Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

October 2002


Members of the Chicago Police Marine Unit will be on hand at our October General Meeting to talk about safety on the lake.  At 6:30 p.m. a Marine Unit boat will be on display and available to board.  Lt. Earl Zulke will discuss the functions of the Marine Police, radio communications, and safety equipment.  After his discussion a panel of experienced heavy weather sailors will talk about handling sailboats in storms.

Don’t miss this last general meeting of 2002!  The meeting is Friday, October 18, 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. 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.

In order to insure sufficient wait and kitchen staff, it is imperative that you make reservations if you intend to have dinner. To guarantee that you will have a good dining experience, please, please, please make a reservation.

The meeting will include voting on officers for 2003.  The slate was presented at the September meeting and is as follows:

  Commodore  Deborah Ruxton
  Vice Commodore  Brian Ruxton
  Secretary  Jennifer Schwarz
  Treasurer  Barry Garr

The new Commodore appoints Fleet Captains, Harbor Captains, and committee chairs once she is installed.  Please let Deborah know if you are interested in serving in any position.  Installation of officers is during the November Annual Awards Banquet.  More info on the banquet is included in this newsletter.




“Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us.”  Oscar Wilde  And what memories we made during twenty 02.  Where all did we sail?  What all did we see?  When did we sail?  With whom did we sail?  Who did we meet?  And, most of all, where did all our time go?

As Fleet members we talked about launch dates, wrote about all of our outings and programs, sectioned off our calendars with Mac Bay Getaway dates, received reports from Harbor Captains on what was dredged or not dredged.  We stored nautical books on our shelves that we raffled off during our General Meetings, flew the Catalina battle flags that we all bought so all could recognize who we are when we approach a neighboring harbor, and now we have to slip one of our skyline sweatshirts on to cover our fading tans because the temps are falling into the 60’s.  Yet, November 16th our Awards Banquet, our last “Outing” of the year, will find us all in tuxedos, suits and sparkly dresses as we pay homage to those members who worked so diligently on their assignments and committees throughout the year and install our board for next year.  We are a lucky lot of sailors!

Our last general meeting and program in October will bring in the Chicago Police Marine Unit, thanks to Dan Golembiewski.
We’ll  touch on safety as well and on what we have learned and what products will make our lives safer for next year.  Bring your ideas to the meeting.  Hope to see many of you there on October 18th.

Bon Voyage to our summer visitors, John and Marilyn Lucy,
(Ultimate Therapy) who are on their way back to Florida to continue with More Therapy and more sailing!  Kudos to Wally and Dorothy Hartmann for taking part in the Leukemia Cup regatta. A most worthy cause and this year blessed with good weather.

The leaves were bright and beautiful, with hues of gold and flame; October decked the hills and vales with glory when she came.  At close of day when sunset shone, above the furthest hill, the sight was such that I would stare in contemplation still.  Serene with splendor, beauty bright!  Yet soon the leaves would fall.  But, in my heart I’ll ne’er forget—the wonder of it all.  George R. Kossik

                                             Lori Lauraitis

Septoberfest/ Sept. 14
 By Lori Lauritis
Our annual Septoberfest included: Andiamo, Audrey Too, Bearoness, Boogaloo, Cash Flow (they sailed over), Cat Ballou, Charisma, C’Scape, Duet, Fast Company, Fast Tack, Finesse, Happenstance, Lone Wolf, Maris, Mission Accomplished, Quiet Island,, Rhapsody, Summer Mink, Team Effort, Ultimate 19th Hole, Ultimate Therapy, Ventura,,Weak Moment, Wind Dancer, and Windlord.

Not too many bees for the time of the year, and the food was perfect.  Tunes of Edelweiss and the Beer Barrel Polka were in the background as the chefs – Jack Bretall, Bob Kocolowski, and Ron Shereyk -  were busy grilling bratwurst.

David Weissman, John Lauraitis, Lois Bretall, Danita and Lizzie Stone, Kathy and Walt Ahern, Pat Shereyk, Marilyn Lucy and Cheryl Kuba all took turns riding the water bicycles and touring Montrose Harbor.  What a great way to get to know your partner while pedaling!

We were all having a good time when all of a sudden, out of the West, “there arose such a clatter, we didn’t know what was the matter!”  Riding in like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse only this time on ATV’s were four of  Chicago’s finest.  They screeched to a halt and demanded to know who had the beer!  “Who’s drinking a beer?” they asked as they searched the coolers that we had.  The Sergeant picked up our case of beer, tossed it into his trunk, and drove off with his patrolmen.  They headed east without a trace of dust in their tracks.  We made a pact not to invite them next year!  There’s always something memorable about a Fleet outing.

Again, this was “one of the last things to do in 2002.”  Thanks again, because you made the difference at our Annual Septoberfest hosted by our Luv at Montrose Harbor, Warde Pierson, our very special Harbor Captain.  Thanks to Warde and all his helpers for a great job!



Our Annual Awards Banquet promises to be better than ever this year!  An exciting new location, the William Tell in Countryside, Illinois, allows us to offer the option of staying overnight or even making a weekend of the event. The William Tell is offering our fleet hotel rooms at a discounted price of $89.00 per night. (The block of rooms reserved are non-smoking. If you wish otherwise, please notify the hotel.) A complimentary hot breakfast buffet is included on either of the days listed below. The William Tell also has a wonderful pool for our enjoyment. To make hotel reservations for either Friday, 11/15, or Sat., 11/16, phone the hotel at 708/354-4200. YOU MUST GIVE THE CODE  C –F –G, as in (Catalina Fleet Group) to get our discount.

