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New boat for the Endeavour Trophy

British Champion of Champions event to be sailed in Topper's Topaz Argo

Monday March 4th 2013, Author: Sue Pelling, Location: United Kingdom

Topper’s new Topaz Argo was officially announced as the boat for the 2013 Topper Endeavour Championship (Trophy...), at the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace today.

The new Rob White-designed Topaz Argo replaces the Topaz Xenon, the chosen class for the annual Topper Endeavour champion of champions event at Burnham-on-Crouch for the last eight years. The new Argo will make its Endeavour Championship debut at this year’s event on 11-13 October 2013.

Topper has agreed to supply 25 new Argos dinghies for the invitation-only event to be used to determine the overall dinghy champion of champions from the UK’s most popular dinghy racing classes.

This latest addition to the Topper range of boats is similar in looks to the Xenon with its high freeboard and racy asymmetric spinnaker, but at 40kg lighter and carrying less total sail area, the new Argo should increase the overall crew-weight range and appeal to lighter crews who struggle in windy conditions.

Given the diverse entry of the Topper Endeavour Championship, which includes singlehanded, doublehanded, heavy and lightweight crews from a range of different dinghy classes, finding a suitable strict one-design to ensure the racing is as fair as possible, is always a challenge for the event organiers. Thankfully the Argo seems to fit the criteria and, like the previous Xenon, the Argo has no class championship, which means there is no class national champion to gain an unfair advantage.

Rob White – the designer – commenting on the choice of the new Argo, and why it should provide a wider appeal to Endeavour competitors: “This new design should hopefully give more of an equal playing field by opening up the competition to a wider range of sailors. Comparing it to the Xenon, the Argo is lighter, stiffer, has slightly less sail area, and is generally more stable, which is exactly what is needed for an event like the Topper Endeavour Championship.”

Simon Potts, former Endeavour Champion crew, added: “This boat will provide level, competitive sailing, and should be extremely reliable, which is important for this event. The fact that this new design is 40kg lighter than the Xenon, should make a difference and give some of the lighter crews a bit more a chance in the winder conditions.”

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