Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago
SAILORS, START YOUR ENGINES!
Our April General Meeting is Friday, April 20 at the Corinthian Yacht Club in
Chuck Balboa of Mack Boring is presenting a seminar on basic diesel maintenance.
The information is geared to owners of any brand diesel engine. If you’ve ever
wondered how often you should change your impeller, or want to know what to do
to keep your engine running smoothly this program is for you.
Chuck Balboa has been with Mack Boring for the past 3 years and previous to that
worked in the marine propulsion business since 1994. Mack Boring is the regional
Yanmar diesel engine distributor for the Great Lakes, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic
states and has 4 branches plus an extensive dealer network to satisfy service
needs of Catalina owners.
Our meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. with a short business meeting. Come a bit
earlier and bring an appetizer to share. The bar will be open. Corinthian does
not have food service. The club is located at 601 W. Montrose Drive, Chicago, IL
60613. Parking is free.
FRIEND OF THE FLEET
She didn’t own a sailboat, but Barbara Fitzgerald was certainly as
much a member of Catalina Fleet 21 as anyone. She and her husband
Tom attended many Fleet events, came along on cruises, volunteered
their Power boat Serendipity for several of the photo cruises and
never missed an Awards Banquet. For many years they were on H Dock
in Burnham Harbor near Team Effort.
Sadly, Barbara passed away on March 26. Barbara was a survivor of
pancreatic cancer for the past 9-years enduring many years of
discomfort, with never a complaint. She died too young at the age of
Condolences can be sent to Tom Fitzgerald 13558 S. Dublin Drive,
Homer Glen, IL 60491
A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMODORE
AHHH SPRING… I went to Yachtapolooza and learned about all the new forecasting
features available on the National Weather Service internet sight. I explored
those sights. I watched the news and read the weather section in the paper. Hmm…
not going to be a good week to work on the boat. Rain predicted every day. I
think I’ll actually work this week and feed my family. NOT A DROP ALL WEEK.
Sunday Deborah and I went to paint the bottom. Forecast a possibility of rain.
As this message is written I have 60% of a bottom painted.
Seriously people, no complaints from this department. It really does seem like
sailing season has begun. After the aforementioned abbreviated paint job Deborah
and I retired to the local bar next to the yacht yard. Lo and behold we bumped
into three fellow Catalina Fleet 21 members, Larry and Pat Meekma and Gary
Glenn. We spent the better part of the early afternoon doing what we do all
summer, sitting around sipping the beverages of our choice and eating appetizer
food. Once again this proves a point I have made in a previous Commodore’s
Message and what is my mantra for joining our Fleet. You can go just about
anywhere on Lake Michigan and you will bump into someone you know. Ultimately I
think that is the biggest benefit of being a member of our Fleet.
Speaking of the benefits of membership, how ‘bout Yachtapolooza? We had over 50
attendees at the general meeting and 32 members went out for dinner afterwards.
I hope that those who went learned a lot at the seminars. If you didn’t get a
chance to go please pay attention to the Newsletter and Website. In June we are
having Amy Seeley from the weather office at Romeoville speak to us about
weather and all the new and very marine specific products and services available
through the National Weather Service. Much more than just an automated voice on
Channel 1. We have had Jayne Parker booked for some time now as our August
speaker. She will be giving her teak and brightwork seminar for our benefit.
Lest I get too far ahead of myself I should also mention and encourage everyone
to attend the April general meeting. We are having Chuck Balboa of Mack Boring
Diesel instruct us in the art of diesel maintenance.
On a more solemn note, our condolences go out to Tom Fitzgerald, his children
and grandchildren for their loss. Barb Fitzgerald was a warm wonderful woman.
She will be missed. Lori Lauraitis and Bob Kuba did a great job putting together
a tribute to Barb. Please check it out.
I hope the winter has been good to all your boats. I hope all your maintenance
projects are minimal and each project goes as planned without the need for
multiple runs to the boat store. By the time you read my next message our boats
should be in the water. It will be the start of a great season filled with
tremendous outings and programs. Remember, if anyone has any questions, comments
or anything else you want to bring up please call me. My phone numbers are in
the Directory and I absolutely will return your calls.
The directory is going to print. Are you in it? If you have not renewed you
won’t be. This will be your final newsletter.
BY Deborah Ruxton
WOW! The year has really started off with a bang. Programs have been a huge
success and it only continues to get better. If you've been hibernating this
winter now is the time to come out of the dark and participate in all the fun.
Here's a little hi-lite of what you've been missing.
