Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR FUN WITH FLEET 21
March 29 Catalina General Meeting at Crowley’s Yacht Yard
May 1 Chicago Harbors open
May 24 First Fleet 21 Outing
Margarita Party Burnham Harbor
May 25 Bike the Drive
June 27-July 6 Taste of Chicago
July 12 LMCA Catalina Rendezvous
July 19 100th Mac Race
July 26 Chicago Venetian Night
August 16-17 Air & Water Show
August 23 Leukemia Cup
More to come including our
35th Anniversary Celebration
FLEET MEETING AT MARITIME FEST
Our February General Meeting takes place at the Chicago Maritime Festival on Saturday, February 23. Take in a bounty of nautical programs, sing a few sea shanties, and then join your mates 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. (Don’t miss History Over the Horizon IV at 3:15 p.m. with Kris Habermehl. It’s really a helicopter view of Chicago and Calumet area waterways and industrial past. It was great last year!)
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. 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 certain 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 Avenue. The Festival starts at 10:00 a.m. There’s more information about the Maritime Festival on their web site at http://www.chicagomaritimefestival.com .
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. MAP
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. We 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: http://www.obriensrestaurant.com . Their phone number is (312) 787-3131. If you plan to join us for this informal meal, please RSVP to Brian Ruxton. We want the restaurant to be ready for our group! We hope you’ll join us for a fun and informative afternoon!
A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMODORE
Wow … that was fun. We got 2008 started off right. 40 people braved the coldest day of the year to attend the January potluck. Every single person/couple who showed up paid their membership dues and received the dinner discount. Your Commodore was able to fill some more board positions among the attendees. Of special note: Steve Majerus and Jennifer Velandia not only came to their very first meeting and joined the club, they are now fleet captains for the 30+ division. They own a 30 named “Rainmaker” in Monroe. Thanks, I don’t think you’ll regret your decision. Rather than being capped off by an auction, the event flowed into an evening of conversation, camaraderie and board games. Leon and Gwen Anderson’s daughter Kayla, demonstrated her Texas Hold-Em skills and drove all players away from the poker table. All told it was a very nice evening and a very nice format. Kudos to Ed and Lucy Jakubas who put the evening together and as always thanks also to Marshall and Lynn Fernholz who were our bartenders and instrumental in making Corinthian available to us.
Strictly Sail was another success. This year it was not held on the coldest day of the year. I hope everybody got a chance to look at the new 375. Deborah and I had planned on buying one but our economic stimulus check had not yet arrived. That’s OK, we’ll go with plan “B” which is to invest the check in City of Chicago Olympic Bonds. Still, we encourage everyone else to buy one. That way they’ll start showing up on the used boat market when our Olympic Bonds mature. We’ll be ready then. Maybe Leon Anderson can get one. It’s been three years since his 350. If Leon gets a new boat every two or three years he’ll never have to do any maintenance.
The Winter Rendezvous went off alcohol-free without a hitch or any drop-off in attendance. It was as good a time as any. As a matter of fact, and I’m not making this up, it seemed brighter in the room this year. Once again we had the honor of Frank Butler and the Catalina crew. “Honored by blank’s presence” is an expression that gets a lot of use. It truly is an honor and a privilege to have the founder of Catalina Yachts at our functions. Frank and all his staff are open and approachable. Frank is a true gentleman. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to them for attending and their donation of prizes for the raffle. It was also good to see so many of our members at the Rendezvous. Again, I’m seeing a lot more North Point people at our various functions. Keep coming folks. Finally, kudos to Madalyn Duerr for pulling off the event again. I know its not easy and gets more difficult every year. Let us know how you liked the event this year. We are a Club with a lot of traditions but we can always use new ideas.
One of those new ideas was adopted last year at this time. Again 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 1:15p.m. We will also have discounted admission to the Festival. Last year we had 29 members attend.. You can find more details about the Festival and our post meeting party inside this Fleet Sheet.
Enjoy the rest of the winter. We are already more than halfway through it. Our March general meeting will actually take place in Spring. 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.
WHAT’S YOUR NAME?
Tell the story behind the name of your boat. I’d like to feature one boat each month. What’s your boat name and why? Does it reflect a hobby, a girl friend, a memory? It doesn’t have to be long. Send your story to the Fleet Sheet Editor at email@example.com. Include a picture if possible.
Overdue by Dave DeAre
Carolyn and I have owned Catalina sailboats since 1982 and have sailed our Catalinas from Burnham Harbor and been active in Fleet 21 since 1984. We moved slowly though boat sizes 22 (Ropeyarn), 25 (Still Crazy), 30 (Railin)and now own a Catalina 34. We sailed our 22 for 8 years and our 25 for 6 years. After 8 rewarding years of sailing our 30 we were overdue for a change in boats and we bought a 34 Mk11 to renew our interest in sailing and enjoy the toys that come with a new boat. Carolyn is a professional librarian and suggested a name that fit our situation and her profession; so we named our Catalina 34 OVERDUE.