Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter


January 2007



Fleet 21’s year begins January 13, 2007, with our traditional Potluck Supper at Corinthian Yacht Club in Montrose Harbor. Again this year the main entrée will be catered by Jesse and includes Roast Beef carving station, baked chicken, and lasagna . We’re asking Fleet members to bring an appetizer, salad, or dessert as detailed in the flyer included with this newsletter. Drinks will be available for a nominal fee at the bar.

The highlight of the night is the brown bag auction. Throw that Christmas present you just don’t want, that nautical knickknack you’re not crazy about or a goodie you just want to donate into a brown bag and staple it shut. On the bag write a clue as to what’s inside and give an estimate of the value. You’ll be amazed at what someone will pay for your unwanted item! Oh, be sure to bring money for the brown bags you’ll want to buy!

The Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club is located at 601 W. Montrose Drive, Chicago Il 60613. Parking is free.


Next on the 2007 sailing calendar is the Chicago Strictly Sail Boat Show at Navy Pier February 1 – 4. The boat show offers terrific seminars, a chance to view the newest boating products, and of course, the latest Catalinas. Our owner’s booth brings in new club members every year. We need volunteers to be at our booth throughout the show. If you’d like to help out, contact Dave DeAre at 630-469-6117 or email

After the show on Saturday night (8:00 p.m.) the Fleet will gather at the Hampton Inn (at State and Illinois) for a Fleet 21/LMCA (Lake Michigan Catalina Association) Winter Rendezvous. Meet in the large Hospitality Suite on the second floor. We’ll have an open bar from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Please bring a snack to share (it has to be store bought and in the original package). Then we’ll enjoy pizza and salad for dinner. The cost is $7.00 and will be collected at the door.

Many Fleet and LMCA members are staying at the Hampton Inn. The deadline for making reservations (at a great rate!) is past, but call or email Madalyn Duerr. She may still have rooms available. 708-429-0005 ; 312-923-8378

An up-to-date schedule of events for Strictly Sail is online at


Mark your calendar!        Upcoming Fleet Events

February General Meeting  February 24
Chicago Maritime Festival

March General Meeting  March 24
Crowley’s Yacht Yard Lakeside

More details in the February Fleet Sheet


Welcome to the start of a New Year. 2007 marks the 34th Anniversary of Catalina Fleet 21. Many terrific plans are already in the works for us. But before we move forward, I’d like to go back and thank our past Commodore Richard Roberts and his hard working board and committee members for a terrific 2006. We had a great time at our annual awards banquet. Awards went out to David Green (Baysic Necessity) for Racer of the Year, Deborah and Brian Ruxton (Mabuhay) for Boat of the Year, and Ray and Sylvia Kalinsky (Little Miss Magic) for Rookie of the Year. The Commodores award went to a well deserving Linda Kleitz. Congratulations to all of you.

This year will start off with the ever so popular Pot Luck/ Brown Bag Auction on Saturday January 13th. Bundle up and venture out to the Corinthian Yacht Club for an evening of friendship, warmth and laughter. Last year we found that our best attended meetings were “field trips” so to speak so this year we have some very exciting programs planned by Deborah Ruxton. In February our general meeting will be held in conjunction with the Chicago Maritime Festival. Our members will receive discounted admission and we will have a room for our meeting. After the Festival we will retire to a local restaurant. We hope to have a barbeque meeting this summer on an actual working Coast Guard cutter. Deborah has some very functional outings planned for the rest of the year. We will have seminars on teak and diesel maintenance and performance among others. This year we are going to try something new at our outings. Realizing that the state of the harbor system makes sailing to many destinations impractical and also recognizing that with a limited number of sailing days many of us would rather sail than drive somewhere, we are going to have a buddy boat system in place this year. Before the social part of any outing starts we hope to have three or four boats out of every host harbor taking out a group of sailors for a three or four hour pre-outing sail.

It looks like we’ll be co-hosting the International Catalina 30 Association’s regatta this summer. 30’s make up the largest component of our membership. This will be a great opportunity to race, crew or just socialize with other Catalina sailors from around the country. Who knows, maybe around the world.

2007 should be a very good year. As a club we’ll continue to grow and change with each new adventure or idea that comes our way. A small group of people can’t do everything. We will need help on our outings. I encourage all of you to 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. We have several openings for harbor captains. If you’ve never been on the board this is a great way to start. I tell everybody I meet who is not a member that the best thing about our club is that you can go to virtually any harbor on Lake Michigan and know somebody. How wonderful is that. This club is truly what we make it.

Our General Meetings will usually be on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Given the number of “field trips” we have planned this year it would be a good idea to be diligent in checking the newsletter and website. Our board meetings will be on the first Friday of the months of January – April and October and November. In the summer months, May, June and August we will meet on the first Tuesday. Try to attend.

Your 2007 membership renewal form is included in this newsletter. Please fill it out completely even if your information has not changed. Bring your completed form to the Potluck on January 13 or mail it to the membership chairmen.

Kudos to Barb and Terry Ries for putting together an exceptional Awards Banquet on November 11. The views of the harbor and the city were exquisite from the Chicago Yacht Club Belmont Station. Great food, plentiful drinks, a fabulous band for dancing, and good sailing friends made for a wonderful evening. Thank you, Terry and Barb, for a job well done!

                 Sailors in dress uniform!

       Rookie of the Year Ray Kalinsky and First Mate Sylvia


Linda Kleitz, winner of the Commodore’s Award and Brian Ruxton winner of the Boat of the Year

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