Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

April 2006

April 2006


We would all be power boaters if not for the fine art of sailmaking. Come and see how a sail is manufactured today as the Fleet holds its April General Meeting at UK’s Chicago Sail Loft on Tuesday, April 18.
UK-Halsey Chicago is a full production and repair facility located at 2323 S. Michigan Avenue. Our private tour of their facilities will include a walk through of the entire process of making a sail. And this is the time to get all your sail-related questions answered. What fabrics are out there and what’s best for cruising or racing? How can you tell when a sail needs to be replaced? How long should a sail last? What’s involved in converting to a roller-furling main?
We’ll meet at the sail loft at 7:00 p.m. There is plenty of safe on street parking. After our tour and a question and answer period (maybe around 8:30 p.m.), we’ll adjourn to Connie’s Pizza for a group dinner. Connie’s is located at 2372 S. Archer Avenue.
Next month we’ll take another field trip—this time to the new Chicago Coast Guard station. That meeting is scheduled for May 16. Mark your calendars now.


The Commodore is on vacation. I’m going away this weekend…so in order to get you the newsletter in time for you to attend the April 18 meeting we are going to press without the Commodore’s message. Maybe next month’s message will be twice as long!

You don’t need the Commodore to tell you that the sailing season is coming! Our Outings Committee is working on a calendar of fun activities. They need your help with ideas and they need people to step forward and say they will sponsor an outing at their harbor. Here’s what’s happening so far. If you don’t see anything on the calendar for your harbor, call the committee today.

Summer 2006

May 27         Margarita Party/ Burnham Harbor
May 28         Bike the Drive We’ll bike as a group. Register at
June 17         Jackson Park Outing
June 23         Fleet cruise on the schooner Red Witch
June 30–9     Taste of Chicago
July 1– 5       Fleet cruise to Door County
July 13–16    St. Joe Venetian Festival
July 16          Race to Mackinac
July 21-23     LMCA Catalina Rendezvous at Lake Macatawa, Holland, MI
July 29          Chicago Venetian Night
August 3–9    Tall Ships Chicago
August 19-20  Chicago Air & Water Show
August 26      Leukemia Cup Race
Sept. 2 – 4     Labor Day in Michigan City


Welcome aboard to the following new member :

Skipper: Edward Stein
First Mate: Mildred
Chicago, IL 60611
Boat Info: Name: Doghouse IV Size: 36 Harbor: Monroe Mooring:
N - E65v

WesTrec’s contract with the Chicago Park District
was extended for one more year. Waiting lists for transfers and more than 700 new applicants make it important for you to pay fees on time or risk losing your slip. Sanitation inspections will be performed
as last year.

Spend an afternoon racing and help a good cause.
Chicago’s Leukemia Cup is Saturday, August 26.
This annual fund -raising event includes racers of all types including Cruising sailors. We have the opportunity to have our own Fleet start in this race if we have enough interest. The entry fee which goes to the fight against leukemia is $50. Racing begins around 1:30 p.m. and ends around 3:30 p.m. Get your crew together and “let’s go racing!” For additional information or to sign up, contact racing chairman David Green at  or at 219-988-2348.

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   Ads will run for two issues unless requested otherwise.

FOR SALE: Lewmar 36” folding wheel. Leather covered. Used one season on our Catalina 30. Worked great! Fits Edson pedestal. West Marine price $799.99. Will sell for $600 OBO. Dave DeAre 630-469-6117 or email :

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 9.9 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 $8,000. Please contact Ray Cesca at 630-789-3717. Email: .

FOR SALE: Catalina 400, 1998, one owner, excellent condition. Most comfortable boat ever. King sized platform bed in aft cabin. Cockpit holds 10-12 people comfortably. Custom velveteen upholstery, two heads, shower in both. Radar, chart plotter, GPS, electric winch for all halyards, dodger/bimini, everything you need. Stored at Skipper Buds in Winthrop Harbor. Asking $165K. Bill Hoffman 773-208-9089 or 773-294-2415, .