Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

April 2002

What is the condition of your sails?  Is it time to replace that saggy mainsail?  Or will cleaning it get you through one more season?  What new materials are sailmakers using?  How much should I expect to pay for a new jib?  What size spinnaker should I buy?  These and other sails questions will be answered at our April General Meeting on Tuesday, April 23 by Mike Considine from UK Sailmakers.  UK has a sails manufacturing facility right here in Chicago They are experts in repairing sails and the program will include advice on what to look for as you inspect your sails before your first hoist this season.

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 should be available.  Alternatives to the gated lot are Meigs Field and the pay lot.

Note:  the Yacht Club will be open for our meeting on Tuesday the 23rd.  On Friday, April 19th, the Yacht Club is hosting the Skipper’s Club Annual Auction.  You are welcome to attend  this lively auction of nautical gear.   Bring items to sell or just buy!  There are always lots of bargains. The auction begins at 7:30 p.m.  Our  May General Meeting is Tuesday, May 21.



Happy spring!  It looks like we have finally had a break in the weather. It’s  warming up and hopefully will continue to… all the way until our launch dates that is.  “Let the Sunshine In…”

Our thanks to Mike Walsh, Program Chairman, for taking the time to set up the Fleet night shopping and to the members who joined us at Father & Son Restaurant to break bread and taste the fine Merlot house wine!  After pushing the carts and emptying our pockets, we ended up filling our tummies and talked about our bargains and plans for the summer activities.  With the cooperation of Mother Nature, we can put all of our purchases to work soon.

It will soon be time for our first outing! If you have an idea for an outing, check with Fred Collins or Nick Thies.  They are lining up our sailing adventures for the year and still have open dates.

Again, a big welcome to the newest members and a special thank you to all our members for renewing. Now Pete Duerr can begin setting up the 2002 Directory which should be ready for distribution at the May General Meeting.

Our Nautical Book Sale handled by the Ruxtons and raffles from our Fund Raisers, Steve Domantay and Joe Gratzke, will be featured at each of our General Meetings.  The current raffle is a “boat bottom-wash” from Steve Domantay this summer.  Buy a chance at the General Meeting on the 23rdth.  Bring a nautical book donation for our sale and then buy one you haven’t read!  Nautical videos you’re tired of can also be donated. Our General Meeting on the 23th features Mike Considine from UK Sailmakers.  Note that this is a change from our regular schedule.  We are moving to Tuesday meetings in April due to a conflict at the Burnham Park Yacht Club.  Our General Meetings will be the 3rd Tuesday of the month through September.

Our meeting on Tuesday, May 21st will bring Bill Wilson from NOAA who is both a sailor and a meteorologist with the National Weather Service located in Romeoville.  Bill was on our agenda before, if you remember, and as we were looking west a storm rose up behind us, past Soldier Field.  Bill is good and will continue to answer our many questions about the weather.

Lori Lauraitis

The complete outings schedule will be published next month.  The following is a tentative listing  with gaps that we are hoping you will help fill in.  Please call Fred Collins at 219-762-4107 or Nick Thies at 708-403-9216 if you have an idea for an outing and are willing to make it happen!   Lots of open weekends in June!  What do you want to do?

May 25- Memorial Day Margarita Party at Burnham Harbor

June 29   Montrose event

July 6, 7 Start of Michigan Shore Cruise/
Northpoint Outing

July 12 – 14  LMCA rendezvous at Holland, MI

July 19-21 Michigan Shore Cruise continues to Michigan City

July 26-28  Hammond Pierogi Fest/Pancake Breakfast

August 2 – 4  320 Nationals

August 10    Tour de Boat – Burnham

Aug 31 – Sept 2  Labor Day  ??

Sept 14 – Septoberfest in Montrose

Early November – Group charter in Florida on Gulf of Mexico. (Get a taste at


Get well wishes to Phil Byrd who fell and suffered a broken leg in March!
Hope you can make margaritas sitting down, Phil!



It looks like spring has finally arrived.  After all that rain, don’t forget to check your bilge for water.  Check for leaks around the top side hatches, windows,  stanchions and fore and back stays.  They do move in dry dock with the wind.  Also check any microvents.  They too leak, especially if you have an older boat.  To repair use marine approved caulk and make certain it is flexible.  Launch dates are fast approaching and we have a ton of work ahead.
   Captain Ron


Fleet members may list items they want to sell, trade, or buy in this column without any charge.
Send listings to Fleet Sheet Editor, 306 Linden Street, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Fax 630-668-8950 email:
Phone: 630-469-6117
Listings must be received by the 1st of the month and run for 3 months.


Mast stepping is available at the Burnham Park Yacht Club docks.
Lake levels are up and there is plenty of depth.  Non yacht club members are welcome. 
Call 312-427-4664 for an appointment.



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