January's Pot Luck was a great way to enjoy a winter evening with plenty of good
food and conversation with sail mates. Thanks to Ron Shereyk, the brown bag was
not only a success but entertaining as well with a lot of laughs. February we
became adventurous and tried something new this year. Thirty-one Catalina
members converged on the Chicago Maritime Festival and were treated to music,
lectures, displays and entertainment galore. We had a room for our own meeting
and after a day filled with Maritime History we met at O'Brien Restaurant for
dinner. Don and Lydia Giuliano and Fred and Shirley Collins were not ready for
their evening to end so they went back to the festival for the evening concert.
They recommend next year that this is a show not to be missed. What a great
March madness brought us to yachtapalooza. Crowley's is always ready to
accommodate us with a room and plenty of seminars. lots of bottom paint was
bought but the purchase you'll hear about all year is the Commodore's shoes.
These aren't just your average shoes mind you. These are your high tech state of
the art, can't live without them, North Face sailing shoes. Yes! Look for them
to be at all the outings this year.
Just when you thought "WOW" can it get any better? April's fun starts on the
20th with Mack Boring's Diesel Seminar. With spring launch dates just around the
corner you want you engine in top notch condition. This is a must see program.
Come with all those questions that you don't know the answers to but were always
afraid to ask. Fear no more. Help is on the way.
May brings us a wonderful presentation on the sailing adventures of Joshua
Slocum. I saw this presentation last year at the Maritime Festival and enjoyed
it so much I wanted to share it with you. June is a fascinating look at all the
high tech information you can obtain on the Internet through NOOA. If you race
or cruise don't go out without knowing what the weather and winds will be
bringing you that day. Let NOOA guide you through the ease of the Internet to
get all the current last minute information you need.
In August let’s get a head start for next year on learning how to take care of
our teak. There's an art to keeping that teak beautiful and Jane Parker, our
expert teak lady, is going to take us through the steps one by one to unravel
the mystery of beautiful teak. September and into the fall the weather can start
to turn rough out on the lake. We will be prepared after the Coast Guard
presents "Heavy Weather Sailing" Come this September and learn how to handle
your boat when the weather suddenly turns bad on you. When the seas and the
winds kick it up do you know what to do? No need to panic. Another must see
October is being lined up for a big surprise for you. I'll let you wonder about
this one for a while but here's a hint. What was the one program last year that
brought in the biggest attendance record? If you missed that program be
forewarned, you don't want to miss it this year. So like I said, "WOW". What a
year this is going to be. Give yourself a treat and come out and join us this
year. We look forward to seeing you!
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It’s not too early to plan on attending Fleet 21’s Annual Awards Banquet. While
many details are yet to be worked out,
We have a date: November 17
We have a place: Burnham Harbor Yacht Club
We have a band: Music Plus is returning
Can we count on you??
Do you own a 30? Consider entering it in the Catalina 30 Nationals August 3 – 5.
Contact Ed Jakubas for more information or to help with this Fleet 21 sponsored
Fleet 21 members can also join in Michigan City Yacht Club Racing. Scheduled so
June 8 Cruise to St. Joseph, MI
June 9 St. Joseph River Yacht Club Invitational
June 10 Race back to Michigan City
July 4th Commodore’s Cup (Lady skippers)
Contact Ed Green if you need more info.
Other summer events:
Race to Mackinac July 14
Pete Duerr Memorial
A popular event at the LMCA Rendezvous is the Sunday (July 15) Pickle Race. This
year the event has been renamed The Pete Duerr Memorial. Let’s all plan to be
there as a tribute to a great sailor. More information on the Rendezvous is on
the LMCA website at http://www.lmca.com/activities07.html
While you’re marking the banquet on that calendar, take time to start filling in
your summer weekends too! Lois Bretall and Robin Green are hard at work lining
up the summer outings. While there are still more to come, and the “official”
outing schedule will be published next month, here’s what’s on tap so far:
Memorial Day Weekend
Margarita Party & Bike the Drive
June 16 Burnham Harbor
June 22-24 Cruise to New Buffalo
July 7 Jackson Park Blues Fest
July 14-15 LMCA Rendezvous
August 3 – 5 Catalina 30 Nationals
August 11 Cruise to Northpoint
for Venetian Night
August 24-25 Leukemia Cup
Sept. 1 – 3
Labor Day Weekend Cruise to Michigan City
Is your harbor on this schedule? If not, there’s one way to get it
there—volunteer to sponsor an outing. There’s no expense to you, you just need
to plan it. Call Lois 708-974-4932 or Robin 219-306-2160 and find out what’s
to maintain your diesel engine!
Friday, April 20
Corinthian Yacht Club
Marilyn & John Lucy
would like to sponsor a
North Channel cruise
at end of June to sometime in August.
Contact John by email
at John Lucy
or by phone at 941-505-2603.
At the end of May the phone changes to 708-250-1491