Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

May 2002

Our favorite weather guy, Bill Wilson, returns for our General Meeting on Tuesday, May 21.  Bill is both a meteorologist with the National Weather Service and a sailoróa great combination.  Bill will share his knowledge of weather patterns as they affect us here in Chicago.   Do you know what signs should prompt a quick return to safe harbor? Bill will emphasize storm prediction and has lots of slides to help you learn to recognize approaching bad weather.  Nothing affects us sailors more than the weather.  Increase your knowledge with this informative program.

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.

The June General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18 and features Tribune Travel Editor David Young talking on Chicago maritime history.



Happy Mother's Day to all of our Fleet moms!  And, although it's been a long winter, we did have a little week of summer in April, albeit short-lived; it did bring out the sandals and shorts for the Commodore to wear, for a few days anyway.  With good weather approaching, weíll soon all be launched and ready to begin whatís known as ďSailing is ParadiseĒ on the indigo waters of Lake Michigan.

In less than three short weeks we will begin the sailing season with Team Effort hosting the first outing on Saturday, May 25.  Look for the flyer in this newsletter.

Also, if you have an idea for an Outing, do not forget to contact Fred Collins or Nick Thies.  They always have their Outing Calendar with them and can still work a social get-together out with you, whether it would be a Cajun Fest, Chili Fest,  French Baquette Fest, Biscotti Fest, we are here to tempt your palates all summer!

Shhhh, I just heard Pete Duerr setting up the printing press and color machine for our 2002 Directory...distribution should begin late in May, or at one of our General Meetings.

We need nautical books to raffle off at our General Meetings.  Now is the time to look at those shelves and storage facilities for a Moby Dick, or a Mutiny on the Bounty thatís just collecting dust.  Itís fun to see what we can raffle off with your help!  Bring us what youíve already read!

Also, I want to bring to your attention that we are looking at changes in some of our By-Law Articles. The details are in this  newsletter. We will vote on the changes at our June General Meeting.

Watch out for any  "Wayward Wind" and don't forget to make dinner reservations for our next meeting at Burnham Yacht Club to listen to Bill Wilson, from NOAA.

"We do not mind our not arriving anywhere nearly so much, as our not having any company on the way".  - Frank Moore Colby

Lori Lauraitis

Recommended Fleet By-laws Changes
The Fleet Executive Committee appointed a committee chaired by Dave DeAre to study and recommend updates/changes to amend the Fleet By-Laws to better reflect the current operation of the Fleet. Several changes are recommended some of which are cosmetic and have no effect on Fleet Operations.  Following is a summary of the most important changes recommended:

Article V-Dues  "Any change in the dues schedule is to be recommended by the current Executive Committee and approved by the General Membership at a regularly scheduled meeting."   The dues schedule is currently part of the by-laws and requires amending the by-laws to change. This amendment allows dues to be changed by vote of the General Membership, but does not require a By-Laws revision to do so.

Article VII-Officers 
b. Fleet Vice Commodore: " The Vice Commodore shall act as Commodore in the absence of the Commodore. The Vice Commodore shall be selected by the Nominating Committee."  Currently, the Vice Commodore is appointed by the Commodore from among the Fleet Captains. This amendment also changes Fleet Captains from officers to committees.

Article VIII-Executive Committee The Executive Committee shall consist of the Fleet Commodore, who shall be Chairman, Fleet Vice Commodore, Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman of each standing committee."  This change includes the Fleet Vice Commodore as a member of the Executive Committee.

Article XI-Nominating Committee "The Nominating Committee shall consist of five (5) regular members of the Fleet. No more than three (3) of the Executive Committee shall be part of the Nominating Committee, one of who shall be the Fleet Vice Commodore. This change makes the Fleet Vice Commodore a member of the Nominating Committee.

The bottom line is that dues can be set by vote of the General Membership without a By-Laws amendment and the office of Fleet Vice Commodore is recognized and will be selected by the Nominating Committee rather than appointed by the Commodore.

A complete copy of the By-Laws and all of the recommended changes is posted on the Fleet 21 website, or contact Dave DeAre for a copy or any questions on the recommended changes. We will be voting on the proposed changes at the June general meeting.

Itís finally here, Spring that isóor is it?  Well anyway, we always forget our bilge area.  Bilge? Yuk!  Itís either clean or smelly dirty.  It if smells like gas or diesel fuel, you might have a major problem.  Letís start with the Racor water and fuel separator.  It leaks if itís too tightly wound or has worn gaskets.  Check all other fuel fittings and never overfill onboard fuel tanks.  Another spot to check is at the fuel tankómake sure your fuel sending unit is not leaking. This is usually the culprit that breaks down and doesnít send any message to the gauge to tell you if the tank is full or empty.  It has a float on the inside of the tank that may stick or just stop working. The best place to get a replacement sending unit is from Catalina. So itís bilge clean up and fuel check up time.  Clean the bilge area and around it.  This will keep the boat from smelling BAD.  Talk to you again soon.
   Captain Ron

  Anchor Shade.  White.  Portable Cockpit 6í X  6í umbrella with carrying case.
Like new.  $95.00  Call Branson & Danita Stone

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Recommended by Carolyn DeAre

X-14 is a mildew remover that really works.  Our outdoor house painter introduced this product to us.  He used it to remove mildew on the north side of the house.  This year I tried it on our boat I sprayed it on many of the storage compartments under the v-berth, the fiberglass in the hanging locker, and throughout.  These areas are now sparkling clean for the first time!  Just spray X-14 on and wait a few minutes.  Rinse and the mildew is gone.  It is available in most hardware stores and Iíve seen it at the Jewel.

If youíve 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 weíll feature it here.

We have a new port of call for our annual Fleet Awards Banquet!  The date is Saturday, November 16th and our new location is the William Tell restaurant in Countryside, IL.  Please mark your calendars for this exciting night.  Besides being someplace new Ė and more economical-  the William Tell also offers hotel rooms, pool and hot buffet breakfast the next day.  A block of rooms at a discount rate is in the works. Make a weekend of it!  More details to follow in upcoming Fleet Sheets.