Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

July 2001

The traditional and crucial art of knot tying is the subject of the July General Meeting on Tuesday, July 17. Do you have a particular knot you would like to learn?  Can you tie a bowline with your eyes closed?  Do you know what knot is best for fastening a line around a post? Sailor Olaf Schneider will teach you all you need to know about knots and entertain you with his sea tales at the same time. If you know the basic knots, you can move up to Knots 202 and learn a more complicated one.   A native of Bremen, Germany, Olaf has been a resident of the Chicagoland area for 35 years.  He has raced on several boats including the America's Cup twelve meter yacht Heritage.  He holds a Ship's Machinist license and has crossed the Atlantic over 25 times!  Bring a 10' length of rope so you can  practice this important skill.  In addition, Olaf will show you how to protect the ends of your lines with whipping.  If you have lines that are fraying at the ends, bring them along for an instant fix.  After the knot tying, we'll try some land-based sailboat racing just for fun!

The meeting will be held at the Burnham Park Yacht Club located at 1500 S. Linn White Drive.  Follow the signs to Meigs Field.  All are welcome to arrive early and enjoy dinner at the club beginning at 6:30 p.m.  If you plan to have dinner, please call the Yacht Club at 312-427-4664 for reservations.  Tell them you are part of the Catalina group.  The program and business meeting will begin promptly at 8:00 p.m.
Parking in the gated lot next to the Yacht Club may be available. Someone from the Fleet will be on hand to direct you to possible parking spots.  Alternatives to the gated lot are Meigs Field and the pay lot.

As I settle down to write this message, it's July 2nd, the temperature is barely reaching 70 and the outlook for the rest of this week is more of the same.  However, the cool weather will not deter Fleet members from attending the upcoming Michigan City outing, either by boat or by land yacht, and then continuing north along the Michigan shore to Macatawa Bay for LMCA's fun-filled weekend.

For those of you who have not ventured very far from your home ports, the trip to MacBay with other Fleet members is a good introduction to cruising.  Entering an unfamiliar harbor knowing that there are Fleet members to direct you to your assigned slip and catch those lines is indeed comforting.  New to the Fleet in 1995, Phil & I experienced our first night crossing from Chicago to South Haven in the company of a half dozen other boats.  Knowing that there were friends all around, seeing the running and steaming lights twinkling and hearing the hourly radio check-ins made us feel comfortable.  We have since made daytime solo crossings and appreciate the feeling that traveling together brings.  Even when cruising solo, we look forward to catching up with Fleet members in harbors around the lake.  I encourage you to look into "buddy-boating" to outings which will take place in the Chicago area this summer. Call your harbor captain if you need help finding a cruising partner. With those miles under your belt, you may consider joining longer cruises in the future.

Our July 17th General Meeting features a presentation on knot tying followed (or maybe preceded) by a "sailboat race."  Since I don't know the details of the "race," we'll all be equal at the start.  Look for details in this newsletter.  Hope to see you there.

Jan Byrd

The new directories have been distributed.  Please check your entry to make certain the information is correct.  If changes are needed, please contact Pat Shereyk or Karen Walsh.
* Dan Harrington's email has changed to


Northern Crown/ Deborah and Brian Ruxton
We have been members of Fleet 21 since 1999, the same year we got married. We joined Fleet 21 after Ted Kuenzli slipped a membership brochure in our first boat, Vamanos, a Catalina 250.  Brian was partners with Dennis and Nancy Martin.  Deborah's luck in the market and the desire to keep 13 year old Ashley and 10 year old Whitley interested and involved in sailing led to the purchase of a 1992 Catalina 30 named Gunkholer.  We were quite uncertain as to what a Gunkholer would look like, but made the decision to venture to Cedar Springs to take a look.  The boat was beautiful and very well taken care of.  It was everything the girls would love.  There was only one stipulation in the purchase of the boat.  The previous owners would not sell us the boat unless we changed the name!  This was not a sticking point in the negotiation!

The negotiations only started in the naming of the boat.  Brian was in the mind frame of calling it something to do with work and thought Branch Office would be appropriate for doing his legal work dockside.  That being the case, Deborah thought it only fair to call it after her job and thought Sea Enema would give her patients in the Trauma unit something to smile about.  When all was said and done we decided on a strong name Corona Borealis or more simply put Northern Crown.  A guiding light, Northern Crown has guided the way of many wayward sailors, for it's the brightest star in its constellation in the northern hemisphere.

Brian still owns Vamanos but has no regrets in his wife's decision to move up.  The girls love sailing and all the sleepovers and pizza parties with their friends.  Last year was a learning curve with a diesel engine, yet we learned well in the process.  With college on the horizon, Northern Crown will be seen sailing the Chicago waterfront for many years to come-unless the stock market happens to double!

Send the story of your boat name to the Newsletter Editor, 306 Linden, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 or email to .  I'll publish this feature as space allows.

It's not too late to hook up with the Michigan Shores Cruise.  Come on over!  You're sure to find some Fleet members in those beautiful Michigan harbors.  Look for a flyer in this newsletter for the Hammond Dine Around Boats Tour on August 11.

