Sail-a-Palooza at the Jordanelle this weekend.
Coming off a successful 2014 sailing season, Park City Sailing would like to have an even bigger summer in 2015.
This weekend will mark the kick-off of the sailing season with Sail-a-Palooza, held at the Jordanelle Reservoir.
“We’re kicking off our eighth season,” Park City Sailing Vice President Ken Block said. “We’re trying to play off the strength of last year, when over 900 people sailed with us.”
The Sail-a-Palooza allows community members to come see everything Park City Sailing has to offer.
“It’s an open house for the community, with free sailboat rides for all ages and a free barbecue,” Block said. “All you need to do is pay the park entrance fee.”
The Sail-a-Palooza festivities will give Park City Sailing an opportunity to show off its large collection of sailboats of all shapes and sizes. The fleet currently includes Elliotts, J22s, Rhodes 19s, Lasers, Club 420s and Optimist Dinghies.
“We’ll be showcasing our fleet of 36 club-owned boats,” Block said. “There will be demos and safety demonstrations.”
The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Recent rain has helped the reservoir fill up, despite the lack of water coming from melting snowpack. Block said the Jordanelle is looking good already this year in terms of water level.
“Right now, the water levels are rising,” he said. “We’re already at a more than satisfactory level to run our programs. It’s coming up on a daily basis.”
Some of the other programs Park City Sailing runs are junior camps, which are available to children ages 5-18.
“Our enrollment in junior camps is open,” Block said. “We’ve increased the hours for the guppy program (ages 5-7). They’ll have two weeks of a special science camp that will incorporate sailing and science. It was spearheaded by a local Park City school science teacher.”
A big focus this year is the Out Reach Program, according to Block.
“We’re looking to grow the Out Reach Program,” he said. “It’s a partnership between Park City Sailing and the National Ability Center.
Last year, more than 350 of the NAC’s clients, which included the Wounded Warrior Project, warrior families, visually impaired sailors and a host of others, sailed with us.”
This year, Park City Sailing is starting a racing team, available to junior sailors.
“It’s an eight-week, intensive coaching course,” Block said. “And they’ll travel to regattas in Colorado and California.”
Last but not least, the organization is getting ready to kick off its summer racing season. On Tuesday evenings, Laser races will be held at the Jordanelle. On Thursdays, Elliott boats will be raced in the same location.
To learn more about Sail-a-Palooza or any of Park City Sailing’s other events, visit sailpc.org
by Adam Spencer