Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

September 2001


Where (besides the galley) might you find a coffee grinder on a sailboat?  Why would a fisherman be on a sailing vessel?  Who or what is likely to get flogged on your boat?  Is the pulpit where sailors get hitched?  What's the difference between a yaw and a yawl? What (or is it where) are the Roaring Forties? Study up on your sailing facts, figures, terms, and history before you head out to our September General Meeting on Tuesday, September 18.  When you get there you'll become crew on a "boat" racing to victory in a Sailing Trivia Race.   You'll spar with other fleet members for a pay out of prizes.  Stay the course and join us for a fun evening! It's sure to lift your spirits.
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. Parking in the gated lot next to the Yacht Club may be available. Alternatives to the gated lot are Meigs Field and the pay lot.

Next month our meetings move to Friday nights.  Mark your calendars for October 19-more details to come.


September has arrived and as usual Mother Nature delivered a mixed bag of weather.  We started out on Saturday, September 1st with winds that carried that hint of fall and by Sunday and Monday, it was back to the shorts and tee shirts.  A gentle reminder that the end of our Midwest sailing season is upon us.  Arrangements are being made for haul-outs and thoughts of winterizing are not far behind.  Get those checklists ready!

Our last "summer" outing is the ever popular Septoberfest to be held at Montrose Harbor on Saturday, September 15th and sponsored by Warde Pierson.  Information for the event is located in this newsletter.  Be sure to call Warde with your reservations.  Also, Warde needs willing and able hands to assist him.  Please show your Catalina spirit and volunteer.

The slate of officers for the upcoming year will be presented at the September General Meeting to be held on September 18th.  Nominations will also be accepted from the floor.  The election takes place at the October General Meeting and officers will be installed at the November banquet.  The banquet is scheduled for Saturday, November 17th at Chicago Yacht Club-Belmont Station and ably organized by Bob and Cheryl Kuba.  Put a big circle on that date.  If you've never attended, I encourage you to do so.  It is a gala affair.

By the time you receive this newsletter, Phil and I will have returned from the National Catalina 320 Regatta in San Diego.  I'm sure we'll have lots to report about sailing on San Diego Bay.  We are looking forward to meeting and renewing acquaintances from the National C320 Fleet.  It's one of the advantages of belonging to your national fleet in addition to Fleet 21 - Chicago Region.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at both the next general meeting and Septoberfest.

Jan Byrd


Cowboy Caviar
1 15-ounce can black-eyed peas, rinsed and
¼ cup thinly sliced green onions (2)
¼ cup finely chopped red sweet pepper
2 cloves garlic minced
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 to 2 fresh jalapeño peppers, seeded & chopped
¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
Dash salt
Assorted crackers or tortilla chips

1. In a bowl combine black-eyed peas, green onions, sweet pepper, garlic, oil, vinegar, jalapeño, black pepper, and salt.  Cover and chill overnight.
2. To serve, transfer to a serving dish.  Serve with crackers or tortilla chips.  Cover any leftovers; chill for up to 4 days.  Makes 2 cups dip.

Look for flyers in this newsletter for our last fling of the summer-Septoberfest.

Dine Around Boats Tour/Hammond/
August 11-12
By Madalyn Duerr
21 boats were represented in the Dine Around Boats Tour at the Hammond Marina the weekend of August 11-12 sponsored by the Byrds, Duerrs, Kuenzlis, and Forsyths.  Hammond participants included: Bearoness, Bleed'n Green, Dalliance, Finesse, Ultimate 19th Hole, Ultimate Therapy, Weal Sea and Wind Dancer.  Boats that sailed to Hammond for the outing were Allegro, Boogaloo, Lupi, Perfect Song, Railin, Retreat, Rhapsody, Sail-La-Vie, Sea Horse, Team Effort and Ventura.  Wind Lord  "kita'd" over while Wind Chill  hitched a ride on Perfect Song.

Participants were assigned to small groups whereby they toured the boats in their group and enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuveres at each boat.  After the first tour group, all gathered together for a sloppy joe dinner with all the trimmings and were then off on the second tour of boats where each boat in their group supplied after-dinner drinks, coffee and dessert.

The evening continued with a bonfire on the beach where everyone gathered and talked (til almost 1:00 a.m.!) about all the interesting decorating and remodeling ideas they got during the boat tours.

On Sunday morning, the group gathered at the Horseshoe Casino for a delicious buffet breakfast.  A great time was had by all and the group was anxious to get back to their own boats to try out some of those new ideas!

Stephen Domantay of Stan By  was the lucky winner of the Horizon Intrepid radio at the August General Meeting.

Dr. Nautical Here

As most of you know, I installed refrigeration on Weak Moment this year.  The unit I went with is Norcold, and it is a 12 volt/110 volt unit.  The installation is a little involved, but not that difficult.

After it was installed, Murphy's Law came in to play.  My water heater sprung a leak.

Now, to replace the water heater I had to remove the compressor for the refrigeration unit that I just installed.  I called Norcold and they said it was OK to disconnect the tubing and I would not loose the refrigerant.  Wrong. I could not get the temp below 54º.  I called Norcold again and they said that should not have happened.  They apologized and said they would send me a new unit!

I said to myself, this company is all right.  So, if any of you are thinking of installing refrigeration, keep them in mind.  I will be happy to talk you through the installation.  The unit runs about $560.00 from the Defender Catalog.

Know your boat's equipment
*The Cockpit:  Open area in the stern from which a sailboat is steered toward the desired destination.

*Cocktails:  The desired destination.
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.

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. 

FOR SALE: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.

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What's in a boat  name? Some of my favorites? from members of Boat/US ( )

Bow Movement   Sail Bad the Sinner
Crewless   Sea-nile
Dock Holiday  Ta-keel-la
Dot Calm  Tilt-N-Hilton
Helmroid  Victoria's Sea-crate
Loon A Sea  **most popular name
Rudder Chaos  for 2000:  Serenity