Hammond Chili Outing/June 9
 By Branson Stone
The Chili Outing was attended by 60 people (55 adults/5 children).  We cooked over 9 gallons of chili and sold 105 margaritas (that chili was pretty spicy!)  A special thanks to Ted for whisking up all those drinks.

Ice Cream Social/June 30
 By Jack Bretall
Burnham Harbor June 30, 2001  1500 hours
Winds: W to SW 10 to 15 knots
Seas: 1 to 2 feet
Temp: Hot! Hot! Hot!
Perfect recipe for an ice cream social.

Wind Dancer, Sea Horse, Karizmaddie, and Finesse all rafted up next to the ice cream stand.  With them came a boatload of members:  Ultimate 19th Hole, Bleed'n Green, Happenstance.  Also there were boats from Burnham Harbor represented: Cashflow, Team Effort, Ventura, Zarasota, Shibumi-Maru, Carpe Diem, and Lupi.  Sail-La-Vie drove over from Michigan City.  Moore Fun arrived too late for the ice cream due to their long trip down the river.  A special thanks to the crew from Audrey Too and Sailutations for their super scooping help.  Also thanks to Liz for being our cashier. 

P.S.  We spent many hours taking out all the calories before the ice cream social!

Michigan City Overnight/July 7-8
Lupi and Railin arrived in Michigan City on Friday afternoon and were welcomed by host Pat McDermott of Sail La Vie and Doreen Collins of R Joy.  A great sail on R Joy was  followed by appetizers with Sweet Talk and C'Scape and then dinner.  Saturday morning we decided to enter a boat in the Cardboard Boat Regatta scheduled for 3 p.m. that afternoon.  Dave DeAre, Ernie Miller, and Pat McDermott drew up the plans and started building.  Doreen Collins, Carolyn DeAre, and Barbara Miller scouted for supplies, made a "sail" and painted. And it floated!  Our entry (made in 2 hours) survived two runs down the course paddled by Stephanie McDermott and her friend Peter.  Several more Fleet members arrived one way or another before, during, or after the race for a great rib dinner that evening:  Team Effort, Happenstance with crew from Sea Horse, Stand By, Wind Dancer, Ultimate 19th Hole, and  Dalliance.  We're already making plans for next year's entry in the Cardboard Boat Regatta!
Plan to join us for a great time.

Hello again from Dr. Nautical
I have had the privilege to test a new docking system.  It's called Pro Dock.  This system makes it possible to single hand the boat in and out of the dock.  There isn't a need for jumping off the boat and trying to stop it from crashing into the dock.  There is not a need for someone to hold the boat and then jump on as you pull out.

The engine is started, the lines are untied, and the boat just sits there.  The unit I have will handle up to a 30 foot boat.  Wholesale price installed is $1800.  If you would be interested in a demo, call me at 708-974-4932 or cell phone 708-205-4169.  Or call Neil Ryan at 1-800-266-7023 or .
Know Your Boat's Equipment
*Figurehead:  Decorative dummy found on sailboats.
 Till next time,
 Jack Bretall
 Dr. Nautical
 I make boat calls
P.S. If I don't know the answer, I will make one up.

: 2 Lewmar 58 winches.  Brand new in 1999.  Used one season.  $900 each.
2 Lewmar 40 winches.  Also like new.  $400 each.  Call Don Arenberg at 847-564-1304 or cell phone 847-226-7111.

FOR SALE: Great dinghy!  "Undeflateable" is brand name for this solid, stable 10' dinghy.  Has depth finder, compass, lights.  3 years old.  $3600 new.  Asking $1200.  Call Don Arenberg at 847-564-1304 or cell phone 847-226-7111.

FOR SALE:The world's most versatile sailboat-a 1974 Catalina 22! 3 sails: main, 110 jib, 150 genoa; VHF marine radio; Air Guide model 70 compass; newer cockpit cushions; knotmeter. Adventure dinghy; trailer; 1997 15 hp Mercury easy-electric start motor. Ready to sail. Forget the wait at the crane--launches easily from a boat ramp! Star dock mooring at Montrose harbor and economical winter  storage also available. Asking $6800. Call Dave Nordin at (630) 871-4195 (home) or (630) 420-2900 (work).

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August General Meeting  August 21
Will feature a lecture and video on the
B-15 Iceberg that broke off of Antarctica.
A change of pace from the usual program.
   Mark your calendar.

Orzo Pasta Salad (served at a Fleet Board Meeting)
Servings: 20 - 24
Prep time: about 30 minutes, plus chilling time
Cooking time: about 10 minutes

4 lbs orzo pasta
1 cup olive oil
1 cup minced oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
2 large red onions, minced
4 large garlic cloves, minced
4 pints yellow cherry tomatoes
 or 8 tomatoes, diced
4 small cucumbers, peeled and chopped
11/3 cups coarsely chopped fresh dill or dried dill to taste
cup white wine vinegar
2 lbs crumbled feta cheese
salt to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Cook pasta as package directs until al dente.  Drain and transfer to large bowl.  Add oil, sun-dried tomatoes, onion and garlic, and stir well.  When pasta is cool, add cherry tomatoes, cucumber, dill and vinegar.  Add feta, salt and pepper and stir gently.  Serve chilled.

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