Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter


July 2009


In July Fleet 21 is all about the sailing. There is no General Meeting. Instead we hope you’ll enjoy the long days, sunshine, and warm nights on your boat (here’s to the weather!). Plan your sailing around the Fleet Outings. There’s a Tour of Boats in Burnham Harbor on July 18. Plan to end a sail at North Point Marina on August 1 (or go early) and enjoy a fabulous shrimp boil. Sail to Waukegan August 14 -16. Take your directory along and look up sail numbers as you sail. Fleet members generally monitor channel 72 so give fellow members a radio call. Visit a new harbor—there are Fleet 21 members in almost every Chicagoland harbor. Get together for a sail or a chat. Members in Hammond Marina extend an invitation for you to visit them. There are lots of empty slips and lots to do. The casino is within walking distance as is Whiting Park with their wonderful outdoor concerts. Concerts include a 100th Birthday Concert on July 18, Marilyn Gaza Jazz Allstars, Aug. 1; From Broadway to LaScala, Aug. 8 ; Karl Linden and the Chicago String Artists, Aug.15, Music From Around the Globe, Aug. 22; Charlie Blum and his Big Band, Aug. 29; Proud to Be an America featuring orchestra, chorus and fireworks, Sept. 6. The popular Pierogi Fest is July 24 & 25. Give Ted & Francine Kuenzli a call if you need more info. Details of all upcoming Fleet outings are inside this newsletter.


Happy Fourth of July to everyone! I know that this is usually the height of the sailing season but this year has been a challenge for all of us. The weather seems to be finally coming around and getting better. I hope the weekend of the fourth was good for you and your family.

Speaking of the weather, our June program looked to be a bust due to the rainstorms, but just the opposite turned out to b the case. Dan Knight from Crowley’s Yacht Yard had intended to present a hands-on tuning of one of our members mast at the Burnham Park Yacht Club on 6/16. Due to the persistent rainstorms that day Dan gave us a presentation of the steps he uses to professionally tune a mast. With a number of handouts, rigging props and a “mast” of sorts, Dan both entertained and enlightened us with the fine points of rig tuning. I know I was impressed with his knowledge and presentation skills. I may even try to do my own mast in the near future.

The weather also played a part in our first outing of the season, but as usual Fleet 21 overcame in the end. Our annual “Summer Sailstice” outing to New Buffalo, Michigan on 6/19 – 6/21 got off to a little bit of a late start with thunderstorms rolling through the area on Friday. Our faithful sailors departed early on Saturday, which turned out to be a beautiful day, and arrived in New Buffalo by mid-afternoon. A strong current from the rain filled river that empties into Lake Michigan via the Municipal Marina made docking a real challenge for all of the sailors. But fortunately with help from our fellow Fleet 21 members most avoided serious problems. Once in our slips and tied up the group came together for a cocktail, some munchies and tales of the trip over and the docking experience. Afterwards we made our way to Hannah’s for dinner. A total of 20 people attended the dinner at Hannah’s and they provided us with a private room and our own wait staff. On Sunday morning some cooked on board and some went into town for breakfast before shoving off for the return to points west. Thanks to Dave and Carolyn DeAre for sponsoring this fun outing.

July looks to be a busy month (as always) for Fleet 21. Although we do not customarily have a general meeting/program in July we do have a lot of activities scheduled. The first outing being the Mac Bay Getaway on 7/10 – 7/12 which is run by our sister organization the Lake Michigan Catalina Association in Holland Michigan. Our next outing will be the Tour of Boats on 7/18 at Burnham Harbor. Please see the flyers enclosed in the fleet sheet or the web site for complete information on these outings. As well as the non-Fleet 21 activities Taste of Chicago (7/1-7/5), The Chicago to Mac Race (7/18) and Venetian Night (7/25). Please also note the Shrimp Boil at Northpoint on 8/1 (not strictly July but before the next fleet sheet). I am looking forward to all of the above activities and hope you are too.

In closing, I hope the weather improves for all of the upcoming activities. As always I want to thank all the dedicated board and committee members that work so hard to put together all of the outings, programs and other activities that we so much enjoy.

Bill Thompson, Commodore

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.

FOR SALE: 1989 Catalina 36. Wing keel, tall rig. Lightly used. Fresh water only. Loaded. Can be viewed at Burnham Harbor by appointment. Recent Survey available. For sale @ $58,500. For more information contact: John Simonaitis
847-217-6567 or email

FOR SALE: Set of three cockpit cushions for a Catalina 30 Mark I. These are the old style vinyl cushions with foam inside, one may need a new zipper, aside from that they are in pretty good shape. They came with my boat and we have since replaced them with closed cell cushions. They are free to anyone interested, but I will not ship them based on their size. Please call Bill Thompson at 630-257-8052 or email me at to make arrangements.

Are you ready to rumble? It's time for the annual Leukemia Cup Regatta to be held on August 22nd. Last year was Fleet 21's third consecutive year in this great fund raising event. We had 11 boats in our fleet, the most of any racing fleet in last year’s event. Fleet 21 was also mentioned in the Notice of Race as the Catalina Performance Handicap Fleet. Since we now have racing fleet status, lets see if we can continue to show our support for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by having another year of more Fleet 21 Catalina sailboats on the water and raise more money for this great cause.

Just a note to the non-racers, this is a very low stress racing event. All of the Catalina’s sail as JAM (Jib and Main only) boats, no spinnakers! Many of our fleet race with family and friends. There is an event at the Columbia Yacht Club on 8/21 that includes a dinner and silent auction as well as a post-race party. For additional information check the website at for additional information.

Also please note the entrance fee schedule: For both the boat and individual the registration fee is $75.00 up to July 27th then it is $100.00 fee and the day of the Race $150.00.

Summer Sailstice to New Buffalo
June 20-21
Scratch the plans for sailing to New Buffalo on Friday, June 19. It was stormy!! Plan B (thanks to Hazel & John Luther) called for a cookout in the shelter of Michigan City. So we hopped in a car and drove there. All told we had 25 or so who enjoyed the talents of grill master Ted Kuenzli. On Saturday six boats made it to New Buffalo under sunny skies: Little Miss Magic, R Joy, C’dream, Parrot Eyes, Overdue, Bill’s Michael-een. Thanks to a terrific river current, docking was a hair-raising experience! 20 members enjoyed dinner at Hannah’s. The motor home on Sunday was uneventful. Thanks to all who participated!