Each year, ITCA World organises the Topper World Championships, for the 4.2 and 5.3 categories and the Masters Cup event. A hugely popular event, where the accent is on fun and fair competition, the Topper Worlds regularly attracts 250+ boats and is held at iconic championship venues throughout Europe and further afield - in 2018 the venue was Shenzhen, China. ITCA World can help sailors from overseas fleets without the option to bring their own boats to the Worlds with a limited number of low cost charter boats.
Regional events including an Asian/Pacific Championships are also arranged, with charter boats available to allow competitors to attend from a wide range of neighbouring countries and continents.
The Topper Technology Topper World Championships 2023 were hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the worlds oldest sailing club and was a fantastic event, attracting 258 competitors from 10 nations.
Alex Jones, (GBR 114) of Parkstone SC, began the final day with a healthy 8 point lead over his nearest rival, China's Ruoque Su. Alex opened the Friday scoring with a third, behind both Su and Rory Clow, but suffered a blip in form in the eighth race - a 9th and his worst result of the Finals series. The ninth place was in fact enough to win the championships with a race to spare, but to prove his worthiness as a world champion Jones rounded off the event with a 3rd, discarding his 9th place - enough to win the World Championships by a 10 point margin. Even more impressively, every one of his 9 final series results were within the top ten - a great feat of consistency not bettered by any of the 198 competitors in his class.
See all past Topper 5.3 World Champions here
In the Topper 4.2 Championship, Rory Whyte from the Royal Cork YC started the final day in the yellow leader’s race bib. Whyte did well to recover his composure after the first race when he was classified OCS. He returned to the fray with added grit and determination, clocking up a second and first in the remaining races of the day, discarding the OCS to finish 6 points clear to claim the gold medal from fellow RCYC member Andrew O’Neill and Che Liu from Vanhang Sailing in the bronze medal position, just three points behind O’Neill.
See all past Topper 4.2 World Champions here.