Jon Manners from Topper
“Funnily enough, it was forty years ago that the legendary Topper dinghy was launched, so Topper and Neilson share a birthday!”
“The original Topper remains popular to this day and is now a Recognised International Racing Class and an integral part of the RYA Youth pathway to the Olympics.”
“The next significant breakthrough in terms of sailboat design came in the 1980s with the introduction of affordable, high-performance, one-design racing dinghies such as the ISO, Buzz, Laser 4000 and the 29er, which all came with powerful rigs, an asymmetric spinnaker, and trapezes.”
“As some of the new generation of high-performance racing dinghies became more and more extreme like the 49er and 18ft skiffs, Topper recognised that there was a need to have a range of boats that could be used by beginners as a pathway into performance sailing.”
“So Topper developed an ultra-modern range of dinghies and catamarans under the Topaz brand name.”
“The innovative construction method delivers hulls that are stronger, lighter, stiffer and more durable. These boats are ideal for learning to sail, teaching and for family recreational sailing because they are so affordable and durable while remaining lightweight and fun to sail.”
Read more about the evolution of dinghies.