When Benoit Morier, who lives in Loctudy, heard about the 2017 Topper Worlds his son immediately entered and has had a great week.  With a little help from Topper International his old Topper was reactivated in no time!

Benoit’s uncle was the Topper agent in France many years ago, and so Benoit has three Toppers in his garden. He has great memories and a passion for the Topper.

The Topper is undeniably one of the world’s fastest growing youth boats with over 200 competing at this year’s world championships in Loctudy. Even though the level of competition is intense, the primary focus has always been centered around the enjoyment of sailing as a sport and the promotion of friendship and comradery across nations.

Wednesday night and the campsite is unusually quiet for 10.00PM. The atmosphere has changed. It is the evening before the start of the 2 days of final competition. The flights have been determined and it is now up to the sailors to make the most of where they ended up at the end of the qualifiers. There is always disappointment at not making your intended flight.

Wednesday morning arrived quickly for the sailors as the last battle for prime positions in the final grouping commenced.  A dull ominous sky gave the first indication that the weather may not as glorious as the first two days.  With another start time of 2.00pm, wind conditions started at approximately 10-12 knots for the first couple of starts of the day.

Day two and a completely different set of conditions faced the competitors with a lighter wind and a more noticeable tidal current. This was the day for those who may not have had such a perfect start to the competition, to try to grab back a few places before entering day the final days qualification stages on Wednesday.