Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

October 2005

What vacation destination is hurricane free, frequented by many members of Fleet 21, boasts hundreds of lush, remote islands with waterfalls and clear blue waters and – is a great 1, 100 mile round-trip sail? The North Channel. Join some of the captains and crew of the North Channel 2004 as they share some of their best and worst North Channel stories at our October 18th general meeting.

As many of us move up and trade up to larger Catalina’s, we look for sailing destinations a little further outside our own back doors of Lake Michigan. Your fellow fleet members who were part of the2004 flotilla were from Mission Accomplished, More Therapy, Quiet Island, Silent Dream, and Weal Sea, with crew assistance from Wind Dancer & Cat Ballou. You’ll see some wonderful pictures of breathtaking scenery, and hear just how much expertise was needed to navigate some of the shallow waters. They may even share a story, or two, about—running aground.

You’ll also find out about sailing in a flotilla, chartering a boat once you get there, the best places to pick blueberries, and the importance of ECP’s (emergency cocktail parties). If you’ve ever considered sailing north into Canada and the chain of islands known as the North Channel, this is one general meeting not to be missed.

The meeting is on Tuesday, October 18 at the Burnham Park Yacht Club. The yacht club is located at 1500 S. Linn White Drive (follow the signs to the Museum Campus) and take the road that used to go to Meigs Field. The club is on the right just before the old Meigs park lot. We will make every effort to have access to the parking lot adjoining the yacht club, but we cannot guarantee it will be available. Many people park in the old airport parking lot without any problems. Parking in the nearby pay lot should also be available. The evening begins with dinner at the club at 6:30 p.m. We’ll have a reasonably priced limited menu. The Club will be open just for our group. Call 312-427-4664 to make reservations. We’ll have a brief business meeting (including election of officers) starting around 8 p.m. followed immediately by the program.
The 2006 slate of officers is as follows:
Commodore – Richard Roberts Vice Commodore – Kathy Wold
Secretary – Linda Kleitz Treasurer – Ed Jakubas
Nominations also accepted from the floor.


All things change...the sailing season is over for most of us. We are getting ready to de-commission our boats for another winter, and we probably are all transitioning to the winter events of our Fleet 21 organization and holidays with family and friends. But Fleet 21 is not done for the year yet! Please come to our last General Meeting, Tuesday 10/18/05 at Burnham Park Yacht Club. Call ahead for dinner reservations as they are opening the club just for Fleet 21, so let's support the yacht club's work! Our agenda will include voting on our slate of officers for the 2006 year, and our program will be an informative presentation on the North Channel Cruising Experience, by none other than our Fleet 21 members, the Wolds and the Kubas.

Remember Fleet 21 will be joining the Corinthian Yacht Club at Montrose Harbor on Saturday 10/29/05 for a Halloween Costume party! Check out the flyer for details. Fleet 21 Board of Directors recently agreed to help Corinthian Yacht Club by sharing in some of the expenses, however we suggest a $25.00 donation from each Fleet 21 couple that plans to attend to help the club's support for this event. Bring your Party donation to the next meeting, or send directly to David Green our Fleet 21 Treasurer.
Also, plan to attend our end of the year party, our Fleet 21 Banquet 11/19/05; probably our last time this year for many of us to get together for great food, drink, dancing to live music, and friendship. See you there.

Again, thanks to everyone for participating in the telephone opinion survey. If you haven’t been contacted yet, expect a call in the next few days. The feedback we achieved will help us direct Fleet 21's future to meet our widespread and changing needs.
See you at the parties!
Your Commodore
Terry Ries

Please make the following changes to your membership directories:

Change of address for Jennifer Schwarz
and Dick Bek:
P.O. Box 6276
Wauconda, IL 60084

Add an email address for Jack and Lois
Bretall (that’s not a misprint!)

Put away those boat shoes and dig out the dancing slippers! It’s time for the Fleet 21 Annual Banquet.
Good food, open bar, great friends, a raffle for a two night stay at Lincolnshire and a band that makes you get up and enjoy yourself—all that is promised for Saturday, November 19, at the William Tell Holiday Inn in Countryside, Illinois. Tickets are $60 per person. Your “official” invitation will arrive soon, but plan now to attend!

Make it a really special event and stay overnight.
The special hotel room rate of $89 includes a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. To make reservations for a room call the hotel at 708-354-4200. Give the code C21 (as in Catalina Fleet 21) to get the special rate.

Earlier this year the Fleet donated money from our specially designated Mariner’s Fund to send four students from the Uhlich Children’s Advantage Network to swimming lessons and then to participate in the Chicago Park District sailing program for youth. We recently received the following thank you from Gary Koenig the Director of Resource Development

Dear Terry,
Our youth had a wonderful experience with their sailing experience thanks to the generosity of Catalina Fleet 21. In fact, combined with the swimming lessons and the sailing lessons they were far more efficient than he youth last year.

