Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter


September 2009

Hammond Extravaganza
P Dock goes "Hollywood"
September 19

General Meeting
September 15
Burnham Park Yacht Club

Movie Night
October 16

Awards Banquet
November 21
Burnham Park Yacht Club

2009 Outings List




What did you do on your summer vacation? Sail—we hope! Come to the General Meeting on Tuesday, September 15 and share your adventures with the rest of the Fleet. Did you spend time at another harbor? What was it like? Did you get caught in bad weather? What action did you take? Did something on your boat break or did you buy something new? Bring pictures if you have them—even a PowerPoint. The next best thing to sailing is hearing about someone else’s sailing trips.

The meeting is at the Burnham Park Yacht Club, 1500 S. Linn White Drive. Follow the signs to the Museum Campus. The “casual program” starts around 8 pm. Come early and enjoy dinner at the Yacht Club. Dinner reservations a must: 312-427-4664. Lori Lauraitis has done a great job this year securing parking passes for all who need them. She hopes to work her magic again this month—though there’s never a guarantee. Just look for a Fleet member as you arrive.

Next month is movie night with the location to be determined. Our meetings move to the third Friday night in October. And save November 21 for our special night—The Awards Banquet. Again this year the dinner/dance will be at the Burnham Park Yacht Club with superb food, wine, and dancing. Don’t miss it. Invitations and more details will be sent in October.


Our busy August has come to a close. I knew being Commodore would be an opportunity for Mickie and I to meet many of our members and attend all of the outings, and I was right. We started out the month on the 1st at the Shrimp Boil in North Point, see last month’s report. Unfortunately I thanked the wrong people for the outing. I should have acknowledged Jim and Debbie Pierson for the hard work and the great food. Sorry about the confusion!

We added the next outing a little late in the season and the fact it was on the same weekend as the Air and Water Show had an affect on the turnout. The up side was that Tim Fulbright from The Sail Place invited our members that were coming up to the Waukegan outing over to see the newest Catalina model, the 445. Tim had hull number 5, which was just recently rigged, ready and waiting for a sail. Jack, Lois, Mickie and I came up a couple of hours early for the outing and were treated to a shake down cruise on the new boat. With the aid of the bow thrusters we shoved off and headed for the big lake. Setting the mainsail was a breeze with the in-boom furling and the electric winch. Winds were brisk at 15-18 knots but that was just right for this beautiful new boat. We sailed upwind at 7.5 knots and when we fell off to a beam reach we were topping 8 knots. It was a wonderful opportunity to see this beautiful new boat in action, thanks to Tim and The Sail Place. We returned just in time to walk over to the patio of the Waukegan harbor building and meet up with Oscar and Sue Lutz, our hosts for the outing. We spent the next hour and a half enjoying a cocktail and the music provided by the boater’s appreciation party going on nearby. Then we moved on the Waukegan Yacht Club for dinner, which was outstanding. Thanks to Oscar and Sue for a fun evening.

Our next activity was the Leukemia Cup Regatta on August 22nd. There were a total of 11 Catalina’s signed up for the regatta with Fleet 21 accounting for eight of the entries. Both the wind and the seas were up on the day of the regatta but that only deterred two of the boats from starting. At the end of the regatta Fleet 21 boats took all three of the top honors with Dave Green’s Basic Necessity finishing first, Ray Kalinsky’s Little Miss Magic second and Tom Grove’s FINS finishing third. Congratulations to all that sailed and raised funds for a good cause.

The coming month of September looks to be a fun one also. We start the month with our traditional Labor Day sail to Michigan City. John and Hazel Luther have a leisurely weekend planned for the fleet. Next up on the schedule will be “P Dock Goes “Hollywood” sponsored by our friends in Hammond on the 19th. Please see the flyer enclosed or online for more details of these two outings. And please be sure to R.S.V.P. to the sponsors, it helps to have an accurate count.

We are still looking for help on the Board for next year. Please contact me or one of the other board members if you are interested in a board position or working with one of the committees. Without your help we can’t continue to provide the great programs and outings I know we have all come to expect from Catalina Fleet 21.

Bill Thompson, Commodore

Leukemia Cup/ August 22.
Eleven Catalina Boats were registered. At the 1:20pm start the weather was fine and the wind was between 13 & 15 knots. It was race course #3 and I am pleased to report all of the wining places were Catalina Fleet 21 participants. Dave Green on Baysic Necessity was first; Ray Kalinsky,on Little Miss Magic was second and Tom Grove, Fins was third. Other Fleet 21 members racing were: Wally Hartmann on Sea Horse, Bill Thompson on Bill’s Michael-een and Craig Horton on TiTae. Hoorah for our Fleet 21!
Reported by Nancy Bartlett from Little Miss Magic.

BY Lori Lauraitis

August 27th meeting was held at Museum Shores Yacht Club. Highlights included:
• A report from Jerry Metzger representing Westrec. He reported that construction of Gateway and 31st Street Harbors will begin in 2010. Maintenance issues at various harbors were discussed.
• Chicago Marine Police reported they are getting more inflatables and will be training more police to cover the harbor system.
• Leukemia Cup raised $210,000
• CYA Ball to be November 14 at the Hyatt Regency. Tickets are $89 before October 1.
• Are considering a different date for Venetian Night next year…maybe later in August.


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 St., 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: 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: 1989 Catalina 36. Wing keel, tall rig. Lightly used. Fresh water only. Loaded. Can be viewed at Burnham Harbor by appointment. Recent survey available. For sale @ $58,500. For more information contact: John Simonaitis 847-217-6567 or email