Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago
Saturday, May 23
Bike the Drive
Sunday, May 24
Meet at H Dock
Tuesday, June 16
Burnham Park Yacht Club
Sunflower Raft Up
to New Buffalo
LET THE SAILING BEGIN!
Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional start to Fleet 21’s summer activities.
The first event is an easy one: the Margarita Party at Burnham Harbor on May 23.
We’ve been serving up $1 margaritas in all kinds of weather since about 1992!
And the price remains the same this year! All you need to do is show up with
dollars in hand and a good time in mind. Complete details are in the flyer
inside this newsletter. It seems since our group began 35 years ago, we’ve most
always started the year at Burnham Harbor. At one time there was a great cove
where we all could raft up for free. Those days are gone, but Burnham is still
the launching site for our summers. And you can still bring your boat…you’ll
just need to arrange it with the harbor master. Bring your bike too and join in
Bike the Drive on Sunday.
If you’re a Fleet member who has never attended an outing, start with this one.
You can drive to Burnham Harbor (we are trying to arrange for free parking
passes, but we can’t guarantee it—pay parking is always available). This event
generally goes on no matter what the weather. If it’s pouring buckets call the
sponsors before you leave home.
The complete Outings Schedule is included in this newsletter. We’ve got
overnights, cruises, shrimp boils and more on deck. If you can’t sail to an
event, drive. Many members do. Many of the events will ask for
reservations…please cooperate! It’s hard to plan events when we have no idea how
many are coming.
Our summer programs and General Meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of the month and
generally at the Burnham Park Yacht Club. Our General Meeting in May is at the
Margarita Party. There’s no General Meeting in July. And mark your calendars now
for the biggest and dressiest event of the year: The Annual Awards Banquet is
November 21 at the Burnham Park Yacht Club.
A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMODORE
Well, we finally made it! Our boat was splashed on May 1st and we had an
absolutely wonderful sail from Hammond to Burnham Harbor on Sunday May 3rd. The
wind was out of the West at 10 – 15 knots which made for a perfect broad reach
most of the way. Speed was between 6 and 7 with a max at 7.7; can’t get much
better than that! I know many of you are still getting ready and wish you the
best of luck getting all of those spring chores done in preparation for launch
Many thanks to the men and women of the Coast Guard and Tom and Eddie Grove for
planning and executing our last program at the Coast Guard station at Calumet
Park. This was one of those outings that was informative as well as fun. They
started out taking us on a tour through the facility, allowed us to board the
boats, took us through the communications area and finally brought us back to
the mess hall for a discussion about required safety equipment and a question
and answer period. I think everyone that attended enjoyed the program. We had a
total of 30 members at the Coast Guard station and everyone joined us at Up For
Grabs following the tour for dinner and a cocktail.
We are planning on reprinting the name badges this year to make it easier to
meet and greet each other at the outings and programs. We are planning on using
the names as they appear in the directory. If that is not the name that you
would like on the name badge please give me a call or send me an email and we
will modify it to whatever you like. I know that sometimes William would rather
be called Bill at the social gatherings. So please let me know by 5/15 if you
would like a change.
Speaking of social gatherings, the next program on the schedule is the Margarita
Party on Saturday May 23rd at 4:30 pm. The location will be the same as past
years, just south of the Burnham Park Yacht Club on the lawn. We are working
with the Burnham harbor master to arrange parking near the party and will direct
you on the day of the party. If any Burnham Boaters have extra parking passes it
would be great if you could make them available for your visiting members for
other harbors. After the party the Burnham Park Yacht Club has extended an
invitation to all our members to enjoy a dinner on their patio for the price of
$15 per person. After dinner we will hold a short general meeting. BPYC has
asked that we please give them a better idea of how many people to prepare for
so please R.S.VP to the number on the flyer if you plan to stay.
Also keep in mind that on Sunday May 24th is Chicago’s annual Bike the Drive.
The city of Chicago closes Lake Shore Drive to automobiles and allows only
bikes. This is a great opportunity to work off the margaritas from the party on
If you haven’t visited our web site in a while please check it out. Our
webmaster Bob Kuba has added some new pages and updated the weather page. The
new weather page has a number of helpful resources and now has a number of
webcams from around the lake. Go to www.catfleet21.org and browse around. Many
thanks to Bob for all the work he puts in to keep our web site the best one
That’s all for now. I look forward to seeing all my old friends and hopefully
some new ones at the Margarita Party. Until then fair winds to you all.
The 2009 membership directories will be distributed at the Margarita Party on
May 23. Those not picked up will be mailed. If you make changes to your address,
phone number, email, etc. during the year, please send them to the membership
chair and the Fleet Sheet editor. We’ll publish the changes here.
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 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 email@example.com to make
Fleet 21 is a member of this boating organization. Lori
Lauraitis is our representative to the group. Lori filed this report from the
*Phone number for contacting Coast Guard to report an incident or request help
*Scott Stevenson & Jerry Metzger reported for WesTrec (company that manages the
Chicago harbors). They reported that the Chicago harbors are 99% occupies with
renewals down 2 – 3% from last year. Water levels are up on Lake Michigan so
dredging should not be necessary. New gas docks are planned for Burnham Harbor.
Belmont is moving gas kiosk; store will open in June. DuSable washrooms are 85%
completed. Store will open 5/15. Monroe replaced some cans and chains. Montrose
bathrooms should be open. They hope these floating bathrooms work out well and
can be used in other harbors. Extra parking passes are $220 for 2nd one and $300
* Fred Poppe, CYA Vice President, was elected to the National Boating
Federation. He attended a meeting on the effects of ethanol mixed into regular
*Venetian Night is Saturday, July 25. Go to www.chicagoyachtingassociation.org
for more info.
More and more of our Fleet 21 members are discovering the fun and challenge of
For many their first race wasthe 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 http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/regatta/hm_reg
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the Lake Michigan
Single Handed Society website at
There & Back Short-Handed Race, Saturday, August 1. Belmont Yacht Club. Register
If nothing else, look like a racer with your very own Cataling Fleet 21
Battle Flags are back!
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
Cost is $45. Flags will be available for pick up at the Margarita
Party on Memorial Day weekend or other arrangements can be made.
Reserve by calling or emailing Ray Kalinsky at
708-974-2470 or email@example.com