Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter


June 2008


If youíre a WGN listener, you know who Lyle Dean is. If youíre an avid traveler, you know what the Great Loop trip is. Attend the General Meeting at the Burnham Park Yacht Club on June 17 and tag along as Lyle Dean recounts his adventures on the Great Loop in his boat Heidi Ho. Lyleís career in broadcasting spanned more than 50 years, from his hometown in Sterling, Colorado to WLS, WFYR and WGN in Chicago. Prior to retiring from regular news broadcasting in 2006, he worked with such legends as Bob Collins, Wally Phillips, Fred Winston, Larry Lujack, Art Roberts and Clark Weber. He also served as ABC Radio newscaster from Chicago for three years, began the Emergency Closing Center that provides school closing information to Chicago radio and television stations and began what is now the Illinois Radio Network One of his passions is boating. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard Masters license. Over some 40 years, he and his wife, Sharon, and their family have traveled aboard boats ranging from 18 to 50 feet, mostly on Lake Michigan. Currently, they operate the Heidi Ho, a 2003 Sea Ray 500 Sundancer, based in Burnham Harbor.

Lyleís Great Loop trip takes us over 6,000 miles from Chicago to the Illinois River via the Cal-Sag Canal, into the Mississippi River as far as Cairo, IL. Then, a short distance up the Ohio River to the Cumberland River. The Cumberland connects with the Tennessee River at Kentucky Lake. Weíll take the Tennessee to the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (a canal with locks connecting to the Tombigbee River). The Tombigbee empties into the Gulf of Mexico at Mobile, AL. From there, we will cruise the Gulf of Mexico shores of Alabama and Florida, to Ft. Myers. The Loop continues up the east coast in to the Hudson River to the Erie Barge Canal and into the Great Lakes for the trip back home. Lyleís presentation will begin at approximately 8:00 p.m. Come early and enjoy dinner at the Yacht Club. Call 312-427-4664 for dinner reservations.

There is no General Meeting in July. Our meeting in August is on the 19th and features the cruising adventures of Fleet members Dan and Pat Harrington.


One of the things about being commodore two years in a row is that I can always check my computer for the previous year prior to writing my message. Not to make my job easier. Nothing is recycled. Actually, I do it to make sure that I am not recycling. This month though I have to recycle. I canít help it. I checked June 2007ís entry. Last June I wrote about the selective amnesia that we have as sailors. Selective amnesia is akin to doing the same thing over and over but hoping for a different result. Last year I wrote about putting our boat in the water in April and then not sailing the entire month of May. Last year it was cold weather. This year our boat went in in April. This year itís tornadoes, flooding and everything else. Oh well, itís better than not sailing. We all could be doing yard work every weekend.

That said, we did get the sailing season started in grand fashion. This year we had about 72 people at the Margarita Party. Ron and Pat Shereyk and Lori and John Lauraitis did a great job of putting the event together. Ted Kuenzli did another fantastic job with the directory. Make sure you get a couple extra copies. Mickey Thompson pulled out all stops as our fund raising chairman. She had some great raffle items and unveiled the 35th anniversary commemorative wine offering. Award winning, smooth drinking with just a hint of oak. This will be available throughout the season at meetings and outings but supplies are limited. Get yourself a bottle or two. Itís for a good cause. Us.

Leon Anderson will not make the newsletter this month. All is well. Ted Kuenzli and Nancy Bartlett on the other hand got into the boat delivery business this past May. I understand that they learned the true definition of a sailboat. Read . . . no motor. I heard something about lee shores and following seas but again, youíll have to ask one of them for the full story.

The board, with Lois Bretall in charge, has solidified the outings schedule. The schedule will be in the newsletters throughout the summer and on the website. Pay particular attention to the 35th anniversary outing. It is at Great Lakes Naval base. We must get our applications in ASAP because of security issues. The date is August 2nd so donít wait until the last minute. The deadline is this month. Just a thought here. There is a METRA train that stops at Great Lakes. You can get an all weekend pass for $5.00. By the time August rolls around that will probably be less than the cost of a gallon of gas.

Ray Kalinsky has been doing a great job as our Rigging and Equipment guy. Ray recently reported that he has available a rivet type tool for putting screw anchors in fiberglass or thin aluminum. If you need something like that give him a call

Thatís about it. The storms a have passed and itís always cold until August anyway. No excuses. Get out there and sail.



