||Mike Toppa got into sailing at age 11 after he saw 12 meters at the docks in Newport, RI, “I went down the dock, ended up helping out and became the dock boy for Intrepid”. His first time sailing was on their trial horse Constellation. From then on, he wanted to learn how to sail and win the America’s Cup. The following summer he took sailing lessons at the Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport and hasn’t given it up since!
Mike began working at North Sails in 1978 as a spinnaker designer, and in 1984 opened his own North Sails loft in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Currently focusing on superyacht, classic yacht and grand prix classes, Mike also has experience with America’s Cup sails, as well as the Swan and Melges 24 classes.
Mike has participated in seven America’s Cup campaigns as both a sailor and a sail designer, with two America’s Cup wins under his belt. Also completing numerous legs of the Whitbread/Volvo around-the-world races, as well as many World Championship titles in various big boat classes, Mike claims his biggest accomplishment is “getting his daughters involved in competitive sailing and enjoying it as much as I do.”
In his free time, Mike enjoys exercise, skiing, and helping out with the local junior sailing committee, “because of all the traveling I do, I like to spend weekends either staying at home or going with my daughters to their regattas.”