Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago
LIGHTHOUSES OF THE GREAT
Can you name these two Lake Michigan lighthouses? More than 80 lighthouses dot
the shoreline of the Great Lakes. How many can you recognize or better yet, how
many have you seen? Our September General Meeting will expand your knowledge of
these beautiful guardians as photographer George Reuss shares his slides and
knowledge of lighthouses. George, an amateur photographer has spent many
delightful days traveling and photographing lighthouses around the world. He’ll
show us great lighthouse slides while he recounts interesting facts and
histories about each one.
The meeting is Tuesday, September 19, at the Burnham Park Yacht Club. The Yacht
Club will again offer a limited menu of moderately priced items. Come early and
have dinner. Call the Yacht Club at 312-427-4664 for reservations. Our meeting
will begin at 8:00 p.m. Parking may be available in the old airport parking lot.
As far as we can tell nothing is scheduled for Charter One Pavilion. For our
August meeting we were able to park in the airport for free. No guarantees, but
it is a good possibility.
And mark your calendars now for October 20 and our next general meeting. That
meeting will feature two former Fleet members who , as the phrase goes, are
living the dream. They sold everything and headed off for Key West and beyond in
their Catalina sailboat. Sue and Scott Welty and their cat Gracie left Chicago
in June 2005. Many of you have followed their adventures on their blog (there’s
a link to it on our website at http://www.catfleet21.org.) Scott and Sue will be
in Chicago this fall and have agreed to talk to the Fleet about their Big
Adventure. Don’t miss this one! We’ll meet at Montrose Corinthian Yacht Club.
More details next month, but the plan right now is to get together early for
pizza followed by Scott & Sue’s presentation. Also at that meeting Fleet member
Cheryl Kuba will be signing and selling her newest book during the cocktail and
pizza hour of our October meeting. A donation of $5.00 for every book sold will
be made to the Fleet's Mariners' Fund. Book price: $19.95.
Navigating the Journey of Aging Parents: What Care Receivers Want, is the first
book about caregiving to consider the topic from the parents’ perspective.
You'll also see some relatives of a few fleet members included in the book as
well. Navigating the Journey discusses elder care issues including guilt, role
reversal, changing family dynamics, financial stress, and caring for oneself
while caring for another. Getting a parent to give up the car keys, personal
care issues, and advance directives are just some of the issues caregivers face.
This book draws on numerous interviews with aging people, and discusses common
caregiver mishaps and misinterpretations; what a caregiver should expect when an
aging parent moves in; and how to care for an aging parent from afar. This book
is a must for anyone on the giving side of care. Cheryl will also be handing out
free Senior Resource Guides
A MESSAGE FROM THE
The signs have been everywhere, but I haven’t been acknowledging any of them.
The longer and cooler nights, the Michigan City Labor Day outing, the change in
the direction of our conversations at business meetings from planning events,
towards November’s banquet, awards, next year’s slate of officers…..but none of
these things has brought to mind the end of another sailing season so undeniably
as the little packet I got from Canal Street Marina this week with the bridge
schedule and haul out dates for this winter’s stay on the hard. Now my thoughts
are finally starting to turn to what is becoming a long list of little things
that XanZaMar needs before her winter rest.
I also found myself reflecting on this sailing season’s past events and how well
so few worked so hard for so many us. I would like to especially acknowledge
Lori Lauraitis, her team and the hosts of our outings for providing the venues
that made it so enjoyable to get together with our sail minded friends. Brian
Ruxton, with David DeAre’s help, put together some of the most interesting and
widely attended meeting programs I have seen to date and Carolyn DeAre and Bob
Kuba have done a great job keeping us informed of club events in the Fleet Sheet
and on our website. I hope we are fortunate enough to have the same caliber of
people putting together equally well-received events next season.
But wait, this season is not over yet. This month’s general meeting will include
a program presented by George Reuss that Carolyn DeAre signed up for us. He will
be presenting his works of classic lighthouse photos while giving us a little
history on each one. The business part of the meeting will include the
presentation of the slate of officers for 2007 from our nominating committee. We
will all have the opportunity to comment and vote on their slate as well as any
nominations from the floor at this meeting so please make sure you attend and
October’s meeting brings us a chance to see and hear what Scott and Sue Welty
have been doing since they sailed off into the horizon in June 2005. I have
found their blog very enjoyable and of course at times it turns my thoughts to
wondering (fantasizing ) what it would be like to make such a large turn in
one’s life journey as they have. We will all get a chance to talk first hand to
two past club members about a journey that started with a dream and a Catalina
30. This meeting will be on October 20th at the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club
and include an open cash bar and pizza to be delivered to the club (details to
The Fleet 21 Banquet this year is going to be on November 11th at
Chicago Yacht Club’s Belmont Station. This facility came highly recommended
by our banquet committee early in the year and was approved shortly there after
unanimously. Most recently a few of our members had an opportunity to meet and
dine at the club and were most impressed with the facility, the staff, the
quality of food and service and most of all the excellent lake views from the
club’s new site location. This should be quite a venue to bid farewell to
another sailing season and celebrate with friends while we eat, drink, dance and
look at the lake we long to be on. I hope to see everyone there.
