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Sailors prepped for summer

Christopher Kamrani, Of the Record staff

Now the vice president and director of marketing for the Park City Sailing Association (PCSA), Ken Block remembers the day he found out the Jordanelle Reservoir was a popular setting for sailing. He saw an article featuring the then fledging association in The Park Record and wanted to get involved.

Block learned how to sail in the channels around of Long Island, N.Y., and developed his expertise in a small town north of Boston, Mass., which he said is "obsessed" with sailing. Once he became involved with the Park City organization, he wanted to pitch in his two cents and help the sport grow in Summit County.

"We’ve taken this thing into something," he said. "The growth has been so big."

Block and the PCSA are in their fourth season as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and looking to add fresh elements to their already-established organization.

PCSA has a member recognized nationally for the second year in a row in the junior leadership category and had upward of 70 junior participants in the organization a year ago.

Block said they’re looking to build on that number, and they’re hoping to extend their reach to older participants.

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The PCSA recently purchased a 22-foot boat to help kick-start an adult sailing program, which will feature lessons on the Jordanelle.

Block said over the past couple years parents have voiced their envy when dropping their children off for sailing lessons, and that was a driving force behind the newest addition to the local fleet.

"This year we’re making the boat available to anyone who knows how to sail," he said. "For $250, anyone with experience can take the boat out for a morning, afternoon or evening sail.

"We’re really trying to build on this strong organization."

Block said this September the PCSA will host a national-level championship at Jordanelle and is working on getting the word out over the summer to get local sailors out en masse.

"On (summer) Tuesday nights, we get about 22 to 24 boats out," he said. "For the championship, we’re hoping for about 30-40."

Block said this year is different in that it has more potential than the past few and he is working hard to make sure the club takes a positive step forward.

"I’m doing this new with a handshake," he said. "This season, we really just want to emphasize the junior sailing program and the new boat. We just believe in an incredibly sports-minded community. We’re here to add to that resource."

Asked what it will take to achieve new heights in PCSA’s fourth season, Block said it would take some self-sacrifice.

"I’ll probably have to give up a bunch of golf," he said.

Block said PCSA will be announcing official program information within the coming weeks. For more information on the organization, go to http://www.sailparkcity.org .

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