Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter


November 2009

Awards Banquet
November 21
Burnham Park Yacht Club

2009 Outings List




One of the best traditions of Fleet 21 is to cap the sailing year with the Awards Banquet. Traditionally the banquet includes a sit-down dinner, installation of new officers, presentation of Fleet awards, and dancing. This year will include all that—and more! We hope you are planning to attend. If you have not returned your reservation, please call or email Carolyn DeAre today --we want you there! If you’ve never attended the banquet or if you are a new member we promise to make you feel at home and welcome. By the end of the evening, you’ll know many fellow Catalina owners and you’ll really feel like you’re part of the club.

We’ll start the evening with passed appetizers and drinks—maybe some pictures from the past! Dinner promises to be a treat from start to a chocolate chip finish. Officers to be installed include: Commodore, Bill Thompson; Vice Commodore, Nancy Bartlett, and Treasurer, Ray Kalinsky. We’ll award a Boat of the Year for extra effort in seamanship, participation, and service and a Racer of the Year for racing plus participation in other club activities. The Commodore also selects the winner of his award which goes to someone instrumental to his success and the success of the Fleet.

After the business of the evening, our favorite band Music Plus will get you dancing—or at a bare minimum tapping your toes! We’ll have raffle prizes to award throughout the evening* and everyone takes home a table favor.
The yacht club parking lot should be open. If you have a Burnham parking pass, bring it along. We’ve arranged for passes for everyone who needs one.

*Add to the Banquet fun! Contribute a raffle basket. Put together a raffle basket (or bag, or box) …it can have a theme (like margaritas or lighthouses or it doesn’t have to) and bring it to the banquet. We’ll sell raffle tickets and award all the prizes we have.

Need to make a reservation or have a question about the banquet? Call or email:
Carolyn DeAre 630-469-6117
Mickie Thompson 630-257-8052




The boat is winterized and covered for the long winter season. I hope your annual trip to the storage yard went without incident. Now we get to look forward to spring 2010.

We had a great time at our last general meeting. Fifteen members attended and watched the movie “Morning Light”. The movie about a group of young people that sailed the Transpac race from California to Hawaii. We dined on a variety of different pizza and salad at a pizza parlor in Lemont. It was a good venue for the movie as we had our own private room.

The banquet will be our next big party. I hope you are all planning to attend on November 21st at the Burnham Harbor Yacht Club. The club does a wonderful job of decorating the club for us and I know that Carolyn has a few surprises up her sleeve. We will be presenting our annual awards for Boat of the Year, Racer of the Year and the Commodores Award. There will be a band for our musical enjoyment some special items to be raffled off. So if you haven’t sent in your RSVP yet please do soon!

It’s that time of year again to thank all the people that work so hard each year to make Fleet 21 the great organization that it is. Many of these people that work on the committees have done so for many years. I would like to extend a very special thanks to Carolyn DeAre for the thankless task of publishing the Fleet Sheet every month. I know that it’s a great deal of work that seems to go unnoticed. Another person that deserves special thanks is Lorelei Lauraitis who is our representative at the CYA, which means attending meetings and compiling a report every month. Ron & Pat Shereyk also deserve a big thank you for making sure our membership information is kept current. In fact all of the people that serve on the board and its committees deserve a pat on the back. They volunteer their time every month to make our club run smoothly. Thanks to again to everyone on the board and committees for making Fleet 21 such a fun group to be involved in.

Well it’s a short report this month. I hope to see all of you at the banquet on the 21st.

Bill Thompson,

BY Lori Lauraitis

CYA Meeting October 22, 2009
*City cancelled Venetian Night, but it's too early to write it off. A lot can happen next year, economics along with the lack of sponsorship was the problem, marine police, policemen, coast guard coverage cause a lot of expense to the City. Most of the Aldermen are still in favor of holding Venetian Night.
* Two new harbors to be opened in 2010 and 2012. Gateway and 31st Street - Gateway's capacity proposed occupancy 230 and will include boats from 35' to 70' -- 50% seasonal and 50% transient. There will be 3 hour blocks at Navy Pier for docking purposes i.e., restaurant visiting and amusement usage. Parking passes will have to be purchased from Navy Pier. Construction will begin 3/2010. 31st Street will begin 5/2011 and completion expected 2012. There is a model of the harbors in Ontario, Canada that is almost complete. 31st Street's proposed capacity will be 950 - 1000 slips of 35' to 70' with a parking garage, including a 16' clear height for proposed boat storage in the winter months. Proposed amenities: restaurant, remote parking lot, washroom facilities, park, park benches, picnic area, and gas dock.
*WesTrec had 98% occupancy last year and dropped only to 96% this year. Slips were full with a drop in smaller sized boats. A proposed increase in harbor occupancy will add improved amenities. A proposed increase in harbor fees of 4% will be added to the system..

