Junior Fortnight has been an integral part of Itchenor Sailing Club’s sailing calendar in Chichester Harbour for over fifty years. Many past Olympic and World Champions have learnt their racing skills whilst participating in the event, including Archie Massey who has won every International 14 World Championship since 2008, a record for the class, and Ed Fitzgerald the 2012 49er Youth World Champion crew. Ed comments: “My first experience of competitive sailing took place at Junior Fortnight aged 8. I remember being in Mirrors 3 and going round Itchenor, Cobnor and Deep End and getting my first taste of winning some races! It is a socially important two weeks and it is as much about friendships and having fun as it is about the sailing.”
Classes which take part in Junior Fortnight are Mirror, Laser, Topper and International 420s and the events can been seen all over Chichester Harbour. In 2013 there were 205 competitors from over 100 families living in the local area and further afield. This year, from Monday 28th July to Friday 8th August is set to be even bigger as the event has been opened up to other sailing clubs for the first time ever and the Club is delighted to welcome both Strutt and Parker, Chichester and jbA Architecture as supporting sponsors to the event.
The social program is an integral part of Junior Fortnight with 30 events taking place throughout the two weeks for all age groups as well as parents.
Tom Trevelyan, Vice Commodore at ISC, comments, “Junior Fortnight is part of an excellent sailing support programme at Itchenor and we have seen many of our youth sailors enjoy success at the highest levels of the sport. Most years we see juniors who’ve started with us as beginners go on to qualify for Mirror or 420 National Squads with some later going on to compete in the Olympics and World Championships.”
To find out more and keep up with the action, visit http://www.itchenorsc.co.uk/ or call 01243 512400