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Topper International will be attending the upcoming RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace on the weekend of 3 – 4 March 2018. We will have a selection of our range on Stand B58 for you to see. And our helpful and friendly sales staff will be on hand to offer any advice or answer any of your questions. As always, if you are looking to buy a new boat, we will be able to offer special Boat Show rates and finance deals over the weekend.
Alongside a shiny new Topper, as part of our ‘Re-Activate your Topper’ initiative, we will also have an older Topper that has been rescued from a boat park and is being brought back to life. The boat has been restored on one side, and the other half is unrestored to illustrate how easy it is to transform a disused, unloved and forgotten Topper and bring it back to life and get it back out on the water sailing again.
Restoring an old Topper is definitely a job that you can do yourself. Any replacement parts such as toe straps, mastgate, self bailer, ropes, blocks, sails, etc are available to buy from Topper. Special highly subsidised prices for parts are available to Sailing Clubs/Schools. A link to a video with tips on how to re-activate an old Topper can be seen below.
If you do restore an old Topper, please send Before & After shots of your Topper re-activation with your Name, Club and Boat Number to email@example.com by 1 June 2018. The best re-activation will win a brand new, race ready Topper for your club courtesy of Topper International. But, if you aren’t able to undertake the work yourself, Topper are also happy to do the work for you at the factory.
The initiative is open to all UK Sailing Clubs and Schools who are interested in increasing the number of youth and junior sailors sailing at their Clubs. Please pop along to the Stand if you are interested in taking part.
The Topper Class Association (GBR) will also be at the show on Stand C48.
The RYA will also have a Topper on display on their Stand, in recognition of the role the boat plays as an RYA ‘Pathway Class’. The Topper is an integral part of the RYA ‘Youth Racing Programme’ enabling young dinghy sailors to develop their racing talent towards Olympic Classes sailing.
There will also be a special centenary celebration of Topper designer Ian Proctor at the show. Visitors to the show will be able to see some of his earliest designs including the Gull, Minisail, Osprey and the Wayfarer in an exclusive historical exhibition.
“Ian Proctor was responsible for designing so many of the dinghies that we still sail, cruise and race today”, comments RYA Show and Promotions Manager Celia Edgington.
“We are delighted to not only showcase some of his best loved innovations but to share the insightful stories surrounding the history of his life.”
Sailing historian David Henshall will be taking us back in time with his talk ‘A life of an innovator-the Ian Proctor Centenary’ which will be on the Suzuki Main Stage at 12:45 on both days of the show.
As always, you’ll also be able to see all the latest gear from top sailing brands and catch exclusive talks and coaching sessions from the experts. There will also be some great interactive features and demos to inspire sailors of all ages. So, there is plenty of activities to entertain the whole family and we would love to see you at the show.
Advance tickets are available at a special discount rate of £10.00 for RYA members and £12.50 for non-members. Don’t forget up four children go free with each paying adult!
Buy your tickets here or by calling the ticket hotline on 0844 858 9069
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