Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

April 2005


Is Spring finally here?  The weather sure feels like it and my calendar keeps reminding me of all the work I have getting ready for boat launch day, so it must be.  I am sure each of you are all starting the spring commissioning process as well so good luck to all of you and may your preparation work and launch be done safely.

Thanks again to all who came out to the Saturday meeting at Crowley’s Sail-a-Palooza. We had some fine gifts donated for our raffle there, plus some more goodies for future meetings.  Thanks to Keith Church and company for accommodating us.  Keith is looking for feedback on the event, so let me know if you have any suggestions for improvement, as well as if you think we should continue having a meeting coinciding with this event.

Kathy Wold and her Outings committee are working hard on a fun-filled schedule events for this season.  We’ve included a preliminary outings schedule in this issue of the Fleet Sheet.  It’s very much a work in progress.  If you have an event you would like to see added, please contact the Outings Committee.  Or if you see an event listed that you’d like to help sponsor, contact the Outings Committee.  Sponsoring an event is not that difficult.  Basically, you decide on an event and a date.  You arrange for a place for boats to dock and figure out what people will do when they get there.  You could arrange for pizzas to be delivered,  haul people to a restaurant, plan a potluck.  You do not pay for food.  Generally those participating pay their own way.  If you need more information, again, call the committee.

I have to sign off for now as Barb and I have to finish packing as we leave for our San Juan cruise tomorrow morning.  We are looking forward to the trip, including a little sailing excursion. 

Remember our next General Meeting is Thursday 4/21/05 at Columbia Yacht Club.  See you there!

Terry Ries
Fleet 21 Commodore

What is more thrilling than seeing an arch of water welcoming boats to the harbor?  If you’re lucky you’ve seen that sight on the Chicago lakefront.  But fireboats do much more than that!   At our April General Meeting on Thursday, April 21, you can learn all about the history and duties of fireboats in Chicago.  From 1999-2001 Chicago fireboats responded to 415 calls for assistance.  That’s a lot of interesting stories!  Hear what those calls were all about and find out what you can do to prevent a fire on your boat. 
This meeting is at the Columbia Yacht Club which is located  in the ship between Monroe and DuSable Harbors.  You can park in the Field Harbor Parking garage (map enclosed) or park in the underground Monroe lot.  You can get your Field Harbor parking ticket validated at Columbia for a reduced parking rate.  Enjoy dinner at Columbia beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Make a reservation by calling 312-938-3625.  Tell them you are with the Catalina group.  By 8:00 make your way to the upstairs meeting room

Welcome aboard to the following new member:
Skipper:    Thomas Bohler
First Mate: Colette Foley
Boat Info:  Size:  25   Name:  Posen Ivy
 Harbor:  Ice Harber Marina, WA

Please note the change of address for
Joseph O'Connor


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

FOR SALE:  1981 Catalina 25. Adios  .Cruising accommodations for six people with the standard Catalina 25 layout.  Lots of extra headroom, light and ventilation with the Pop Top companionway.  New 2001 Johnson electric start 7.5 HP outboard engine (used only in 2002 and 2003 seasons). Relax with the Autohelm ST 1000 Tiller Pilot.  Listen to the Blaupunkt stereo.  All original manuals are still available.  Located at Crowley’s Yacht Yard at 2500 S. Corbett St.  $8,800. Please contact Bruce Rosenzweig or George Gaw at 312- 225-2046 or Ray Cesca at 630-789-3717. Email:

FOR SALE: Catalina 27 1982 Tall Rig W/ Universal 5411 Diesel, Wheel, Auto Pilot-Raytheon 3000, Harken Furler, NEW Doyle main full batten sail w/2 reefs – NEW Doyle 150% Genoa, Storm Jib (never used), spinnaker (used 3 times), NEW Signet SL250 electronics, NEW Princess gimbaled LPG stove (needs LPG bottle hook up), NEWly recovered blue corduroy upholstering cabin cushions, NEW Catalina curtains, NEW interior lights (hi-intensity-low wattage, most have two levels), bottom painted Spring 2004. Over $5000 of upgrades in 2004. Boat in Chicago.  $14,500. Richard 312/749-1144 or  Photos

This is just the start of a great summer!
We need sponsors; we need ideas.  But this will get you in the mood!  Call Kathy Wold at 630-964-7004 or Gwen Anderson at 708-386-6041 to volunteer your time, or your ideas.

5/28     Memorial Day Margarita Party Burnham Park Yacht Club
Sponsors: Sheryks and Lauraitis

5/29 Bike the Drive –join us in a 15 or 30mile bike ride on Lake Shore Drive
Sponsors: Ries

6/11      Outing at Montrose, function to be determined
Sponsor: Roberts

7/9-10   Michigan City Weekend
Sponsor: Luthers

July       St. Joe,Michigan Venetian night –looking for sponsor

7/16-17  LMCA Rendezvous,   Holland Michigan

7/29-31  Hammond Pirogi Fest Weekend
 Sponsors: Hammond P Dock Group

8/13-14   North Point Venetian Night
  Sponsors: Rafas

Aug TBD Montrose Harbor, Tour the Boats of Fleet 21
Sponsors Kuba, Roberts and Wold,
Labor Day weekend in Michigan City
Sponsors:  Luthers and others  
Optional – Halloween Party in Oct


Former Fleet Member and sister to Dorothy Hartmann, Phyllis Willis, passed away recently. 
Phyllis enjoyed many Fleet events and will be missed.  Our condolences to Dorothy and Wally.

The fleet also sends condolences to Pat Schaeffer on the death of her mother.