2011 Jr. Sailing Program Information



The mission of the Park City Sailing Association Jr. Sailing Program is to build sailing and life skills while also promoting sportsmanship and fostering teamwork. The Jr. Sailing program is open to the public and provides sailing instruction to children ages 8 to 15 from beginner to intermediate sailing levels.


Beginner & Intermediate Classes:

  • Kids & Teens 8-15
  • 1-Week Sessions (Mon-Fri)
  • Morning Classes (9am-Noon)
  • Afternoon Classes (1-4pm)


  • $250/week ($200 for July 4th week - 4 days only)
  • $30 discount for kids with their own boat


Junior Sailing Instruction

  • Early April - Registration Opens
  • May 23rd - Last day of early-bird registration discount
  • June 20th - Start of Jr. Sailing Week 1
  • June 27th - Start of Jr. Sailing Week 2
  • July 5th - Start of Jr. Sailing Week 3 (4-day week, no class on July 4th)
  • July 11th - Start of Jr. Sailing Week 4
  • July 18th - Start of Jr. Sailing Week 5
  • July 25th - Start of Jr. Sailing Week 6
  • August 1st - Start of Jr. Sailing Week 7
  • August 8th - Start of Jr. Sailing Week 8

Junior Racing & BBQ’s & Banquet

  • June 27th - 4-6pm racing, 6-8+ Open Sail & BBQ
  • July 11th - 4-6pm racing, 6-8+ Open Sail & BBQ
  • July 25th - 4-6pm racing, 6-8+ Open Sail & BBQ
  • August 8th - 4-6pm racing, 6-8+ Open Sail & BBQ
  • August 15-17 - Park City Jr. Clinic & Regatta
  • August 17th - Jr. Sailing Program Banquet & Regatta PartyPCSA Optimists will be available for charter at a nominal fee per racing event.

Regatta Road Trips

  • August 6-7 - USODA West Coast Championships (Santa Barbara)
  • August 27th - Denver Sailing Association Jr. Regatta


BEGINNER: The Beginner class is for sailors who have little or no prior sailing experience. This class is designed for sailors who are at least 8 years old or have completed 2nd Grade (exceptions on a case by case basis). Knowledge of boat rigging, basic sailing, water safety and confidence in handling all points of sail are emphasized. The Beginner class will be taught in the double-handed Optimist (2 kids per boat). Schedule:

Classes meet Monday through Friday from 9 AM – 12 Noon.

Weekly Fees:

Early Registration: $240 ($210 with own boat)

Standard Registration: $290 ($260 with own boat)


BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE: The Beginner/Intermediate class is for sailors who have successfully completed the Beginner class or equivalent and/or are older, bigger sailors. The curriculum is an extension of the Beginner class, with emphasis on independence in rigging, skippering and boat maintenance. Classes will be primarily taught in single-handed Optimists (1 kid per boat). As possible, the class will also accommodate an intermediate/advanced group with more advanced sailing techniques and racing.



Classes meet Monday through Friday from 1 PM – 4 PM.

Weekly Fees:

Early Registration: $240 ($210 with own boat)

Standard Registration: $290 ($260 with own boat)


At the Beach House at the Jordanelle State Park (10 minutes from downtown Park City).



SWIM TEST: On the first day of class, or before, all sailors will be required to pass a swim test. All participants in the program will swim in a swimsuit for 25 yards. Intermediate/advanced class participants must be able to swim 50 yards, tread water for one minute and be able to put their lifejacket on while treading water. Remember to bring a towel and warm clothes to the first class if you have not completed the swim test. Swim tests can be completed in a local pool before attending class.


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 dock and water. This rule also applies to free sailing and participation at away events.

CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE: There should be no rough play on the dock 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 - www.SAILParkCity.org. 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 8 years old or who have completed 2nd grade (exceptions on a case by case basis). Registration is online only. All registration forms must be submitted through our website, www.SAILParkCity.org. Class sizes are limited! 14 sailors in club boats for beginner classes, 7 sailors in club boats for beginner/intermediate classes. To complete your registration you will need to provide the registration information including a medical form, contact information, liability waiver and 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:

Buster Pike: 435-659-1360 ( Buster.Pike@SAILParkCity.org) Bill Rusconi: 801-509-6499 ( wrusconi@myriad.com) Geoff Hurwitch: 435-659-6641 ( geoffh437@yahoo.com)


FINANCIAL AID: A limited amount of financial aid is available for program fees only. Aid will be limited to families who can demonstrate financial need. Please send a written request and explanation of need to the PCSA Jr. Sailing Program, PO Box 981236, Park City, UT 84098 or jrsailing@SAILParkCity.org.


REFUNDS AND DISCOUNTS: Fees will not be prorated for partial attendance, or for cancellations after June 1, 2011. The PCSA does not offer a discount for families with multiple children in the program, and cannot accommodate requests for refunds.


Each instructor is 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.



Which class should I put my kid in? In general, the morning class is two kids per boat and typically is the younger class. If your kid is big or age 11/12+ the afternoon class is probably the right choice.


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, seriously? The PCSA 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: 435-659-6641 ( geoffh437@yahoo.com).