Sailing Camp

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Summer Camp


REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Click here to register
Parent Guide & Handbook
Getting to Park City Sailing Map


  • Kids & Teens 5-18
    • Optimist boats for kids ages 5-14
    • 420 boats for kids ages 14+
    • NEW: Guppies for ages 5-7
  • 1-Week Sessions (Mon-Fri)
    • 1/2 & Full Day sessions
    • Morning classes 9 am – 12 Noon
    • Afternoon classes 1 – 4 pm
    • Full Day Science and Sailing Camps – Weeks of June 19 and June 26


  • $490 ($450 before May 1st) – for 1 week of full-day camp or 2 weeks of 1/2 day camp.
  • 15% discount for family members of Park City Sailing (~$34.50 discount per typical week of sailing camp). Join Park City Sailing NOW!
  • 10% discount for families that sign up for 2+ session of sailing camp – CANNOT be combined with member discount.


  • Session 1 – June 12-16 2017
  • Session 2 – June 19-23, 2017 also Full Dy Science Camp
  • Session 3 – June 26 – June 30, 2017
  • Session 4 – July 3-7, 2017v(no class on July 4th)
  • Session 5 – July 10-14, 2017
  • Session 6 – July 17-21, 2017
  • Session 7 – July 24-28, 2017
  • Session 8 – July 30-August 4, 2017
  • Session 9 – August 7-11, 2017
  • Jr. Regatta – Aug 14-15, 2017
  • Jr. GREAT DAY & Dam Race – Aug 16, 2017


Guppies – M-F, 9am-Noon, Ages 5-7. $250 ($225 if registered before 5/1)  REGISTER HERE
Guppies is a one-week program that meets in 3 hour classes daily. Designed as a small group, introductory, hands-on class, the focus is on making kids comfortable in and around boats. Lots of games will be intermingled with beginner sailing with the goal of fun!

Beginner Sailing – Ages 8-17. $490 ($450 if registered before 5/1) REGISTER HERE

  • Full Day 1-week (M-F, 9:30-3:30) (June 12-16, July 17-21, July 24-28) Kids will need to bring their own lunch and snack.
  • Half Day 2-weeks, (M-F, Mornings, 9am-Noon) (June 19-30, July 3-14, July 31-Aug 11).

Beginner Sailing is for students who may have little or no experience on the water, in sailboats, perhaps need a refresher and build confidence from a previous Beginner Class, or, they do not have a history of organized instruction experience. This class covers the fundamentals of how to rig, de-rig and care for the boats and equipment, capsize recovery, understanding the wind, and how to tack and gybe. Students are introduced to the different points of sail, and basic “rules of the road”. This course is taught in a variety of dinghies and keelboats for a broad sailing experience.

Intermediate/Advanced Sailing – Ages 9-17, $490 ($450 if registered before 5/1)  REGISTER HERE

  • Full Day 1-week (M-F, 9:30-3:30) (June 12-16, July 17-21, July 24-28) Kids will need to bring their own lunch and snack.
  • Half Day 2-weeks (M-F, Afternoons, 1-4pm) (June 19-30, July 3-14, July 31-Aug 11)

Intermediate/Advanced Sailing is for students who have previously taken and mastered Opti 1, Opti 2 or 420-1 Beginner Sailing, or are continuing to build on Opti 3 or 420-2 Intermediate Sailing and builds on their skills while teaching new concepts with students learning advanced boat handling and some racing technique. Everything from fine-tuning sail trim and sail shape to roll tacking, gybing and advanced seamanship. There is an emphasis on developing confidence, self-reliance and for sailing in a variety of weather conditions. This course is taught in a variety of dinghies and keelboats for a broad sailing experience.

Science & Sailing – For those who have completed 6th, 7th or 8th grade, $390, ($350 if registered before 5/1). Full Day, 1-week (M-F 9:30-3:30) (June 19-23, June 26-30) Kids will need to bring their own lunch and snack.  REGISTER HERE

Classes will include:

  • STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering & Math) Activities around the Jordanelle State Park, leveraging the US Sailing REACH Curriculum. See STEM instructor: Don Crandall, sailor and science teacher at Ecker Hill Middle School in Park City.
  • Beginner Sailing Lessons in Club 420’s and likely J22’s too. Sailors will learn fundamentals of how to rig, de-rig and care for the boats and equipment, capsize recovery, understanding the wind, and how to tack and gybe. Students are introduced to the different points of sail, and basic “rules of the road.”