CYA 51st Annual Ball 11/14/09
Christmas Tree Ship will pass out 1500 trees the weekend of Dec. 5

Slate of Officers for 2010 CYA :
Commodore- Rich Lauric BPYC
Vice Commodore- Scott Baumgartner BYC
Rear Commodore – Stanley Hill JPYC
Secretary – Frank Gagliano DYC
Treasurer – Gary Hooper ColYC


FOR SALE: 1996 Catalina 320 Chaos. Single owner. 3 cylinder Yanmar diesel. Auto pilot. Full instrumentation including repeaters at the Nav station and laptop interface. Roller furling. Two mainsails. Three headsails. Feathering prop. Anchor windlass. Hot & cold running water with shower. Refrigerator/freezer. Microwave. Propane oven/two-burner stove. Stern shower. Full set of screens. Complete set of cockpit cushions. Dodger with awning to the stern. Stereo w/cockpit spkrs. Large cockpit. Sleeps seven. Excellent condition. Professionally maintained. Stored indoors during winter. Owner leaving area—Includes all equipment (lifejackets, flares, docklines, fenders, etc. $75,000. Located at Burnham Harbor in Chicago. Call Jim 630-750-5078

FOR SALE: 1993 Catalina Morgan 38. Escapade Center cockpit. 38 hp Yanmar diesel (approx 523 hrs). Furling mainsail in the mast. Headsail furling gear with 155% genoa, 2 main. Refrigeration. Wing keel. Full canvas. 2 heads with showers. Sailed only on Lake Michigan. Excellent condition. Offered for sale at $99,200. Contact Dennis Shea at 630-947-4079 or

Fleet members may list items they want to sell, trade or buy in this column without any charge. Email listings to or mail to Fleet Sheet Editor, 306 Linden St., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.
Listings run for 2 issues unless you notify me otherwise.

Welcome aboard to our newest member:
Skipper: Jerry Gagerman
First Mate: Irene
Riverwoods, IL 60015
Boat Info:
Name: Current Sea
Size: 42
Sail #: 431
Harbor: Waukegan
Mooring: S-11-9


Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region invites you to attend the
2010 Chicago Strictly Sail Show at
Navy Pier - January 28-31
and a Special Fleet 21/LMCA Gathering
at the Hampton Inn (January 30)


Strictly Sail:  It’s that time of year again to start making plans to come on out to Navy Pier for the 2010 Strictly Sail Show.  As always, we’ve got beautiful rooms reserved at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 33 W. Illinois, for both Friday and Saturday night (January 29-30) at the same great rates as last year!  Over 100 Catalina Fleet 21 and LMCA members and their guests stayed downtown Friday and/or Saturday night last year and made a whole weekend of it.  Why don't you plan to do the same!

 Fleet 21 Winter Rendezvous:  We’ll definitely head back to the Hampton Inn right after the show closes on Saturday so that we don’t miss out on all that Fleet 21/LMCA camaraderie. . . . and of course the opportunity to rub elbows with Frank Butler and Sharon Day.  Festivities begin at 8:00 p.m. 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. 


Rates:     Deluxe Room @ $109.00 (King or Two Double Beds)

              Suite @$129.00 (King or Two Double Beds w/bath plus attached kitchenette and living room w/sofa sleeper) 
              We have a limited number of suites in our block so reserve early!

 Breakfast:  Included in the rates above is a lavish continental breakfast consisting of pastries, muffins, bagels, toasts, cereals and hot entrees, juices and fresh fruit available from 6-10:00 a.m. each morning in the hotel’s Hospitality Suite.

 Shuttle: The Navy Pier Shuttle stops at the corner of the Hampton Inn (State & Illinois) and runs every 30 minutes from 9:00 a.m. - midnight.  You can also catch a cab right outside the hotel for a nominal fee.  Or take the pleasant 20-minute walk weather permitting.

 Parking: There are several self-park lots/garages in the vicinity of the Hampton.  The hotel offers valet parking for $42.00 a day (24 hours, including in and out privileges).

 Reservations: Please DO NOT call the hotel directly.  Contact Madalyn Duerr via e-mail --, or call 312/923-8378 (feel free to leave a detailed message on secure voice mail), or fax your information to her at 312/661-1419.  Please provide all of the following details:             

1. Your name, complete address and phone number.

2.  The nights for which you need reservations, number of people in room (additional
     room nights can generally be accommodated . . . just include in your request).

3. Type of room (Deluxe King or Double, Suite King or Double).  Hotel is total non-smoking.

4. Credit card information to guarantee your room (include type of card, name
     of person as printed on the card, credit card number, expiration date).

 IMPORTANT: Deadline for making hotel reservations is December 30, 2009.   But don't wait until the deadline.  As always, space is limited so please contact Madalyn EARLY for your reservations and join in the fun!


Look for you next Fleet Sheet in January.
No meeting or Fleet Sheet in December.