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Topper Squad 

topper squad

Class: Topper

Type: Single Hander

Recommended max age: 15

Weight range: up to 62kgs

Head Coach: Chris Penney


  • To build upon previous experience of RYA Champion Club and Open Training Programmes;
  • To deliver an enjoyable, structured programme to develop junior (U15) sailors in Northern Ireland;
  • To support sailors most likely to progress to GBR or IRL National Squad(s) and win medals in the future;
  • To provide the best foundations for Long Term Development in the sport.

Squad Format


Sailors will commit to 6 training weekends, fitness testing and a Squad Orientation Day. Sailors must also train outside of squad sessions to build on skills. Sailors are also expected to commit to Open Training as part of their development.

IRL Events/ Racing:

Sailors will undertake a planned event calendar to include the ITCA-IRL National Circuit and club racing.

Major Championships:

Squad members will build on core IRL event experiences with at least one UK or International event as a critical part of their development.

Squad members of a suitable standard shall be supported at selected UK National/ international event(s) and will be able to apply for a travel grant for outlined overseas events.  This will be outlined at the start of the Squad Programme.

How to apply

  • Read the Squad Selection Policy;
  • Take part in the indicator series used for selection;
  • Fill out an online application form to register your interest;
  • Selections are normally made in October within 2 weeks of applications closing

Selection Policy

RYANI Topper Squad Selection Policy

 Indicator  Event  Date Venue

Indicator 1

 ITCA Ulster Championships

 21st & 22nd May

 Donaghadee Sailing Club
Indicator 2

 ITCA Leinster Championships

 18th & 19th June

 Skerries Sailing Club
Indicator 3

 RYANI Youth Championships

 24th & 25th September

Strangford Lough Yacht Club

Indicator 4
 Topper Open Training

 8th & 9th October

East Antrim Boat Club

Online Application

Sailors must register their interest by filling out an ONLINE APPLICATION FORM

Squad Schedule (provisional and subject to change)

 Junior Topper Squad Session Dates   Venue
 Topper Squad Orientation    5th November Bangor Grammar School

 Topper Squad Orientation  6th November  East Antrim Boat Club
 Topper Squad 1   19th & 20th November  East Antrim Boat Club
  Topper Squad 2

  3rd & 4th December  East Antrim Boat Club
  Topper Squad 3

 Early Spring 2017  
 Topper Squad Fitness 2   January  2017   UUJ
 Topper Squad 4  Early Spring 2017
 Topper Squad 5   Early Spring 2017  
 Topper Squad 6  June /July  2017  

Topper Squad 2016 - 2017

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Further Links

Irish Topper Class Assocation (info on Irish Regional and National Events and Training)

International Topper Class Association (Technical Info and World Champions)

UK Topper Class Association (Info on UK Events and Training)

RYANI Code of Conduct for Children/Young People

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