Please select your home edition
GJW Direct 2020
Product Feature
Zhik Microfleece V skiff suit
Zhik Microfleece V skiff suit

GJW Direct Topper 5.3 and 4.2 Nationals at the WPNSA - Days 2 & 3

by Chris Woodard 1 Aug 2018 14:12 BST 28 July - 3 August 2018
GJW Direct Topper Nationals at the WPNSA © Chris Woodard

The 2018 GJW Direct International Topper 5.3 and 4.2 National Championships at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy has reached the half way stage with the completion of the Qualification Series, setting the Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets for the remainder of the event.

After the disappointment of cancellation of all sailing on the first day, with the wind persistently topping 40 knots, all eyes were on the forecast for Monday. At the scheduled 10.00 launch time the conditions were still very marginal, and the PRO John Burgoine made the sensible call to hold the fleets ashore in the expectation of the winds moderating later. By 14.00 the wind had dropped, albeit only slightly, and all fleets launched with the average wind speed hovering around 20 knots, and frequently gusting to 25 knots, and a pretty lumpy sea state out near the harbour wall.

Nonetheless 284 plucky young sailors took to the water, with many of the smaller and lighter competitors putting in a couple of reefs, and a full programme of three races (six flights) in the 5.3 fleet and four races in the 4.2 fleet were successfully completed, with everyone back on shore before 19.00.

Tuesday saw the return of the great British Summer, with blue skies and an equally blue sea, and all fleets launched on schedule into the lightest wind of the week so far, at around 14 knots, which built steady through the day's racing rising back to near 20 knots by the end final race. Again a full three-race programme was successfully completed in the 5.3 fleet, and the 4.2 fleet managed to complete 6 races, before everyone headed back to shore for the Beach Olympics!

The championships now move into the Finals stage, with places 1-112 making up the Gold fleet, 113-170 in silver, and 171-223 in Bronze, and all to play for, with a vast array of trophies and goodies up for grabs!

For those wishing to follow progress through the event, results will be posted daily online at - just search under the "results" tab and set the filter for "national events".

Related Articles

Toppers at Staunton Harold
ITCA Midlands Traveller Series 2021-2022 Round 1 Very soon after the completion of the "Not the Nationals" at Grafham in August, the Midlands Toppers were back in action for the start of the ITCA Midlands Topper Traveller 2021-2022 Series. Posted on 20 Sep
Derbyshire Youth Sailing at Carsington
Happy to see a lot of sailors who were not only new to DYS but also to racing Saturday 11th September saw our sailors back at Carsington Sailing Club for our ninth event of this years series, the biggest water we visit, so a new experience for some. Posted on 14 Sep
RYA Northern Ireland Youth Championships
137 youth and junior sailors take part at Carrickfergus Excitement was in the air at Carrickfergus Sailing Club this weekend as more than 137 of Northern Ireland's Youth and Junior sailors took to the water to compete in the RYA Northern Ireland Youth Championships. Posted on 14 Sep
27th Broadland Youth Regatta
100 youth and junior sailors race on the Norfolk Broads 100 youth and junior sailors in 93 boats from seven Broadland Clubs took part in the 27th Broadland Youth Regatta on 4th September at Wroxham Broad, hosted by Norfolk Broads Yacht Club on behalf of the Norfolk and Suffolk Boating Association. Posted on 8 Sep
It's such an important word in any sport It's such an important word in any sport, and seeing an inspirational performance in sailing fills us with enthusiasm. Posted on 7 Sep
Scottish Toppers at Bardowie
28 helms for the first event of the 2021/22 Traveller Series On the 28th and 29th of August, the Clyde Cruising Club Dinghy Section hosted the first Topper Traveller of the 2021/22 Series at Bardowie Loch. Posted on 6 Sep
HLSC Junior Sailors race Olympic Gold Medallist
Stuart Bithell returns to his home sailing club Lucky young sailors at Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club had the opportunity to race Olympic 49er gold medallist Stuart Bithell when he returned to his home sailing club on Friday 20th August. Posted on 31 Aug
12-Year-Old Attempts Bristol Channel Crossing
Sailing a Topper by herself in aid of The Maiden Factor Foundation Can you remember when you were 12-years old? Did you have the courage to take part in a big adventure, voyage, or expedition? Did you ever think of raising money for others? If most of us are truly honest, we would probably say no. Posted on 20 Aug
GJW Direct Topper 'Not the Nationals' video
Serious racing, fun races, hog roasts and sunshine Wednesday saw beautiful sunshine but sadly no wind – after a postponement ashore, racing was called off for the day. Thursday brought much better conditions for sailing to allow four championships races plus a fun race. Posted on 18 Aug
Starcross Yacht Club Junior Regatta
With full timetable of beach games, camp-overs and discos An energetic fleet of 38 children took place in the inaugural Starcross YC junior regatta, held on the river Exe over four days from 14-17 August. The format of the event was 2-3 short races each day. Posted on 18 Aug