Park City Sailing junior camps filling up fast |

Park City Sailing junior camps filling up fast

With a full reservoir and a weather forecast that doesn’t feature rain every day, the Park City Sailing Association has kicked its summer schedule into full gear.

This week began the group’s junior sailing programs, which will run throughout the summer for children ages 5-18 who are interested in learning how to sail.

Starting with ages 5-7, Park City Sailing offers a "Guppies" program. Sailors ages 7-11 are invited to sign up for an Optimist I program, with ages 8-14 eligible for the Optimist II classes. Sailors ages 11-14 can sign up for the Optimist III program. Those in the 13-17 age range can sign up for Club 420 I classes and sailors 14-17 can join the Club 420 II program.

There are Optimist and 420 racing courses available as well for sailors ages 8-17 based on experience and a coach recommendation.

Park City Sailing Vice President Ken Block said classes across the board are filling up fast.

"We have record early-season enrollment," he said. "A few sessions have already sold out."

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Due to an increased demand for classes this year, Block said the group has brought on a new instructor to head up the program.

"We’ve created a director of education position which will be held by Scott VerMerris," he said. "He was our first head instructor five years ago. Cole Schreiber has returned in the role of head instructor. We’ve got instructors coming from upstate New York and two from Maine — our instructional staff is up to seven this year."

Additionally, two weeks of the junior sailing camps will be science camps, Block said.

"We have two weeks of science camp and the second one is getting pretty full," he said. "It’ll be taught by Don Crandall, an Ecker Hill Middle School science teacher. It’s based around the STEM curriculum — science, technology, engineering and math. It’s like a modern-day rocket camp using sailboats to learn about math and meteorology and how to measure things. The science is in the morning and they sail in the afternoon."

Block said the science camps will be limited to 8-10 sailors.

Block added that junior sailors aren’t the only ones the Park City Sailing Association is catering to this summer — adults are welcome to join specific adult camps as well.

"Our adult lesson program is exploding at the seams," he said. "We’ve revamped it and offer a combination of private or group lessons. We give you four two-hour lessons and the lessons take place on wither Monday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 or Monday nights from 6 to 8."

Intermediate adult sailing lessons take place at the same times on Wednesdays, with every other Wednesday being a "Women’s Wednesday," where women will be taught sailing by female instructors. Women’s Wednesdays will be held on June 24, July 8, July 22 and Aug. 5.

Junior sailing camps cost $230 per week. There is a 10-percent discount for families that sign up two or more children, or for sailors who sign up for more than one week at a time. To register for junior sailing camps, or to learn more about adult lessons, visit .

Park City Sailing Junior Sailing Camps

Session 2 — June 22-26

Session 3 — June 29-July 3

Session 4 — July 6-10

Session 5 — July 13-17

Session 6 — July 20-24

Session 7 — July 27-31

Session 8 — Aug. 3-7

Junior Regatta — Aug. 10-11

Junior Great Day — Aug. 12