The traditions that have made this event so special in the past, will continue in this new location.  It’s a dress-up event so you men can dig out suits or tuxedos and you gals have an excuse to wear (or buy!) that special dress (short or long) or pantsuit! Dancing is a big part of the evening and music will be provided by Music by Design. Everyone goes home with a table favor and in addition someone from every table wins a prize.  As in the past, we need Fleet members to donate or solicit these table prizes.  Each table prize should be valued between $35 - $50.  If you want to contact a nautical supplier for a table prize, and need a letter stating that the Catalina Fleet is a not-for-profit organization, please contact Cheryl Kuba, 773-327-9331 or  Gift wrapping is not necessary.  Everyone is also asked to bring a packaged or canned good to be donated to a local South Suburban Food Pantry.

Tickets are $45 per person and include an open bar and table wine!  Invitations will be mailed in late October.  This is the premier event of our club.  Please plan to attend!  It should be a wonderful evening and weekend!

 By Ron Shereyk
Here’s Don Golembiewski’s checklist for haul out:
 Change engine oil. Use SAE 30 not 10 W 30.
 Drain all water from engine, hoses, water strainer, and water storage tanks.  If you have hot water, drain the hot water tank.
 Be sure to put antifreeze in the air box; leave the drain open for the winter.
 After draining the tanks pour in RV water antifreeze in the tanks and head.
 Use the blue RV antifreeze for the engine water.  Uncouple the water intake hose from the through-hull fitting and put end of hose in the antifreeze bottle.  Run the engine until the antifreeze comes out the exhaust line at stern of boat.
 Wipe engine with lightly oiled rag to leave film over the engine to prevent rusting. (You can use the oil from the oil change.)
 If you can, remove all expensive electronic equipment and store at home.  Also, store your cushions at home.  If you do not have room, cover the cushions with plastic but do not seal. Air needs to circulate to prevent mildew.
 After the boat is on its cradle, open the through-hull fittings until all water drains out.  You can leave them open until spring.
 Cover the cockpit with a plastic tarp from the cabin to the stern.  Use extra plastic to cover winches as well.
 If you store with the mast down, it’s best to cover the boat with the mast on top from bow to stern (like a tent).
 If you store with the mast up, area tarp coverage is recommended.  Use one aft of the mast and another fore. 
 Tie the tarps with line around the bottom of the hull. Some boaters use milk bottles filled with water to hold the tarps in place.
 If your yard provides and you are willing to spend about $300 + you can shrink wrap the entire boat.  It’s worth the cost.
 It’s very important to secure all lines so they do not move around in the winter wind.  The lines will wear and also leave wear-marks on the boat.
 If you have a drinking water filter, remove it and replace it in the spring.
 Batteries should be removed and stored on a plastic or a wood base in a warm place.  Charge the batteries at least once during the winter.

Many of our Michigan harbor members are mourning the death of fellow sailor Mike Silverthorne.  Mike  was an avid single-handed racer.  He participated in several single-handed races a year including the Mac and the Super Mac. Mike died while sailing his Catalina 38 Chute the Breeze in a single-handed race from Holland to Michigan City  on September 21-22.  According to the Michigan City News Dispatch he left Holland about 9:00 am on Saturday.  Fewer than 12 hours later a woman called the USCG to report a sailboat was washed up in front of her house.  When found Mike had on his life jacket, foul weather gear and safety harness.

Some of you may have met Mike during one of our Catalina Rendezvous.  Last year he raced his boat at the rendezvous and helped another boat that had gear problems.  He loaned out his whisker pole to a stranger without giving it a second thought.  Mike was 50.  He is survived by his mother, wife, 2 sons, and 3 sisters.


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: 1988 Catalina 36 tall rig.  All standard equipment.  All manuals.  Wing keel.  Wind, speed, depth.  VHF radio-loran.  New 150% genoa & main.  All new lines.  Autohelm 4000 autopilot.  Alpine am/fm cassette with 6 CD changer.  Full dodger w/awning & side curtains.  Fortress anchor, chain and rode.  Back-up anchor (Danforth) & rode.  3 burner stove & oven.  Microwave.  Refrig/freezer.  Battery charger.  Screens for all ports & hatches.  Westerbeke diesel in excellent condition.  Teak cockpit sole.  Custom winter cover.  With the miscellaneous equipment on board, this boat is ready to cruise.  The boat is very bright, cheerful & roomy below.  Looks & sails great.  Has been well cared for.  Asking $68,500 OBO.  Located at Burnham Harbor in Chicago; dock O, slip 11.
Jim Raymond @ 847-498-4792 (h), 847-724-2700 (w), 847-560-6009 (cell) or FOR SALE: 1974 25’ Dufour.  6 sails.  Almost new motor. $14,000.  773-767-0318 JohnDreyzehner @847-729-1268 (h), 847-998-4646, (w), 847-878-7216 (cell).

FOR SALE: O’Day 28.  Silver anniversary edition 1984.  Fully loaded.  Single owner.  Beautifully maintained.  $25,000.  Located at Montrose Harbor.  847-675-4337.

WINTER STORAGE: C-22’s and C-25’s.  Trailered boats, outdoor storage, paved lot, easy access from expressways, about an hour from Chicago harbors.  $7.50/ft.  Call Fred Collins,


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