west coast of Ireland.

Other local attractions well worth a visit include:

English Market, Cork City. The envy of foodies throughout Ireland, the English Market has been around since 1788 and hailed as the “best covered market in the UK and Ireland” by chef Rick Stein. Drop into the Farmgate Café for delicious dishes made from the market’s wares.

Blarney Castle, Blarney. For over 200 years, world statesmen, literary giants, and legends of the silver screen have joined the millions of pilgrims climbing the steps to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence. Its powers are unquestioned but its story still creates debate.

Jameson Distillery, Midleton. The original buildings at the impressive 15 acres Midleton Distillery site date back as far as 1794 and have been used to distil and mature their whiskeys since 1825. Highlights include Jameson Distillery Midleton, which is home to the largest Copper Pot Still in the world!

The Royal Cork Yacht Club, formed in 1720 has a long and successful history of hosting major World Championships.

Home to the world-famous Cork Week yachting regatta and numerous world championships, the Royal Cork Yacht Club has a large dinghy park, bars and restaurants, a marina, a lawned social gathering area in front of the club and all the facilities and expertise necessary to run the Topper Worlds. It has hosted many National, European & World Championships. Its members compete at the highest level in all branches of sailing, and the club has a number of World, Olympic and national sailors among its membership. In the summer of 2022, the club hosted the 505 World Championships, with 77 entries from 13 nations.

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The sheltered waters of Cork Harbour provide several great race areas, which are naturally blessed with good winds, often when there is little breeze out to sea. There are options to also race out of the harbour if conditions dictate, but generally, the race course is expected to be a short sail from the Crosshaven estuary.

Transport Links:

By air: For visitors from abroad, the nearest airport is Cork (ORK). Cork Airport is conveniently located just 8 kilometres from Cork City Centre on the south end of the N27 when coming from the North, West, or East of Cork. It is located approx 17 km from Crosshaven village.

By ferry: There are regular ferries to the following ports – Ringaskiddy (Cork), Rosslare, Dublin Port, Dun Laoghaire and Belfast from the following ferry companies:

Irish Ferries -  offer a discount for Irish Sailing-endorsed events, a booking code application form is now available from the club website.
www.irishferries.com

Brittany Ferries
www.brittanyferries.com

Stena line - a 10% discount (before fees/dues) for competitors wishing to travel by car or motorhome in the month of July on all Stena Line Irish Sea routes in 2023. Contact the Secretary for the exclusive Topper Worlds discount codes to use when placing your booking.

www.Stenaline.ie

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Accommodation:

Accommodation close to the venue can be snapped up quickly, so you are urged to book your accommodation well in advance.

Hotels, guesthouses, and commercially available houses to let are available via typical booking platforms such as booking.com, or airbnb.

The Royal Cork Yacht Club has set up a page with details of all the options for hotel and guest houses, student accommodation, campervan parking and tenting facilities nearby and is the best source of local advice and booking information. 

 

Click here for accomodation information
Joe Rowe, International Topper 5.3 World Champion 2022
Joe Rowe, International Topper 5.3 World Champion 2022

Entry:

The Notice of Race is now available here:

The online entry opened for both competitors and coaches on the 1st of January 2023. Enter now via the red button below.

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