Have you been out there sailing yet? Itís time!
Our Fleet outings have begun and they generally go on no matter what the weather. If you canít sail to an event, drive! This month we have a summer solstice sail to New Buffalo on June 20 or 21 (whichever fits your schedule) and a Photo Cruise on June 28. The photo cruise is a fabulous opportunity to get your boat photographed by a professional with the Chicago skyline in the background. (The Photo Cruise will require you to sail there!). In July many Fleet members head for the Michigan Shore and stop at the LMCA Catalina Rendezvous July 11 Ė 13.


by Lori Lauraitis

Well, this year we had about 72 members and guests of members on the Half-Moon Park grounds. The winds blew a chilly breeze, but all was forgiven when the sun came out later in the afternoon. Nice to see everyoneís faces after a long winter! Blenders were once again whirring with limes & fresh Strawberries and ice, salt - or no salt. All were happy! Appetizers-a-plenty for all to share. Our Secretary, Nancy Bartlett, pitched-in and now has the recipe downpat to help us out for any future parties. The Burnham Park Patio again served us well with their colorful buffet table, with a variety of vegetables, fruit, burgers, margarita chicken and veggies. Never can go wrong sitting with a group of members, and sharing the art of conversation. The raffle prizes went well, thanks to Mickie Thompson for putting her personal touch to winning numbers. Thanks to everyone who participated in Bike-The-Drive, we had a great am with great weather as well. Breakfast at the Club was delicious, and service was perfect as always. Thanks to everyone for their contribution and enjoy the upcoming sailing season...


This yearís Leukemia Cup Regatta is August 23.
Plan now to join other Catalinaís in this casual race.
Weíll have our own start (last year 11 Catalinas participated). If you register by July 25, your boatís name will appear on the event T-shirt. Details at
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:

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 Listings will run for 2 issues unless you notify me otherwise.


The membership directory has been distributed.
Contact Ted Kuenzli at 708-633-0764 for additional copies. Welcome aboard to the following new member:

Skipper: John E. Dreyzehner
First Mate: Faith R.
Boat name: Saucea
Size: 36 Sail #: 882
Harbor: Burnham Mooring: D-43

Please add this information to your directory.

with Dick Elesh

Are you just not quite sure how you should tweak your sails to get the best possible performance? Are you a little uneasy about how the mast should be stepped or raked? Do you have any idea what it means to rake the mast? If not, then this seminar is for you.

The USPS Sail Trim Seminar shows in clear and simple terms how to use and adjust the sails as well as tune the mast for optimum performance in a wide range of conditions. Included with the seminar is a waterproof, USPS Captainís Quick Guide written by North Sails and a book of notes and hints. The cost
is $25.00 per person for materials.

The seminar will be held at Sheridan Shore Yacht Club located at 20 Harbor Drive in Wilmette , IL on June 18th at 7:30pm. If interested in attending, please register with Gary Raphael at

Join us for the
15th Mac-Bay Get-Away's

July 11-13, 2008
MBYC Yacht Club
Macatawa, MI
tentative schedule:
July 11
5-7 pm Registration
6pm Dock Box & Bilge Sale
7p.m. Shrimp Boil
July 12
8 Ė 10 Breakfast Buffet
11am Fulbright Cup Race
1pm Cook-out Lunch
3 Ė 6 pm Tour de Boats de Vino
7pm Dinner
8 -10 pm Entertainment
July 13
8am Continental Breakfast
11am Pickle Race
1pm Luncheon & Awards
Register at


Fleet 21 Photo Cruise
June 28, 2008

Come out on Lake Michigan June 28th and have high quality photos taken of you and your boat!

We are planning to start at 12:00 and will try to schedule all boats within a half hour time slot. We will be anchored 1 mile east of the Planetarium (Lat and Long to follow). We will monitor channel 72 on the VHF for detailed instructions.

Make sure your boat is ďShip ShapeĒ with no bumpers and good sail trim and we will do our best to capture the beauty of your Catalina.

Please contact Bill or Mickie Thompson at 630-257-8052 or via email at: to schedule a time or for more information.

I plan on providing you with a CD containing all of your photos. If you would like to have prints made please contact me and we can make arrangements to have that done also.