Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

March 2005

Signs of spring are everywhere:  two robins spotted during our last mini snowstorm; marine catalogs in the mail; a postcard from Hammond with a scheduled launch date—and our annual Fleet Shopping event! This year we’ll be doing our group shopping at Crowley’s Sail-a-Palooza on Satuday, March 26.

Crowley’s Sail-a-palooza  traditionally features great prices (the best for bottom paint) and in additional has lots of free seminars, entertainment,  demonstrations, and more.  You can shop from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Crowley promises deals on such items as:  Edson Marine, Wheel trade in Special;  Selden Mast, Furlex Special; Forespar, Spinnaker Pole Special; Edson, Steering Station Accessories;  Raymarine, C80 Display; Lewmar, Folding Wheel; The North Face, Venture Strider Jacket.

Seminars are planned on such topics as  upgrading your deck hardware; Edson Steering Systems-maintenance, upgrades, & repairs; winch maintenance; topsides repair & maintenance; running rigging; marine diesel engines, and more.  Check out Crowley’s web page at for a complete list.
There’s also a Nautical Flea Market sponsored by Nautical Donations. 

At 2 p.m. we’ll get together as a Fleet for our General Meeting (Crowley’s has promised us a tent). At the end of the day, we’ll find a nearby restaurant and have dinner together.

This event is at Crowleys new yacht yard at 3434 East 95th Street.

VIA I-94/ Skyway Take I-94 to the Skyway. Exit the Skyway at the 92nd Street (the first exit after you pay the toll) Left at 92nd Street, go 1 block to South Chicago Blvd Right on South Chicago ½ mile to 95th Street Left on 95th Street, Go over the Calumet River on the 95th Street bridge Crowley’s Yacht Yard entrance is 1 block on the right side

VIA I-94/Bishop Ford Take I-94 to the 95th / 103rd / Stony Island Avenue exit Bear left on the exit ramp to 95th Street Right on 95th Street to Crowley’s Yacht Yard entrance, 1 block on the left side

VIA Lake Shore Drive Take Lake Shore Drive South to 67th / Marquette Blvd. (just past Jackson Park Harbor) Lake Shore Drive turns into South Shore Drive (Rt 41) Follow the Rt 41 signs to 95th Street Right on 95th Street to Crowley’s Yacht Yard entrance, 1 on the left side

VIA Lake Shore Drive / South Chicago Take Lake Shore Drive south to the 57th Street Museum of Science & Industry exit Right on 57th Drive which becomes Cornell Ave. Follow Cornell Ave. until it merges with Stony Island Blvd. Continue south on Stony Island Blvd. to South Chicago Blvd. (just after the Skyway entrance ramp) Stay in the left lanes Left on South Chicago Blvd. to 95th Street Left on 95th Street, Go over the Calumet River on the 95th Street bridge Crowley’s Yacht Yard entrance is 1 block on the right side


How is everyone doing?  If you are like me, I make it through the "non-sailing" season with extra reading, a few trips to boat, gazing at last year's boat pictures, and of course seeing our Fleet 21 sailing friends at meetings. 

I just finished the book, Blown Away by Herb Payson, describing his family's journey's in the mid 1970's traveling to Australia and back.  Same sport, but much simpler equipment than we have today, yet just as much fun.  It reminded me of what I miss most about this sport:  the peace, serenity and endless passing of time while out on the waves.  We all have busy lives which we love, but in winter I miss the sailing "escape."   In the book, Herb describes an English couple they met who always had extremely long passages compared with all the others.  The reason?  They always took time in the afternoon, dropped sails and drifted while they enjoyed High Tea.  Now there is someone who really enjoys the journey as much as the destination! Good example for all of us.

Speaking of friends, I believe we had a good meeting last month at Burnham Park Yacht Club, with our Whadya Know? program. Mike and the kitchen crew put out one of their better menus and served us well.  A special thanks to Dave DeAre, Jack Bretall and Pete Duerr, our panel of experts for our Whadya Know program, who answered all of our burning questions on sail trim, boat maintenance, docking, and sailing in general.  Barb Ries also directed a successful used book raffle to carryon our evening's education theme.  Good job Fleet 21!

While on the topic of boats and gear, be sure and join us at our next General Meeting, Saturday 3/26/05 at Crowleys Yacht's new store and yard on the south side.  Our meeting will coincide with their annual Sail-A-Palooza event, so we can all stock up on our latest clothing, electronic gear, bottom paint, etc. at great savings.  Crowley's will also offer some fine gifts for our raffle, so make sure you pick plenty of tickets so you can cash in on the prizes.  Kathy, Gwen and Cheryl have been busy lining up our outing schedule which they will discuss at this meeting so don't miss this one! See you there.

 Terry Ries
 AKA  Mr. “C”

Last call!  Your 2005 Fleet membership is due today!  Your name will not appear in the 2005 Directory if your renewal is not received by April1 and this will be the last issue you receive of the  Fleet Sheet.

Membership renewal forms were included in the January and February newsletters.  It is available on our Fleet website or contact the membership committee:  Pat & Ron Shereyk   708-645-1957

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: Cruising Spinnaker.
UK "Flasher" Cruising Spinnaker for Catalina 36 or Catalina 34 Tall Rig.  Complete with turtle, and chute scoop. Colors yellow and red-orange.
 Absolutely perfect condition!   Carefully used only on non-raining Sundays by a non-racer for a total of about 50 hours.  All you need is a halyard and two blocks and you are ready to go.  Reason for sale - too small for our new Catalina.  First offer over $1,000 takes it.   Contact:  Phill & Maryjane Klein  formerly C34 "Andiamo-#977", now C380 "EASY2-#314" -

Thanks to Mike Walsh's recent donation, Fleet 21 has a "better than new" folding bicycle that will go to a lucky Fleet Member.  The bike is a 20" wheel, North Woods folding bicycle, which would be great for taking along on your lake crossings or just riding around Chicago's harbor trails.  Bike is in top condition, almost never used so be sure and invest in some raffle tickets for this one!  We will begin selling tickets at the Sail-A-Palooza event, through the April and May meetings. The drawing will be held at the Margarita Party at Burnham Park on Memorial Day weekend.  Don't miss out!

On March 4, 2005, the Catalina Fleet 21 Chicago Region Board unanimously approved the funding of four students from the Uhlich Children’s Advantage Network (UCAN) to take swimming lessons and to participate in the Chicago Park Districts ‘Rainbow Fleet Sailing Program for Youth’ to be held this coming summer. 

Last year the Mariner’s Fund sponsored two students for the sailing program.  The students learned sailing and racing basics, theory, and sailing terminology.  Emphasis was placed on learning to sail in a safe and enjoyable environment.  The two UCAN students who participated were extremely grateful for this opportunity to broaden their view of life and hone new skills.

More students were unable to participate due to insufficient swimming skills.  Hence, the Board decided this year to provide funds for four students to take swimming lessons at the local YMCA in hopes that they would be qualified to enter the sailing program.

The cost of the swimming lessons is $30.00 for each child and cost for the sailing course is $200.00 each.  Therefore, the total 2005 monetary gift from the Catalina Fleet 21 Mariner’s Service Fund will be $920.00.  These funds will be disbursed from the Mariner’s Fund as the UCAN students participate in the two programs.

Memorial gifts and/or personal donations are always welcome in Mariner’s Fund.  This helps build the fund so our club can continue making meaningful gifts.  Thanks to all those who have contributed in the past, and know that our gift this year will allow a few disadvantaged children to experience the joy of sailing.