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Junior Fortnight

Junior Fortnight 2024

Week 1: 29th July - 2nd August 

Week 2: 5th August - 9th August

Updated 4 May 2023

We have published the Welcome, Notice of Race (NOR) and provisional social summary today to help prepare everyone for event entry which will open on Monday 5th June 2023

We strongly recommend that you read these documents before attempting to enter for Junior Fortnight.

Please send all queries about JF to only. This is monitored by the ISC office and JF Committee

Thank you, 

JF Committee

James Leaver (Waf), Sian Discombe Wells, Piers Shepherd, Sean Taylor, Flavia Rogers, Emma Nelson and Angeline Tournier

Updated 7 April 2023

Please send queries about JF to only. This is monitored by the ISC office and JF Committee

Junior Fortnight 2023 will run from Monday 24th July to Friday 4th August with registration and briefings on Sunday 23rd July 2023.

JF 2023 will be run on a broadly similar basis to 2022 but entrants will need to fully qualify for the event prior to entry. The event is for 8-19 year olds with racing organised in ISC's junior classes; Mirror, Topper (4.2m and 5.3m), Feva XL, Laser Radial and International 420.

We regret that children born after 31 August 2014 are too young to compete in JF 2023 but they will be able to participate in ISC's reinvigorated Oppie and Mirror junior training offering in 2023 and can then look forward to 10 years of JF when they are old enough.

To assist with your planning for JF 2023, we have been working with the club and class captains to make sure all potential competitors and their families have the information they need to focus on successful qualification before entry opens and are aware of the following:-

Mirror Family Fun Week (FFW)

  • FFW will run from Monday 24th - 28th July 2023. FFW is a separate one-week event and, for the young helms, cannot be combined with a JF Mirror entry in 2023. The helm must be 12 or under at the time of the event and born before 1 September 2014. Their crew must be a competent elder family member and/or an ISC member. The event entry price for FFW will include a JF first week wristband for evening meals, social programme and a registration bag for the helm only.

Junior Fortnight (JF 2023)

  • We may need to introduce limits on the number of boats competing in each sailing event to assist with race management and appropriate rescue cover
  • Like 2022, the provisional race programme will enable competitors to compete in two events if they wish (i.e. one in the morning and another in the afternoon)
  • We will race Mirrors non-spinnaker, Mirrors spinnaker and Toppers am (5.3m only) in the morning. Toppers pm (4.2m and 5.3m), Feva XLs, 420s and Laser Radials will race in the afternoon
  • We are working on ways to simplify the entry process within the limitations of the club's online booking system. It is likely that a single boat entry fee will include a fortnight wristband for evening meals, social programme and registration bag for helm and crew. There will be no one week entry discount and crew swaps between weeks 1 and 2 will not be accepted
  • Event entry for JF and FFW will be open for two weeks only from the end of half term in early June 
  • Entry will open to Full and Family ISC members and members of Chichester Harbour clubs at the same time. 10% of competitor spaces will be reserved for members of Chichester Harbour clubs
  • Entry will close after two weeks or when JF is full, whichever is the earlier
  • Non ISC member competitors and their parents or guardians will need to pay an additional temporary membership for the duration of the event and visiting boats will need to pay for a temporary stage berth
  • Social package wristbands, including evening meals for parents/ guardians and younger siblings of ISC members (Pink group only under 8 years of age), will also be released for sale when event entry opens
  • CANCELLATION POLICY. Only enter if you are fully committed to Junior Fortnight. Any cancellations from 23 June 2023 onwards will incur a 20% administration fee before the balance is returned. The administration fee will rise to 40% on 30 June, 60% on 7 July, 80% on 14 July and 100% on 21 July 2023.
  • We will be running a full social programme for all competitors and parents, similar to 2022 which will be after racing for all. See our Provisional Social Summary [COMING SOON]
  • We will continue to require parents/ guardians to make themselves available for duties as a condition of entry. As in 2021 and 2022, we expect this to be two half day duties per child per event but will be dependent on numbers
  • We will be running parent evening racing in the second week of JF and other activities for parents again during JF 2023

 Entry Qualification for FFW and JF

  • To qualify to race in FFW and JF 2023, helms and crews will both be required to have completed a minimum 4 qualifying racing days as helm or crew in the JF class of boat for which they are entering by the time that they enter and state these details when they enter. Although recommended, it is not an absolute requirement to sail qualification race days in your proposed JF pairing
  • Qualifying club race results will only be recorded if a boat has booked in prior to the race on Sailing Club Manager by logging into the booking area on the ISC website The web link to the subsequent race results will be the "proof" we will be relying on
  • The same principle applies to open meetings and to members of Chichester Harbour Clubs who do their qualifying race days elsewhere or at their own RYA affiliated club
  • For the avoidance of doubt, the qualification days are in the period since 13 August 2022 (end of Bosham Junior Week) to the date of entry and, if a competitor plans to race in two JF events, we do not require a minimum of 8 racing days, just 4 in the boat you will be helming
  • For clarification a "qualifying race day" means competing in all back-to-back races in a racing session
  • Entrants sailing a new class of boat for the first time in 2023 may count 2 completed ISC organised training days as qualifying race days at the time of entry. BUT we still expect all entrants to sail a minimum of 4 qualifying racing days before the start of JF
  • Entrants may not submit their entry without the helm and crew having completed the minimum 4 qualifying race days with "proof". Unlike 2022, it will not be possible to enter and go on a waiting list until entrants have met this requirement. The waiting list created excessive administration for the club, class captains and JF Committee
  • Qualifying race days will be checked by the relevant class captain and, if they advise that the minimum requirements have not been met, they will notify the JF Committee. In these circumstances payment will be returned and the entry will be deleted
  • JF Committee have agreed that a small exception will be made for Optimist sailors who can demonstrate that they have been sailing at a national level or have been selected to train in an RYA RTG. Two days of Optimist sailing at this level will count as 2 qualifying race days for entrants to a Mirror or Topper event only.

What Next?


Want to be where the action is? Why not stay in one of the Clubs Guest Rooms during JF?

We have a variety of rooms available and we're offering the following deal for all JF participants:

  • 25% off all accommodation with shared facilities Double/Twin/Bunk/Family (excluding the single room)
  • 15% off all Double Ensuites

This is available only when booking all 5 nights and a turn down service will not be offered fresh towels can be requested from the House/Office Team

To enquire about availability call the office on 01243 512400 - option 1 or email the office

JF Communication

There will be occasional JF updates on this web page and we will also notify these through the JF 2022 Notices WhatsApp group

The JF 2022 Notices WhatsApp will remain live until we create a new 2023 version. This group is the best way to keep up to date with our plans as they evolve.

Please send queries about JF to only. This is monitored by the ISC office and JF Committee

Thank you,

JF Committee

James Leaver (Waf), Sian Discombe Wells, Piers Shepherd, Sean Taylor, Flavia Rogers, Kendall Massey and Emma Nelson

Last updated 11:22 on 28 November 2023

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