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National School Sailing Association Topper loan scheme

by Jon Leeding 18 Feb 2022 00:47 PST
NSSA Youth National Sailing Regatta 2017 © Ali Butler

The National School Sailing Association (NSSA) is a UK membership organisation for anyone involved with youth sailing. We provide a framework of competitions to encourage young people to get involved in fleet, team and match racing in a variety of dinghies.

As part of our commitment to improving participation levels in the sport we have a fleet of 6 Topper Dinghies that we make available to deserving young people who might not otherwise have regular access to a boat of their own.

The boat will be provided free of charge to the young person with a choice of rig (subject to availability) from early March until middle of October 2022. All we ask is that:

  1. The boat is kept in a safe and secure location for the duration of the loan.
  2. The boat and sailor make a reasonable effort to attend NSSA events during the main sailing season.
  3. The sponsoring adult takes responsibility for
      a. collecting the boat and delivering to our single handed team racing event in October (at Burton Sailing Club)
      b. general upkeep of the Topper whilst in the possession of the young person (major incidents/breakages will be discussed with NSSA committee if applicable)

NB: the sponsoring adult does not necessarily have to be a parent or guardian of the young person they nominate.

The scheme is open to all but we are particularly keen to increase participation amongst under represented demographics. In order to access this fantastic opportunity we would ask that a sponsoring adult nominates a young person (or people) for consideration using the form available here (PDF format).

Please send any questions to .

For more information about the NSSA and to see what events we are running in 2022 please have a look at

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