Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago
SEASON KICKS OFF JANUARY 19
OK, so our boats don’t go in the water for another five months, January
still marks the start of the Catalina Fleet year. The traditional first
event is our annual get together at the Corinthian Yacht Club in
Montrose Harbor. This year’s event has a few new twists. First you’ll
notice we’re not calling it a potluck. This year it’s a catered dinner;
no one has to bring any food! Cost is $15 per person. Renew your
membership at this event and receive $5 off the price of one meal
ticket. A cash bar is available.
The second change is the time of the event. We’re starting at 4:30 p.m.
as the Yacht Club needs us out earlier than in prior years. We’ll wrap
up by 8:30 or 9:00 p.m. After dinner, we’re also trying something new.
Rather than a brown bag auction item, bring your favorite board game.
We’ll set up tables and play games. It should be a great night of
socializing and getting to know your fellow fleet members. One item
remains the same—you need to RSVP. Please call Ed or Lucy Jakubas by
January 16 and let them know you plan to attend.
The Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club is located at 601 W. Montrose Drive,
Chicago, IL 60613.
(Montrose Harbor) Parking is free.
After reconnecting with the Fleet on January 19, it’s time to look at
boats! And the place to do that is at Strictly Sail. This year the show
is January 31 – February 3 and offers terrific seminars and a chance to
see all that’s new in sailing. 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 the membership committee, Ron
and Pat Shereyk. They are coordinating the booth this year.
Email Pat at
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 Winter
Rendezvous. Meet in the large Hospitality Suite on the second floor.
We’ll have an open bar from 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Please bring a snack to
share (unopened and store bought as the hotel staff will serve the food
and beverages again this year.) Then we’ll enjoy pizza and salad for
dinner. The cost is $10 per person and will be collected at the door.
Many Fleet and LMCA members are staying at the Hampton Inn on Saturday
(and Friday night too). The deadline for making reservations is past,
but call or email Madalyn Duerr. She may still have rooms available at a
Email her at Madalyn or call 312-923-8378.
Mark Your Calendar
February Meeting—February 23 at the Chicago Maritime Festival
March Meeting—Crowley’s Yacht Yard Lakeside—date not yet posted
A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMODORE
Welcome to the start of a New Year. 2008 marks the 35th Anniversary of
the Catalina Fleet 21 Association. Many terrific plans are already in
the works for us. Before we move forward I’d like to go back and thank
our past officers, board and committee members for a terrific 2007. We
had a great time at our annual awards banquet. Awards went out to Terry
Reis (Parrot Eyes) for Racer of the Year, Ed & Lucy Jakubas (Valhalla)
for Boat of the Year, and Tom & Eddy Grove (FINS) for Rookie of the
Year. The Commodores award for 2007 went to Ron Shereyk who promptly
forgot who gave him the award and hasn’t shoveled my driveway yet.
The 35th year will start off with the Pot Luck on Saturday January 19th.
We have to start a little early because Corinthian will be using heir
own club the next morning. We’re gong to try something a little
different this year. Rather than the brown bag auction we are simply
going to get together for an evening of friendship, warmth and laughter.
We should have several board games going. Maybe we have some bridge
players. Have dinner, sit by the fire and get home at a reasonable hour.
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 on February 23, 2008. Last year this outing
was a rousing mid-winter success. Our members will again receive
discounted admission and we will have a room for our meeting. After the
Festival we will retire O’Brien’s for dinner. March will be tied in with
Yacht-A-Palooza at Crowley’s. Stay tuned for the date. Deborah always
has her eye open for new and different programs. She calls and e-mails
people about whom she reads articles and sees on TV. I won’t attempt to
steal her thunder but I’ll just say that we should have some very good
programs again this year.
As I write this message we have not yet had our first board meeting so
the details will have to follow. I can, however, tell you, without
getting too much into detail, that we are going to have a good year of
outings in 2008. We already have commitments for the Margarita Party, a
Tour-De-Boats, a Hammond outing, a North Point outing and a Michigan
City outing. Since it is our 35th anniversary I certainly hope we can do
something special to commemorate that event. Although not a huge success
last year, there is no reason not to continue trying 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. Sometimes it takes a good idea a
little time to catch on.
Being a second year Commodore I feel I have he distinct advantage of
“hitting the ground running.” (That’s not like getting off the bus
running- ala the 2007 Bears). I hope to be able to use this to our
advantage in several ways. I think we’re already ahead of the game with
programs and outings, a significant part of our year. I think our board
works very hard for what is a volunteer organization. We are not like a
condo association as we have no economic interest in advancing the Club.
I am hoping to perhaps reduce the number of board meetings in order to:
1) potentially ease the stain on the board and committee members; 2)
increase attendance; and, 3) get some new people on board. I really
think we can again provide all the Club members with a quality year and
get more involvement from everybody. Look for a tap on the shoulder at
I know I ended a lot of messages last year with this mantra, but it
bears repeating. 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. Therefore, 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a picture if
FOR SALE: 1984 Catalina 27. Tall rig, in-board diesel, cruising main and
150 genoa, bimini, and many extras. Fun and easy to sail, handles
extremely well. For more info and photos email:
or call: Don Giuliano (630)805-2316.
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, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 or fax to 630-668-8950 or email to
Carolyn . Listings will run for 2 issues unless you notify
Did you notice all the blanks in the Fleet masthead?
Those are positions that need to be filled. Call Brian Ruxton today and
find out what’s involved. The way to get the most out of our club is to
Your 2008 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 Montrose Season Kick Off and receive one $5
discount on your meal ticket or mail to Ron & Pat Shereyk.