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The Tops´┐Żl Story
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Early years
Need for change
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Slangivar
Nearly lost it?
Summer Cruise
More Yachts
Today
Prologue

I write this story so that those who follow will understand the motives and passions which inspired the creation of what was at the time, a rather unique concept. This was nothing to do with sailing and everything to do with 'community'. A throw-back to the old time village environment where everyone knew everyone else, the idea of personal identity and having a place in this world.

Today it is all to easy to become isolated in this global age, I visualised a network of friends an acquaintances within a kind of club. As we grow older and eventually into retirement we tend to lose that everyday contact  the workplace provides, it is all to often the case that our social world contracts. Of course there exists many clubs but, not with the same emphasis as I envisaged. 'Friendships' as the main theme.

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How the idea developed

To achieve this it was apparent to me that we not only had to bring folk together, but it would be essential to keep them together long enough for bonds to form. Therefore it was desirable  that the structure be designed for long term commitment. A theme was also needed. It just so happened that an opportunity presented itself. From these seeds was Tops'l born.

Inception

A seminar was arranged for a few selected friends on the 9th. June 1979. The idea was presented with beer and sandwiches. Everyone signed up, it was quite surprise. The story that follows describes the evolution and experiences which made Tops'l.

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