Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

August 2002

Park District Update

Jerry Metzger, Westrec regional manager, is ready and willing to answer all your questions about Chicago harbors at the General Meeting on August 20.  The biggest question on everyone’s mind is, of course, the proposed tax increase.  Find out what Westrec’s position is on the matter.  Besides larger bills, what does the future hold for those of us in the Chicago harbor system?  Are any new amenities planned?  What are the problems at your harbor?  This is the meeting to air your concerns.

The meeting is Tuesday, August 20, 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.

It is imperative that you make reservations if you intend to have dinner.  Last month almost 60 members came for dinner.  Only 6 made reservations.  Wait and cooking staff are scheduled based on the reservations.  Did you have to wait a long time for your dinner?  Did you make reservations??

The September General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 16.  The topic is decommissioning.
If you can recommend a speaker or have certain aspects of the process you would like discussed, please contact Program Committee member Mike Walsh at


The MacBay Get-Away IX is history thanks to Bill Krater and his crew of  able-bodied LMCA members.  Our compliments to our friends across the lake!  Too bad the 25’/250 Nationals were canceled due to lack of participation.  That was a disappointment for Ed Jakubas, their Commodore, but at least our own Champagne Morning was there enjoying the weekend.

Team Effort had a great cruise departing on 7/4 to North Point, Racine, Grand Haven, Saugatuck/Douglas and back up to Holland.  The weather was perfect, our refrigeration was outstanding and functioned the entire trip, with ice cubes for our cooler bag to boot.  Our ac/dc refrigerator under our Nav Station proved its worth as well for our Chardonnay, beer, pop and water.

If I’m writing the August Commodore letter, the sailing season is on the downside with only a few outings to come:  Tour da Boats on August 10th, Jazz Fest at Jackson Park (see enclosed flyer) and Labor Day just around the corner then Septoberfest at Montrose.  Eh gads, it’s soon haulout time!

The 2003 Nominating Committee has been selected and will be headed by Madalyn Duerr.  The committee selects the candidates for Commodore, Vice-Commodore, Secretary and Treasurer for next year.  These nominations will be presented at the September General Meeting and voted on in October.  Let Madalyn (708-429-0005) know if you are interested in serving in any of the positions named or on a committee.

This month our guest speaker is from Westrec representing the Park District and updating us on the current status of our harbor system. If you haven’t written to the Mayor protesting the proposed surtax, please do.  There is something new every day on this proposal.  See the website at www. for information and addresses.  The Fleet by-laws with the recently approved changes are (or soon will be) posted on the web site as well.  If you do not have Internet access, contact  Dave DeAre and he will mail you a copy. 

“Save time to enjoy the sunset, at the closing of the day.  The brilliant orange and red glow will truly light your way.  It seems that all too often, in our rapid, rapid race, we don’t take the time to see it, and nothing can take its place.”
Edna Louise Gilbert

  Lori Lauraitis

MacBay Get-Away IX/July 12 – 14
 By Lori Lauritis
Andiamo, Cat Ballou, Champagne Morning, C’Scape, Phantasy, Silent Dream, Sweet Talk, Team Effort, Ultimate 19th Hole, Ventura, Wind Dancer, and Windlord represented our side of the pond and help make the LMCA event a shared success of Catalina yachts!

As usual, the schedule of events was packed. The Dock Box Bilge sale provided lots of bargains for the owners of Ultimate 19th Hole, Ventura, and Windlord. The weather was prefect, not a cloud in the sky the entire weekend.  The Son of Beaches band again provided our sandaled feet with island music.  Jon Bontekoe placed second in the Fulbright Cup with Phantasy and showed off his engraved glass mug.  Phil and Maryjane Klein and Terry and Judy Harris of Andiamo, who ended up last in the Pickle Race..thereby winning the event, were awarded a jar of Heniz pickles and their name will be inscribed on a trophy.  Barb Miller from Sweet Talk crewed on Phoenix, owned by Dave Visser and placed second in the race.

It was great to look over the harbor and see about 9 boats decorated for Christmas in July. Ultimate 19th Hole outdid themselves as always and it looked like a Christmas Card in summer with their icicle lights, colored lights and bright Santas here and there while down below were refrains of Doris Day and Anne Murray singing Merry Christmas.  Our t-shirts were a perfect reflection of the theme:  red and green with a big Santa face stating “Sailing, the Ultimate Sleigh Ride.”

 Michigan City Outing/July 20-21
By Hazel & John Luther
Twenty-five crew members from Silent Dream, Wind Dancer,Team Effort,,Sweet Talk, C-Scape, Ventura, Sail-La-Vie, Railin, Quiet Island,, Lupe and Luna Sea enjoyed each other's company at the Michigan City outing, July 20-21. Lupe, Silent Dream, Railin, Quiet Island and Luna Sea sailed  in while the others Kita’d (Fleet talk for drove) over.

During Saturday many enjoyed cooling off at the beach, shopping at the Lighthouse Mall or simply hanging out. Saturday afternoon we gathered under one of the pavilions for cocktails, a BBQ, many delicious side dishes, and piles of corn supplied and cooked by Gerri and Patrick McDermott. Later, R-Joy's Doreen Collins also joined us. Although very tired from having just returned from a three week trip to Australia the night before, she recounted her adventures in Sydney, Perth and on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.

Sunday morning Railin, Lupe and Quiet Island sailed for home, the crew of Silent Dream were enjoying themselves so much, they decided to stay another day.  Thanks to all for coming.  We hope that you enjoyed your visit to Michigan City and that you’ll come again next year.

Columbia/DuSable Outing /July 20
 By Dorothy Hartmann
The weather was beautiful. We watched the Mac Boats take off which was so impressive. We all then went for a sail on our own boats followed by dinner at the Columbia Yacht Club. In attendance were Carpe Diem and their guests, HappenStance, Fast Company, Sea Horse, and Nick Thies with Chris. We had so much fun at dinner, we never made it to Grant Park Concert.

