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Set sail at Jordanelle

Bill Rusconi unloads his Laser boat into the water at the Jordanelle Reservoir on Tuesday evening. Adam Spencer/The Park Record
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There wasn’t much of a breeze at the Jordanelle Reservoir on Tuesday evening, but that didn’t stop the Park City Sailing Association from hosting its weekly Laser races.

With 17 sailors participating in the five races, jockeying for position to receive the best breezes for tacking and jibing, there was still plenty of action out on the water.

Ken Block, the vice president of Park City Sailing, said the great thing about Laser racing is that no one has a boat-quality advantage based on how much they spend on the boat.

"There are over 200,000 Laser boats," he said. "And they’re what’s called a one-design boat. A hull that was built in 1972 is identical to one built in 2013. The gear has been updated a little bit to allow some slight advancements in terms of ease of sail control. But the boats are essentially the same. No boat out there is going to give a competitive advantage. This is all about the sailors’ skills."

He added that a wide range of sailors attend the Tuesday races.

"We have guys here who are retired, we have lift operators who are mowing lawns for the summer and we have executives who have rushed from Salt Lake to get to the starting line," he said. "We get between 15 to 22 or 23 boats on a good night."

Block said that there is a lot of sailing education that goes on at the Tuesday night races, leading to a better fleet overall.

"We do a lot to develop the second half of the fleet," he said. "We know that if a guy comes out here 10 weeks in a row and is in last place, he’s probably not coming back for the 11th week."

Jay Miles, who won three of the five races Tuesday, hosted a coaching session at the end of the night.

"There’s always a lot of coaching, both on the water and we do chalk talks post-race to talk about what happened," Block said. "We talk about the races and why a certain person won or why a certain challenge happened when it did."

Park City Sailing will host a barbecue and an open group sailing session on Monday, July 8. The event begins at 5 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. It is free to participate after paying the $10 Jordanelle Reservoir entrance fee. Another barbecue will be held on Monday, July 22.

Tuesday’s Results

Race 1: Jay Miles, 1st

Buster Pike, 2nd

Ryan Walsh, 3rd

Race 2: Jay Miles, 1st

Buster Pike, 2nd

Phillippe Astie, 3rd

Race 3: Geoff Hurwitch, 1st

Phillippe Astie, 2nd

Ryan Walsh, 3rd

Race 4: Jay Miles, 1st

Karsten Gillwald, 2nd

Dave Staley, 3rd

Race 5: Maciej Mamon, 1st

Dave Staley, 2nd

Karsten Gillwald, 3rd

Overall: Jay Miles, 1st

Dave Staley, 2nd

Geoff Hurwitch, T-3rd

Karsten Gillwald, T-3rd


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