Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

July 2006



There is no general meeting in July, instead we hope you are out enjoying your boat and the company of other Fleet members. While one group of Fleet boats is cruising Door County, others are getting together in local harbors.
If you have digital photos of your fun times, email them to for publication in future Fleet Sheets.

Yet to come this summer is the LMCA Rendezvous in Holland, Michigan on July 21 – 23 and the Hammond Marina Symphony Under the Stars outing on August 5. Our next general meeting is Tuesday, August 15 at the Burnham Park Yacht Club featuring model boats. See details inside.


Hopefully you have all had a few good sails in-between the scattered thunderstorms and cool weather. The month of June ended with a triple header for our fleet with the general meeting and flea market on Thursday, followed my a cool night on the Red Witch on Friday and topped off with a Gilligan’s Island themed party at Jackson Park Yacht Club. What a fun packed weekend.

This week brings many of us to the last minute details of preparing for the Door County Cruise. I personally am very excited about this new experience for me. As a novice in 2003, one of the main reasons I joined the Fleet was to learn about sailing and my Catalina sailboat. This trip will prove to be not only a lot of fun, but also educational for me as I absorb the combined knowledge and skills of many of our more experienced members.

The will be no meetings or outings in July but that does not mean that your club is not working for you. Programs and Outings are still being planned and will continue to be announced throughout the season in your Fleet Sheet and on the web. If you have an idea for a program, want to host an outing or just plain want to help out, please don’t hesitate to contact Brian Ruxton or Lori Lauraitis. They would be glad to hear from you.

The nominating committee for next year’s slate of officers has been formed and will be meeting prior to the August business meeting to choose their slate. If you have always wanted to be involved, jump in……the water is fine and the experience will be a memorable one. To express your interest, please contact Kathy Wold.

Wishing the best of sailing to you and your crew this season.

Richard “Rick” Roberts


The next general meeting is August 15 at the Burnham Park Yacht Club. If we have good wind and weather our evening will start about 6:30 p.m. in front of the Yacht Club with a demonstration of radio controlled sail boats. You’ll see just how much like our boats these small versions are! The boats and our speaker are from the Chicago Radio Controlled Sailing Club. The group tries to race at least once a week all summer long at Humboldt Park, Lincoln Park, and Montrose Harbor. Members build their own boats (Soling One Meters) and modify them to go fast (just like us!) . After the demonstration, we’ll hear what’s involved in building and racing these boats and how they are often used as prototypes for big boat modifications. It’s sure to be a fun evening!

Dinner at the yacht club will feature a limited menu. If you plan to have dinner please call the Yacht Club at 312-427-4664 for reservations. Tell them you are part of the Catalina group. Parking may be available in the old airport parking lot. At this point no concert is scheduled for Charter One Pavilion; for our June meeting we were able to park in the airport for free. No guarantees, but it is a good possibility.


Welcome aboard to the following new members:

Skipper: Laura Pager
First Mate: David Kelpsas
Chicago, IL 60612
Boat Info: Name: Andrea Marie Size: 27
Harbor: Burnham Mooring: O40

Skipper: Mike Moorman
First Mate: Gina Moorman
Chicago, IL 60611
Boat Info: Name: Yepuda Size: 380 Sail #: 198
Harbor: Burnham Mooring: H-2


It’s not too late to register for Chicago’s Leukemia Cup on 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 followed by a great party. Get your crew together and “let’s go racing!” For additional information or to sign up, contact racing chairman David Green at Dave Green  or at 219-988-2348. Sign up now at  to ensure that we have a Catalina start. This is a casual race—experience not necessary!


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

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, 773-294-2415, Bill Hoffman

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 $500. Dave DeAre 630-469-6117 or email : Dave

Don’t miss :

The Hammond Outing and Symphony Under the Stars

The next general meeting: August 15 with a demonstration of model sailboat racing

Red Witch Cruise

Catalina Fleet 21
Symphony Under the Stars
AUGUST 5, 2006
Hammond Marina

The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. with a casual stroll from the marina to the park with the popular "Rest Stop" along the way where snacks, wine, beer and soft drinks will be served. Upon arrival at the park, spread out your blanket
or set up your lawn chairs in the area specifically designated for Catalina Fleet 21 and enjoy a delicious box lunch which includes dessert and lots more liquid refreshments! Symphony Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Symphony/Dinner $10.00 per person

NOTE: You must call or e-mail Madalyn Duerr to make your reservations by August 1st
so that the appropriate number of box lunches can be ordered. 708/429-0005 or Madalyn

NOTE: Please contact the Hammond Marina directly to reserve a slip. (219/659-7678)
As most of you know, there are plenty of slips available this year in Hammond so request a slip on P DOCK.