Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

October 2004

This month’s program will be presented by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary on Tuesday, October 19 at the Burnham Park Yacht Club.  The Coast Guard Auxiliary puts in over two and a half million hours every year in volunteer service to recreational boaters.  Our presenters will be Curt Schumacher and Larry Van Gothen of the Waukegan branch of the Auxiliary.  The Auxiliary has a number of topics that are often presented in one day or half day seminars.  They will be presenting the abbreviated version of  several of their seminar topics.  They will speak about  the Coast Guard and the Auxiliary itself.  They will be talking about safety issues, radio communications and any other topics our members may have questions about. 

I have enjoyed my job as programs director.  It has allowed me to meet a lot of interesting people and get to know them personally.  I hope I have succeeded in both educating and entertaining our membership.  This is the last regular meeting of the year.  I hope you can attend.

Also at this meeting we vote on the 2005 slate of officers as presented at the September meeting.
Commodore  Terry Ries
Vice Commodore  Richard Roberts
Treasurer  David Green
Secretary  Linda Kleitz

The meeting is at the Burnham Park Yacht Club, 1500 S. Linn White Drive (follow signs to Museum Campus).  We’ll order from an abbreviated menu beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Call 312-427-4664 and make your reservation for dinner.  We’ll try (again) to make parking available in the Yacht Club lot, but if it’s not possible, you’ll have to go in the pay lot. 

I was out buying pumpkins and mums yesterday enjoying the crisp cool air when it dawned on me-- sailing season is coming to an end for us in the Chicago region. Last weekend NorthernCrown made the trip north to Skipper Buds and is now winterized and ready for her final wash and wax before going under wraps for the winter ahead. While sailing on our boat we often debate a question that we've yet to come to an agreement on, "If we lived in an area where you could sail year round, would you appreciate the sailing experience as much or would you eventually just take it for granted and not sail as often as we do now?" I myself prefer the seasonal sail because when my boat comes out of the water, the fall aspect of sailing has just begun. I love working on my boat. There's nothing more relaxing than hanging out in a boatyard getting intimate with the engine and hull of your boat. The work is satisfying, you get to bond with your partner and on top of that there are lots of nice people you get to know working on their boats in the yard as well.
Along with the sailing season winding down, my position of Commodore for these last two years is coming to an end. You'll want to make sure you're at the November Banquet to congratulate the new officers as they take their positions. Terry Ries Commodore, Richard Roberts Vice Commodore, David Green Treasurer and Linda Kleitz Secretary. Good Luck to all of you in 2005 as you lead us through another exciting year. Members, now is the time to get on board to make 2005 happen. Let the new officers know which committee you're interested in running or helping out with. Along with bringing in the new officers, we'll do a "short" awards ceremony so that we get full benefit of the live music this year. So polish those dancing shoes and be prepared to twirl the night away. Jack and Lois have done a great job seeing to it that your banquet is going to be top notch. Don't miss the boat. Be there November 20th.
Christmas is coming soon and Fund Raising has all your Christmas gift worries taken care of. Mary Beth has created a new Catalina Logo that is just stunning. Along with the logo, Mary Beth and Linda have set up an array of gifts that you can purchase through fund raising with the beautiful logo on it. Jackets, blankets, hats, golf shirts, wine glasses, I could go on and on. The glass ware is beautifully etched and the blankets and such are in a multitude of colors. Look for your order form (with pictures of the products) in the November newsletter and on the Internet site. A huge Thanks to Mary Beth for all your time and creativity that went into producing for us a logo that truly represents Fleet 21.
I hope to see everyone at the last meeting of the year at Burnham. Come early for dinner- the menu selections have been wonderful. Next year we'll start meeting at Columbia as well. Those of you still in the water I hope you have many days left of beautiful fall weather. Anytime of the year Lake Michigan is a beautiful place to be. Whether it’s sailing or skiing I believe we appreciate each season for what it gives us and we make an effort to get the most out of what it is we're doing.

                                                             Deborah Ruxton, Commodore

After a summer of sailing, what could be better than wrapping the season up with good food, good friends, and good music.  We’ll have all that and more at our Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 20, at the William Tell Holiday Inn in Countryside, Illinois.  Tickets are $65 per person.  Your “official” invitation will arrive soon.

