Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter


June 2009

General Meeting
Tuesday, June 16
6:30 p.m.
Burnham Park Yacht Club

Summer Sailstice
 to New Buffalo
June 19-21

Taste of Chicago
June 26 – July 5

MacBay Get-Away
Lake Macatawa
Holland, MI
July 10-12

Tour of Boats
July 18
Burnham Harbor


2009 Outings List



Our next Fleet 21 General Meeting is all about fine tuning. Daniel Knight from Crowley’s Yacht Yard will demonstrate on one of our Catalina boats how to tune your rigging. A few adjustments can make a difference in your speed or handling.

Find out just what to tweak. The meeting is Tuesday, June 16, at the Burnham Park Yacht Club. The demonstration will take place on the yacht club docks (ED) at 6:30 p.m. (Please note the earlier start time). After the tuning demonstration, we’ll move to the yacht club for our meeting and dinner. Please call 312-427-4664 and make reservations for dinner.


We started off the season with a bang this year! Thanks to the DeAre’s, Shereyk’s and the Lauraitis’ for throwing one great Margarita party. We had 68 people attend the party on the lawn just south of BPYC and 53 people stayed on for the buffet style dinner provided by the club. Everyone brought something tasty to eat and there was a raffle of some items that were donated by Mickie Thompson and Lori Lauraitis. In all a great start to the 2009 sailing season.

Ted Kuenzli distributed the directories to all of the members that attended the Margarita party and has additional copies available for $2.00 for anyone that is interested.

We had scheduled a Sunflower raft up for June 13th but we have had difficulty working out the venue. In discussing this idea with the board it was determined that we would be better off waiting until later in the summer to attempt this outing. I will work on rescheduling and report back in the future.

Our next activity will be the General Meeting on June 16th. The meeting will start early at 6:30 this time in order to allow our guest to demonstrate the art of rig tuning on one of our own boats. Daniel Knight from Crowley’s Yacht Yard will give the demonstration to show us step-by-step how to tune the mast for optimal performance. After the demonstration we will retire to the club for dinner and a short meeting. Please give the yacht club a call and reserve your spot for dinner, they are gracious hosts and that will help them plan for what I think will be a well attended meeting.

Now, since our rigs are in top shape we need somewhere to sail to! Dave and Carolyn DeAre have just the answer. The next outing will be the Summer Sailstice to New Buffalo Michigan. This outing is perfect for the longest days of the year. New Buffalo offers a great little town to shop and explore, a nice beach and good dining and pubs within walking distance of the harbor. It’s also a short sail from most of our harbors. So check the flyer for details and let Dave and Carolyn know you’re coming.

Please also note that we added an outing in August; we will be sailing to Waukegan harbor on the weekend of August 15th. Oscar Lutz at Waukegan put together a fun weekend of activities, so please see the flyer for additional information.

Thanks again to everyone on the board and the committees who worked so hard getting everything ready. I look forward to seeing everyone sailing this summer.

Bill Thompson

Welcome back to Jim and Marie Marzano! Please add their contact information to your 2009 Directory.

Skipper: Jim Marzano
1st Mate Marie Marzano
Lisle, IL 60532
Boat Info:
Name: Chaos
Size: 320
Sail #: 365
Harbor: Burnham
Mooring: H-13

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: 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.


Fleet 21 is a member of this boating organization. Lori
Lauraitis is our representative to the group. Lori filed this report from the May meeting.

* Two new harbors to be added. Chicago Gateway Harbor will replace the old Dime Pier and offer nightly and hourly boating slips, hopefully beginning 2010. 31st Harbor was proposed for the Olympic sailing venue, but now it looks like Burnham would be used if Chicago gets the Olympics. Displaced boaters would use the new harbors.
* Free parking is some going to be a thing of the past. Cannon Drive leading to Diversey will have meters installed.
* CYA Ball will be November 14 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Chicago’s River Walk
* Boats needed for Chicago’s Venetian Night

Don’t forget to register your boat for the Leukemia Cup scheduled for August 21-22. Last year 9 Fleet boats and 12 Catalinas in all raced in this event. It’s a low key, casual race. Get together a crew of fellow Fleet members and plan to participate. For more information or to register go to

Other races you are invited to participate in include:

Double Handed Race from Northpoint Marina to Port Washinton. June 18. For more information contact Joe Vilimek at or go to the Lake Michigan Single Handed Society website at

There & Back Short-Handed Race, Saturday, August 1. Belmont Yacht Club. Register at


If nothing else, look like a racer with your very own Cataling Fleet 21 battleflag.

Battle Flags are back! If you’ve noticed the big Catalina “Battle Flags” flying at our Fleet outings and wondered how to get one, now’s your chance! The custom 36” X 54” flags feature the Chicago skyline and the All Catalina logo. Reserve yours today!
Cost is $45. Reserve by calling or emailing Ray Kalinsky at
708-974-2470 or



May 23               Margarita Party (Lauraitis, Shereyk)

May 24               Bike the Drive

June 19-21          Summer Sailstice in New Buffalo (DeAre’s)

June 26-July 5     Taste of Chicago

July 10-12           Mac Bay Get-Away at Holland, MI

July 18                Chicago to Mackinaw Race

July 18                Tour of Boats-Burnham Harbor-Thompson’s

July 24-25            Pierogi Fest in Whiting, IN (Hammond)

July 25                Chicago’s Venetian Night

August 1             Shrimp Boil at Northpoint Harbor (Vilimek; Meekma)

August 15-16      Weekend in Waukegan (Lutz)
                          Air and Water Show in Chicago

August 21-22       Leukemia Cup Race (Dave Green)

September 5-7     Michigan City (Luther’s)

September 19     Hammondfest (Bretall)