Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
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October 2009

Movie Night!
Oct. 16th
Aurelio’s Pizza
1243 S. State Street
Lemont, IL
Please R.S.V.P

Awards Banquet
November 21
Burnham Park Yacht Club

2009 Outings List




Experience a riveting and inspiring true-life adventure aboard the high-tech sloop MORNING LIGHT at our General Meeting on Friday, October 16. The movie features fifteen rookie sailors who have one goal in mind -- to be part of the Morning Light crew, racing in the most revered sailing competition on earth, the Transpac Yacht Race. From start to finish, it's a rollercoaster ride of emotions and physical challenges, beginning with six months of intense training. Only eleven will survive to race in the grueling 2,225-mile Transpac. Matching wits and skills against experienced pros and the unforgiving, unpredictable Pacific Ocean, these young men and women develop a powerful bond and prove how dedication, teamwork and an unyielding spirit can overcome the greatest of odds.

We’ll meet in a private room at Aurelio’s Pizza Restaurant at 1243 S. State Street in Lemont. We’ll meet at 6:30 pm, have a short business meeting including election of officers at 7:00 and start the movie immediately after. The cost will be $15.00 and will include pizza, non-alcoholic beverages and salad. Please R.S.V.P. to Bill Thompson at 630-257-8052 by 10/12 as we need an accurate count for the pizza.



Time is sure flying by this season. I’m sure you have your winter storage plans solidified if not actually executed yet. This is not my favorite time of year; thinking about winterizing, removing all that stuff from the boat and covering her up for that long sleep until spring.

Fortunately, our last couple of outings of the year were blessed with fine weather starting with our Labor Day weekend sail to Michigan City. The sail over on Friday started out with dense fog as we left Burnham Harbor and stayed with us for about seven miles. After that the skies cleared and it was sunny and warm for the rest of the trip. Our hosts John and Hazel Luther provided a wonderful venue for our group cocktail party and dinner on Saturday night. We had a total of 38 members with 10 boats sailing over. Thanks to John and Hazel for a wonderful weekend.

Our next outing was to Hollywood, sorry I mean Hammond, where the very creative crew did their best to duplicate the Hollywood experience. From the moment you passed Steven Spielberg, you knew you were in for a treat. The dock was decked out with a Red Carpet for all the visiting celebrities and their fans. Cocktails were provided by John Wayne and dinner served by Willie Nelson. Sonny and Cher also made an appearance. There was a movie trivia contest which tested our memory as well as a vote for the best costume for actor and actress. I won for best actor (Sonny) and there was a tie for best actress between Mickie (Cher) and Madalyn Duerr (Shirley Temple). A total of 32 members attended the outing with 4 boats sailing in. Thanks to all the folks at Hammond for a great time.

At our general meeting on September 18 we planned on having our members discuss their summer sailing adventures and one member stole the show. Kayla Anderson brought pictures, notes and memorabilia from her trip this summer aboard a tall ship. She had the opportunity to sail with an organization called Sisters of the Sea, which provides leadership training while learning to sail a tall ship on the eastern seaboard. Both her pictures and her description of the adventure were spectacular. Thanks Kayla for the opportunity to share your experience.

Speaking of sailing adventures, at our October 16 general meeting we will show the movie Morning Light-- see front page for details. We have changed the venue for the meeting to give us a better atmosphere to show a movie. The meeting will be in a private room at the Aurelio’s Pizza Restaurant at 1243 S. State Street in Lemont. We will meet at 6:30 on Friday 10/16, have a short meeting at 7:00 and start the movie immediately after. The cost will be $15.00 and will include pizza, non-alcoholic beverages and salad. Please R.S.V.P. to Bill Thompson at 630-257-8052 by 10/12 as I will need an accurate count for the pizza.

Fair winds to all and hope to see you at the next meeting.

Bill Thompson, Commodore


Mickey and Lois extend a great big thank you to all the members that attended our "wonderful and fun" outings this year. Also a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all who sponsored an outing.

Keep your eye on the Fleet Sheet for next year’s exciting outings to be announced. I have heard rumors that even though the Hammondites have fled to Michigan City, there still might be an outing in Hammond next year. But remember, that is just a rumor, so don't tell anyone!

If you have an idea for an outing, please give us a call.
Outings Co-Chairs
Lois Bretall & Mickey Thompson


P Dock Goes Hollywood 9/19/09
Once again we managed to have a beautiful day for our last Catalina Club outing of the 2009 season. Four boats took advantage of the lovely weather and sailed to Hammond to enjoy a day of Hollywood fun. By late afternoon on Saturday, 18 boats had gathered as follows: Encounter, Team Effort, Bearoness, Weak Moment, Recovery Room, Corvair, Ces’t Bon, Sail La Vie, Wind Dancer, Maris, Overdue, C’dream, Sea Horse, Fast Company, Sausea, Bill’s Michael-een, Nancy Bartlett and Madalyn Duerr.