Richard “Rick” Roberts
Leukemia Cup Regatta
Six boats and 18 Fleet members participated in the Leukemia Cup Regatta on
Saturday, August 26. It was great to have our own start of just Catalina boats:
one 30’, one 320, one 34’, and three 36’.
Pictured above are the winners of the Catalina section with their brag flags:
1st Place Pat Reynolds and Linda Sadlowski, Karizmaddie; 2nd Place David and
Robin Green, Baysic Necessity and 3rd Place Ray and Sylvia Kalinsky, Little Miss
Magic. Other boats that participated were Wally and Dorothy Hartmann on Seahorse
with Millie Fritschle and Nick Thies; Carolyn and Dave DeAre on Overdue with Ron
and Pat Shereyk and John and Lori Lauraitis, and Ed and Lucy Jakubas on
After the race, boats tied up in front of the Chicago Yacht Club for a bar-b-que,
awards, and dancing. A Friday night pre-race party at the Chicago Yacht Club
Belmont Station featured great food, free rum drinks, and a preview of the
locale of the Fleet banquet. It is great!
All participants agreed it was a fun race and a good time. All we need next year
is more of you to join in!
Michigan City Outing
Sept. 2 & 3 sponsored by Branson & Danita Stone
On Saturday the fleet met in the harbor pavilion for an old fashion Ice Cream
Social. Everyone enjoyed making their own ice cream sundae. Later that evening
the group went to the Michigan City Yacht Club for dinner.
On Sunday the fleet began the day with Plastic Bag Omelets, bagels, coffee and
Allegro and Quiet Island sailed over. Others attending were: Baroness, Baysic
Necessity, Bleed’n Green, C-Rose, C’scape, Finesse, O’Henry, Rjoy, Overdue, Team
Effort, and Weak Moment.
Branson & Danita’s Bag Omelets
The omelets are simple
and easy to make. Take a zip-lock sandwich bag, add two eggs and
what ever other ingredients you desire. We offered mushrooms,
cheese, green pepper, tomato, and ham. Close the bag and mix up all
of the items, then open a corner and squeeze out all of the air,
re-seal the bag. Put in a pot of boiling water for 13 minutes. If
you are doing several at a time, use a permanent maker for initials.
The remodeled Chicago Yacht Club
facility at Belmont Harbor
Our Annual Fleet Banquet is always the highlight of the sailing season. This
year it is scheduled for November 11 at the
Belmont Station of the Chicago Yacht Club. If you have never attended this
event, this should be the year you do! To get you making plans here are some
frequently asked questions about the event:
• What do I wear?
This is a dress-up event. Guys wear suits or even tuxedos (if they own one).
Gals wear short or long dressy dresses.
Not crazy about dressing up? Then don’t. Wear what’s comfortable.
• What do you do at the banquet?
We start off with appetizers and drinks and everyone mingles. There’s lots of
rehashing of the summer sailing and talk of new boats.
We sit down for a served dinner (the food this year should be great!). After
dinner the Commodore presents the year’s awards for
Club Rookie of the Year (the most active new member), the Racer of the Year, the
Boat of the Year and the Commodore’s Award. The new board of officers is
introduced and they receive their officer’s flags. After the awards, the dancing
• What kind of music do you have?
For the 3rd year in a row we’ll have the live band Music Plus. Everyone who has
attended in the past agrees that they play great dance music.
From old standards to new hits, they take requests
and make the evening special. And they are not too loud!
• Why did the location change this year?
For the past several years we have held the banquet at the William Tell in
While this was a great venue, many in the club asked us to search for a location
on the lake.
Chicago Yacht Club Belmont Station has a fabulous view of Belmont Harbor and the
• What if I’m new to the club and don’t know anyone?
We’re making a special effort this year to welcome new members. We’ll have new
member reserved seats at each of the tables so you can meet other sailors.
You’ll be greeted at the door and introduced to others. We want you to come!
What other questions do you have? Email the Fleet Sheet at firstname.lastname@example.org
or send them to Fleetsheet Editor, 306 Linden Street, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.
We’ll answer them in the October Fleet Sheet.
Barb and Terry Ries are working hard to make this event what you want. Give them
your support by attending! . Do you have something you would like to donate to
be used as a door prize or possible raffle item? Donations in the past have
included a folding bike and nautical framed art. Please call Terry or Barb at
630-879-2619 if you do.
The nominating committee has been busy filling a slate of officers for 2007. The
nominees are to be announced at the September General Meeting.
While most of the positions have been filled, they are still searching for a
Treasurer. If you are interested, please call Dave DeAre at 630-469-6117 or
email email@example.com. The main qualification for Treasurer is that you
are able to attend most of the meetings: a board meeting on the first Tuesday or
Friday of the month and the General Meeting each month. Get involved in our
Dear Fleet 21
Thank you so much for the beautiful plant, all the calls, cards,
thoughts, and prayers. They are very much appreciated.
It’s comforting to be part of the Fleet 21 family.
Following in God’s footsteps,
Pete has gone home
Over strand and sea and foam
The course of life is kept
September 19 General Meeting Burnham Park Yacht Club
Lighthouses of the Great Lakes
October 20 General Meeting
Corinthian Yacht Club
Scott and Sue Welty
November 11 Awards Banquet
Chicago Yacht Club Belmont Station