Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter


March 2008

Our March General Meeting is Saturday, March 29. Again this year it is being held at Crowley’s Yacht Yard as part of their Yachtapalooza. This annual event will feature big discounts on selected store items (VC17 is always the big seller), the Nautical Donations Flea Market tent, guest speakers, workshops, featured vendors, food, entertainment and prizes...and admission is FREE! We have arranged with Crowley’s for some meeting space in the early afternoon.
Yachtapalooza starts at 9:00 a.m. Come early to shop and attend the seminars. Crowley’s Yacht Yard is located at 3434 East 95th Street in Chicago near the Indiana border.

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 onto 95th Street and go one block to Crowley's Yacht Yard entrance on your left.
Via I-94/Skyway
Take I-94 to the Skyway. Exit the Skyway at 92nd Street (the first exit after you pay the toll.) Turn left onto 92nd Street. Go one block to South Chicago Avenue. Turn right onto South Chicago Avenue, go 1/2 mile to 95th Street. Turn left onto 95th Street. Go over the Calumet River on the 95th Street bridge. The entrance to Crowley's Yacht Yard is just after the bridge on your right.
Via Indiana Toll Road
Exit the Indiana Toll Road at Indianapolis Boulevard. (last Indiana exit). Follow Indianapolis Boulevard northwest to Ewing Avenue (Rt. 41). Turn right onto Ewing Avenue. Go north on Ewing Avenue to 95th Street (Rt. 12/20). Turn left onto 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 onto 95th Street. Go 2 1/2 miles on 95th Street to the 95th Street bridge over the Calumet River. The entrance to Crowley's Yacht Yard is just after the bridge on your right.
Via I-57
Take I-57 to the Halsted Street exit. Turn left onto Halsted Street. Turn right onto 95th Street. Proceed east on 95th Street to the 95th Street bridge over the Calumet River. The entrance to Crowley's Yacht Yard is just after the bridge on your right.
Around 3 p.m. we’ll adjourn to Pucci’s Restaurant at 10063 S. Ewing. The restaurant is only five blocks south of Crowley’s and is ot hard to find. Parking is available. Join us! Enough winter; it’s time to think sailing!


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

November 22 Awards Banquet

More to come including our 35th Anniversary Celebration


OK, this message will start off with a test. If you paid close attention to my last message you should have noticed that I was dead wrong about something. What was it? … I said that by the time we had our next meeting it would be Spring. Oops. Not even close. Not even meteorological Spring. Deborah is lucky I had to write this letter. I made up my mind somewhere around February 25th that I was just going to stay in bed until May. But duty called, here I am, and she won’t have to get the boat ready. That’s if we still have a boat. We store at Winthrop Harbor. So far the area has been hit with tornadoes in January and the yacht yard with a fire in February. We’re waiting for the fiberglass eating locusts. Enough of that. This month we will get back to our boats. We will start working on them. We will be ready in six weeks to go in the water.

Against the back drop of this cold winter our board continues to work very hard to make this a successful year. Mickie Thompson has some wonderful fundraising activities planned. We are going to have a commemorative 35th anniversary wine this summer. Look for the first squeezings at the Margarita party. Ron Shereyk, Pat Shereyk and Lori Lauraitis are now the 35th anniversary committee and those plans are firming up nice. They won’t turn away any help. Give them a call. Lois Bretall is finally recovering from her broken rib and has hit the ground running with programs. Deborah has a movie date-night planned for us. I don’t want to say too much here because I don’t want to step on the toes of all the people who are doing the hard work. Stay tuned. It is going to be a good summer.

We had another successful program in February. We had about twenty members attend the Maritime Festival at the Chicago History Museum. We then retired over to O’Brien’s for dinner. Again, a nice contingent from Northpoint in attendance. I talked with Gary Glenn who I haven’t seen for a while. Best wishes to you and Carolyn with Sophie (their dog).

March will again see our general meeting will be held in conjunction with Crowley’s Yachtapolooza. This is definite even if Crowley’s has not yet published their itinerary. Check it out at

A couple of additional items:
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. Note to Ron Shereyk – I’m this close to revoking your Commodore’s award from last year. You haven’t shoveled my driveway once this winter.

On a sad note we found out that one of our members, Sherwin Winer passed away in November. Sherwin, although no longer a boat owner, continued to keep our not-for-profit corporation in compliance with the Secretary of State. Our condolences.

Finally, I hope every one had a healthy safe winter. It has to get warmer. It always does.

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.

Report from Lori Lauraitis
Meeting held February 28:
*WesTrec was awarded a harbor contract in November for 5 years. Many new managers at all the harbors with lots of personnel moving to other harbors.

*Belmont Harbor will host the Etchells World Championship Class 1 Design sailboat race June 19-29.

*Harbor construction will begin in 2009-2010 and will include development of a new harbor at Navy Pier. To be called Gateway Harbor, it will have three sections: seasonal, hourly, & transient with a 330 boat capacity. A new harbor is also going in at 31st Street. It will hold 850 boats and will be located just south of McCormick Place.

*DuSable will be under construction this spring with work on an elevated bike path, bathrooms for boaters & public, office building with store and restaurant.

*Lake Michigan water levels are down again this year.

Have you renewed your Fleet 21 membership?
April 1 is the deadline. If you no longer have your membership renewal form, there’s one on our website at or call Ron & Pat Shereyk.

Welcome back to former Fleet member:

Diana Phillips
Chicago, IL 60614


Take your calendar, turn to November, circle November 22. That’s the date for the Annual Awards Banquet. It was a smash hit last year and promises to be even better this year. More details later.


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