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April 21, 2021

Topsail Turns 25 This Year

Topsail News

Topsail are pleased to announce that this year we celebrate 25 years in the insurance industry.

Established in 1996 as GH Insurance Services Ltd., we were best known for our involvement in Blue Water cruising. Original shareholder Peter Hopkins (the H of GH!) decided to partake in the Blue Water Rally, which was a 20 month circumnavigation established in 1997. As a result of Peter’s participation in the rally, Topsail set up a 20 month boat insurance policy for participants with Zurich Insurance Plc as security. We additionally offered our specialist Yachtsman’s Travel Insurance product and again put together a 20 month package for BWR customers. The final Blue Water Rally set sail in 2010, coming to an end in 2011.

Since this time we have become specialists in marine insurance as a whole, offering cover for many types of craft including sailing dinghies, small craft, inland craft, narrowboats, yachts, motorboats and most recently jet skis. This is of course in addition to our specialist Tall Ships, Sail Training, Jubilee Sailing Trust and Yachtsman’s travel insurance products.

Based in the UK, we cover people from all walks of life, including cruising down the Norfolk Broads, pottering round the English Channel, cruising around Europe or indeed those people looking to cruise worldwide.

Topsail also has a sister company established in 2014. Topsail Insurance Pty Ltd. has offices based in Perth, Sydney and Queensland, Australia.

We are proud to be able to have access to a number of Insurers, so we will always look to ensure we find the right solution to fit your needs.

Topsail MD Chris McGowan had this to say:

“This is a great milestone for our company and shows that we offer the products and service our clients expect. The last year has been the most exciting in our history having recently purchased the Y Yacht Insurance brand, in addition to bringing in two ex-senior MS Amlin (Haven Knox-Johnston) employees Ric De Cristofano (Director of Underwriting) and Nigel Hawkes (Director of Operations), and we remain focused on continuing to provide excellent service to our clients.

I would like to thank all of our Insurers and producers who have supported us throughout this time and look forward to further enhancing our working relationships.

I would further like to thank all of our clients for your loyalty over this time and we look forward to continuing to meet your insurance needs over the years ahead.

We at Topsail look forward to the next 25 years.”

As part of our 25th anniversary we will be running several competitions, in addition to posting 25 things you may not know about Topsail on our social media channels.

Be sure to keep an eye out for these by following us on our social media platforms.




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