Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

July 2003


Chicago’s Lakefront will host the Tall Ships Festival beginning July 30th for one week. To coincide with this event, our July 15th Fleet meeting at the Burnham Park Yacht Club will feature a presentation of a well-known artist’s depiction of these beautiful vessels.

Mr. Burt Jacobs, curator for the past thirty years of the Clipper Ship Gallery in La Grange will focus on the life and works of Charles Vickery, an internationally collected seascape artist. Vickery, a lifelong resident of the Chicago Suburbs had a great love for Lake Michigan. The exciting Chicago lakefront and the sand dunes across the lake are the subject of many of his works. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has proclaimed Vickery as the finest seascape artist of our time.

Mr. Jacobs will share with us a number of individual prints and paintings of Vickery’s work. His explanations will give us insights of the works along with an appreciation of the art of the sea.

Incidentally, the Clipper Ship Gallery donated a tall ship work of art to our annual awards banquet last year. Our lucky winner was Pete Duerr.

The meeting is Tuesday, July 15  at the Burnham Park Yacht Club located at 1500 S. Linn White Drive.  Follow the signs to Meigs Field (if  they are still there or watch for new signs that say Northerly Island Park!). Dinner begins around 6:30 .  A pasta bar for $14.00 is planned.  It will include salad, cooked to order pasta, bread, coffee or soft drink. Many Fleet members have been very happy with the pasta bar.  If you haven’t tried it, we urge you to do so! The regular menu will not be available. 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.  It is crucial that you make reservations if you plan to have dinner. The program and business meeting begin promptly at 8:00 p.m..


I can't believe that it's July already. It seems that summer has just arrived and here we are already sailing half way through it. July is an indication that my term as Commodore is more than half over. Before you know it we'll be dancing at the November Awards Banquet looking forward to next year’s
festivities. Time surely waits for no one. So get out there and sail, enjoy each second of it.  While I'm enjoying each second of being Commodore, it is time to look forward. The Nominating Committee has been formed. Cheryl Kuba from Montrose will lead the group in this year’s decisions. Brian Ruxton, Vice Commodore from Burnham Harbor, Barry Garr, Treasurer from Burnham Harbor, Barb Stewart Mariner's Fund from Monroe and Linda Reed from Hammond will all work hard to put together a winning team for next year.
I took the opportunity to attend the Chicago Yachting Association meeting last month at Jackson Park. I can now tell you first hand that joining this Association was the right thing for the Fleet to do. This meeting really pulls together
everything that is happening in the harbor systems. It was good to see Jerry from Westrec. He had all the updates and information on all the harbors. Lori will give an update at the next general meeting. Fred Poppie talked more on the Boaters PAC. Our Club has decided to withdraw the donation that we made last month in light of the fact that PAC wants individual members to sign on and not Not-for-profit groups.. Our board will meet again in August to discuss this further and in the mean time I'll be attending the PAC board meeting to gather up more information. I will keep my phone line open to anyone from the club that wants to have an input in this decision process. I'll take your concerns to the board and your input will count in the final decision. This is your club and you need to have a voice as well.

A Big Sailor HURRAY to Hazel and John Luther (Ventura). The July 5th outing was very enjoyable. All your hard work paid off with a wonderful time had by all. The Brats and Chicken hit the spot. This outing gave me the chance to meet many of our Catalina Friends that normally don't make it to the general meetings. I had my own little "Tour De Boats" as everyone graciously invited Brian, the girls and I to come aboard and view their living space. All the boats are beautiful and I thank them for opening up their summer homes to us. Those of you taking off for Holland from this outing I wish you fair weather and a pleasant sail. Say Hello to all our LMCA friends for us.

If you're not out traveling the seas this month I hope to see you at the next July meeting. The topic this month is Tall Ships.  
Deborah Ruxton, Commodore


Catalina LMCA Rendezvous.  Lake Macatawa July 11 – 13, 2003.

DuSable Weekend, July 12-13

Fleet General Meeting, Burnham Park Yacht Club, Tuesday, July 15

Hammond Social & Symphony, July 19-20

Robbie Newmann Regatta, July 26

Chicago Venetian Night, August 2

Fleet 21 30th Anniversary Cruise on the
Windy, August 9

Fleet General Meeting, August 19

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



Please note the following corrections in your Fleet Directory:


Subject: Anniversary Celebration aboard the Windy

To: Catalina Fleet 21 30th Anniversary Celebration LATE COMERS!

IT IS NOT TOO LATE!! Over one hundred Catalina Fleet 21 members and guests have already signed up and sent in their money for our Fleet 21 gala Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration aboard the WINDY sailing out of Navy Pier on August 9th from 9 pm prompt to 11pm. Chicago Fireworks that night! Bring your family and friends, but remember we can only take the first 150 paid. So, send in your $30 per person now. $15 for children 12 or under. Please call Kathy Ahern to make reservations. Send check made payable to Catalina Fleet 21 to Kathy Ahern at 1011 Blackburn Drive, Inverness, IL 60067. (847)-358-4295

Enjoy Chicago’s Venetian Night on August 2 and watch for our Fleet entry!  A group is hard at work interpreting the tale of Leif Erickson and the Vikings in lights and sails. 


Racers! Racers! Racers!  Don’t forget the Robbie Niemann Memorial Regatta, on July 26.  Sponsored by the Corinthian Yacht Club in Montrose, this race is the perfect time for you to try your hand at racing or get yet another trophy.  There are jib and main and spinnaker sections, and sections for women skippers.  If we have 5 or more Catalinas of the same size, we could have our own start.  A great party follows the race with a band and bar.  For more information go to the Corinthian website for a race application  Overnight docking available at Montrose after the race—there is a fee.

Photos of Fleet Activities are wanted for a 2004 calendar we hope to put together this fall.
Capture this year in photos and send the best ones to Mary Beth Cybul who will be working on this project.  We’re also looking for some vintage photos to reflect our 30 year history.  Photos will be returned to you.   Photos (35mm) are also needed to submit to the CYA’ s Annual Ball in November.  Their committee  proposes to highlight their evening with a fantastic light show illuminating power and sail photos of this year’s events, so all of you camera photographers get clicking to earmark the greatest moments of our Outings!   You can also send  digital photos to Bob Kuba for our website.  This is an excellent way to capture Fleet 21's good times!

Catalina Fleet 21’s website,  has won a “Golden Web Award” for 2003 – 2004, from the International Association of Web Masters and Designers. The Golden Web Awards is a free service of the Association and is “presented to those sites whose web design, originality and content have achieved levels of excellence deserving of recognition.”

The Fleet will also receive a listing in the Associations Annual Who's Who on the Web Directory.

SailNet, , our gracious sponsor, provides space on their server free of charge, which saves the club approximately $200 – $300 per month in fees. Incidentally, the SailNet Online store offers FREE shipping and NO sales tax through their online links posted on the Fleet 21 website, and almost always has lower prices than Boat US or West Marine.

The most popular web pages are:
1) For Sale page, 2) Home page, 3) Guest Log, 4) Rigging & Equipment, 5) Sailing Charters, 6) Harbormasters Information, and 7) the Nautical Links page.

The For Sale page is very active, and approximately 15 boats in the last 8 months, have been sold from ads posted on this page.


WANTED: Horizontal windlass for 40 foot sailboat.  Call Jim Wright @ 312-467-1348 or

FOR SALE:  1980 Catalina 25.  Ready to sail!  Ice box, stove, vhf, reconditioned outboard, main, genoa, spinnaker, tiller, dinghy, & trailer.
Moored at Montrose Harbor for 2003 season.  $6500.  Call Neal @ 630-717-1371