Paignton Sailing Club Hosts Topper Training and Racing Weekend


The South West Toppers were at Paignton Sailing Club for a weekend of training and racing.

On Saturday morning, the sailors found themselves in champagne conditions – sun, breeze and beautiful scenery.

RYA Regional Training Group Head Coach Jack Mitchell and Coaches Jack Miller and Mark Ripley divided the sailors into three groups and they spent most of the day practicing the little bits of sailing that each sailor felt have to improve.

Four races were contested. 1 credit

The groups ended the day by participating in mini-races practicing the skills learned earlier in the day.

The sun was shining for race day on Sunday.

Four races were contested and Thomas Semmens of Brixham Yacht Club / Paignton Sailing Club, with three firsts, was the overall winner with Huw Beare of Starcross YC, second with three second places.

Tom Smith of Stoke Gabriel Boating Association came first in the smaller 4.2 sail.

Joining the race course was also a pod of dolphins much to the delight of the sailors and tag laying team.

The young sailors were joined by a pod of dolphins.  1 credit
The young sailors were joined by a pod of dolphins. 1 credit

A fabulous weekend sailing the beautiful waters of Tor Bay.

For any Topper sailor interested in further coaching and competing in boat specific races in the South West region, please visit the Topper website

Those wishing to learn to sail then the Paignton Sailing Club are running learn to sail courses for juniors and adults next month. Interested, then visit the website:


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