Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

October 2003

Gary and Carolyn Glenn invite you to join them for a Mediterranean Cruise at our General Meeting on Tuesday, October 14.  The Glenn’s chartered a 40’ sailboat and spent last September cruising the Greek islands.  Their power point presentation touches on the unique culture of each of the eight islands they visited and gives a great view of what it was like to charter with a flotilla of larger boats.  Don’t miss this chance to hear all about sailing the sunny Mediterranean.  Note that the meeting is on Tuesday, October 14.  Usually we meet on Friday night in October, but that is not possible because of a conflict at the Yacht Club.

Also at his meeting we vote on officers for 2004.  The slate was presented at the September meeting and is as follows:  Commodore  Deborah Ruxton
   Vice Commodore  Linda Reed
   Treasurer  Barry Garr
   Secretary  Jennifer Schwarz

The meeting is Tuesday, October 14  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 this month is the Pasta Bar for $14.00.  It includes salad, cooked to order pasta, bread, coffee or soft dring.   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. 

Remember –dinner at 7:00 p.m. The program and business meeting begin promptly at 8:00 p.m..   Parking should be available in the Yacht Club parking lot.  Identify yourself as part of the Catalina Fleet. 



By the time most of us receive this letter our boats will have been put away for this year.  This certainly is a bittersweet time of the year.  Brian and I often wonder if sailing would really bring us the pleasure it does if we could do it year round.  Truth be told, it probably wouldn’t.  The beautiful days that always follow lay up make us think we should stay longer next year.  On the other hand we know deep down that it is time and it is the right thing to do.  Maybe sailing really is a metaphor for life.

Enough deep reflections.  This has been a wonderful sailing season from the first outing until the last.  It really has been an honor to be your Commodore in this our thirtieth year.  There is more to come.  We plan an informal outing for dinner and a movie shortly after the premiere of  Patrick O’Brian’s nautical adventure Master and Commander – The Far Side of the World.  Details won’t be available until the movie is released, but we don’t want anyone to feel left out.  Hopefully you will hear about it through the “network” but if you don’t, call Brian or me when you see it advertised and we will give you the details.  We also have the banquet coming up next month.  Please try to attend.  Last year was our first year at the William Tell Holiday Inn and we were kind of checking the place out.  This year we will be able to build on our success last year and the banquet should be better than ever.

I mentioned above that maybe this sailing thing is a metaphor for life.  After a cold winter we will spring to life next year.  We need board members and committee members.  If you want to help, please volunteer.  If you don’t you will probably be contacted any way.  This year was a very nice mix of veterans and newcomers.  It makes the club that much more enjoyable when you participate.

One final note as you read the Farmer’s Almanac and watch the signs of an impending cold winter appear – You can never use too much antifreeze.

Deborah Ruxton


Marilyn Garr continues her recovery from a nasty broken wrist.  Marilyn wanted me to send a thank you for all your cards and prayers.  She truly appreciates all the encouragement and support.  

Fleet condolences to Greg and Kathy Tanzer on the death of Kathy’ s father. 

SeptOberfest 2003
By Cheryl & Bob Kuba

There was plenty of German spirit in the air as the Catalina Fleet enjoyed its annual SeptOberfest on Saturday, Sept 13th. Although the skies looked threatening, 55 fleet members enjoyed brats, beer, sauerkraut, corn and brownies at Montrose Harbor. The Corinthian Yacht Club cooking staff made a wonderful German buffet.

Warde Pierson, Cat Ballou, modeled his lederhosen, and our accordion player kept the music playing. Millie Fritschle and  Dorothy Hartman both sang along to most of the songs. A late entry into the costume contest was John Lauraitis, sporting a German helmet, and fake mustache over his real mustache. A special prize went to Roger & Bev Suhar, Allegro, with Walt & Kathy Ahern, Rhapsody, on board, as the only boat to sail to the outing. Captains & crew coming by Kita to the outing were Audrey Too, II, Bearoness, Bleedin, Green, Boogaloo, Cash Flow II, Cat Ballou, Fast Company, Fast Tack, Finesse, the Greens (boat name?) HappenStance, Lupi, Mission Accomplished, Northern Crown, Quiet Island,  Railin, Sea Horse, Serendipity,, Silent Dream, Team Effort, Weak Moment, Wind Dancer, Wind Lord, UltiBmate Therapy. Sheila & Fred Kimmel, members who have relocated to San Diego, were also in for a visit.

Special thanks go to our co-host Warde Pierson, and to Jack and Lois Bretall, Joe Richart, Kim and Kathy Wold and Dorothy Hartman for all their extra help.


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Join your fellow Catalina Fleet members as we finish out the year with our last party, the annual awards banquet, Saturday, November 15, 2003, at the William Tell Holiday Inn in Countryside, Illinois. Tickets are $45 per person. Invitations will be mailed in October.

For anyone wishing to stay overnight, or make a weekend out of it, the William Tell is offering our fleet hotel rooms at a discounted price of $89.00 per night. (The block of rooms reserved are non-smoking. If you wish otherwise, please notify the hotel.) A complimentary hot breakfast buffet is included on either of the days listed below. The William Tell also has a wonderful pool for our enjoyment. Reservations must be made by October 26th.

To make reservations for either Friday, 11/14, or Sat., 11/15, phone the hotel at 708/354-4200. YOU MUST GIVE THE CODE C –21, as in (Catalina 21) to get our discount.

As in the past, we need Fleet members to donate or solicit table prizes.  Each table prize should be valued between $35-50.  If you want to contact a nautical supplier for a table prize and need a letter stating that the Fleet is a not-for-profit organization, please contact Jack Bretall at 708-974-4932.

It should be a wonderful evening and weekend! Plan to attend.


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