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Single person class, sailed mainly by junior and youth sailors but also a number of smaller adults. Crew weight of 32-65Kg (5 to 10 stone). A choice of 4.2 sq.m or full 5.3 sq.m sail caters for sailors at both ends of the weight range. Over 46,000 boats have been built since it was designed in 1976. The Topper is a perfect boat for starting to sail in as it's robust and easy to rig. The Topper races in the slow handicap fleet, where we often have half a dozen or so Toppers competing. The Topper has enjoyed a lot of renewed interest in recent years as it now has a centre main and upgraded multi-purchase sail controls.

If you enjoy racing then the Topper has a superb open race training and event circuit with local and national traveller series, National Championships and a World Championship each year. For junior sailors the Topper is one of the RYA Pathway boats to the Olympics with full Zone and National RYA squads and is a direct feeder into the Laser class for single handers or to the various youth double handed dinghys. Prices are from £300 to just over £2000 for a fully prepared race boat. The cheaper ones tend to be found unused in people's garages - but the bargains do get bought up very quickly!

More information about the Topper can be found on the Topper Sailboats website -, see the links page for the class association website.

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