Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter


January 2009


This time of year Dave always heads to the boat yard to see how the boat is surviving the wintry blasts. After retying the cover and maybe shoveling some snow, he charges the batteries. January is also a good time to recharge your enthusiasm for sailing and Fleet 21. The place to do it is Corinthian Yacht Club on the 17th. We’ll start the year with our traditional “Pot Luck.” Even though it’s not really a potluck anymore, that’s what we always call it. The catered dinner is really a chance to get together and socialize. Sailing and boats is always the number one topic—although this year it might be Illinois politics! If you’re new to the Fleet and have resolved to get more involved in our activities, this is the place to start. It’s very casual and a great way to get to know other members.

We’re also reviving the Brown Bag Auction this year! You must have some object you’re dying to unload. It doesn’t have to be nautical, but it can be. Place the treasured piece in a bag, staple it shut, and indicate on the bag an estimated value and a clue to the contents. Bring it along to the Potluck and be sure to bring money along too so you can buy someone else’s bag.

The Corinthian Yacht Club is at Montrose Harbor. Besides the Brown Bag Auction Item bring a log for the fire and your membership renewal form. RSVP to Bill & Mickie Thompson at 630-257-8052 by 1/10.

After getting charged up about the coming sailing season at the Potluck, you’ll be ready for the Strictly Sail show at Navy Pier running from January 29 to February 1. Offering terrific seminars and lots of new boats it’s a great way to warm up a winter weekend. 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 or Dave DeAre.

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. Soft drinks, pizza and salad will be served. The cost is $10.00 per person and will be collected at the door.

Last year over 100 Fleet 21 and LMCA members stayed downtown at the Hampton on Friday and/or Saturday night. The deadline for making room reservations is past, but call or email Madalyn Duerr. She may still have rooms available at a great rate. Email her at or call 312-923-8378.

More information about the boat show is at
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Happy New Year to all our Fleet 21 members and their families; I hope your holiday season was joyous. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the fleet. My name is Bill Thompson and I will be your Commodore for 2009. I have been a member of Catalina fleet 21 since we purchased our Catalina 30, “Bill’s Michael-een”, six years ago. My wife, Mickie and I have been active in the fleet and both have served on the board for the past few years. I am looking forward to serving as Commodore this year and meeting as many members as I can.

I have high hopes for the upcoming year’s outings and programs. Some of them will be familiar such as Strictly Sail and Crowley’s Yachataplooza, and some will be new and different, but I hope everyone will try to attend and make them all special.

I want to start out by thanking Carolyn DeAre and Lucy Jakubas for putting together another very special banquet this year. If you were unable to attend for any reason you missed a wonderful night of dinner, dancing and socializing with the finest sailors around. This year Carolyn assembled one of the best raffles, with the grand prize a one week stay at the Butler’s vacation home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Thanks to everyone that attended and all who donated items to the great raffle.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank both the outgoing and incoming officers of Fleet 21. Special thanks to Brian Ruxton for his dedicated service as Commodore for two years running. It will not be easy following in his footsteps but I will give it my best shot. Also thanks to Jack Bretall, Ray Kalinsky and Nancy Bartlett for volunteering to serve as our officers this year, I know I will call on them often. And of course thanks to all the dedicated people who work on the various committees; without their continued support we could not continue as an organization.

In keeping with the above we still have a number of committee chairs open. I am in GREAT need of someone to chair the Outings, Programs and Fund Raising committees. I know these seem like positions that may be difficult but we need to have some new people working on these committees. I know there are people out there who have said “We should go to XXXXXX for an outing next time” or “I would like to hear about XXXXXXXX at our next program”. We need your input and the Board of this club is a very social and welcoming place. I know all of the board members would be happy to help out new members and give a fair amount of input. So if you are thinking of giving it a try please give me a call; my home number and my cell number (Boat Phone) are in the directory.

Just one last note, our next program will be the “Pot Luck” at Corinthian Y.C. on January, 17th. This is our traditional season kick-off event. We will be doing it a little differently this year by having Jesse cater the dinner for the evening. We will also be returning to the traditional “Brown Bag Auction” this year. This event is great fun and a good way to pick up that little nick-knack you so need for your boat. See the flyer in this issue for more information. This is also the traditional time to renew your membership to Fleet 21, also enclosed.

I know this was a bit wordy for my first Commodore’s Report; I will try to keep it shorter in the future. If there is anything I or the Board can do to improve the club in any way please be sure to contact me. Think Spring!


Your 2009 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 January potluck or mail it to Pat and Ron Shereyk.


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.


80 Fleet members dined, danced, and sparkled at the 35th Annual Banquet on November 22.

Dick Bek joined the band for some great numbers. Pictured are Jennifer, Dick, and the singer from Music Plus

  Old and new members enjoying the evening


The 2009 Board: Bill Thompson, Commodore;
Jack Bretall, Vice Commodore;
Ray Kalinsky,Treasurer;
Nancy Bartlett, Secretary

Awards were presented as follows:

Boat of the Year went to Bill and Micki Thompson in recognition of all their work for the Fleet
Commodore’s Award went to Marshall Fernholtz for his efforts in making the Corinthian Yacht Club available for many Fleet activities
Racer of the Year was Ray Kalinsky in recognition of his racing activities including participation in the Mac Race.
Rookie of the Year went to Lloyd and Myria Johnson Hammond members who have jumped right into Fleet activities

Ed Kita and Kathy Cusimano were the lucky winners of the Catalina Condo vacation in Mexico.