Dinghy racers take to the sea in Lowestoft for National Series event
PUBLISHED: 18:09 16 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:57 18 July 2017
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.
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.”
Check out our selection of photos from the event.