Sailing open house set for July 9
Park City has been in the midst of an early-summer heat wave for the past couple of weeks, so the Park City Sailing Association is planning a way for Parkites and visitors alike to beat the heat on Thursday, July 9.
Following the success of the Sail-a-Palooza event earlier this year, Park City Sailing will host another open house from 6-9 p.m. to showcase its fleet of sailboats on the cool waters of the Jordanelle Reservoir.
"The breezes are warm but the water is cool," Park City Sailing Vice President Ken Block said.
The event, which the organization is calling "A Mid-Summer Night’s Sail," aims to take advantage of a busy time in Park City.
"The intent is another open house while Park City’s summer is in full swing," Block said. "Our entire fleet is going to be out and our instructional staff will be taking people for sails."
Block added that the organization’s race boats will be featured, as well.
"Our race coach will be there demonstrating our race boats," he said. "There will be some Lasers that we traditionally race on Tuesday nights. Then we’ll have our J22s and Rhodes 19s, too."
As with most of Park City Sailing’s events, there will be a free barbecue on the shores by the personal watercraft ramp, Block said.
Block hopes to see some new faces at Thursday’s event. He said even though the group’s programs have been popular this summer, there is always room for more sailing enthusiasts.
"We’re at record enrollment in every aspect, from our 5-to-7-year-old Guppies to 18-year-old sailing camps. The adult lessons are just way beyond our expectations, too. The feedback we’re getting from the parents and the kids is just sensational. We just figured this would be a good time to get a bunch of other people involved who may have missed Sail-a-Palooza or are just here during the summer — we get a fairly large number of people who are vacationing signing up for camps."
The open house is free to the public, but there is still a fee to enter Jordanelle State Park. The event will be worth the price of admission, Block said.
"It’s the perfect time, if you’ve never tried sailing, to come on out," he said. "The Jordanelle is about 87 percent full. It’s higher than we’ve seen it in several years, so there’s plenty of water for sailing."
For more information on Park City Sailing Association’s fleet or to sign up for the group’s summer programs, visit http://www.sailpc.org .
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Chase Campbell, a Park City High School sophomore, has a busy summer schedule, including the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships on July 22-23.