The Topper was designed in 1977 and has yet to be bettered for its value and all-around ability. It can be raced single-handed at club level and on the ITCA (GBR) class association race circuit. It also works well as a training boat for novices and tolerates all sorts of use and abuse. It is ideally suited to Lancing beach and can be sailed straight up the beach at any state of the tide, without damage.

The LSC Topper Class has its own annual Topper League, which encourages frequent sailing and recognises newer helms.