Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

June 2003



RACING 101

If you’ve been thinking that you’d like to race your boat, but didn’t know quite how to start or if you’ve been racing but would like to improve, our June program is for you.  Fleet member Jim Marzano is going to take us through the basics of sailboat racing on Lake Michigan.  Jim will cover the basic rules of racing, typical course layouts, the start sequence, mark roundings and the finish.  He’ll conclude his program with tips for sailing fast—all us racers want to hear that!  Jim has been a Fleet member for 5 years and has raced for 15 years.  He has participated in 7 Mac races and 2 Hook races.  He races in MORF and Area 3 as well as Wednesday night yacht club races.  Jim wins!  Let’s hear how he does it!

The meeting is Tuesday, June 17  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..  Parking in the gated lot next to the Yacht Club should be available. If not, the pay lot is an option.

 

 


COMMODORE’S MESSAGE

The weather may not have said it, but you know that sailing season officially started with the Memorial Margarita Party. Bundled up in jackets we enjoyed the beverages and the fellowship of friends. Catalina Tee Shirts made their debut and in the cool weather the long sleeves were a welcome sight. A big Thanks to Team Effort for hosting a delicious event. Next up is North Point. I talked to Carolyn Glenn who is hosting this event and she hopes the weather will accommodate the Sailors who plan to sail. Dinner is taking place at the Tropics. Great food and an atmosphere of Jimmy Buffet and Old Salts can be found there. What Fun! Thanks to the Glenns for putting together a great weekend.

The invitations are out. Are you ready to set sail on the Windy? Be sure to get your reservations and money in to Kathy Ahern by July 1st. The first 150 people to sign up will enjoy a 2 hour cruise on the city lakefront and be entertained by the spectacular fireworks at Navy Pier. Come Celebrate our 30th
Anniversary in style!

Thanks to Cheryl Kuba for attending our June Board meeting and presenting to us her thoughts on the Boaters PAC. Given the recent events in the city and state the Board overwhelmingly voted to donate money from the Mariners Fund in hopes that we'll have a bigger voice and influence in government issues that effect us as boaters. We encourage all boaters to become individual members as numbers are as important as money. For more information see me or Cheryl
Kuba.

If you haven't been to a General meeting yet you are missing some wonderful programs. Last month Bruce Pagget dazzled us with his stories and slide presentation of Sailing the Pacific. From Hawaii to Singapore he kept us entertained and longing to set sail on our own off shore excursions. This Month we look forward to Jim Marzano giving us the twists and turns of racing. Last year Jim and his crew won the MORF and this year he'll tell us how he did it. Come hear him speak on how to get involved in racing and how to set your strategies to
win.

See you on the Waters,

Deborah Ruxton,
Commodore

 

 


   
Political Action Committee
Works for Boaters

by Cheryl Kuba & Jack Bretall

A new political action committee (PAC) has been formed through the Chicago Yachting Association and several other boating and marine based organizations. Its purpose is to support the maritime interests of the Greater Chicago Area, its lakefront and its waterways, and to support issues and candidates when beneficial to boaters. For the first time, each of us can help create the positive image of the boating community’s contribution to the social fabric of this great city, its neighboring harbors and waterways in Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin.

At its last board meeting in June, our Fleet 21 board voted to become a member of the PAC by contributing $500 from the Mariners’ Service Fund. In addition to joining as an organization, it is critical that each Catalina member join the PAC individually. The purpose of the additional individual membership is to increase the volume of its members, and to add names individually to its roster in order to create a stronger voice in legislation that concerns boaters. We, as boaters, cannot sit back and hope that “the other guy” votes in our favor. Individual membership for one year is $25, a five-year membership, $100. Information about joining follows.

Illinois boaters were recently alerted by the PAC to a piece of “renegade” legislation that was defeated due to lack of sponsorship. The legislation had to do with enforcing a mandate to have boaters attach reflective tape from bow to stern so that our boats could be seen at night. This action was the result of an incident that happened on a small, southern Illinois lake late at night. Through the swift communication efforts of the PAC, including form letters of protest to each of our legislators, the issue died.

To support a communication effort of this kind takes money for postage, telephone calls, email and staff to represent the boating community. By collectively and individually becoming a member of the boaters’ PAC we increase our visibility and voice about boating issues.
To join, contact: Boaters PAC, c/o Bob Rose, 111 Pfingsten Rd, Suite 300, Deerfield, IL, 60015. On the Internet, www.B-O-A-T.net
   


MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

Fleet General Meeting, Burnham Park Yacht Club, Tuesday, June 17

Michigan City Outing, July 4 - 6

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

DuSable Weekend, July 12-13

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

 


BUY/TRADE/SELL

WANTED: Horizontal windlass for 40 foot sailboat.  Call Jim Wright @ 312-467-1348 or
Email wright.james.h@att.net

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

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 month

 

MEMBERSHIP

The following members have renewed or joined since the publication of the directory.  Please add
their info to your copy:

Barry & Rita Witzgall
Catalina 27     Seas  the Day

Scott & Mary Lee Baumgartner
Catalina 27     Wun-Len     Sail #5429

Ron & Joan Moore
Catalina 22   Moore Fun  Sail #13426

John & Eileen Murphy
Catalina 30    I Lean     Sail #3930

 


Fleet member Fred Collins has short articles in the May , June, and July issues of Great Lakes Cruiser magazine. 
You can link to it from our website at www.catfleet21.org    Or go directly to www.greatlakescruiser.com\


Lost at Memorial Day Weekend Margarita Party
Jacket: Yellow with navy trim by Chapin Co. “Dawn Riley Collection”
Perhaps someone picked it up with their belongings.  Contact Chris Hanika
765-463-9164 or email chrishanika@insightbb.com


Heartfelt condolences go out to Peter and  Madalyn Duerr  and Gretchen and John Forsyth on the death of Pete’s and    Gretchen’s mom.


