Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

February 2006


Strictly Sail is sure a great way to get sailing on the mind. Hopefully you had a chance to attend some seminars and add to your wish lists. The greatest thing for me at the show was the Fleet21 booth. David DeAre did a great job with positioning our booth for maximum exposure, scheduling our volunteers and creating a display board representing some of the things that we are about. The sharp looking new brochure that Pat Shereyk and Carolyn DeAre put together was in time for the show and well received. Another big draw to our booth was the slide show of club activities that Bob Kuba put together and cleverly projected on the hull of a Catalina 309 next to our booth. We got a few new members at the show thanks to these efforts and will surely get more from some of the people that picked up brochures. Great job everyone and a big thanks to all of our volunteers.

The Winter Rendezvous was a big hit again this year thanks to Madalyn Duerr’s extraordinary efforts. The event was well attended by Fleet21 and LMCA members and Phillip & Mary Jane Klein won Frank Butler’s generous gift of the use of his villa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. There are a total of 4 bedrooms, so you might want to become their new best friend soon.

Brian Ruxton and David DeAre have volunteered to run programs for us this year. They have a lot of great ideas to work with and we are already planned through April. This month we will be entertained by the Kastle’s of the Mariners Festival fame, next month is SailPalooza and April we will be meeting at UK Sail’s loft to see how they make sails.

We will also be adding some fun sailing races to some of our outings this season and these will be put together by David Green and Bill Luksha.

General meetings this year are going to be held at Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club during the off-season and at the Burnham Harbor Yacht Club during the sailing season. Burnham has very graciously accepted David DeAre’s request to let us use their facility again this year for meetings in spite of the fact that hosting our group is often a loosing proposition for them. To prevent this from happening in the future, I would really like to see more of us get together for dinner prior to our meetings and please make sure to call in your reservation prior so they can properly plan food and staff. BHYC supports Fleet21. Let’s show our appreciation by supporting BHYC.

Just nine more weeks and I will be taking my river trip to Montrose. I hope to see you on water soon.

Richard “Rick” Roberts

Have you renewed your Fleet 21 membership? A renewal form is included in this newsletter. Please fill it out completely even if your information has not changed.

Welcome aboard to the following new members who joined at Strictly Sail:

Skipper: Raymond Kalinsky
First Mate: Sylvia Kalinsky
Palos Hills, IL 60465
Boat Name: Little Miss Magic Size: 36
Harbor: Burnham Mooring: E-21

Skipper: Wayne Eisel
First Mate: Kathy Eisel
Crystal Lake, IL 60014-8395
Boat Name: Carpe Datum Size: 25
Harbor: Northpoint Mooring: J-100
E-mail: crosstalk

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 . Phone: 630-469-6117
Ads will run for two issues unless requested otherwise.

FOR SALE: Catalina 30, Rhapsody, 1988, one owner. Constantly updated, including upholstery, sails, instruments, bimini, even newer white mast. $36,900. Walt Ahern (847) 358-4295, (847) 922-6766

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: r.cesca .

Chicago Maritime Festival

Saturday, March 11, 2006


Our General Meeting on Tuesday, February 21, will feature the sea shanties and tales of Tom and Chris Kastle. Tom and Chris Kastle are singers, sailors, songwriters and storytellers, internationally acclaimed for their interpretations of traditional material as well as their original works. They have performed at festivals, concerts, and on radio and television throughout the United States and in Canada and Europe.
In 1985 they started to pursue sailing as a way of life and have experienced, first-hand, the traditions and cultural diversity of life at sea, serving as crew aboard tall ships and other traditional sailing vessels. Tom and Chris are also founders and directors of the Chicago Maritime Festival. They’ll update us on that event which is scheduled for Saturday, March 11.

Our meeting this month is at the Corinthian Yacht Club at Montrose Harbor. The club will open by 7:00 p.m. We’ll begin a short business meeting about 7:30 p.m. and the Kastles will begin their program about 8 p.m. We’ll have dessert and coffee, but dinner is not served at the club. Parking is free. The Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club is located at 601 W. Montrose Drive, Chicago Il 60613

From Down Town:
Take Lake Shore Drive North to Montrose at the end of the ramp turn right the club is .07 miles on the right hand side of the street.
From North:
Take Lake Shore Drive South to Montrose at the end of the ramp continue straight to Montrose Ave turn left the club is .08 miles on the right hand side of the street.
From Suburbs:
Take I90 East to Irving Park Road, turn left to go East. Continue East to Lake Shore Drive North Take Lake Shore Drive North to Montrose at the end of the ramp turn right the club is .07 miles on the right hand side of the street.

Upcoming general meetings:

March 25
Crowley's Yacht Yard
This one day event features new products in the Ship's Store, free seminars, give-aways, and a Nautical Donation flea market.

UK Sails
April 18
See how sails are made with this visit to a sail loft. Details to come.


We at CLR Marine would like to invite all those members that have a boat for sale to please feel free to list it on our website also. You may also place one picture on the site at no cost. We are happy to announce that we are now a Universal, Westerbeke and Hurth dealer. Remember that you get a 6% discount off of all purchases over $100.00. You will not find products from Garhauer Marine or Universal engine parts at a better price.

Chuck & Linda Reed
Silent Dream
1983 Cat-36 Hull # 91