Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

November 2004


The evening of November 20, 2004, promises to be just that as we gather for  the 31st Annual Awards Banquet.  Jack and Lois Bretall have worked hard  to make this event just what you want:  great food, short speeches, an open bar  and a live band (Music Plus)to play all your dancing favorites.  The William Tell in Countryside is again offering  discounted rooms at $89.00 (breakfast  buffet included) so you can stay out as long as you choose.  For room reservations call the hotel at 708-354-4200 and use the discount code C21. 

This year we are in the Cornell Room which offers a large dance floor and a great seating arrangement.  Someone will win a terrific raffle package  :  a 2 night weekend at the Lincolnshire Resort that includes dinner and a show plus two breakfasts.  To win you’ll need a ticket--available that night at $10 each or 5 for $20.

Invitations to this event have been sent.  If you did not receive an invitation or if you haven’t responded yet, call Jack & Lois at 708-974-4932.  It’s not too late to add your name to the guest list.  Don’t miss our biggest night of the year!

There is no General Meeting nor Fleet Sheet in December, but watch for an announcement  for our January Pot Luck usually held on the 3rd Saturday of the month at the Corinthian Yacht Club.

The Strictly Sail Show returns to Navy Pier February 3 – 6 and again this year we’ll get together at the Hampton Inn after the show on Saturday. 

There is a flyer in this newsletter with all the details.


Are your shoes polished? Is your tux cleaned? Did you send in your reservation and dinner money? Unless you've been out of the country then you know I'm talking about our upcoming Awards Banquet. We are going to have a great time with delicious food, open bar and a live band. We've upgraded our room so seating will be  premium for everyone that attends. Plan on staying the night for $89.00 and enjoy the wonderful breakfast in the morning. November 20th is coming quick so get your money and reservations into Jack and Lois Bretall ASAP.
After two years this will be my last and final Commodore’s message to you. I honestly have nothing left to say so this is a good thing. Thank you to all my committee members and officers. You put your heart and soul into making this club run and every bit of it shows through the wonderful times we have and the number of boats that continue to join each year. This club could not function if it wasn't for people like you who are willing to dedicate time each month to come together and work towards the common goal of making this club the best that it can be. For this I applaud you and thank you.
To the members, many of whom I know and many whom I've never met, it was my pleasure having the opportunity to serve you. Thank you for taking the time to come to the outings, attend the meetings and keeping up with us by reading the Fleet Sheet. It is because of you that this club continues to be a huge success. Our membership continues to grow each year and we deeply appreciate it. You are the reason this club exist and I thank you for having an interest each year to stay on with us.
I can only hope that I've served you well. On November 20th I turn the reigns over to the 2005 Officers. My outgoing advice is have a great time. It's a wonderful club filled with wonderful people. Stay dedicated and leave the club a little better than what you've found it. In the words of Green Day "For what it's worth, it was worth all the while. I hope you had the time of your life."
        Deborah Ruxton,
    Commodore 2004


It’s time for all good members to come to the aid of their commodore!  Terry Ries is our 2005 Commodore and he has lots of committee positions to fill.  Would you like to help plan our monthly programs?  Or how about putting together all our fun summer events?  This stuff doesn’t just happen—we need members willing to work.  If you can help Terry in any position, please give him a call today or talk to him at the banquet. 
Terry’s phone number is 630-879-2619. 


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: deare30@sbcglobal. net.    Phone: 630-469-6117

FOR SALE: NEW PRICE  1986 Catalina 34 Audrey Too. Fin keel, new diesel with only 46 hours.  A/C, refrigeration , new upholstery by Catalina, dodger, bimini, custom cabin doors, stereo, steel cradle. Full instruments including speed, depth, wind, and GPS.  Roller furling, Dutchman on main.. A beautiful boat in excellent condition.  $48,500. Bruce Rosenzweig at 312-225-2046; Email:

FOR SALE: Asymmetrical cruising spinnaker with douser for Catalina 30.  Made by Sails East.  Only used three times.  Original cost $1300.  Asking $900.  email me for a picture

FOR SALE Sevylor 12 ft. inflatable raft (dinghy).  Used once.  New $225.  My price $125.  Comes with foot pump, oars.

FOR SALE:  1982 Catalina 27  Tall Rig  Universal 5411 Diesel (well maintained), Wheel, Auto Pilot-Raytheon 3000, Harken Furling, NEW 2204 main sail w/2 reefs-150% Genoa, NEW 2204 Signet SL250 electronics, NEW 2204 Princess gimbled LPG stove, NEW 2204 cabin cushions blue corduroy upholstering, NEW 2204 bottom painted (good condition) and recently faired keel. Boat in Chicago $14,500 FIRM Richard 312/749-1144 or

 By Lori Lauraitis

Again this year CYA is sponsoring the Christmas Tree Ship.  The Weather Channel is airing a program on the event.  Times are
11/28    6 p.m.  
11/30    2 p.m.
12/2      noon  
12/3      5 p.m.
12/4      noon & 4 p.m. 
12/5      11am &  5 p.m.  
12/24    7 p.m. & 10 p.m.

The unloading of the trees from the Rouse Simmons is at Navy Pier on December 4.
Our Fleet contributes funds to this event that provides  Christmas trees to the needy.  Last year 1,300 trees were distributed.


Cheryl Kuba invites all members to a special event that also ties in with the Christmas Tree Ship.  Herman Schuenemann was the captain of the original Christmas Tree Ship, the Rouse Simmons, which went down in the waters of Lake Michigan in November, 1912.  All members of the crew were lost.  On Sunday, December 5, 2004, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ is honoring the Schuenemanns who were active members of that church.  There will be a play about the family during the 11 a.m. worship service which will be followed by displays, presentations, children’s activities, a sale of wreaths and greens and lunch featuring German food.  William Ehling, grandson of Herman and Barbara Schuenemann will be present as well as Rochelle Pennington the author of The Christmas Tree Ship.  All are invited to attend.

The church is located at 2355 N. Orchard in Chicago (across from Children’s Memorial Hospital, east of Halsted, on Fullerton Ave.


Don’t miss all our new Catalina Fleet 21 merchandise. 
A new logo was designed for the Glassware and all the New Clothing Items
What  perfect Christmas gifts for that special Fleet member on your list! 
Look over the flyers in this newsletter and order today.