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Topper hiking tips

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Category: Dinghy classes
Forum Name: Technique
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Printed Date: 06 Jul 20 at 12:09am
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Topic: Topper hiking tips
Posted By: Mike7722
Subject: Topper hiking tips
Date Posted: 27 Jun 19 at 4:46pm
A couple of years ago I used to race Toppers a lot.
I have generally stopped and moved into bigger two handed classes, which I much prefer, but I am doing another race soon in the Topper, and due to me having grown quite a bit since I last actively raced them, I now often have trouble hiking.

I was wondering if there was any advice you could give?
We are going to tighten the strap, but anything else would be great, thanks!

Posted By: Oinks
Date Posted: 27 Jun 19 at 8:32pm
If you've grown a bit, yes, tighten the straps. A Topper is very low freeboard, so you need to keep your derriere out of the water and use upper body for leverage. In a breeze where you're hiking but not overpowered, power up the rig as best you can in a Topper. And sit forward in light/moderate. In lighter breezes the straps won't matter, in a moderate breeze, you'll need to be able to sit in and out without disturbing the boat too much, in a breeze, you can just hang off the strap and you'll go like the clappers!

Posted By: Mike7722
Date Posted: 27 Jun 19 at 8:43pm
When you say "disturb the boat too much", how exactly do you mean? Just not shaking up the rig?

Posted By: cad99uk
Date Posted: 28 Jun 19 at 10:08am
If you are too tall to use the centre toe strap use the one on the far side of the cockpit.

Posted By: Oinks
Date Posted: 29 Jun 19 at 7:36am
Mike7722; yes, that's what I mean!

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