Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

January 2003


Fleet 21 begins its 30th season of sailing fun with our traditional potluck dinner on Saturday, January 18th, at the Corinthian Yacht Club.  This popular event features wonderful food (brought by you), great talk of summer sails and winter purchases, and a chance to renew old friendships and make new ones.  This year the event is being coordinated by Kathy and Walt Ahern.  Please call them to let them know what you plan to bring.  We need appetizers, meat dishes, vegetables, salads and desserts. Please make a dish that serves 8.  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 you’d like to keep on giving.  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!

In February our regular monthly meetings begin.  They are the third Friday of the month through April and the third Tuesday of the month from May through September.  Our usual meeting place is the Burnham Park Yacht Club.  Mark your calendar now for February 21  when the topic is Trauma at Sea.


Welcome to the start of a New Year.  2003 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Catalina Fleet 21 Association.  Many terrific plans are already in the works for us.  But before we move forward, I’d like to go back and thank our past Commodore Lori Lauraitis and her hard working board and committee members for a terrific 2002.  A big applause goes out to the Kubas, as well, for daring to envision a change for the awards banquet.  What a wonderful time we all had at the William Tell Holiday Inn.  Awards went out to Warde Pierson for Boat of the Year, Branson Stone for Racer of the Year and Chuck and Lind Reed for Rookie of the Year.  The Commodores Award was a dual award given to Cheryl Kuba and Phil Byrd.  Congratulations to all of you.  I’d also like to thank my girls Ashley and Whitley and their friends McKenna and Julie for a terrific job selling raffle tickets.  They took in the most money the club has ever seen on a raffle.  Great job girls!

The 30th year starts off with ever-so-popular Pot Luck/Brown Bag Auction on Saturday, January 18th.  Bundle up and venture out to the Corinthian Yacht Club for an evening of friendship, warmth and laughter.  This year we have some very exciting programs headed up by the team of Walt and Kathy Ahern and Kim and Kathy Wold.  We look forward to some wonderful outings as planned by Fred Collins, Nick Thies and Don and Lydia Giuliano.  Fund Raising takes a new twist with the help of Mary Beth Cybul, Brian Ruxton and Ashley and Whitley Klingler.  Madalyn Duerr has yet another exciting weekend for us all at the Strictly Sail Show. If you have any questions on your new sail purchases, check with our new rigging and equipment guy Pat McDermott.  Racers hang on to your hats; Andrew Keay plans on giving you a year of sailing that you’ll never forget.  And lastly, Lori Lauraitis and Jack Bretall are representing us at the Chicago Yachting Association.  Joining this organization is truly a wonderful opportunity for us to have a bigger voice in the sailing community.

I look forward to all the opportunities 2003 has to offer.  I’m very honored to have my husband working by my side, supporting me as Vice Commodore this year.  As a club we’ll continue to grow and change with each new adventure or idea that comes our way.  The growing begins with you.  I encourage all of you to have a voice in our organization this year.  Have Fun.  Volunteer to help on a committee, come to the meetings, offer out your ideas, enjoy the programs and attend as many outings as you can.  As Fred Poppi would say, “You only get as much out of the club as what you’re willing to put in.”  Make the most of your year!
                                                      Deborah Ruxton


 By Ashley Klingler
Still in that gift giving mood?  Well please donate any books possible to our ongoing book raffle.  It was a big hit last year, but it’s always better the second time around!  Tickets sell 1 for $1.00, 3 for $2.00, 8 for $5.00 and 20 for $10.00 (what a steal!) We’re still selling battle flags for $45.00 and sweatshirts for $20.00.  We are in the process of designing new Tees and sweatshirts, so look for them in the near future. Also in the making are commemorative wine bottles!  Details on that later.  If you have any questions, or fundraising ideas, please contact the fundraising committee.  Thank you!


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

Fleet 21 General Meeting. Burnham Park Yacht Club. February 21. Dinner at 6:30 p.m..  Meeting at 8:00 p.m.

Chicago Maritime Festival: An International Gathering to celebrate Chicago’s Maritime Community.  Chicago Historical Society.
February 28 – March 2.  Music, seminars, workshops and more.  Call Brian Ruxton for more info: 630-279-4533 or go to


FOR SALE:  1980 Catalina 30 tall rig. Rehab.
Fin keel, atomic four, wheel, new mainsail, Harken furling system, furling 150 and 100 genoas, jib & storm jib, radial head cruising spinnaker, new stern perch seats, new pleated blinds, dodger, bimini, custom cockpit cushions, teak table, drink holder, CNG stove,  and more.
Autohelm 2000, speed & depth instruments, vhf, stereo.  Many extras.  Boat is in very good condition and very clean. $22,000 OBO.  David Green at 219-988-2348 (h) 219-923-9609 (w)

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 will  run for 3 months.


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.

Fleet 1 Awards Banquet.  November 15, 2003.
William Tell Holiday Inn.


STRICTLY SAIL : Jan. 30- Feb. 2, 2003
Beat the winter doldrums at the Strictly Sail show.  On Saturday evening after the show closes, Fleet 21 members will meet back at the Hampton Inn for pizza in the Hospitality Suite on the second floor. 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.

Show Hours:  11am to 8pm on Thursday, Jan. 30 and Friday, Jan. 31; 10am to 8pm on Saturday, February 1, 10am to 6pm on Sunday, February 2