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Dinghy racers take to the sea in Lowestoft for National Series event

PUBLISHED: 18:09 16 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:57 18 July 2017

Two days of quality racing took place in Lowestoft over the weekend. Photo: Mick Howes

Two days of quality racing took place in Lowestoft over the weekend. Photo: Mick Howes

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A potential place in the national squad was at stake as over 150 of the UK’s best young sailors descended on Lowestoft for a weekend of high-quality dinghy racing.

Competitors wheel their racers towards the beach. Photo: Mick HowesCompetitors wheel their racers towards the beach. Photo: Mick Howes

Hosted by the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club on July 15 and 16, competitors and their families travelled from across the country for the Topper National Series race, a key qualifying stage for the ambitious youngsters.

The International Topper Class Association (ITCA) event brought the spectacular sight of hundreds of dinghies with their red, white and blue sails launching from the beach into the sea close to Lowestoft’s Claremont Pier.

Competitors raced in two fleets, the smaller of which uses a 4.2 sail suitable for novices and the other using a 5.3 standard size sail for more experienced sailors.

Sally Dugdale, ITCA chairman, said: “The Toppers had a fantastic weekend here in 2015 and everyone has very much enjoyed sailing at Lowestoft again.”

Over 150 young sailors descended on Lowestoft for the event. Photo: Mick HowesOver 150 young sailors descended on Lowestoft for the event. Photo: Mick Howes

Check out our selection of photos from the event.

Competititors prepare their dinghies before racing begins. Photo: Mick HowesCompetititors prepare their dinghies before racing begins. Photo: Mick Howes

Dinghies launched from the beach close to Lowestoft's Claremont Pier. Photo: Mick HowesDinghies launched from the beach close to Lowestoft's Claremont Pier. Photo: Mick Howes

There was one race for novices and one for more experienced sailors. Photo: Mick HowesThere was one race for novices and one for more experienced sailors. Photo: Mick Howes

Participants have been looking to earn a place in the national squad. Photo: Mick HowesParticipants have been looking to earn a place in the national squad. Photo: Mick Howes

The racing was a Topper National Series event. Photo: Mick HowesThe racing was a Topper National Series event. Photo: Mick Howes

Action from the weekend's dinghy racing.. Photo: Mick HowesAction from the weekend's dinghy racing.. Photo: Mick Howes

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