To thank the Fleet seems insufficient; your generosity to UCAN goes beyond the bound of benevolence. Realizing that swimming lessons were somewhat beyond the charter of philanthropic giving for your members, it did wonders to help in self-esteem and comfortableness in the water. Not to mention that they thoroughly enjoyed the lessons….We are grateful for the experience you afforded our youth.

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: 1998 Catalina 400. Our treasured 400 is for sale, we are moving out of state. Original owners asking $165,000. For a spec sheet, please contact Bill Hoffman at 773-208-9089 or In the water at North Point Marine, Winthrop Harbor, IL till end of October, 2005.

FOR SALE: 1988 Catalina 27. Tall rig. Wing keel,.
GPS, Autohelm 4000, 150 Hood furling genoa, wheel. Self-tailing winches, 2 new marine batteries, cradle. Fully equipped inside and out. Ready to sail! $18,500. Currently docked at slip 643, Washington Park Marina, Michigan City. Call Barb or Ernie Miller 219-926-6673 or email:

FOR SALE: Alcort Sunfish Sailboat. 14 ft. Fully equipped. In excellent condition with trailer. It’s ready to go.
Walter Wolf 708-799-4705

FOR SALE: DRS multi color light weight sail for a Catalina 30. Flown like an asymmetrical spinnaker. $500. 5hp Nissan outboard purchased 2001. Very low hours and 9’6” West Marine inflatable. Roll up with aluminum floor. 1994. Plus cover. $1300 or best offer. 40” Edson SS Destroyer wheel $250 or best offer. Call Ron at 312-664-3648 or email at saleboater2aolcom

FOR SALE: Yanmmar YSE12. Good running condition. Repowered my Catalina 30. $450.
8 foot Eli Laminatic dingy. $100.00
2.5 hp Cruise & Carry motor. Like new, hardly used. $300. Call Joseph Richart 815-943-5696

FOR SALE: 8' folding boat, with sail kit. Folds to 4" X 24" X 8' ; I had it strapped to the forward lifelines of my Catalina 30. Can be sailed, rowed, or powered with a small outboard. Includes paddle, rudder/tiller, leeboards, all rigging, mainsail, and added jib for easier tacking. $1400. Call Mike Levine at 847-475-4249; email: Pictures at

FOR SALE: 1981 Catalina 25. Adios. Ready to Sail! Cruising accommodations for six people with the standard Catalina 25 layout. Lots of extra headroom, light and ventilation with the Pop Top companionway. 2001 Johnson electric start
9.9 HP outboard engine (used only in 2002 and 2003 seasons). Autohelm ST 1000 Tiller Pilot. Blaupunkt stereo, All original manuals. $8,000.
Currently at Crowley's Yacht Yard. Please contact Ray Cesca at 630-789-3717
Email: or Bruce Rosenzweig and George Gaw at 312-225-2046 Email:

FOR SALE: 1982 Catalina 27. Tall rig w/Universal `15411 diesel, wheel, autopilot, Harken furler. Doyle main full batten sail w/2 reefs, Doyle 150% genoa, storm jib (never used), spinnaker (used 3 times). Signet SL250 electronics. Princess gimbaled LPG stove (needs LPG bottle hook up). Re-covered blue corduroy upholstered cabin cushions. Catalina curtains. Interior lights (hi-intensity-low wattage, most have two levels). Bottom painted spring 2004.
Boat in Chicago. $12, 500. Contact Richard Roberts 312-749-1144 or


Dear Fleet 21,

As many of you know, Pete has been recently diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). It has been a rough summer but all your prayers, cards, notes, well wishes and support have helped us get through these difficult times more than you could possibly imagine.

Thanks so much from the bottom of our hearts for being such thoughtful and caring friends!

Much love,
Madalyn & Pete

Dear Fleet 21,

Thank you to everyone who sent cards and condolences to us on the death of Dave’s father. It is a comfort to both of us to have your concern and support.

Carolyn and Dave DeAre



Lori Lauraitis attends these meetings. She reports the following:

*Westrec contract expires at the end of the year and is up for bid. They hope to be awarded another contract.
* Karen Rodriquez, Burnham Harbor, was recognized as the Marina Manager of the Year.
*Burnham Harbor reported that the concert venue was very noisy—depending on the wind direction. A bike underpass is planned under Solidarity Drive.
*The old Coast Card Station is reopening as the Chicago Marine Safety Station.
*Planning meetings are underway to explore expanding the Chicago Harbor system. It is estimated that 1000 more boat slips will be needed in the next decade.