Itchenor Sailing Club in Chichester, West Sussex anticipates record entries for its 64th National Schools Week Championships that will take place on 26 June – 1 July.

The annual sailing events will see students from over 40 schools from around the UK descend on the club for a week of racing around Chichester Harbour.

Since 1953 Itchenor Sailing Club has hosted the National Schools Championships, formerly known as The Public Schools Firefly Invitation Championships. Its aim was to promote inter-school sailing competition and encourage participation in the sport. Previous winners have included double gold medalist and silver medalist Rodney Pattisson, double silver medalist and Itchenor member Ian Walker as well as international sailor Phil Crebbin.

This year will see the introduction of a practice race on Sunday 26 June for the RS Feva category ahead of the week’s races. Championship racing for the Feva class will take place on June 27th and 28th with the Fireflies and 420s taking over between the 29th and July 1st.

Commodore of Itchenor Sailing Club, Charles Hyatt commented, “We are delighted with the turnout for this year’s event. It is one of our long-standing annual events, with many of our most successful sailors starting out in this competition. It is great to see the racing standard get higher each year, particularly since we introduced the extra day of training. We look forward to welcoming the students to our cub and wish them all the best of luck for the tournament!”

Last year saw an impressive selection of both junior and senior student sailors participate in the event which culminated with Hayling Island College being crowned the winner of the Feva competition while RGS Guildford took home the title for the Firefly championships.

A key date in the sailing calendar, this year’s event is sponsored by MPI Brokers and JDX Consulting. It also marks the start of a five-year sponsorship agreement with the travel insurance specialist, MPI Brokers.

The new agreement sees MPI sponsoring not only the Schools Week Championships but the Mirror, Laser, Topper and International 420 classes in the club’s Junior Fortnight which this year is from 26 July to 5 August.

MPI is no stranger to the waters of Chichester Harbour as, with its sister company Mind The Gap Year, it has sponsored the Firefly and International 420-class events at Itchenor’s Schools Week at the end of June for the past nine years.

Another returning sponsor, JDX Consulting has been involved in Schools Week since 2013.

Registration to the 2016 Schools Week Championships is now open and schools can enter at For more information on the School Week Championships, contact the club office on 01243 512400.

About Itchenor Sailing Club:

Itchenor Sailing Club is based in Chichester, West Sussex. Founded in 1927, the club hosts top class amateur racing throughout the summer as well as training and youth sailing facilities and events. ISC boasts a fine sailing heritage with members competing in nine separate Olympic Games. The attractive listed Clubhouse offers accommodation, an award willing chef, and permanent in house team. The facilities are available on a limited basis for corporates to run events, team building and water based corporate entertainment. There are a limited number of sponsorship opportunities available.

About MPI Brokers:

In addition to providing sailing insurance, MPI Brokers also specializes in wintersports insurance and can quote for ski insurance, including ski racing and snowpark cover. All its ski insurance automatically provides cover for ‘off piste’ activity. Michael Pettifer regularly attends the races and is on hand in case of any insurance queries.

About JDX Consulting:

JDX is a young and vibrant company specialising in providing cost-effective, flexible resourcing solutions to our financial services and insurance industry clients. Graduates are developed through the JDX Academy, which offers their consultants an initial step-up into the financial world by providing training, mentoring and hands-on experience. This affords them the opportunity to become well rounded professionals and gain the prospects they deserve. JDX has strong ties to sailing, from supporting Itchenor Schools Week to Olympic campaigns.

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David Priscott

Itchenor Sailing Club

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