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2 October 2009, 11:00 am
Training Made Easy... Multihull Equipment For Your MNA
Dan Jaspers, ISAF Training and Development Manager
Dan Jaspers, ISAF Training and Development Manager, gives his latest training update

Training and Development News

In his latest look at MNA training programmes. Dan Jaspers, Training and Development Manager at ISAF, explains how sometimes the choice of boats for your location is not purely reserved for the monohull dinghies.
Sometimes it is just not possible to have a beach full of sailing dinghies. Water depth, type of wind direction, age of kids being taught and stability of boat required, launching access which conventional trolleys struggle with etc. To run successful training, you need to sometimes look outside of conventions as far as types of boats are concerned.

Connect to Sailing Partners Topper International and Hobie-Cat have a range of Catamarans tailor made to suit the training environment.

Topper International

The Connect to Sailing - Topper logo

Topper International are well known for their dinghy range but also produce a large range of catamarans which come under the umbrella name Topaz. The Topaz 14 catamaran is the most recent addition to the Topaz range. It has been adopted by the French Sailing Federation who are the acknowledged authority on cat sailing with significant fleets developing in France. The Topaz 14 was awarded the prestigious Voiles et Voiliers Coup de Coeur at the Paris Boat Show and Yachts & Yachting recognised the quality of the 14 in their boat test. For more information please visit
Action from the Topper World Championships


The Connect to Sailing - Hobie logo

Hobie were the second Connect to Sailing partner to come onboard with ISAF and since then have been heavily involved with the programme and are supporting its goals into the future. Hobie often have training programmes for specific classes and try to have them at the same time as their championships. The last one was at the Hobie European Championship at Lake Como at the beginning of August. For more information on this and on other initiatives that Hobie are planning and how they can support your MNA develop, go to

Action from the Hobie Europeans
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