19 February 2021
Irish Topper graduates test the new Topper 6.4 rig
Royal Cork YC Topper fleet graduates Oisín McSweeney & Darragh Collins recently trialled the new Topper 6.4 sail rigs on a balmy late December day in Cork Harbour.
Oisín reported back: "It was a fantastic feeling to be fully powered up in less than ten knots again, whilst flat out hiking. For myself a sailor who out-performs in heavy winds the 6.4 made roll tacking easier & very effective. The extra height in the rig resulted in less kiting heel before the boat became unstable. The battens, a welcome addition sharpening tacks & really help holding angle. The 6.4 rig improves speed whilst maintaining the Topper’s fun."
Darragh Collins was also impressed, he said "It was a fantastic experience, it felt like a turbo-charged topper. Even in light winds, we got really high speeds. The fibreglass rudder blade, which we did not use, would be a welcome addition in stronger winds to give more control. I look forward to trying it out again this Summer. It would be great to have a demo race at the Worlds here at RCYC in July."
The introduction of the new 6.4m2 radial Topper sail and accompanying rig gives sailors the opportunity to continue sailing and racing in the Topper class for longer. For the standard Topper 5.3 sail, sailors commonly range between 47 - 65kg. The new 6.4 sail provides more power and performance, making it ideal for older, stronger, larger, more experienced sailors of 65kg+.
It is very simple to upgrade from the 5.3 to the 6.4, with no need to change any controls. All that is required is the new radial cut, battened 6.4 mainsail and a longer top mast section. To optimise performance of the new rig there are some optional extra parts available including an epoxy fibreglass rudder blade, a collar to raise the boom and a shorter boom section.
Topper International have launched the new 6.4 sail and rig with a limited introductory offer open to the 1st July of £999.00 Inc. VAT, including all the optional extras, with kits available from stock. The current RRP is £1391- a saving of £392 off the RRP.
The new 6.4 rig is an exciting addition to the Topper family and offers great possibilities for international youth championships. It also fills a void for women sailors who outgrow the standard Topper 5.3 but don't have the weight to hike down a Laser Radial. The addition of the 6.4 rig to the Internationally recognised class makes the Topper a boat to sail, enjoy and compete in throughout your lifetime.
For further information, contact Russ Dent at Topper International. Tel: 00 44 7775 923655