One job one dream

Mike Toppa is one of the best-known faces in big boat and America’s Cup sailing, whichever corner of the world you inhabit. Yet in an illustrious – but discrete – career which has now spanned more than 40 years he has only really worked for one employer. He talks to Carol Cronin…

I’ve admired Mike Toppa from afar for many years, but it wasn’t until last winter – standing side by side on an ice-slickened dock, thumbs busily trying to propel our DF95 model boats around a tiny racecourse in the most protected corner of Newport Harbor – that we actually had a conversation. Such a soft-spoken, glasshalf- full kind of guy – even on one particularly arctic race day, when his mast just inexplicably… broke.

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