Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

March 2003

Fleet 21’s General Membership meeting on Friday, March 21, will be held at the BoatU.S. Marine Center, 567 Roosevelt Road, Lombard, IL.  The store will be open just for us from 7 – 9 p.m..  You can come earlier if you like, and if you find the door locked, just identify yourself as part of the Catalina group (the store closes to the public at 6:00 p.m.).  You’ll be able to cruise the aisles at your leisure and get advice from all your fellow fleet members on what to buy, what works, and what doesn’t.  All general merchandise receives a 10% discount.  (Sorry, electronics are not included).  Around 9 p.m. the Fleet will travel down Roosevelt Road to Anyways for dinner.  We’ll have a private room and a selection of $13.00 dinner items.   Don’t miss this opportunity to get all your spring boating supplies.  After a week of 60 degree days we’ll all be ready to start that bottom painting!

Don’t forget CPR April 9th. Dave and Carolyn DeAre have graciously offered the use of their home at 306 Linden Street in Glen Ellyn for this event. We’ll meet at 6:00 pm for pizza. At 7:00 the fun begins.  17 members so far have committed 3 hours of their life to learn a skill that could save the life of someone else. There’s still time to sign up. Save-A-Life-Inc will be instructing the class.  You’ll learn Adult, Child and Infant CPR under the guidelines of the American Heart Association.  The fee is $25.00 per person and includes all material and a certification card if you take the test.  You don’t have to take the test.  The skills you’ll learn is what’s really important to save a life.  There will be one manikin per student.  Bring a pillow to kneel on or wear knee pads.  The deadline to sign up is March 21st.   Give Commodore Deborah Ruxton a call and  add your name to the list of Good Samaritans willing to help out their fellow man or woman in need.  


Congratulations to the Fund Raising Committee. The coming out party for the Catalina Wine was a huge success. In one night you raised $114.00. Thanks to all who bought raffle tickets in hopes of being the first to own the new wine. Keith and Marilyn Mayo walked away the lucky winners. As a Thank You for your generous support to the club the committee is now offering the wine to everyone. I plan on buying a case to share with my summer friends aboard Northern Crown. See the Fund Raising report in this newsletter and get your order in early!

We need your help. The club has many outings being planned and volunteers would be a huge help. Jump in and get your feet wet. Getting involved is what will give you the feeling of real ownership. Make this club your club. Contact any of the committee members to volunteer your time or share your unique ideas. Make It Happen.

Last month I went to visit the Mighty Northern Crown. She along with her other boat yard friends looked ready to loose her land legs and get back into the water where she belongs. Before we can set her free Brian is going to install a new bilge pump and water pump. My time comes later in April when I get out my painters jacket to apply the new VC 17 Extra. We need to compile a list of all the supplies that we need to accomplish these tasks and head over to Boat US for the Catalina Fleet Shopping Night. The night is planned for March 21st and we’ll receive a 10 percent discount on our purchases. Afterwards we’re meeting at Anyways for food, drinks and fellowship. Plan on coming and share with us your spring plans and other nautical news.

With Spring coming I wanted to share a little diddly with you that Past Commodore Walt Ahern used in 1995. Ellen Dove Fiedier’s winter time poem “Wings.” Enjoy!

I’ll see you at the boatyard,
That’s where to look for me
Working on my old wood boat
And humming peacefully.

Envisioning the days ahead
When they put out the cans
And move the star docks back in place;
That’s when I’ll make real plans
For launching my old boat again.
 (Wow, will my brightwork gleam,
From all the work I’m doing now,
While dreaming sailing dreams!)

            Deborah Ruxton


Ask and you shall receive. We planned on holding another raffle for the Catalina Wine but the request for the wine has been so tremendous that we are just going to go ahead and offer the wine to you. Starting today you can own your own Catalina Fleet 21 30th Anniversary Selection. The wine available today is Chardonnay and Shiraz.  It will sell for $10.00 a bottle or $100.00 per case (a little over $8.00 a bottle). You can buy a case of red, a case of white or split your case half red/ half white. Buy a case and split it with a friend. We have 14 cases of wine so get your order in now if you want to have your Catalina wine for the summer. Call Brian Ruxton and place your order over the phone. Your wine will then be ready for you to pick up at the April meeting. Don’t miss out. The wine will go fast. To place your order call Brian at (630) 279-4533 or (630)858-6500. Cheers!!!


Fleet 21 Shopping Night & General Meeting. BoatUS/Lombard, IL. March 21, 7 p.m.

CPR Class April 9 7-10 p.m.

Fleet General Meeting, Burnham Park Yacht Club  April 18

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

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

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



FOR SALE: 1988 Catalina 36 tall rig.  All standard equipment & 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. 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. The boat is very bright, cheerful & roomy below.  Looks & sails great.  Has been well cared for.  Asking $68,500 OBO.  Jim Raymond @ 847-498-4792 (h), 847-724-2700 (w), 847-560-6009 (cell) or John Dreyzehner .

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.



Get your favorite boat recipes to Lydia Giuliano for inclusion in our 30th Anniversary Fleet 21 cookbook.  What appetizer do you bring to outings?  What do you fix for that special boat breakfast?  We know you’ve got recipes…please share them!  Lydia’s address is 516 Beloit, Forest Park, IL 60130.  Or email her at



Do you like to get together with your fellow Fleet members for a potluck, a sail, some fun?  How about an overnight in another harbor?  Doesn’t that sound great?  It won’t happen unless you step up and volunteer to host an outing.  If you, or a group of you, have something in mind for this upcoming season, you need to contact the Outings Committee now (names are on the masthead).  We generally finalize our summer outings schedule in March or April and publish it in the April newsletter. We need a June outing.  How about a Summer Solstice party on June 21? If you’d like to sponsor such an event, call the Outings Committee today.  Our summer is depending on you!

This is our 30th Anniversary Year and we are planning many special events.  We hope to get a lot of Fleet participation in the Columbia Yacht Club Regatta on July 26th.  Race your boat or crew on a Catalina then attend a great Yacht Club party.  Plans are underway for the Fleet to have a boat in Chicago’s Venetian Night on August 2.  An extra special night is planned for August 9th when we will charter the Windy for an evening sail that includes the fireworks.  Mark all these special events now!


              Submitted by Jack Bretall

The last couple of years everybody has been talking about the VHF radio with the RAM microphone.  So I thought I would update my VHF.  I found a Uniden Polaris Radio with a “Wham”:  wireless, hand access, microphone.

No need to run that wire to the cockpit.  Works just like your portable phone.  The radio runs $299.  The microphone is $149.99, about $30 more than the Standard Intrepid with the Ram microphone, and no need to run wires or cut a hole.

You might want to think about it.  Any questions, feel free to call me.

If you bought a new product for your boat, or know of a new product of interest to all, send it to the newsletter editor Carolyn DeAre and we’ll feature it in this column.



By Jack Bretall & Lori Lauratis
Enforcement of “Y” valve, macerator pump inspections will be an important environmental issue this season.  Inspectors from the dept. of Environment will mail out a Certificate of Compliance after inspections are made.  The Park District will be mailing out forms.  Call Jerry Metzger at the Park District Office at 312-747-0737 for further information.



All membership renewals are due before April 1 or you will not be in the 2003 directory.   Contact Pat Shereyk if you need a form or go to the Fleet website at

Welcome aboard to the following new members:
Bill and Mickie Thompson
Boat: Bill’s Michael-een
Catalina 30

Joe and Melynda Refkin
Boat: Skooky 3
Catalina 30