Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago
SAIL INTO SPRING!
According to Tom Skilling, meteorological spring arrived on March 1 and the
calendar says spring is here March 20….so it’s not too early to think sailing!
Get into the boating mood by attending our March General Meeting on Saturday,
March 21. Again this year our meeting is being held at Crowley’s Yacht Yard as
part of their Yachtapalooza. This annual event features all kinds of nautical
seminars (see the schedule in this newsletter), vendor booths, food,
entertainment, prizes, and great prices on selected store items (VC 17 is always
discounted!). The activities start at 9:00 a.m. We have a space reserved for our
meeting at 3 p.m. After the business meeting we’ll adjourn to Pucci’s Restaurant
at 10063 S. Ewing. The restaurant is five blocks south of Crowleys with free
In April we’ll meet on the 18th at the Calumet Coast Guard Station. A
flyer is included in this newsletter.
Directions to Crowley’s Yacht Yard
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
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.
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
A MESSAGE FROM THE
Well March sure came in like a lion; let’s hope it goes out like a lamb!
The entire winter has been, if not like a lion, at least a bear. A group
of 15 Fleet 21 members got away from the winter doldrums by attending
the Chicago Maritime Festival on February 28th. The festival included a
number of interesting seminars on Chicago’s maritime environment, a
silent auction as well as entertainment with a nautical flair. Fleet 21
provided a reduced rate at the door and the group concluded the day by
going to O’Brien’s for an early dinner. Thanks to Brian Ruxton for
making the arrangements for this program.
Along with the arrival of March come thoughts of upcoming launch dates.
In conjunction with that thought is the pre-launch checklist that we all
have to get those boats splashed. Every spring Crowley’s Yacht Yard
hosts their annual “Yachtapalooza”, and with it the lowest prices of the
season on all of the things we need to get our boats in the water. This
year’s event will be on Saturday March 21st. We purchase our VC17 every
year, and it’s the lowest price anywhere. Crowley’s will provide us with
a space to hold our general meeting at 3:00 pm. After the meeting we
will adjourn to Puccie’s restaurant at 10063 S. Ewing for a cocktail and
Keep the date of April 18th open on your calendars for an outing to the
Coast Guard’s Calumet station. They will provide us with a tour of the
facility, a seminar on required equipment for our boats and a discussion
on what to do if you’re boarded by the Coast Guard. I know this will be
a fun and informative program, especially as we are just getting our
boats ready for that spring splash. We are planning to go out to eat
after the meeting, a venue will be determined and directions will be
available at the meeting. Thanks to Tom and Eddie Grove for setting up
this fun program.
I know you all will join me in expressing our sympathies to Mary Beth
and Chuck Cybul on the loss of Mary Beth’s father.
We have scheduled a number of programs and outings for the upcoming
season; see the list in this issue. We are also working on some new
things that have not been finalized yet. If you have any ideas for an
outing or program please let me know. We are always looking for new
things to do and places to see.
As always thanks to all our hard working officers and committee members
for all their hard work. Hope to see you all at Crowley’s.
This is your last chance to renew your Fleet 21 membership.
If you have not renewed by April 1, you will no longer receive this
newsletter and your name will not appear in the membership directory.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. Listings will run for 2 issues unless you notify
Fleet 21 is a member of this boating organization. Lori
Lauraitis is our representative to the group. The February
26 meeting was attended by Tom Grove.
Officer Peter Piazza was introduced as the new officer in charge of the
The CYA Ball will be held at the Hyatt Regency this year.
The group is looking at ways to save money on this annual event.
Dues have been increased. The group is considering basing dues on the
size of the organization represented with larger groups paying more than
The next meeting is scheduled for March 26th at the Corinthian Yacht
Club, Montrose Harbor.
RIGGING & EQUIPMENT
By Tom Grove
What boat do you think is the most efficient when sailing downwind? My
first thought is naturally the Catalina. Well, if you were able to see
the tall ships when they were in town, that would give you a clue.
During Strictly Sail this year I was able to attend Forespar’s seminar
on downwind sailing. The old square sail clipper ships were the most
efficient due to their ability to put up so much sail perpendicular to
the wind. Now with our boats, as we’re sailing anywhere from a broad
reach to running dead down wind, our jibs have a tendency to curl, thus
reducing the sail area (figure A). The main sail is fine as the boom
keeps the foot of the sail extended, but in order to help the jib
perform optimally a whisker pole is needed. The whisker pole attaches to
the mast and the windward jib sheet to extend the jib toward the wind.
