THE Topper Winter Regatta took place at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy last weekend.

Sunny skies and a brisk wind of 17 knots gave competitors a great sailing experience.

The strong winds presented problems for many of the fleet and the safety boats had a busy time carrying out rescues.

Four races took place in total and the overall winner was Callum Rosie from Helensburgh Sailing Club.

In second place was Jack Butters from Parkstone, while the first female was Lucy Mearns from Rutland Sailing Club, who finished fifth overall.

Around 150 Toppers, from what is one of the largest junior fleets, were entered.

There was a very competitive but friendly atmosphere throughout the two day event.

One local sailor who participated at the event was Alex Macfarlane, pictured above.

He said: “It was great to see so many Topper sailors out on the water again after a hard winter’s training.

“I was happy with my results and am aiming to get into the national squad later this year.”

Macfarlane performed well to finish mid-fleet.