Regatta wraps up sailing season
September 18, 2015
Rainy weather this week isn’t expected to affect this weekend’s Fall Regatta, hosted by the Park City Sailing Association. Set for Saturday and Sunday, the Regatta will wrap up a beautiful and busy season for the organization.
Park City Sailing Association Vice President Ken Block said most of the organization’s fleet of sailboats will be on display one last time at the Jordanelle Reservoir Sept. 19-20.
"The Fall Regatta is usually the conclusion of the main sailing season," he said. "We’ll have racing in the Laser-class sailboat, which are owned by individuals, and there’s racing in the club-owned Elliot six-meter boats. We’ll also have sailing with both the Optimist dinghies and the two-person Club 420s."
Following Saturday’s sailing, Block said Park City Sailing will host its annual Commodore’s Ball, featuring barbecue, drinks, music and a fire pit.
"Racing begins at noon on Saturday and our Commodore’s Ball starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday night and is open to all interested sailors," he said. "Sign-up information is available on our website, sailpc.org."
Block said the organization expects strong turnout and nice weather over the weekend.
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"We expect 30-35 boats and conditions look pretty good for the weekend," he said. "The wind has been great — we’ve had a very windy late summer. We should have plenty of breeze to do the Regatta."
Park City Sailing is coming off a successful event last weekend, when it hosted the first-ever State of Utah Team Racing Championships.
"Team racing is where each team has multiple boats," Block said. "In this case, we had three boats per team and you have a ladder-type competition with two teams on the water at the same time. The object of the game is to impede your competitor and get your boats on your team to the front."
Park City Sailing Association won the championship, going 4-0 in the process. Two teams from the Great Salt Lake Yacht Club and one team each from the Bear Lake Yacht Club and the Utah Sailing Association participated in the event.
Block said the entire 2015 sailing season has been successful, calling it the organization’s best summer since it began in 2008.
"I’m pretty confident that I will be able to substantiate that we had 1,000 people sail with us," he said. "It was just an incredible season. Our adult lessons were at a record number and we had 40 percent more junior sailors than last year. The entire community has really embraced us."
Block added that Out Reach, a partnership with the National Ability Center, has grown this year as well, from 350 to around 500.
"It’s become a busy place down there [at the Jordanelle]," he said. "We had great water and the weather was pretty good all summer."
To learn more about this weekend’s Regatta, or about the Park City Sailing Association, visit http://www.sailpc.org .
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