The 2018 Topper Worlds Adventure

Update on Travel Insurance - GBR sailors:  Helen Vincent has organised a group rate travel insurance for China which can include dinghy racing as an endorsement.  The company has requested that all forms be in by Friday 16th February.  Please fill out the form at this link.  After that date you will still be able to get travel insurance but it may be at a higher rate.  Please mention that a dinghy racing endorsement will be required for sailors.

Going on the post-tour of China?  Here's a great leaflet on the tour created by Travel Counsellors.

19.01.2018 - Update

The NOR for the Meisha Campus International Topper Class Association World Championships has been published, and online entry is now open.  Please click on the following links to access:-

Notice of Race 2018 Topper Worlds

ITCA World Entry System

Guidance on the Entry Process 

Please note:  for this event, as boats are supplied equipment, you can enter 999 as your championship number and sail number.  We will amend with the correct details once you are assigned a boat.

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Happy New Year everyone, I hope you are looking forward to the Worlds in China this year!  Arrangements are well in hand and everything is looking great.

At the moment there are 2 things that would be really helpful for travellers to do:-

Passports

Please check your Passports & renew them if necessary.  They must have 6 months after the date of return i.e. Expire after Feb 2019.

Send any new passport details to helen.vincent@travelcounsellors.com   (pls add your booking reference on the email)

If you are going on the Post China Tour –a copy of the passport information page for each person travelling is required – please send (all family in one email please) to helen.vincent@travelcounsellors.com (pls add your booking reference on the email) or call for postal address – or Helen will be at NS2 24/25 February 2018 to receive printed copies for the information page.

Travel Insurance

You must have adequate travel insurance to travel to the event and for racing cover for your sailor.

GBR only - Helen has been working to get a company who can insure the sailors Racing in China and rest of family that covers the full amount of your trip.  To submit your family information for your individual family travel quote, please find here a link for families to access the insurance policy request for information questionnaire.  If the above doesn’t work, it can also be accessed here - https://goo.gl/forms/Cl9NLtm6xsWG1Yyj1  As families add their responses the quotes will be created and send back to you (the family).  Please mention that a dinghy racing endorsement will be required for sailors.

Rest of the World – please ensure you have travel insurance sourced from your home country and that it includes dinghy racing for sailors, which may be an endorsement to the policy.

Your travel insurance should be in place ASAP.

Balance Payments

Balance payments for travel arrangements booked through Travel Counsellors are due in March 2018.  You can download and log-on the APP for Travel Counsellors  'MYtc' and use your password to see your balance and make payment.

Visas

Please note that the visa for China cannot be applied for until 3 months before departure, so there is no need to apply at present.

More details on the event to come soon!

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Updated information August 2017

China 2018 Preview Video

What's around the 2018 Worlds - presentation from Vanhang Sailing

China 2018 Booklet - detailed information

China 2018 Form - Application for Grant

If interested in a grant, this application form should be downloaded, filled in, saved with the sailor's surname in the file name, and submitted once complete to:commodore@itcaworld.org  

Please note, applications from GBR and IRL are now closed.

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The '2018 Topper Worlds Adventure' is currently being mapped out and a tentative outline of the event is below.

A leaflet with preliminary details on the event is available here.

Recently we have been inundated with questions regarding the cost of attending the Topper Worlds in China.  Generous sponsorship from real estate developers Vanke will allow this trip to be very affordable and offer the opportunity of a lifetime for sailors and their supporters.  Details are still being finalised and will be confirmed asap.

Generous sponsorship to grant recipients include a travel grant, visa grant, transfers, discount on accommodation, charter boats and as well as breakfasts, lunches and entertainment during the event.  The grant scheme organised by Vanke will be open to Topper sailors who are regularly competing in the boat and are members of their National Topper Class Associations.  There are limited grants per country, recipients to be determined by their NTCA.

Suggested itineraries for the proposed pre- and post-event tours

ITCA and Travel Counsellors are preparing optional trips for before and after the Topper Worlds.

Pre-event Tour to Hong Kong - includes an overnight on arrival in Hong Kong, with a city tour the next day including the Star Ferry, the Tramway Museum, markets and an ascent of Victoria Peak, followed by transfer to Longcheer Sailing Club.  The estimated cost of this trip is £235 per person.  For full itinerary, click here.

Post-event tour of China: 5 days/4 nights departing Shenzhen for Xi'an to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Terracotta Army, followed by the Bullet Train to Beijing to visit Tienanamen Square, the Forbidden City, the Pearl Markets and the Great Wall of China.  The estimated cost of this trip is £770 per person including internal flights.  For full itinerary, click here.

Post-event tour of Hong Kong: 4 days/3 nights in Hong Kong after the event including visit to Disney Land and full day City Tour including the Bird, Flower and Goldfish Markets and an ascent of Victoria Peak.  The estimated cost of this trip is £560 per person.  For full itinerary, click here.

Please note, the costs of each trip will depend on the number of participants; if a larger group takes up the offer the costs will decrease.  It's hard for us at this stage to see how much interest there will be!  The above prices are based on a minimum of 20 participants sharing double/twin rooms.

Tentative Outline

• A two week package trip is being planned for August 2018

• The venue is Longcheer, Shenzhen and the weather will be very warm

• The club is new and very well facilitated

• A discounted flight package will be organised

• Group visa options are being explored

• Flights to Hong Kong are suggested, with transfer to event under 2 hours

• Transfers will be free of charge to the event and organised by ITCA China

• Accommodation will be in a brand new hotel 100 m from the slip, exclusively for the use of the event.

• Accommodation will cost no more than £60 per night for a family room

• Team rooms will also be available, sleeping 8 - 11, at £9 per person per night

• The event will run midweek to midweek, allowing recovery / training and excursions

• Local excursions will be organised prior to the event (optional)

• The event will be planned over 6 days with a lay day built in

• A large number of charter boats will be supplied to international sailors

• Breakfasts will be included in the accommodation rate

• Lunches for sailors and supporters will be supplied by the club

• Each evening of the event will be themed with organised food and entertainment

• Optional pre- and post-event tours are being arranged; see new information at the top of this page.

ITCA World would like to invite comments and suggestions from Topper sailors and supporters. What would encourage you to attend the Topper Worlds in China? What would you like to see at the event? ITCA World will put your suggestions to the Chinese and endeavour to make this the adventure of a lifetime for Topper sailors and their supporters.

Please send comments or suggestions to secretary@itcaworld.org at your earliest convenience.

The Topper Class has seen explosive growth in China, as seen by the 30 participants in the 2016 World Championships, up from 3 the year before. ITCA (China) hopes to send an even larger team to the 2017 World Championships in Loctudy, France.  The Chinese Yachting Association Youth Regatta took place in Sanya from 9 - 11 February 2017 and was comprised of 66 Topper sailors and 58 Optimists, the first year that the Toppers will be the predominant class. Three ITCA (World) representatives visited the event on the way to Longcheer, Shenzhen, which is the proposed venue for the 2018 Topper World Championships.

You can download a report on the First School Regatta in Shenzhen here.

A leaflet provided by Long Cheer on the area is available here

Details will develop on this page as they are confirmed.