Update on the TOPPER – World Championships : Loctudy, France

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailTOPPER – World Championships : Loctudy, France  The 2017 Topper World Championships were held at Loctudy, France 22-28th July. The location was excellent, based at the Centre Nautique in the middle of a broad sandy bay. The weather conditions were good throughout, with all 5 days sailable, characterised as 3 days Force 3+; 2 days Force 2, which made for a great competition across the fleet of 211 competitors. The Toppers were divided into two world fleets : 156 entries in the 5.3 class and 55 in the 4.2 class The competition was organised around 3 days of qualifiers, with the final 2 days for championship racing within Gold, Silver and Bronze flights. Competition on the water was fierce with hi-activity onshore and for the first time a China night, giving a preview of what to expect in Shenzhen, China 2018. Notably, 43 of the entries in 2017 came from China, who are now gearing up for their hosting in 2018 Ireland was well represented in the 5.3 class, with a total of 31 (20% overall) competitors, 18 from ROI and 13 from NI, three of which 3 were from Dublin, Hugh O’Connor and Deirdre Turner flying the flag for the NYC, with Eoghan Turner unfortunately having to sit it out after an earlier leg injury. Hugh O’Connor made the Gold flight and became the highest ranked NYC sailor within the 14 Irish gold qualifiers with Deirdre Turner qualifying into the Silver flight. Excellent achievements from both NYC sailors with 2017 being the start of their Topper open event sailing.  AND FINALLY The 2017 Topper World Championship went to Scott Wilkinson GBR. Samuel Cooper, GBR 2nd AND 3rd Place and Top ranked Irish sailor was Dan McGaughey from Ballyholme YC