Jr. Sailing Race Team – Full Season (8 of 9 weeks) $1200* or Half Season (4 of 9 weeks) $700**  REGISTER HERE

Race team is for kids who have demonstrated mastery of the sailing fundamentals and have completed Opti-3 and/or 420-2 and want to take their passion for sailing to a new level. Race team will continue to refine boat handling and sail trim skills while adding more knowledge and use of the Racing Rules in Starting, Mark Rounding, Tacking, Gybing, and Boat-for-Boat tactics. Race Team members will also learn to recognize and take advantage of weather and wind changes to improve their competitive position. While focused on the Optimist Dinghy or Club 420, Race Teamers will be exposed to a variety of dinghies and keelboats to broaden their knowledge and skillset. Race Team will formally meet from June 12- August 11 M-F, and include participation in racing on Tuesday (and possibly Thursday) nights, Junior regatta and Fall regatta. There will also be opportunities to road trip for racing in Colorado, the West Coast and elsewhere. Program schedule may be amended based on participation in road trips

*$900 if participant provides his/her own boat
** $500 if participant provides his/her own boat
Fees do not include costs related to road trips. Charter boat availability is limited. Providing own boat is recommended.


At the Personal Watercraft Ramp at the Jordanelle State Park (10 minutes from downtown Park City). See the Getting to Park City Sailing Map


SWIM TEST: While no formal swim test is required to participate in Park City Sailing, it is recommended that participants be able to swim without the aid of a life jacket. Participants are required to wear life jackets when participating in activities on or around the water.

LIFE JACKETS: Safety is of primary importance! Every child, regardless of age or class, is required to wear a Coast Guard-approved life vest at all times when on the docks and water. This rule also applies to free sailing and participation at away events. Park City Sailing will provide life jackets, but students can also bring their own.

CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE: There should be no rough play on the docks or on the grounds. Respect is essential for fellow members and boats. Poor sportsmanship will not be tolerated. Sailors and their families will be held accountable for lost or damaged equipment if it is deemed by staff to be reasonably preventable given the sailor’s ability level. If discipline is necessary, the Director reserves the right to require a student to leave the program for a certain period of time. The student’s parents will be notified immediately. Please refer to the Parent Agreement.


During the program, a newsletter will be distributed via email and the Park City Sailing website –  Please visit the site for information throughout the summer, and to sign up to receive email updates.


The sailing program is open to children who are at least 5 years old. Registration is online only. All registration forms must be submitted through our website,

Class sizes are limited!

To complete your registration you will need to provide the required information including agreeing to a Liability Waiver, Medical Treatment & Photo Releases in addition to your payment.

Requests to move to different class will be considered in the order received, based on eligibility, capacity and instructor recommendations.

If you have questions about the program or your child’s class placement, please feel free to contact:

Bill Rusconi, Jr. Program Co-Chair: 801-509-6499 (
Buster Pike, Jr. Program Co-Chair: 435-659-1360 (
Geoff Hurwitch, Park City Sailing President: 435-659-6641 (

FINANCIAL AID: Financial aid is available. Aid will be limited to families who can demonstrate financial need. Please fill out the form here and send a written request and explanation of need to the Park City Sailing Jr. Sailing Program, PO Box 981236, Park City, UT 84098 or Park City Sailing has accommodated all scholarship requests in the past and will continue to try to do so.

REFUNDS AND DISCOUNTS: Fees will not be prorated for partial attendance, or for cancellations after June 1, 2015.


Instructors are US Sailing certified and trained in first aid & CPR.

The Park City Sailing Association Board of Directors has experience running some of the top sailing programs in the country such as the Shelter Island Yacht Club, Wianno Yacht Club, Pleon Yacht Club and more.


What to bring to sailing class? Re-usable water bottle, Sun Screen (On) and sun protection (hat, sunglasses, etc.), Windbreaker/rain shell & fleece top, Backpack, Towel, Change of clothes and a Snack.

What if it’s bad weather? Within reason, classes will be held rain or shine. If sailing conditions are deemed unsafe, other activities will take place (on-shore teaching, knots, games, etc.)

Sailing in Utah? Park City Sailing was founded in 2008 and started with 2 boats and 2 skippers. The Tuesday night racing program in 2009 expanded to over 25 boats racing with participation from over 40 skippers. Interested in Tuesday night Laser racing – contact Geoff Hurwitch:

Do you offer Adult sailing lessons? Yes, Park City Sailing has two J22 (22′) keel boats and offers adult sailing lessons – typically evening classes – see or Ken Block at or 435-602-2707  for more information.