Hedda Hopper, news columnist to the stars, reports that the following celebrities were seen strolling the red carpet on P Dock and having their photo taken with Director Steven Spielberg: Marilyn Monroe x 2, Johnny Depp, Willie Nelson, Barney Fife, Granny Clampett, Indiana Jones x 2, James Bond, Pussy Galore, Dr. Meredith Grey, Dr. Derek Shepard, John Wayne, Jane Russell, Capt. Von Steuben and Julie of the Love Boat, Shirley Temple, Sonny and Cher, Lance Armstrong and 3 Celebrity Fans.

Star Studded Orville Awards were presented to Sonny & Cher (Bill and Mickie Thompson) and Shirley Temple (Madalyn Duerr) for best costume. Winners of Hedda Hopper’s Movie Trivia were Lorie Lauraitis, Mickie Thompson, and Branson Stone.

Many thanks to Willie Nelson (Jack Bretall) and Marilyn Monroe (Lois Bretall) for the outstanding BBQ dinner. Thanks to John Wayne (Phil Byrd) and Jane Russell (Jan Byrd) for the Toe Tapping Shirley Temples and Granny Clampett (Myrla Johnson) for her breakfast muffins on Sunday morning.

BY Lori Lauraitis

September 24th meeting was held at Calumet Park Yacht Club. Highlights included:
• A report from Scott Stevenson representing Westrec. He reported that construction of Gateway and 31st Street Harbors will begin in 2010. Gateway Harbor near Navy Pier will hold 250 boats and be completed in 2011. 31st street harbor will hold 900 boats with storage for 200 and be completed in 2012. Maintenance issues at various harbors were discussed.
• Chicago Marine Police reported on an incident in DuSable Harbor. There was a break-in of a power boat. The violators were apprehended.
• Sea Scouts won top honors in Venetian Night
• CYA Ball to be November 14 at the Hyatt Regency. Invitations are on-line this year:




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 latest new member. Please add his information to your directory

Skipper Name: Rob Rogers
First mate: Sue Hanselman
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Boat Name: Jolly Rogers Size: 27 Sail#4417
Harbor: Michigan City 


For the first time in our 36 year history we have failed to find a volunteer to act as Secretary for 2010. Are you interested? Basically the job entails taking minutes at the board meetings (the board meets about 9 times a year at board member’s houses) and the general meetings (9 meetings a year). The secretary emails the board minutes to the board members and notifies them of upcoming board meetings. That’s about it. Plus you get a nifty burgee. If you can fill this job or need more information, please call Bill Thompson today! Or email Bill at


Burnham Park Yacht Club

Our final event of the year is fast approaching. Official invitations will soon be in the mail. If you’re new to the Fleet or have never been to the banquet here are the answers to frequently asked questions:

*What do I wear? This is a dress-up event.
Guys wear suits or even tuxedos (if they own one). Gals wear short or long dressy dresses or pantsuits.
Not crazy about dressing up? Then don’t.
Wear what’s comfortable.

*What do you do at the banquet?
We start off with appetizers and drinks and everyone mingles. There’s lots of rehashing of the summer sailing and talk of new boats.
We sit down for a served dinner at beautifully decorated tables. After dinner the Commodore presents the year’s awards for the Racer of the Year, the Boat of the Year and the Commodore’s Award. The new board of officers is introduced and they receive their officer’s flags. After the awards, the dancing begins.

*What kind of music do you have?
Live music by our favorite band Music Plus. Everyone who has attended in the past agrees that they play great dance music. From old standards to new hits, they take requests and make the evening special. And they are not too loud!

*What is the cost? The price this year is $55 per person. That’s a bargain for dinner, drinks, dancing in downtown Chicago on the lakefront!

*What other expenses will there be? None! We’ll have an open bar before and after dinner and wine with the meal. We are working on the parking situation and hope to be able to open the Yacht Club lot. You can take a taxi to the Club, but you’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you to Michigan Avenue to get a cab home. They just don’t come to Burnham.

You might want to bring a bit of cash for raffle prizes….

*Can I bring friends? Yes! We’d love to have a full house. Bring your crew, family, friends.

*What if I don’t know anyone? We’re making a special effort to welcome new attendees. We’ll welcome you at the door, introduce you to other members, and seat you with a great group of fellow sailors.

* Do I bring anything? You can add to the Banquet fun and bring a raffle basket if you want to. Put together a theme basket or just one item…it doesn’t have to be in a basket.

* Other questions? Call me! Carolyn at 630-469-6117 or email me at

*Should I attend? Please do!