Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago
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Our February program takes place at the Chicago Maritime Festival on Saturday, February 24. Take in a bounty of nautical programs and then gather at 1:15 p.m. in the Trustees Conference Room for a short general meeting. We have the room until 2:00 p.m. After our meeting ends you will have another two hours to see exhibits, hear music or attend seminars. Enclosed in this newsletter is a schedule of the programs offered.
The normal entry fee for the Maritime Fest is $10 for the daytime program. For our members the price is $5.00. We will also get a discount for anyone who wants to stay for the evening musical performances. The details are still being worked out. All you have to do is tell a ticket taker that you are with Catalina Fleet 21. There is no special badge or ticket. They will have a list to check against. If you want to be absolutely sure that you will get in please call Brian or Deborah Ruxton at (630) 279-4533 or Brian at (630) 932-1200. They will make sure the ticket takers have your name.
The best parking is at the pay lot just north of the Historical Museum. Turn east on Stockton Drive from Clark/LaSalle and enter. You can have your parking receipt validated at the Festival and your parking will be $9.00. The Festival is at the Chicago Historical Museum (formerly the Chicago Historical Society) located at the intersections of Clark Street and North Ave.
The building is newly renovated this year. The Festival starts at 10:00 a.m. There’s more info about the Maritime Festival on their web site at
At 4:00 p.m. we have reserved space at O’Brien’s Restaurant. O’Brien’s is two blocks west of the Historical Museum at 1528 N. Wells, approximately 100 yards south of North Avenue. You can walk from the Historical Museum or drive. There is free parking available at O’Brien’s. We will be able to order from the regular menu. I hope to have separate checks but we may have to use the honor system. If you want to preview the menu or learn anything else about the restaurant you can go to their website: www.obriensrestaurant.com. Their phone number is (312) 787-3131.
Mark your calendar
Upcoming Fleet Events
March General Meeting March 24 Sailpalooza
(listed on their web site as Yachtapalooza)
Crowley’s Yacht Yard Lakeside http://www.crowleys.com
The 33rd International 30 Association National Championship Regatta will be held in our home waters this August 3-5! Fleet 21 is sponsoring this event, along with the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club as the host site.
We anticipate Standard and Tall Rig divisions for Spinnaker, Jib & Main, and Handicap classes. Mark your calendars and plan on attending this fantastic event. With all the C30s in our area, this promises to be a well attended one! And we hope to see the new C309s. Not a “racer”? We’ll hook you up with experienced crew. Want to just watch or just party? No problem! Be part of a spectator fleet and come to a kick-off dinner on Friday night at the CCYC. No matter what, don’t miss a great weekend.
Look for more information on the Fleet 21 website and on www.catalina30.com. Or contact Ed Jakubas or 630-910-1729.
A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMODORE
Happy last month of winter. I hope everybody and their boats have weathered this winter well. It really hasn’t been that bad but is it just me or does it seem like Strictly Sail always seems to coincide with the absolute coldest weekend of the year? Maybe next year it will be warmer and the Bears will win the Super Bowl. This year was another great show. Thanks to everybody who worked the booth. We had a large contingent of Clinton River Catalina Association members this year. A very nice group. They were ecstatic to be included and we were glad to have them. Kudos again to Madelyn Duerr for another successful Winter Rendezvous.
February is one of those months where it is still hard to get ramped up about sailing in spite of the Strictly Sail show. We hope to keep your interest up with February’s General Meeting and program(s). I use the plural because this month we are holding our February meeting and program in conjunction with the Chicago Maritime Festival. The Chicago Maritime Festival is held at the newly renovated Chicago History Museum, formerly the Chicago Historical Society. We have arranged with the Festival directors for our own room at 1:15 p.m. We will also have discounted admission to the Festival. I suggest that you get there early. Don’t just go for the meeting. There are a lot of very interesting programs, presenters and music going on all day. Take advantage of your discounted admission. I am a huge proponent of the Festival. Deborah and I have been sponsors and truth be told, I have usually gotten at least one program for our club out of each Fest. You can find more details about the Festival and our post meeting party inside this Fleet Sheet.
The rest of the year is looking up as well. We are officially a co-host of the Catalina 30 International Association’s rendezvous/regatta. That will be the weekend of August 3rd -5th. We are going to try to incorporate much more sailing into the outings this year by using a buddy-boat system. Rather than starting an outing in the late afternoon and having to cut short our own personal sailing time, each outing should begin with the opportunity to sail on a boat from the host harbor for several hours before the actual party begins. Keep an eye on the website and keep up to date.
I know that I am going to sound like a broken record by the end of my stewardship of the Club, but: This Club is truly what we make it. I encourage every one of you to be involved and have a voice in our organization this year. Have Fun. Volunteer to help on a committee, come to the meetings, offer out your ideas, enjoy the programs and attend as many outings as you can. 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.