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Utah Lake Yacht Club Goes Sailing

by dav.d

Apparently my dad has always been a fan of sailing and sailboats. I learned this after I had moved out of the house and he started to collect small sailboats. At last count his has about 32 of these boats. They live close to Utah Lake down in Utah County so during the Spring, Summer and Autumn he is able to go sailing and get other people interested in sailing. For the last year or so he has organized the Utah Lake Yacht Club. Students from both BYU and UVU will join up and learn how to sail. There is also a huge group of Boy Scouts and other scouting groups that participate.

Timpanogos mountains in the background as people sail their boats

Timpanogos mountains in the background as people sail their boats

This year they will be hitting the “high seas” again and learning the mastery of sailing. I had a few occasions to go and photograph these excursions. And for one outing I actually went on one of the boats. This was my first experience sailing and it is fun. People learn fairly quickly the ins-and-outs of sailing. Mastering the skills obviously will take some time and practice. You can find the Facebook group here.

Preparing the boats to sail

Preparing the boats to sail

For the most part the sailing takes place in the Utah Lake Marina in Provo, Utah. It is a small state park so there is a park admission fee. To my knowledge there are no fees to use the gear.

On shore preparing to sail

On shore preparing to sail

So come join the adventure. Learn how to setup sails, safety, and how to navigate Utah Lake’s marina.

College students learn to sail

College students learn to sail

Jim heads the Yacht Club and teaches sailing

Jim heads the Yacht Club and teaches sailing

Sail boat crosses Utah Lake

Sail boat crosses Utah Lake

Setting sail on adventure

Setting sail on adventure

One sailor flexes his biceps

One sailor flexes his biceps

Five sailing boats ready to set sail

Five sailing boats ready to set sail

Sailing on the lake in black and white

Sailing on the lake in black and white

A couple kisses on their boat

A couple kisses on their boat

High contrast black and white photograph of a sailing boat on the horizon

High contrast black and white photograph of a sailing boat on the horizon

Henry is ready to sail

Henry is ready to sail

Grandpa sails with the grandkids

Grandpa sails with the grandkids

Paddling with the sails ready

Paddling with the sails ready

Grandpa sails with the grandkids

Grandpa sails with the grandkids

2 sailing boats on Utah Lake

2 sailing boats on Utah Lake

Jim returns the boat to shore

Jim returns the boat to shore

An armada of sailboats packed for travel

An armada of sailboats packed for travel

Packing up the ships

Packing up the ships

Packing up the boats after an afternoon of sailing

Packing up the boats after an afternoon of sailing

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Vicki Heal July 4, 2014 - 2:05 pm

How can I get in touch with your dad to learn to sail?

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