Topaz Omega

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Topaz Omega
Boat
Crew1–7
TrapezeOptional
Hull
Type Monohull
ConstructionTopaz TRILAM
Hull weight160 kg (350 lb)
LOA 4.7 m (15 ft 5 in)
Beam 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Hull appendages
Keel/board type Centerboard
Sails
Mainsail area10.27 m2 (110.5 sq ft)
Jib/genoa area3.75 m2 (40.4 sq ft)
Spinnaker area14.66 m2 (157.8 sq ft)
Racing
RYA PN 1075 [1]

The Topaz Omega is a sailing dinghy created by Topper International designed for between 1 and 7 crew members. It is sailed at many clubs around the world [2] and is an ISAF 'Learn to Sail' class. [3]

Topper International is an international builder and marketing company of sailboats and dinghies supported by a worldwide dealer network and class associations.

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Performance and design

The Omega is an incredibly versatile three-sail boat that is fantastic for club racing, teaching or estuary sailing and picnicking. This boat is the largest in the Topper range (the hull can comfortably hold up to six). The beamy, chined hull inspires great confidence making the Omega stable and easy to control. The huge, spacious cockpit with its gnav kicker offers roomy and comfortable sailing and is an ideal teaching platform for large groups. The boat can be sailed single-handedly due to the zip-reefing system in the mainsail adding yet another layer of versatility.

The Omega is a versatile dinghy that can be used for learning to sail, to club racing. [4] The Omega, the largest of the topper range, is a good boat for training, being stable with plenty of room for three trainees and an instructor. The boat has a Gnav kicker system which gives you more room in the cockpit.

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George Cockshott Marine architect

George Cockshott was educated at Uppingham and King’s College Cambridge. He resided at Southport, and was Vice-Commodore of Southport Corinthian Yacht Club. As a boy he took a keen delight in building and sailing model yachts, and while at school built for himself a rowing and sailing boat. He joined the Cambridge University Sailing Club shortly after its formation in 1893. On coming down from Cambridge, he spent several seasons as ‘forward hand’ racing in the Southport ¾-rating class and the Menai Straits 1-rating class. He owned the Unona, a half decked centre board boat, and designed and sailed for two seasons a boat in a ‘restricted class’ of 12-foot dinghies with a fair measure of success. In 1901 he became owner of the 12 ton cutter Eurynome, a boat long famous as a cruiser-racer in Irish, Clyde and Welsh waters, and though Cockshott preferred cruising to racing, considerably reduced her spars and canvas, she was successfully raced under his flag for several seasons in a strong handicap class. In 1904, he again entered the ¾-rating class as part owner of Imp. He also owned the yacht Sthoreen, an able and comfortable cruising yawl of 16 tons, built from his own designs, and launched in the spring of 1906. Cockshott has also turned his attention to yacht architecture, and, in addition to his own yacht, one 20 tonner, several smaller yachts, and motor launches, and tender to the Southport lifeboat, have been built from his designs. He designed a new racing class for the West Lancashire Yacht Club from which six boats are now being built.

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