Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter


July 2008


Chuck Synowiec & Bob Kuba in Michigan City

Hope like these guys you’re having some fun this summer! And there’s lots of summer fun to come! Still ahead on the Fleet Calendar:
☼ July 19 DuSable Outing & Summer Symphony (details in this newsletter)
☼ July 26 Chicago’s Venetian Night
☼ August 2 Fleet’s 35th Anniversary Pig Roast
☼ Northpoint Shrimp Boil (8/16?)
☼ August 19 General Meeting …travel with the Harrington’s on Weal Sea to the Caribbean
☼ August 23 Leukemia Cup
☼ August 30 Labor Day Cruise to Michigan City
☼ September 20 Hammondfest

New Buffalo

Join the fun! Come to an outing, a meeting, or sail with your fellow Fleet members. There are some in almost every harbor in the Chicago area. Take your directory with you and look them up when you arrive at their harbor.
Enjoy the summer! Sail!


Just a stream of consciousness for this month’s message. Some random and not so random thoughts. Once again I checked my Commodore’s logbook for July of 2007 before writing this and discovered that my wife, Deborah, was wearing her flannel lined, windproof pants on July 1st of last year. This year we all were wearing similar outfits on July 3rd. I haven’t made up my mind yet on all this global warming we read about. I will have made up my mind if we’re wearing winter gloves next July.

June was another successful month for our club. Lyle Dean was our speaker at the June general meeting. We had 56 members in attendance. Lyle gave a very interesting and insightful presentation on his “Great Loop” trip. I know that several of our members were still trying to figure out Lyle’s fuel cost for the trip several weeks later. My advice . . . don’t waste your time trying to figure it out. We all know why we own sailboats. June also saw another very successful Summer Sailstice outing in New Buffalo. We had 9 boats sail and at least 48 attend the dinner at Hannah’s on Saturday night. Kudos to Dave and Carolyn DeAre for another job well done.

Kudos also to Bill and Mickie Thompson and their son Mike for their effort in putting together the photo cruise. Unfortunately wind gusts of 30+ knots kept most people away. I understand the Tom And Eddy Grove had about 300 picture taken of their boat “FINS” as the braved the weather. Thanks for the effort Bill, Mickie and Mike. It is appreciated. We do have an outing this month. Jorie Malalo is hosting a get-together at DuSable Harbor on July 19th. Plan on bringing an appetizer and your own beverage. The evening will end with a concert in Grant Park. If you’ve never been to DuSable Harbor try to attend. The view of the City and Lakefront from the Harbor is spectacular.

This will be the last newsletter before the 35th anniversary bash at Great Lakes. I know that there was a June deadline that has passed but I’m sure we can probably squeeze a few last minute attendees in if you don’t wait too long. We do have a limited supply of 35th Anniversary hats for sale. Again, talk to the Thompsons.

Speaking of deadlines, July 25th is the deadline for getting your application in for the Leukemia Cup. You can still sign up for the race but your name will not be on the T-Shirt if you enter after the deadline. It’s a lot of fun and a good cause.

What newsletter would be complete without a mention of Leon Anderson? Leon gets a pass this month. In the interest of fairness I have to turn the lens on yours truly, the Commodore. You might want to ask the captains and crew of Team Effort about my assistance in helping them dock upon their return from New Buffalo. Apparently I reverted back to my days as a gymnast and executed a front flip in front of their boat while reaching for a line that was tossed to me. John backed the boat up as I scrambled out of the water back onto the dock. No harm no foul. I don’t think Ron Shereyk had anything to do with it but I can’t be sure. Thanks to everyone who provided me with dry clothes.

July is kind of an off month for the Club. Many people are off on extended adventures. That said, things are always in the works. Pay attention to the website for updates. If anything does develop we will try to get the word out. Enjoy the warm weather. Try to stay on the dock.
OUTINGS RECAP Buffalo/June 21

New Buffalo

As you can see by the picture we had a lot of boats make the trip to New Buffalo! Sailing over on the first weekend of summer were Team Effort, Overdue,
Quiet Island, Weal Sea, Rjoy, Fast Tac, Allegro, Black Angel, and C’Dream. While the shallow depth of the harbor scared a few boats off, by the end of the weekend, the harbor had been dredged to a depth of 8 feet. You can get a lot done if you work all night!

Friday night we had a huge turn out for the potluck/cookout with lots of members driving over for the evening. Saturday was spent shopping, biking, napping, and eating. We even got interviewed for the local paper! The return “sail” to Chicago was delayed by a few storms, but by noon everyone was on their way. Thanks to everyone who attended! We’ll do it again next year!


Enjoy DuSable
Saturday, July 19, 2008

4:00 p.m. Appetizers and Drinks
On C Dock (BYOB and an appetizer to share)

6:00 p.m. Walk to Millennium Park for a
Grant Park Concert
Gershwin Melodies
Bring your own picnic supper and a blanket or chairs

Transient slips are available if you want to bring your boat
Harbor Master: 312-742-3577
Entrance to the harbor is through Monroe Harbor entrance with a turn to the north along the eastern breakwater, past the stern of the Columbia Yacht Club and into the harbor

RSVP to Jorie Malelo 630-430-6066


Welcome aboard to the following new member:
Skipper: Jeff Budden
Chicago, IL 60657
First Mate: Bob Potter
Boat Info: Name: Noodlum Size: 22'
Sail #: 250
Harbor: Belmont
Mooring: Q16

Please correct your information for
Faith & John Dreyzehner that appeared in the June Fleet Sheet:
Boat name is: Sausea


FOR SALE: 1997 Catalina 34 MKII, Sloop, Tall Rig, Fin Keel. Excellent condition cruiser.
This boat has been protected from the elements by of a full CUSTOM winter cover and framing and a
full screened custom enclosure in summer.
Very well-maintained
Lightly Used
Low Engine Hours
All Owner/Instruction Manuals
Boat may be viewed at Northpoint Marina, Winthrop Harbor, IL
Pictures and equipment list available on request.
Contact Michael Rafa with questions.
Phone: 630-964-7881 Email:

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