Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter


March 2007

March 2007


Our March General Meeting is Saturday, March 24. It is being held in conjunction with Crowley’s Yacht Yard’s “Yachtapolooza.” Yachtapolooza features free seminars, a Nautical Donations, Inc. Flea Market, live entertainment, and a Crowley's style Barbeque. New products and specials are featured in the Ship's Store with rock bottom pricing on VC-17. There are give-aways and drawings throughout the day. The seminar schedule is included with this newsletter. We have arranged with Crowley’s for some meeting space in the early afternoon. Our meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the rigging room. Yachtapolooza starts at 9:00 a.m. Our meeting time coincides with the last program slot of the day. Come early to shop and attend the seminars. The seminars are always very informative and specific to our particular need and issues.

Crowley's Yacht Yard is located at 3434 East 95th Street in Chicago near the Indiana border. It's easy to get to the 95th Street boat yard, just a 25 minute drive from the Loop.

***avoid construction on the Dan Ryan. Use Lake Shore Drive. ***

Via Lake Shore Drive
Take Lake Shore Drive south. Lake Shore Drive turns into South Shore Drive (Route 41) just past Jackson Park harbor. Follow Route 41 signs to 95th Street. Turn right on 95th Street and go one block to Crowley's Yacht Yard entrance on your left.

Via Indiana Toll Road
Exit Indiana Toll Road at Indianapolis Blvd. (last Indiana exit). Follow Indianapolis Blvd. northwest to Ewing Ave. (Rt. 41). Turn right on Ewing Ave. Go north on Ewing Ave. to 95th Street (Rt. 12/20). Turn left on 95th Street. Go one block to yard entrance on your left.

Via I-94/Bishop Ford
From the South, take I-94 to the Stony Island exit. Bear left on the exit ramp to 95th Street. Turn right on 95th Street. Go 2 1/2 miles on 95th Street to the 95th Street bridge over the Calumet River. Entrance to Crowley's Yacht Yard is just after the bridge on your right.

Via I-57
Take I-57 to Halsted Street exit. Turn left on Halsted Street. Turn right on 95th Street. Proceed East on 95th Street to the 95th Street bridge over the Calumet River. Entrance to Crowley's Yacht Yard is just after the bridge on your right.

At 3:00 p.m. we have reserved space at Pucci’s Pizza Restaurant. Pucci’s is located at 10063 S. Ewing. Ewing is the main thoroughfare running south in front of Crowley’s. It is also known as Routes 12/20/41. The restaurant is only five blocks south of Crowley’s and is not hard to find. There is parking available at Pucci’s. We will be able to order from the regular menu. We hope to have separate checks but we may have to use the honor system. If you want to learn anything else about the restaurant you can call them. Their phone number is (773) 375-7229.


Well, spring is just around the corner although you wouldn’t know it by looking out my window. Bob Kuba sent me an e-mail with a picture of his boat. He is wondering if he’ll even be out of the parking lot by May. He will. We all will.

I know that Deborah and I have several projects planned out and ready to go. Every time we plan on going to the boat the temperature either drops into the teens or the winds are clocking somewhere around 40 knots. Oh well. I guess one of the things we learn as sailors is patience.

Kudos to the thirty one members and family who attended the Chicago Maritime Festival on February 25th. We were treated to an informative day of music and local history. Just as commendable was the fact that out of the thirty one Festival attendees, twenty seven of us went out to dinner at O’Brien’s after the Fest. A good time was had by all. I would appreciate any thoughts or input into the outing. February can be a difficult program month what with all the local yacht clubs closed. I know that this will be up to next year’s programs person, but, this could be a regular thing. Please let me know.

It also seems to me that as the year gets rolling we do see more enthusiasm and involvement. I had three members volunteer for harbor captain of Northpoint at the Winter Rendezvous. Joe Vilimek was the “lucky” winner. Welcome aboard Joe. Joe was the commodore of the Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club last. We plan on a Venetian Night outing at Northpoint this summer in August. Mickey Thompson volunteered to be on the Board as our fundraising committee. She has some good ideas and we can always use funds. Thank you, Mickey. Keep an eye on the website and keep up to date.

This month our general meeting will be held in conjunction with Crowley’s Yachtapolooza. See the details inside the newsletter. Please remember that our membership dues need to be in by April 1st. If you are late you will get a call from Ron Shereyk. The easiest way to avoid that call is pay up. 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.

Brian Ruxton,

Last call:
Membership renewals are due by April 1! Renew now to make certain your info is in the new 2007 Directory. Members not renewed by April 1 will be deleted from
the newsletter mailing list. Don’t miss the fun of a Fleet 21 summer.
Renew now.

Rejoining us this month:
Skipper: Cy Race
First Mate: Terry
Boat Info: Name: Sea Major Size: 320
Harbor: North Point Mooring: F-72

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, GlenEllyn, IL 60137 or fax to 630-668-8950 or email Phone: 630-469-6117. Ads will run for two issues unless requested otherwise.

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??

Our Chicago Yachting Association Representative, Lori Lauraitis, reports the following dates have been set:
Chicago Venetian Night July 28
Leukemia Cup August 24 & 25
CYA Yachting Ball November 10

Fleet 21’s Annual Winter Rendezvous held during the Strictly Sail Chicago Show was a resounding success. We had over 120 attendees at the Hampton Inn on Saturday night, our largest group yet. There was plenty of food, drink and camaraderie to go around!

Our friends from LMCA were there in force as always even though a few members were unable to travel to the windy city because of weather conditions up north. We surely missed them and hope Mother Nature will be kinder next year! We also had about a dozen folks join us this year from the Clinton River Catalina Association who learned about our rendezvous from Fleet 21 members Linda and Chuck Reed.

Sharon Day and Frank Butler made their annual appearance and a great time was had by all during the drawings for great Catalina gear and the coveted trips to Puerto Vallarta. The first lucky winner of the Mexico trip was a couple from the Clinton River group. Guess they’ll be back again next year for sure! The second lucky winners were Gretchen and John Forsyth from Fleet 21. Congrats to both couples. Enjoy your fun in the sun!

And a big thanks to Sharon and Frank not only for their generous gifts but especially for taking the time out of their busy schedules to join us.