Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

May 2003


Expand your sailing horizons as our May guest speaker takes us along on his adventures in the south seas.  Bruce Padgett has worked on cruising yachts in New Zealand, raced from Hong Kong to Macau,  delivered boats from Oregon to Hong Kong, via Hawaii and Guam, explored the seas of Fiji and the Phillipines, and commissioned all kinds of sailboats.  At our meeting on Tuesday, May 20, he’ll recount his adventures and show slides of his exotic sailing destinations. 

The meeting is at the Burnham Park Yacht Club located at 1500 S. Linn White Drive.  Follow the signs to Meigs Field (if  they are still there).  We are trying a new setup for this meeting ( and those in the future if this works out).  Our  meeting will be in the Chart Room –the room behind the glass doors all the way through the dining room.  That room will be set up for a meeting—chairs only, no tables.  Everyone is still encouraged to come before the meeting for dinner with other Fleet members.  Dinner begins around 6:30 (or you can come earlier) and will be served in the dining room.. 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.    After dinner we will move to the Chart Room for our meeting and speaker.  The program and business meeting begin promptly at 8:00 p.m.  If you are not coming for dinner, please do not take a table in the dining room.  You may mingle in the bar area or go directly to the Chart Room.   We are hoping that with this arrangement will work better for our speakers.  Parking in the gated lot next to the Yacht Club should be available. If not, the pay lot is available.



With the sailing season in full swing there has been much discussion and many questions as to what awaits us and our boats post 9/11 and Meigs Field. A new law is under way that would require us to put reflective tape from bow to stern so we’d be visible on the lake. Unlike some of the rumors buzzing around, you can go out on our website to vote against the reflective tape. Getting involved with the Boaters PAC is a good way to weed through some of these rumors and to be proactive verses reactive. Until we have answers to all the hype I thought I’d offer my list of top 20 Facts for you to mull over.

1. The best 1.00 Margaritas are made by Team Effort at their Memorial Day Outing.
2. Fred Collins still needs Volunteers for outings. Sign up now and have some fun.
3. August 9th is our 30th Anniversary outing on the Windy.
4. National Safe Boating Week is May 17-23. Think Safe.Be Safe.
5. Army Corp predicts lake levels to be 4-6” lower than last summer.
6. 78 percent. The percent of the 622 boating fatalities in 2001 attributed to not wearing a life jacket.
7. Airlines no longer allow inflatable life jackets with CO2 cylinders on board.
8. Studies show that children who sail are healthier, more outgoing and team leaders.
9. Whitley Klingler is the youngest board member at age 14.
10. Ashley Klingler is second runner up at age 16.
11.Together they are known as the Vanna White girls of Fund Raising.
12. Stargazing is a great family activity while on board.
13. Celestial navigation is no longer a required course for the US Naval Academy.
14. Studies show that couples who sail together have a better sex life.
15. #1 request of all Commodores: Please make a reservation if you plan on coming to  the Yacht Club for dinner before our program.
16. 75% of consumers test-drive a new car prior to purchase.
17. 33% of consumers test-drive a new boat prior to purchase. 
18. Fund raising has only 3 cases of wine left to sell. Order yours today.
19. Warde Pierson is planning a wonderful racing outing at Corinthian Yacht Club.
20. And last of my facts….God  does not deduct from man’s allotted span those hours spent in sailing.                                            
                                              Happy Sails to You,
                                                       Deborah Ruxton, Commodore


It’s been a successful Fundraiser and we only have three cases of wine left. Summer’s here and you’ll want to keep a few bottles on board.  When you’re done enjoying the wine, you can turn your Anniversary bottle into a candle.

 Keep your ears and eyes open , soon we’ll have the new Catalina tee shirts available for you. Short sleeve and long sleeve, they’ll be a bargain at any length. Don’t forget our battle flags. We have some left and how great they look blowing in the wind. Call Fund Raising and talk to the Vanna White girls or Brian. 630.279.4533. They’ll be happy to fill your order. 

Congratulations to our following members that took three hours of their time and learned CPR. They all had many laughs, learned well and enjoyed dinner and dessert at the home of Carolyn and Dave DeAre.

Branson Stone, Carolyn and Dave DeAre, Ron and Pat Shereyk, Mike Walsh, Walt and Kathy Ahern, Brian Ruxton, Jim and Marie Marzzano, and Roberta Poulos. We’re proud of you! And a big thanks to our host for providing us the space and the delicious dessert that followed. 



Fleet General Meeting, Burnham Park Yacht Club, Tuesday, May 20

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

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.




  Men’s Large Henri Lloyd TP 2000 Foul Weather jacket & pants (bbs) in red.  Worn twice, like new.  Contact Teri Weber 847-209-4075 or at

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

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 .

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.




The 2003 Membership Directories are ready and will be distributed at the General Meeting on May 20.  Each member receives one copy.  Additional copies are available @ $2.00 each.


The Fleet extends deepest sympathy to Lydia Giuliano on the death of her mother in Germany.  Lydia wrote this beautiful message to our fellow Fleet members:
Dear Friends, when my mother learned that Don and I crossed Lake Michigan and sometimes got caught in a storm, she was upset.  She thought that sailing was a bad idea.  But when she visited us in Chicago last fall, she fell in love with Boogaloo and everything connected with our dream boat.  She loved Chicago’s beautiful skyline, Lake Michigan’s ever-changing waters, and our relationship to our sailing friends.  She finally understood that sailing was enriching our lives. 
So when my mother left Chicago, she was hoping to return this summer, wanting to spend some more time on our boat.  But this was not meant to be.  What is now left are wonderful memories of sharing a fondness for the sun, the wind, and the sea.  As I remember those days, I am looking forward to the new season and the camaraderie of my sailing friends.  Your thoughtfulness and support in a moment of need has helped me greatly.  The beautiful flowers you sent filled my heart with joy.  I am sure my mother enjoyed them too because she had met quite a few of you.  Today, at my mother’s funeral, the sun was shining warmly and the wind was blowing strongly.  It was a perfect day to sail away.  Thank you for everything.
Sincerely, Lydia



Hurrah, it’s May!  And time for our first outing.
The season gets underway Memorial Day Weekend with a  Margarita party on  Saturday afternoon.  Look for a flyer in this newsletter. Our Summer Outings Schedule is also enclosed in this newsletter.  It’s as complete as we had it as of press time.  Changes, additions, details will appear on our website :  Sponsors of outings are reminded to send info regarding your event to the Fleet Sheet editor, Carolyn DeAre, so that it can be published before your event. The newsletter usually comes out about the 10th of the month.  Plan ahead!


By Jack Bretall & Lori Lauratis
Reported at the April 24 meeting:
· The Relective Tape Legislation is considered a dead issue.  Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources did not find a sponsor for this bill.  It could resurface.
· The Chicago Harbor breakwall lighting project has not been started.
· On August 9th Monroe Harbor will be the setting for a model airplane event called a Flutog (spelling??). 
· The harbors are full.
· No casino construction at Meigs Field, but some have suggested a Maritime Museum be built
· Loran C will be continued as a backup to GPS.
· Boaters PAC is an important organization, but less than 5% of boaters belong.  Membership is $25.



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



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