News Flash: Sail Park City is Hiring
When the town of Park City is mentioned it brings to mind the 2002 Olympic Games, 3 world class ski resorts and an eclectic funky community. Just outside of the town and under the slopes of the Deer Valley ski resort the State of Utah constructed the Jordanelle Reservoir within a State Park. This created a 6 square mile body of water at 6200’ in elevation. South east of the reservoir is Provo Canyon and the city of Provo. The summer heat in the valley creates a reliable thermal breeze and the combination has become the ideal setting for Park City Sailing.
It turned out that Park City is the home of a large number of sailing refuges who relocated to live a unique mountain town lifestyle. With the creation of the Jordanelle the pieces began to fall into place during the summer of 2008. The rest is history.
Park City Sailing sails at the Jordanelle State Park – between Park City and Heber City, Utah. The lake is about a 10 minute drive from downtown Park City. The lake is 6 square miles at 6200’ elevation. The Jordanelle was created in 1995 as a future water supply for Utah.
The laser fleet sails out of the Personal Watercraft Ramp (PWC) area – there’s a 40′ storage container and fenced area for laser storage. The Jr. Sailing Program operates out of the Beach House.
The Park City Sailing Association’s fleet has grown each season. From a borrowed power boat in our first summer 2008 the membership has worked tirelessly to raise funds to develop a fleet that will permit us to expand our sailing programs to met the wide needs of our community.
During the spring of 2013 PCSA received a donation of a fleet of 8 Elliot 6 Meter boats. The donor was the Sailing Educational Association of Sheboygan (SEAS). The Elliots are identical to the boats used during the 2012 Olympic Games in London. So far the fleet was been used to support Wounded Warrior programs as well as a Thursday Night Racing Series.
Through the generosity of one of our families, PCSA received a donation of a Rhodes 19. This sturdy 19 footer became a popular family boat as she is stable and very comfortable. She also sits on a mooring to keep her user friendly for intermediate sailors. For 2016 we have expanded our Rhodes fleet to 4 boats. They are undergoing an extensive renovation and each of the boats will be rigged identically with the latest fittings.
In the summer of 2011 we acquired our first J22 keelboat which permitted us to establish both our Charter Sailing Program and our Adult Sailing Program. Due to the popularity of both programs we acquired our second J22 keelboat for the 2012 season. The J22’s also permit us to host special day and weeklong sailing camps for other summer youth programs in our community. For 2015 the J’s were given new sails through a donation of one of the PC Sailing families.
Our Junior Sailing Program is supported by our 14 club owned Optimist sailing prams. The “Opti” was selected by our Board due to its ideal trainer characteristics as well as the fact that in any given year there are over 150,000 Optis being sailed in over 100 countries. In addition to our club owned boats, there are 8 privately owned Optis in our program. For 2015 all of the club owned boats received new sails through a donation from one of our families.
For the 2012 season we acquired four Club 420 sailboats. These 14 foot two person boats are ideal for teenagers and they are one of the most frequently raced boats on the inter-collegiate circuit. Our 420’s are rigged with a trapeze and spinnakers that provide both a physical and advanced experience for the intermediate young sailor. In 2014 we acquired 2 more Club 420’s to support our expanding program with group such as the University of Utah and the Park City High School Sailing Club.
Our adult sailing members privately own 42 Laser Class Olympic sailing dinghies. The majority of these boats are stored in our secured facility on either racks or owner provided dollies. The spars and sails for the Lasers are stored in our 40’ cargo container, which is 100 yards from our paved launching ramp.
Our primary race committee and safety boat is a 17 ‘Boston Whaler Montauk. Complementing it are our smaller power boats which are three 13’ Boston Whalers and a 11′ Boston Whaler. These fast and unsinkable boats support our Adult Racing Program as well as our Junior Instructional Programs.