Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

January 2002

MMM Good !
The 2002 Fleet 21 Sailing Season gets off to a tasteful start with our traditional potluck dinner on Saturday, January 19, at the Corinthain Yacht Club located at Montrose Harbor. All you wonderful cooks are asked to bring a potluck dish that serves 8.  Lori Lauraitis and Hazel Luther are coordinating the menu.  Please call them to let them know what you plan to bring.  We need appetizers, meat dishes, vegetables, salads and desserts.  The cost is $5 per person and includes wine, beer, soda, coffee,  paper goods, and silverware.

We won’t have access to the Yacht Club’s kitchen so please bring your own heating element (crock-pot, hot plate, warming tray, chafing dish ) to keep your food hot.  We are unable to heat up any food at the club.  Bring your own extension cord if you need electricity to keep your dish warm.  You’ll need to bring your own serving utensil and hot pads or pot holders.  And since we don’t have access to the kitchen sink, you’ll need to plan on taking your dirty dish home with you.

The highlight of the evening is our Brown Bag Auction.  You must have some nifty gadget you can’t use, a nautical item that you’d love to pass on, a gift that’s over the top.  Put the item in a paper bag, staple it shut, mark the bag with a clue to its contents and value, and bring it along.  Our fast-talking auctioneers get some great prices—all proceeds go to the Fleet.  Bring cash too—you’ll want to bid!  One more thing to remember—a log for the fire!  This casual, fun evening is perfect for new members to meet the rest of the Fleet, find out who’s buying what and when they’re going to the Lucy’s.  And the food is mm—good!  Don’t miss it!

The Strictly Sail Show returns to Navy Pier January 31 – February 3, 2002.  The Fleet is taking a year off from hosting the Strictly Catalina Reception, but Catalina Yachts is planning a special event in its place.  More details in this newsletter.



I want to thank our past Commodore, Jan Byrd, and her fine board and committees for a pleasant association throughout the year of 2001.  And my thanks to Cheryl and Bob Kuba for bringing our Annual Banquet/ Awards Dinner together in November.  2001 awards were given to Boat of the Year: Ted & Francine Kuenzli, Racer of the Year: Pat Reynolds & Linda Sadlowski, Rookie of the Year: Bill and Mary Michna and Commodore’s Award: Madalyn Duerr.  Congratulations!

When the New Year rolls around, we tend to think back over the past and bring to mind the things we are especially thankful for…many of us are thankful for our health, others recognize the value of simple and peaceful lives.  Events like September 11 will live on in infamy, and we can be thankful that America has given us the confidence to unite together and be proud to be an American; to stand together and bless this land of ours.  And so, I ask, Catalina Fleet 21, what will you do in 2002?

Our 29th year begins with the Pot Luck/Brown Bag Auction on January 19th.   In the coming year, we can count on informative programs planned by Mike Walsh, Debbie Boward, and Dan Golembiewski and fun outings scheduled by Fred Collins and Nick Thies.  Our Rigging & Equipment guy, Ron Shereyk, promises a shopping experience at one of our local yacht stores in early spring.  The Strictly Sail Show (January 31 - February 3) is coming up soon and Madalyn Duerr is pulling together another memorable weekend.  Two of our newest members, Steve Domantay and Joe Gratzke, are planning fund raisers you won’t be able to resist and Pat Reynolds is looking for races to entice you into a whole new  level of sailing.

What exciting fun the wind creates, on what seems like a calm and boring night.  We have many activities for you—I‘ve only named a few.  I encourage our members to attend whatever outing, program,, and general meeting they can just so we all can mix and meet one another, answer questions, pass around good sailing tips, equipment hints, who to contact for what, and just plain ol’ camaraderie among us ol’ salts.  In February we begin our regular monthly meetings, held on the third Friday of the month during the winter and the third Tuesday May – September.  Our usual General Meeting location is the Burnham Park Yacht Club.  What a great year we will have!

 “A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”  Benazir Bhutto
                                       Lori Lauraitis


It’s time to renew your Fleet 21 membership.  Membership forms are included in this newsletter. Please complete all information and bring it to the Potluck Dinner or mail it to the Membership committee. It is crucial that you fill out the form completely. The annual Fleet directory is printed based on the information on these forms.

As you know, Catalina Fleet 21 is not holding its annual reception this year at Strictly Sail Chicago because Catalina Yacts is sponsoring a reception on the showroom floor Saturday night from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. for Catalina owners.  Stop by the Catalina Owner’s booth on Saturday and pick up your sticker to attend the reception. 

After the reception, we’ll be meeting back at the Hampton Inn for pizza in the Hospitality Suite on the second floor and the Hampton is extending its pool hours for our private use so we can make an evening out of it!  Plan to bring your own beverages and we’ll order the pizzas once we have all gathered and know how many people we have.

Sunday morning, plan on meeting in the Hospitality Suite for breakfast.  We’ll have the room adjacent to the Hospitality Suite all to ourselves—a great opportunity to visit with other Fleet 21 and LMCA members.

If you’d like to join the almost 100 of us who already have reservations at the Hampton Inn, please call me ASAP.  I have a few rooms left in our block.  $79 regular room; $89 studio suite; $129 2-room suite w/kitchen & living room.  We hope you will join us for this fun-filled Catalina weekend.  Madalyn Duerr 312-923-8378 daytime   708-429-0005 evenings.

Fleet 21 will again be responsible for staffing the Catalina Owner’s booth at the Strictly Sail Show.  If you would like to volunteer for a time slot, give Dave DeAre a call at 630-469-6117.

Strictly Sail
Show Hours:  11am to 8pm on Thursday, Jan. 31 and Friday, February 1

10am to 8pm on Saturday, February 2
10am to 6pm on Sunday, February 3


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.


The 2001 recipient of a $1200 donation from the Fleet’s Mariner’s Fund was the Salvation Army.
This organization was chosen because the Fleet wanted to support the relief efforts in New York City.

Donations to the Mariner’s Fund can be made along with your membership renewal (a separate check is required) or any time throughout the year in honor of a special birthday, anniversary, or as a memorial contribution.  Donations are tax deductible within IRS rules.