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A family enjoys a ride at last year s Sail-a-Palooza. Courtesy Park City Sailing Association

The Park City Sailing Association will host its third-annual Sail-a-Palooza at the Jordanelle Reservoir on Saturday.

The event, which will be held at the personal watercraft ramp, has helped several families and individuals get involved in the sport.

"It's basically Park City Sailing's open house to the community," Ken Block, the vice president of the Park City Sailing Association's board of directors, said. "We'll rig some boats so the community can come see some of the different styles."

Block added that food will be provided at the event.

"PCSA throws a free barbecue, so we'll have burgers, hot dogs, side dishes, etc.," he said.

He said previous Sail-a-Paloozas have drawn all sorts of people from the community.

"Families came who hadn't sailed before, as well as some families where the mom and dad had sailed but the kids hadn't," he said. "We also had grandparents bringing grandchildren and singles in their 20s and 30s coming down."

There always seem to be plenty of people interested in learning about sailing, according to Block. Last year, he estimated that about 150 people came out to the Sail-a-Palooza.

"It's just Park City people being adventurous," he said. "There's a curiosity factor with sailing. It's out of the box and it's new and different to a lot of people. The energy doesn't seem to wane."

Block said sailing in Park City is bucking industry trends.

"Sailing is a declining sport in most places," he said. "But sailing is expanding in Park City.


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He said the accessibility that PCSA provides for both expert sailors and newcomers plays a part in the local trend.

"We're keeping it community-based and we're keeping it affordable," he said.

He added that the Jordanelle is a perfect venue for sailing.

"For some reason, Parkites don't seem to get out to the Jordanelle very much, but it's an amazingly beautiful place," he said. "The water is sparkling clean and there's a consistent breeze coming up the Provo Canyon."

In addition to the Sail-a-Palooza, Block said the PCSA is offering plenty of other opportunities to experience sailing, including Tuesday night Laser races and various camps.

"To amplify the adult sailing program, we have private lessons, group lessons and, new this year, family lessons," he said.

The event is free to the public (but attendees will have to pay the $10-per-car Jordanelle Reservoir entrance fee) and will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.