Stage 3: Rigging, launching and sailing in any direction. Each child will be sailing in its own Topper. Please provide your child with a Topper. Sail Training will no longer provide any Toppers unless there are exceptional circumstances. Although Toppers were originally rigged with an aft main sheet, a centre main is preferred.
Assumed knowledge: Up to and including the Stage 2 course
Duration: 5 days (Monday – Friday)
Minimum age: 8 years as of the course start date
Course content: Rigging, launching and recovery, sailing techniques, capsize recovery, sailing theory
Ability after course: Able to launch and sail a dinghy around a triangle in moderate conditions
Toppers will be subjected to a rigorous boat check on Sunday 4th August. A full boat checklist will be made available shortly. Please make sure all Toppers have a boom sleeve (to prevent getting the main sheet around their neck when tacking), the main block needs a ratchet (so the kids can hold the main sheet), a non swivelling block on the traveller or else the main sheet gets twisted, an effective dagger board bungee cord (to prevent the daggerboard falling out in capsizes).