A group sets out for a test sail at last year s Sailapalooza. Photo courtesy of Park City Sailing
A group sets out for a test sail at last year s Sailapalooza. Photo courtesy of Park City Sailing

Park City Sailing will host its annual Sailapalooza Saturday and Sunday at the Jordanelle Reservoir.

Based at the personal watercraft ramp, the organization will have several different types of boats available for rides from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Park City Sailing vice president Ken Block said the group hopes to attract a lot of people to the dock for test sails. He noted that P.C. Sailing wants to improve on the nearly 300 people who came out to last year's Sailapalooza.

"The dock sinks, there are so many people," he said. "Hopefully we can continue that."

In order to accommodate more people, Block said the group added a day to this year's event.

"This year, we've actually expanded," he said. "Sunday is an experiment because, in the past, we've had people who want to go, but it's an important soccer weekend or baseball weekend or a family picnic or something. So, we decided to open up for both days."

The process is simple, Block said. Show up and members of the organization will take you out on the Jordanelle for a ride.

"You show up, sign a waiver form and tell us what type of boat you'd like to go on," he said. "This year, we're going to feature boats that represent our entire fleet. We literally have something for everyone."

There will be J22s, Rhodes 19s, Elliot 6Ms, Club 420s, lasers and optimists available for rides. Ride length will be based on demand and how many people are waiting.


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"We take people out for sails, probably 20 minutes on average," Block said. "If you get there really early, you tend to have a longer sail. The middle of the day gets extremely busy."

For those who want to hang around by the docks and enjoy the weather, Block said there would be plenty of food available.

"At about 11:30, we'll be firing up our grill," he said. "We'll have free hamburgers, free hot dogs, soft drinks, all that."

Everything at Sailapalooza will be free, Block said.

People line the dock waiting for rides at last year s Sailapalooza at the Jordanelle Reservoir. Photo courtesy of Park City Sailing
People line the dock waiting for rides at last year s Sailapalooza at the Jordanelle Reservoir. Photo courtesy of Park City Sailing
The normal Jordanelle entrance fee is the only expense for guests.

"There is a $12 per car admission to the park," he said. "We encourage supporting the park. All the dollars that are spent at the gate are invested in the infrastructure that benefits our community."

Though the reservoir isn't anywhere near full, Block said he's hopeful that this year will be a good year for sailing.

"The water level is coming up," he said. "It should be equal or greater than last year, which is encouraging."

Overall, Block said, Sailapalooza is a way to draw attention to sailing in Park City and provide access for anyone who has ever wanted to sail.

"Sailapalooza is our way of showcasing our facility and the spirit of the organization," he said.

For more information about Sailapalooza or Park City Sailing, visit sailpc.org.