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RCYC to host Topper World Championships 2023 this weekend

Updated: Jul 21, 2023

The Royal Cork Yacht Club is getting ready to host this years Topper World Championships which will welcome 260 sailors making it the biggest Topper Worlds ever.

The event will set sail on Monday the 24th of July, and racing will continue up to Friday, 28th of July.

An opening ceremony will take place on Sunday, the 23rd of July. From 6pm, competitors will take part in a parade from the Yacht Club to Crosshaven House.

Crosshaven Development Committee have been busy getting the village in shipshape, ahead of the busy weekend.

The RCYC have a number of sailors entered in the competition including Finnbarr Gulati, Becky Woodroffe, Ellen McDonagh, Isha Duggan, Shane Collins and Abbie Shorten.

Speaking in the lead up to the event, RCYC’s Class Captain Marcas Worth said the club was excited to welcome their international guests for a global celebration of Topper sailing:

He said: “We’re very excited to play host to such a prestigious event and we’d like to extend them all with a very warm welcome to Crosshaven.

Teams from Vanhang Sailing and Beijing Sailing Centre will also be joined by a nine-strong squad from Cool International Sailing School.

Entries from Belgium and Spain will be joining up with the strong Irish and UK entries, making it a truly global celebration of International Topper racing.”

Marcas Worth also paid tribute to the extensive support provided by the local businesses and communities through volunteering or providing accommodation and facilities for participants of the event.

He said: We would like to extend our thanks to our amazing volunteers and our event sponsors - Topper Technology International, Cork County Council, Ronstan, Rooster & Jones Engineering. We have approx. 100 and events of this magnitude would be impossible without this help and support.

We’d also like to thank Crosshaven Rugby Club, the many residents of Crosshaven have given use of their homes, in addition to the Carrigaline Court Hotel and UCC who have each provided accommodation for international competitors and their families.

Cllr. Audrey Buckley is looking forward to event. "It is such a great honour for Crosshaven Village to host such a prestigious event. The Topper Worlds 2023 hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club here in Crosshaven Village. It is an honour for me to deputise for the County Mayor Frank O Flynn, to officially open the event on July 26th.

With over 260 sailors competing in the event, it will be an amazing sight to see so many Toppers out in the harbour, and I am sure Camden will be the place to be to watch this event. To welcome such a large number of international guests to our lovely village. Which I may add the village is looking fantastic great credit is due to Crosshaven Development Committee and Tidy Towns. The Crosshaven knit and natters as always add their own special collage of hand knitted pieces.

Events like this not only showcase the fantastic facilities that we have here in our beautiful village Crosshaven, also at the RCYC, the oldest yacht club in the world."

Best of luck to all involved!

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