 

OUTINGS

Lots of activities this month!  Attend as many as you can.  If the weather is iffy, most times the event happens anyway.  Drive to the party if you can’t sail there.  Don’t forget to return your reservation form for our 30th Anniversary celebration aboard the Windy.  A copy of the flyer is in this newsletter.  Deadline is July

Info on the LMCA Catalina Rendezvous in Holland is also included.  The registration form goes to LMCA, but if you plan to attend this event you must make your own slip reservations in Holland either with Macatawa Bay Yacht Club www.mbyc.com email:mbyc@mbyc.com or telephone 616-335-5815 or with Eldeans,
www.eldean.com email:store@eldean.com or thelphone 616-335-5843.  Make slip reservations as soon as possible.

 

 


OUTINGS RECAP

Memorial Margarita Party/May 24
                                         By Lori Lauraitis
ALLEGRO, ANTICIPATION, AUDREY TOO II, BEARONESS, BILLS MICHAEL-EEN, BLEED’N GREEN, BOOGALOO, BULLET, CARPE DIEM, CASH FLOW II, CHRIS SEA, DUET, GETAWAY, HALCYON, I LEAN, I S Y, LONE WOLF, LUNA SEA, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, MORE THERAPY, MORNING STAR V, NORTHERN CROWN, PERFECT SONG, QUIET ISLAND, RAILIN’, REHAB’s ex-owners, RHAPSODY, SEA NO EVIL, SUMMER MINK, TEAM EFFORT, THE LUPI,  TRANQUIL, ULTIMATE 19TH HOLE, WEAK MOMENT, WEAL SEA, WIND DANCER, WUN LEN, you made our 2003 Outing a ROUNDING SUCCESS!  OLE!


The Margarita party was as successful as ever!  Half Moon Park never looked so good and again, we lucked out with the weather.  No rain, ol’ sol just a shining all afternoon, sounds of  “salt or no salt”, “regular or strawberry”, “lime, or no lime”, life is good. Thanks to our Commodore and Vice-Commodore Ruxtons for bringing their Fleet 21 30th Anniversary T-Shirts.  All sold out within an Outing!  $10.00 for short-sleeves and $12.00 for long-sleeves.  They are taking orders, please phone-in your order to them and don’t be caught celebrating our 30th Anniversary on the “Windy” without one!

The party lasted until the bottles were running-on-empty, and the nor’easter started to make the temperatures plunge downward a bit.  We continued on H dock with pizza and drinks for all who wanted to stick around.

 


PICTURES WANTED

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!


RACING

Racers! Racers! Racers!  We would like your participation in 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 you can call Warde Pierson at 847-729-6215 or go to the Corinthian website for a race application  www.corinthian.org.  Overnight docking available at Montrose after the race—there is a fee.

 



URGENTLY WANTED
Strings of white lights to decorate our entry in this year’s
Venetian Night parade.  Please check your basement or attic
for your white Christmas lights, label them
with your name and give them to Ron Shereyk at
 the next General Meeting.  Thanks.



 
CATALINA FLEET 21 2003 OUTINGS

May 24  Margarita Party   Burnham Harbor   Lauraitis/Shereyk

June 7-8  Northpoint Adventure  Northpoint   Glenn

June 21-22 Corinthian Race to Waukegan and back—Catalinas invited  Pierson
    
July 5-6  Michigan City Overnight   Michigan City   Luther
 
July 11-13 MacBay 10   Holland, MI   LMCA

July 12-13 Tour de Boats   DuSable Harbor              Crockett/Hartmann

July 19-20 Ice Cream Social & Symphony Hammond Marina  Stone & Co.

July 26  Catalinas invited to Corinthian Race    Pierson

August 2 Venetian Night   Monroe Harbor   Wold

August 9 30th Anniversary Cruise on the Windy        Navy Pier   Ahern/Bretall

August 30- Labor Dayz   Michigan City   TBD
Sept. 1

Sept. 13  Do-it-yourself Chilly Septoberfest Montrose   TBD

 

 

CHICAGO SUMMER EVENTS

May 29- June 1  Blues Fest

June 27 – July 6  Taste of Chicago

June 28-29  Country Music Fest

July 3   Independence Eve Fireworks

July 30-Aug. 4  Tall Ships

Aug. 2   Venetian Night

August 16-17  Air & Water Show

August 28-31  Jazz Fest  


 

 
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