Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

November 2003

November 15 is a red-letter day in the Fleet 21 calendar.  It’s  our annual Awards Banquet and the event of the year.  This year we return to  the William Tell in Countryside where you can make a weekend of the event if you choose. Fleet discounted  rooms are available by calling the hotel at 708-354-4200.  Give them the code C-21 to get the discount.  William Tell has a wonderful pool and a complimentary breakfast buffet is included with a room.  Invitations to this event have been sent.  If you did not receive an invitation, or if you did not respond by the date specified, call Jack & Lois Bretall at 708-974-4932.  It’s not too late to add your name to the guest list.

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails   (open bar—that’s right, it’s included!). 
Dinner is set for 7:30 p.m. followed by awards, installation of officers, table prizes, and dancing.   We’ll also have raffle items you’ll want to try  to win and other surprises too. Join us.  It’s always more fun if you’re there!

There is no General Meeting nor Fleet Sheet in December, but mark your calendars (if you don’t have one, you might soon) for our 2004 kickoff event—the Potluck on January 17.  This traditional start to our Fleet year is at the Corinthain Yacht Club.  Keep the brown bag auction in mind as you unwrap those holiday presents!  Look for details on this event after the first of the year.

The Strictly Sail Show returns to Navy Pier January 29 - February 1, 2004.  Again this year we have beautiful rooms reserved at the Hampton Inn & Suites for both Friday and Saturday night at great rates!  There is a flyer in this newsletter with the details and a deadline for reservations of December 30.  Don’t wait!  Make your plans now.  There will not be a December Fleet Sheet to reminder you.


Can you believe that 2003 has just sailed on by. From the Potluck to Venetian Night, Trauma at Sea to the "Windy", Tall Ships and Civil War Ships, Tee Shirts and Wine. Mediterranean over to the Pacific, don't forget Rendezvous and CPR. Shine up your shoes, add a little sparkle, get your feet a tapping, the banquet will be a rocking. Dinner and drinks, Raffles and Awards, come and celebrate as we bring in the Officers of 2004.

If you haven't done so already send your money and response card to Jack and Lois Bretall. They have a wonderful evening planned for the final event of our 30th Anniversary year. Don't forget it's open bar, but bring cash for the fantastic raffle that's planned. The Awards ceremony will be followed by an evening of dancing. Those that want to stay the night will be in good company as many of the people that I've talked to have already made their reservations. The brunch on Sunday morning is a great way to round out the weekend. I hope to see everyone there.

Before we welcome in 2004, I would like to thank the Board and Committee members of 2003. Each and every one of you put your heart and soul into making this a terrific 30th year. Your talents, your support and your dedication have made this an enjoyable year for me as Commodore. Because of you all the Catalina members will have wonderful memories to hold when they look back on 2003. Back in January I said that we would have a board with a blend of new committee members with seasoned committee members. What a perfect blend it was. With all my heart I thank you for your time, I thank you for your commitment, and above all I applaud you for a terrific year.

Deborah Ruxton


If you’re suffering from sailing withdrawal, here are some ideas to ease your pain.

Take in the new Russell Crowe movie
Master and Commander.  It opens November 14.  A group of Fleet members plan to make an outing of it.  If you’d like to join the group, give the Ruxtons a call.  No date has been set yet.

Since the movie is based on the popular series of books by Patrick O’Brian, you can keep the plot going long after you exit the movie.  There are 20 books in the series beginning with Master and Commander.  Post Captain, H.M.S. Surprise, Mauritius Command and 5 others come before The Far Side of the World (the subtitle of the movie!)  Speaking of books, what better way to spend the winter than with a good sailing adventure.  If you like military nautical like the O’Brian series you might enjoy C. S. Forester, Alexander Kent, Dewey Lambdin and Dudley Pope.  More contemporary sailing adventures include those by Paul Garrison, Bernard Cornwell, and Sam Llewellyn.  Or try Departure by Janet Stevenson or Outerbridge Reach by Robert Stone.

Take in the new art exhibit at the Art Institute.
Manet and the Sea runs through January 19
and features seascapes by Manet as well as Whistler, Moriset, Manet, and others. 

Sail the web!  A great place to start is our web site at

Plan a cruise or a trip to Florida where we have lots of Fleet members!  If you’d like to hook up with a group for a cruise, we can run a list of people looking for cruising partners in the January Fleet Sheet. 

Attend Strictly Sail.

Take in the delightful play The Christmas Schooner at the Bailiwick  Repertory Theatre in Chicago. It tells the story of the Christmas tree ships that sailed to  Chicago and runs from November 22 on selected days through January 4. For tickets call 773-883-1090.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a cookbook filled with all those great dishes you’ve had at the potluck, outings, and on other boats?  We could have just that with our own Fleet Cookbook!  All you have to do is send your recipes to Lydia Giuliano at 516 Beloit, Forest Park, Il 60130.  Or email her at

Keep your directory up to date.  Note the following changes of address:


Not everyone is online or shopping online.  Fleet members can 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
Phone 630-469-6117
Listings must be received by the 1st of the month and will run for 3 months.  No newsletter in December.