Pierogi Fest/Pancakes/July 27 & 28
 By Kuenzli, Stone & Co.
In spite of threatening weather and scheduling conflicts (Venetian Night) we had representatives from 17 boats (Weak Moment, Wind Dancer, C’scape, Ultimate 19th Hole, Bleed’N’Green, Weal Sea, Maris, Bearoness, Team Effort, Ventura, Silent Dream, Karizamaddie, Perfect Touch, Finesse, Allegro & Windchill) come for Hammond’s Pierogi Fest/Pancake Breakfast.  After a short walk from the marina to the Fest, the fleet spread out and sampled the various food booths, music, and I believe that a few checked out the beer tent.  Bob (Mr. Pierogi) Kocolowski boasted that, in addition to everything else, he had eaten 18 pierogies!  Bob made this announcement while eating a very large ice cream cone.

Sunday morning the fleet enjoyed Bontekoe style pancakes, hot coffee and mimosas.  Our thanks goes to our Fleet Chefs:  Phil Byrd, Pete Duerr, John Forsyth, Ted Kuenzli and Branson Stone.
Also thanks goes to Jan Byrd, Madalyn Duerr and Francine Kuenzli for setting up, serving, and clean up.


Laid-back Labor Day
After several years of bad weather and rough sails home, the Fleet decided not to sponsor an official Labor Day outing this year.  However, a group of boats is planning to head for New Buffalo, weather permitting.  If you’d like to join in, call  the New Buffalo Marina at 1-800-447-2757 for a slip reservation or make them online at  This event has no sponsor and no planned events.  If you’d like to drive over and enjoy the beach and probably dinner at Hannahs with the group, the Harbor Grand Hotel has a special group rate.  Call 616-469-7700 to book a room. Tell them you are part of the Catalina Fleet. This hotel is right at the Municipal Harbor where any boats that go over will be.  Boats plan to leave from Burnham and Montrose Harbors on Saturday, August 31. 
Contact Commodore Lori if you need more info.

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: deare @megsinet. net.
Phone: 630-469-6117
Listings must be received by the 1st of the month and will  run for 3 months.

FOR SALE: 13 foot boat dinghy trailer.  Any offer.  Arnie Hollander 847-966-6515
Please update your directory information for Chris Hanika and Ben Holland.  Boat is now ChriSea, a Catalina 34, sail #832.  She is at Hammond Marina, slip S-8.  Email address is and

Sailplace plans to have a new Catalina 350 at the Michigan City In-Water Boat Show scheduled for August 22 – 25 at Washington Park Marina.
Detailed info on times, admission, etc are on the website at

If you’ve bought a new product for your boat, or heard of a new product of interest to all, send it to newsletter editor Carolyn DeAre and we’ll feature it here.

A recent news item should be a reminder to us all …After their sailboat got away from them in Lake Michigan, a west suburban couple spent more than 12 hours overnight in the lake’s chilly wters before being rescued by a pair of fisherman.  They had jumped in for a swim and the boat drifted away.

 When you stop for a swim, use life jackets.  Tie yourself to the boat with lines.  Leave someone on the boat.  No matter how calm the lake seems, boats drift!


Wouldn’t it be great to have a cookbook of favorite boating recipes? Fleet member Lydia Giuliano is willing to work on such a project.  She just needs recipes!  Send your recipes to Lydia at or by snail mail to 516 Beloit Avenue, Forest Park, IL 60130.  Maybe we can get something cooking!


The Chicago sail racing season has reached its halfway point and Fleet 21 racers are again doing very well. Burnham Harbor yacht club racers Mike Walsh and his Morning Star crew presently are holding first place in their division with Dave DeAre and his Railin crew in third place. Walt Hartmann and Seahorse are fast moving up. At Hammond, Pete and Madalyn Duerr and the Ultimate 19th Hole are first in their division while Branson Stone on Finesse and Pat Reynolds on Karizmaddie are being very competitive in  their division.

Congratulations to Jim and Marie Marzano and the crew of Chaos who not only finished fourth in their division in the Hook race but followed that up with a first in the Catalina 320 Nationals held in Chicago on August 4th. Phil and Jan Byrd on Wind Dancer and Pat Reynolds and Linda Sadlowski also competed in the 320 Nationals.

Linda Sadlowski and Jan Byrd were the co-chairs of the International 320 Regatta held in Chicago on August 3, 4 and 5 at the Burnham Yacht Club. Phil Byrd and Pat Reynolds were the designated gofers and race chairmen. Linda and Jan spent the better part of a year planning this event and it was a great success. Catalina 320 owners from Arizona, California, Nevada, Washington State, Alabama, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois and Florida spent the weekend cruising on local 320s, sightseeing, shopping and eating. On Friday night a picnic style dinner was held on the patio of the yacht club with a more formal dinner and organization meeting on Saturday evening, again at the club. The furthest boat trip to the regatta was Proud Mary from Cleveland owned by Dave and Cathy Gleason. Other boats arrived from Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois. Other Fleet 21 members in attendance were John and Hazel Luther and Jim and Marie Marzano. The 320 Association owes a great deal of thanks to John and Hazel for donating several door prizes. Thanks also go out to Beverly Suhar who represented the Burnham Yacht Club in burgee exchanges with 320 member yacht clubs from Milwaukee, Alabama and Hammond.

The Fleet 21 Bill Karesh Racer of the Year award nominations for 2002 should be sent to Pat Reynolds at 9826 S. Hoyne, Chicago, IL 60643 or e-mailed to Nominees should have taken an active part in racing throughout the year. These nominations should be in before September 6th.

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