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. A complimentary hot breakfast buffet is included with your room. The William Tell also has a wonderful pool for our enjoyment.  To make reservations for either Friday, 11/19, or Sat., 11/20, phone the hotel at 708/354-4200. YOU MUST GIVE THE CODE C –21, as in (Catalina 21) to get our discount.

This year a live band adds to the glamour making the evening even more special. 
You won’t recognize your fellow fleet members in their evening wear!  Come and be dazzled!


We have one new member and one renewal to add to your 2004 Directory:

Phil Staffa
Boat name:  Genesis
Catalina 36  Sail #1869
Montrose Mooring F12

Dave and Mindy Gaddis
Boat name:  Sunshine
Catalina 30  Sail #3558
Michigan City Mooring 650


 Labor Day  in Michigan City
          By Ernie & Barb Miller
We had them coming by boat from Hammond, Chicago and New Buffalo (via Chicago), and by car—all at various times beginning on Thursday.  The group included:  Silent Dream, Ultimate Therapy, R-Joy, Wind Dancer, Sunshine, Serenity, Allegro, Windchill, Team Effort, Pivot Point, Ventura, Parrot Eyes, Whole Sailor, Quiet Island, Black Angel, Mission Accomplished, and Sweet Talk—and, arriving by water from Chicago Sunday morning around 3a.m. was Boogaloo who did a quick turn-around and headed back to Chicago before joining the group for breakfast.  Reason:  there were heavy weather warnings.

The highlight of the outing was a private tour of the Old Lighthouse Museum on Saturday, followed by a lovely buffet dinner for 41 of us at the Yacht Club.  After dinner we enjoyed seeing the pictures of the North Channel cruise.  Chuck Synowiec supplied the laptop and Marilyn Lucy and Cheryl Kuba did the narration.

Several boats left on Sunday morning because of the heavy weather forecast.  Those that stayed enjoyed seeing the Tri-State racers arrive and leave on Monday morning.  Several of us stayed through lunch on Monday and were rewarded by being drenched just as we set out the delicious food on the dock.

Labor Day in Michigan City always includes a celebration in Washington Park complete with continuous bands, carnival rides, and concession stands.  So there is always plenty to do.

We were grateful to have such good weather and we always enjoy the company of fellow Catalina sailors.

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
Listings must be received by the 1st of the month and will  run for 3 months.

FOR SALE: 1989/90 Catalina 34 #944.  Wing keel, standard rig, Hood roller furling with 150% Genoa jib, new Sails East power main with Dutchman, spinnaker, bimini, cockpit cushions, teak cockpit table & cup holder.  Navy blue canvas covers and interior cushions.  Full instruments – wind, speed, depth.  Autohelm.  H & C pressure water system, LPG stove, (2) deep cycle Group 27 batteries, shore power cable.  Moored in Monroe Harbor.  Steel cradle at Crowley’s YY.  Excellent condition!  Everything works!  Contact Barrett @ 630-363-8344.
FOR SALE:  1981 Catalina 25 Adios has the standard Catalina 25 interior layout, which provides cruising accommodations for six people. Pop-Top companionway provides extra headroom, light and ventilation. Autohelm ST 1000 Tiller Pilot; 2001 Johnson electric start 7.5 HP outboard engine (used only in 2002 and 2003 seasons); Blaupunkt stereo; all original manuals; more. Located at Crowley’s Yacht Yard.  $8,800.Please contact Ray Cesca at 630-789-3717 or Bruce Rosenzweig at 312-225-2046; Email:

FOR SALE:  1982 Catalina 27  Tall Rig  Includes 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


The Lake Michigan Catalina Association, LMCA, is having a Winery and Fall Color tour on October 16.  They have generously and cordially invited Fleet 21 members to join with them.  Fleet 21 tour will originate in Buchanan at Tabor Hill Wineries (I-94 to Bridgman Exit #16.  Go 1 mile to light at Bridgman, then east on Lake Street and follow the signs) at 10:00 a.m. Michigan time.  We will do the tour and taste at Tabor Hill and then have lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the Tabor Hill Restaurant.  After lunch, we will work our way to Paw Paw and stop at three or four more wineries (time permitting).  Then meet up with LMCA folks at 6:00 p.m. at the La Contina Restaurant in Paw Paw.  Fleet 21 members should make reservations with Madalyn Duerr at 708-429-0005 or
Find information about the southwest wineries at