Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

October 2001



Whip up a costume, consult the map, and head out on Friday, October 19, to Munster, Indiana!  That's right, our October General Meeting is at the home of Danita & Branson Stone in Munster.  It promises to be a casual evening of fun and entertainment.  Arrive at 7 p.m. for dinner with the "official" meeting getting underway at 8:00 p.m.  After the serious stuff-including the election of officers for next year-Branson promises games, activities, and prizes.  Bring a log for the fire.

Next year's slate of officers was presented at the September General Meeting and is as follows:
Commodore Lori Lauraitis
Treasurer  Marilyn Garr
Secretary  Deborah Ruxton

The new Commodore appoints the Vice Commodore, Fleet Captains, Harbor Captains, and committee chairs once she is installed.  Please let Lori know if you are interested in serving on any position.  Installation of officers is at the November banquet.  More details on that super special event are inside this newsletter.

This is our last General Meeting of the year (November is the Awards Banquet).  Take a break from watching the news and  winterizing the boat and come and have fun! Share your stories of this year's sailing adventures  and your plans for next year.  We want to see you there!  Look for an orange flyer in this newsletter with a detailed map. Please RSVP to 219-922-2767 so they know how much food to prepare.



The trees have started to show their autumn colors and haul-out time is here.  By the time you receive this newsletter, many of us will be "on the hard," winterizing engines and fresh water systems and emptying all the nooks and crannies so we can fill up our garages, basements and attics with all that boat paraphernalia.  Every spring as we move the boat "stuff" from home to Wind Dancer, we try to make note of where we store everything we thank we cannot do without.  Summetime means things get moved about and not found when needed again.  Then miraculously, the missing items show up in October.  I've often thought that a diagram, or at the very least a list, would save a lot of grief.  However, I never get around to doing that-maybe next year.

The October general meeting will be held at Branson & Danita Stone's home in Munster, Indiana and will be preceded by a short business meeting at which time we will vote on the slate of officers for the year 2002.  Once the voting is completed, the party will begin with good food and drinks, games, prizes and a crackling fire.  This will be the last general meeting before our November Awards Banquet.

I would be remiss if I did not mention that we wrestled with the decision to go ahead with Septoberfest on September 15th given the events of September 11th.  The question was whether or not it was appropriate to hold an outing after such a tragedy.  The decision was made to go ahead as planned because the majority of those polled thought it would be good for us to get together with friends during such a stressful time, and indeed it was.  I think those of us in attendance appreciated the break from all the sorrowful news of that week.  We were able to share our thoughts with friends and for a little while put aside what was in all our hearts.  Our Catalina Fleet is certainly a family.

Jan Byrd

Jazz Fest/Jackson Park/August 25
By Lori Lauraitis
Well, most of us drove this time, due to weather conditions.  There was a mighty storm hovering over our part of Lake Michigan , but that didn't stop us from the enjoying the food and music of the Yacht Club.  The menu included Fruit Salad, Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Caribbean Ox Tails, Peas & Rice, Freshly Sauteed Spinach, Corn Muffins and Bread Pudding with Walnuts and oh so tasteful Rum Sauce!  Sounds good doesn't it?  Well, take it from Weak Moment, Wind Dancer, C'Scape, Railin, Serendipity, Bleed n' Green, Fast Company, Maris, Team Effort, Ventura, Audrey Too III, Lupi, Dalliance, Wind Chill and My Tyme II, it was!

The Night Knights on keyboard, drums and guitars provided the quiet sounds of 60's and 70's jazz.  Perfect as we watched the sunset from the balcony overlooking the harbor.

It'a always a delight to visit one of Chicago's scenic harbors and special thanks to Wanda Robertson and her Yacht Club members for hosting this successfully attended outing!

Septoberfest/Montrose/September 15
By Jan Byrd
The weather at our last outing of this season was just the opposite of our first outing and we were very thankful.  It was a perfect early fall day for Warde Pierson's annual Septoberfest.  Bob Kocolowski, Ted Kuenzli, Bob Kuba, Joe Richart, Jack Bretall, and Phil Byrd helped Warde by manning the grills and making sure everyone was fed.  As usual the menu consisted of brats, sauerkraut, German potato salad, corn on the cob, and of course, German chocolate cake.  The event was well attended by more than 45 people representing 19 fleet boats (Audrey Too! III, Bearoness, Cash Flow, Cat Ballou, Fast Compnay, Fast Tack, HappenStance, Maris, MarKei, Summer Mink, Summer Wind, Team Effort, Ultimate Therapy, Ventura, Weak Moment, Weal Sea, Wind Chill, Wind Dancer, and Wind Lord).  It was another successful Septoberfest and a good way to end the outing season.



Our Annual Awards Banquet and Dinner Dance will be held  at the Chicago Yacht Club, Belmont Station, on Saturday, November 17, 2001.
This dress-up event is an evening not to be missed. 

Cocktails (cash bar) : 18:30 hours, Dinner : 19:30 hrs,
Dancing : 21:00 hrs
Music by Touch.

$45 per person
Parking available

Invitations will be mailed the
last week of October.

We need table prize donations.  If you are able to contact a supplier for a door prize valued at $35 or donate one, please contact Cheryl Kuba, 773-327-9331 or



Mainsheet Editor Jim Holder is requesting your comments on possible additions, deletions or changes you would be interested in seeing in our national magazine.  February 2002 is the target issue to incorporate any modifications, so get your comments to Jim soon.  His email address is

It's time to think about where to keep your boat over the winter!  Outdoor storage in a paved lot for trailered boats.  Easy access to expressways, about an hour from Burnham Harbor, competitive rates.  Call Fred or Bob Collins 219-947-2947 days, 219-762-4107 eves. 

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Fleet 21 members were active in racing again this season.  Thanks to the efforts of Fleet 21's Dave DeAre, the racing in Burnham Harbor continues at a high level.  Dave manages the Wednesday Night race fleet which has a very competitive trio of boats from Fleet 21.  Mike Walsh'' Morning Star finished in second place.  Rick Bowald is part of Mike's crew.  Dave and Carolyn DeAre's Railin finished in third place with an all Fleet 21 crew of John and Lori Lauraitis, Ron and Pat Shereyk and Roger Suhar. Wally and Dorothy Hartmann's  Seahorse finished sixth.  Jim and Marie Marzano also race out of Burnham either as crew on other boats or on their own.  They competed this year in the Hook Race.

The Hartmann's also took part in this year's Leukemia Cup regatta sponsored by the Chicago Yacht Club in conjunction with the National and Chicago Leukemia and Lymphoma Societies.  This regatta locally raises over $90,000 each year.  Another Fleet 21  boat, Karizmaddie, also took part in this event.

Congratulations also to Railin and John and Hazel Luther's Ventura on their first and second place finished in the Fleet 21 race to Hammond on August 8.