With autumn officially beginning this weekend, the Park City Sailing Association will be hitting the water to try to fit as much sailing in as possible before winter hits.
This weekend, PCSA is hosting its fifth-annual Fall Regatta at the Jordanelle Reservoir, featuring racing of Lasers, Elliotts, Catamarans and more. The Regatta also will be the home of the Laser No Coast Championship and the Laser Class District 23 Championship.
"They've got the East Coast and West Coast championships, but we've got the No Coast Championship," Ken Block, vice president of the PCSA, said. "We've hosted this event several times."
The District 23 Championship draws racers from the Four Corner states Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico as well as Wyoming.
"This year we expect about 20 Lasers to participate," Block said. "And the Ultimate 20 class from the Great Salt Lake is coming up, too at least five of them."
In addition to members of the Park City Sailing Association and several other sailing organizations in Utah, Block expects the Regatta to draw participants from states all over the West.
"We have participants coming from as far as Colorado and California," he said.
Block said the Regatta will give the Park City group a chance to get all its boats out on the water.
"It'll be the first major sailing event for our recently-donated fleet of Elliott 6 boats," he said. "This event has made the boats available to sailors for a fee of $350 to use for the weekend.
He thinks the event, which he estimates will draw as many as 70 racers, got a boost from the America's Cup race in San Francisco that began last week.
"We didn't have any catamarans until the America's Cup started a week ago," he said. "Now we have enough for an Open Catamaran Class race."
For those who don't have a boat or don't want to get on the water this weekend, Block said there are still plenty of reasons to come out and support the Regatta.
"In conjunction with the event, we're also holding a spoof on a Commodore's Ball," he said. "Instead of a black-tie event, it'll be Park City Style."
Plus, he added, the Jordanelle is a great place to get outside on what's supposed to be a beautiful fall weekend.
"The weather is forecast to be pretty spectacular," he said. "The foliage is getting brighter and there's some good viewing of the events."
Races begin at noon on Saturday and resume at 11 a.m. on Sunday. For more information on the event, visit parkcitysailing.org.