The pole is adjusted to keep it at 90 degrees to the wind, and the boom
should be at 90 degrees also. One drawback to using a whisker pole is
that in heavier wind the pole should not be used above 150 degrees, and
as the winds build over 20 knots reducing sail area should be
considered. (It’s always better to reduce sail area early than to become
overpowered) Something very important to remember, when sailing this far
downwind a preventer should be rigged to the main to eliminate an
accidental jibe. Setting both sails on ‘Wing on Wing’ creates a larger
sail area to catch the wind with, and will certainly increase your
If you’re unable to find your rigging answer on one of the Catalina web
sites drop me an email and I’ll try to help you out. finsc30@comcast
Tune up your racing skills with several seminars offered this spring.
Burnham Park Yacht Club is offering
Sail Fast in 2009 with five Friday evening programs on March 20, April
10, April 17, April 24 and May 8. The program is designed to bring new
sailors up to speed quickly on the key points of sailboat racing and to
provide intermediate skill racers with additional knowledge for
The classes cover:
•Boat & Crew Preparation
•Crew Positions and Communications
•Start Strategies & Tactics
•Mock Protest - common errors and suggested hints
Gerry O'Neil will present the program. Gerard "Gerry" O'Neil is an
accomplished ocean and buoy racer with over 25 years of experience. He
has participated in the Newport to Bermuda, Chicago to Mackinac; placed
top 5 in multiple J/30 North American Championships; and won of dozens
of Sailing World NOOD and Chicago Verve Cup Regattas.
Dennis Bartley the skipper in many of the above races and BPYC & MORF US
Sailing certified judge, will review the rules and cover the changes in
the 2009 rules.
The lectures start at 7:30 pm and expect to end around 9:00 pm. Dinner
will be available at the club from the menu, *please make reservations
for dinner at least two days in advance*.
The cost of $60 per person for the five lecture series will cover the
handouts and help support the BPYC Jr Sailing Program. If you register
your crew with 3 or more, we will take $5 per person off the fee.
Please let us know if you are coming, by emailing Dick O'Connell (email@example.com)
or Calling Mike at the yacht club 312-427-4664. (You do not need to be a
yacht club member to attend.)
Columbia Yacht Club at DuSable is offering Racing Rules and Sailing
Sharp Seminar May 2
The seminar is designed around the concept that knowing the racing rules
of sailing, makes racing an enjoyable and safe contest while using one's
skill, seamanship, and applying the principles of sportsmanship, and
The conversation will include all elements of a race and the 2009-2012
rule or rules that apply. (There are lots of changes to the racing rules
this year).Seminar handout material will be given to each participant.
The event is open to all sailors, including those racing under
one-design and handicap rating systems and in junior programs.
Facilitators include US Sailing Judges: Allan A. Teske, Robert Sargent,
Nancy Glover, Ted Jones, Andrew J. Kiener, Dennis Bartley
The cost of the seminar is Twenty Five Dollars ($25.00). A lunch is
included in the cost of the seminar and will be provided by the host
club. The starting time for all sessions will be 09:00 local time and
end at 16:00 Bring your rule book. New rule books will be available for
Contact Allan Teske at 773-239-4400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR
THESE FUTURE PROGRAMS
March 21 Catalina General Meeting at Crowley’s Yacht Yard
April 18 2:00 p.m. Safety program and tour of the Calumet Harbor Coast Guard
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 email@example.com.
Listings will run for 2 issues unless you notify me otherwise.
FOR SALE: Fleet Glassware. We have wine goblets for
$5 each and champagne flutes $2.50 each. Available at
Fleet Outings or reserve yours by calling Carolyn at
THEY’RE BACK: Fleet Battle Flags will be available
At the Margarita Party!
The Outings Committee is hard at work planning
a great summer for you. Give them a hand.
If you have an outing you’d like to suggest or sponsor, now is the time to
speak up. Already on the calendar is the
Burnham Margarita Party—May 23
Summer Sailstice to New Buffalo – June 19-21
Mac Bay Get – Away at Holland, MI – July 11 -13
Michigan City Overnight – Labor Day
Hammond Extravaganza – Sept. 19