The Topper Leinster Championships at Howth Yacht Club on March 31st / April 1st is the first event of the season for the Irish Topper class and with qualification for the ISA Topper Squad at stake, a competitive fleet of up to 40 boats is expected from clubs as far apart as Wexford and Antrim.
To qualify for the 2012 ISA Topper Squad sailors must compete in both the Leinsters in Howth and the ISA Mitsubishi Youth Nationals in Dun Laoghaire in mid-April.
The ISA squad comes under the Olympic pathway which allows for progression from the junior fleet to the Olympic classes. The squad will be re-selected in April after the Youth Championships and will prepare the sailors to compete in the 2012 Topper World Championships at Workum in Holland.
Friday 23rd March is the deadline for discounted entry fees of €50/£45 (after which they increase by €10/£10) for the Leinsters and entry is restricted to members of the Irish Topper Class Association.
The event, under the guidance of PRO Richard Kissane and his team, has a schedule of six races over the two days.