Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

November 2002


November 16 is a special date for Fleet 21 members.  It’s party time!  Our annual Awards Banquet is always the event of the year.  This year we have an exciting new location, the William Tell in Countryside, that allows you to even make a weekend of the event and stay over. (Fleet discounted  rooms are available by calling the hotel at 708-354-4200.  Give them the code C-F-G to get the discount. )  Invitations to this event have been sent.  If you did not receive an invitation, or if you did not respond by the date specified, call Cheryl Kuba at 773-327-9331.  She’d be delighted to add your name to the guest list.

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails
(open bar—that’s right, it’s included!). 
Dinner is set for 7:30 p.m. followed by awards, installation of officers,
table prizes, and dancing. Again this year we ask that you bring a donation
for a local food pantry.  We’ll also have raffle items you’ll want to try to win! 
Join us.  It’s always more fun if you’re there!

There is no General Meeting nor Fleet Sheet in December, but mark your calendars (if you’ve got em) for our 2003 kickoff event—the Potluck on January 18.  This traditional start to our Fleet year is at the Corinthain Yacht Club.  Keep the brown bag auction in mind as you unwrap those holiday presents!  Look for details on this event after the first of the year.

The Strictly Sail Show returns to Navy Pier January 30 - February 2, 2003.  While we don’t know if Catalina Yachts will be sponsoring a reception on the show floor this year, we are definitely planning to get together after the show on Saturday.  There is a flyer in this newsletter regarding hotel rooms with a deadline for reservations of December 30.  Don’t wait!  Make your plans now.  There will not be a December Fleet Sheet to reminder you.



“Who has been an unexplained light, a lantern, in my life.”  Author Unknown.

My officers and committees have been my “unexplained light,” and didn’t they shine brightly as we did “what we could do in twenty -o-two! “ I want to thank all of you members for coming to our meetings every month, attending our outings every month, listening to our reports every month, advertising with  your business cards, writing your surtax letters and signing the petitions in the harbors, bringing in nautical books every month, and just taking the time to say hi when we passed each other in the Yacht Club or waving to Team Effort while on the water.  Without each of you adding yourselves to our plans, we wouldn’t have a membership of 127 plus this 29th  year.  Yes, that’s right, we have been planning, scheduling, meeting, sailing and supporting this Fleet of ours for 29 years. And more to come.  You are the reason Fleet 21 works.  So let’s give ourselves a big round of applause as we head into twenty -o-three with our new slate of officers:  Deborah Ruxton, Commodore; Brian Ruxton, Vice-Commodore; Jennifer Schwarz, Secretary; and Barry Garr, Treasurer.  It promises to be another challenging year with a lot of new celebrations and events in store.

Hopefully by now your boats are either on cradles or jackstands in various locations around Lake Michigan and are covered and winterized to the best of your ability.  They are forecasting a warmer but wet winter and we can only look forward to scheduled launch dates with a warmer spring than last year.  Just once, it would be nice not to go down to the boat storage area in winter attire!

Your invitations to the banquet are in the mail!  Be sure to reply to the Kubas and make reservations for the William Tell Holiday Inn if you are planning to stay after the Award Banquet.  Polish those shoes and Windex those glass slippers for a night of dancing to the tunes you choose from Music by Design.  Call Cheryl or Bob Kuba if you have any questions.  Kudos to Kubas for a job well done.

Our next even after the banquet is Saturday, January 18 with the Pot Luck and Brown Bag Auction  at the Corinthian Yacht Club.  There is info in this newsletter  on the Strictly Sail Show scheduled for late January, early February.  The Tall Ships are planning to visit Chicago in July/August of 2003, our 30th Anniversary will be celebrated in 2003.  So get yourself a new calendar and start writing in Fleet events.

The surtax in Chicago harbors will be at 7% with no additional increase from the Park District.  We are now members of the Chicago Yachting Association, the group that worked hard to reduce the surtax.  We made a contribution to Chicago’s Christmas Ship so trees can be donated to Chicago’s disadvantaged.

“In the high seas of life, you have shown me the light and I thank you for guiding my way to serve you as Commodore, in twenty O  two. “

                                             Lori Lauraitis

 By Pat Reynolds
Congratulations to the Fleet 21 racers for a successful 2002 season. Once again they proved the Catalina to be a very competitive racer-cruiser. Fleet 21 members took four first place honors in Illinois and Indiana racing venues
and had several boats in the top ten.

In Hammond Pete and Madelyn Duerr and the crew of Ultimate 19th Hole, including Ted Kuenzli, finished first in their section by a wide margin. Pat Reynolds and the crew of Karizmaddie finished third in their section while
Branson Stone and Finesse with the help of Jack Bretal were close behind.

Mike Walsh and the crew of Morning Star took overall honors in Burnham Yacht Club's large sail fleet finishing first for the second year in a row. Wally Hartmann and his Sea Horse  finished third in their section with Dave DeAre and the crew of Railin ( Pat & Ron Shereyk, John & Lori Lauraitis, & Roger Suhar)a few breezes behind in fourth. The BYC sail fleet owes a great debt of thanks to Dave DeAre for the time and effort he has given over the years to run their program.

While Jim Marzano spent much of his time crewing on a J-105,  he and Marie still found time to sail their Catalina 320 to the National Championship during the 320 Regatta in Chicago. They tuned up for that race by finishing
fourth in section in the 2002 Hook Race.

Karizmaddie took first in section in the CYC Leukemia Cup with Walt Hartmann's Sea Horse finishing fourth.

Congratulations to all and keep those bottoms faired.


Christmas Tree Ship.  Saturday, December 7
Navy Pier. 

Shanties Chicago: A Celebration of Sea Music
Nov. 15-17,2002   St. Patrick Performing Arts Center  info at 815-464-5756 or

Christmas Schooner production at the Bailiwick Theater.  1229 W. Belmont begins on 11/26.  773-883-1090 for tickets and info.

Strictly Sail.  Navy Pier.  January 30-February 2, 2003.

Tall Ships Chicago, July 30 – August 4, 2003
Maritime Festival and a Parade of Sail planned.
More than 40 tall ships expected.  Venetian Night August 2.


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