Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago
GENERAL MEETING APRIL 20
4:30 - ?
Hammond Yacht Club
It’s been a challenge to come up with a place and a program for our April
General Meeting! That is why this Fleet Sheet is so late in arriving in your
mail box. We apologize if it comes too late for you to make plans to attend our
meeting on Tuesday, April 20. It’s going to be a treat! The new Hammond Yacht
Club has graciously agreed to open just for our meeting. The old Yacht Club was
demolished in the latest round of Hammond Marina construction. The new Yacht
Club is now part of the marina offices/store complex. Come and check it out! The
club will open at 6:30 p.m. for our group. Sandwiches, pizza or pasta will be
available at reasonable prices and the bar will be open. You will need to bring
cash. Our host for the evening, Yacht Club member Pat Reynolds, will have to
charge everything on his credit card and you will need to repay Pat in cash.
When you arrive at Hammond Marina you will have to go through a security gate.
Tell them you are going to a Yacht Club function. The Yacht Club is in the
building you’ll see shortly after going through the security gate. There is
Our speaker for the evening is Marian Lambrecht, a marine surveyor. Her
powerpoint presentation on Bad Stuff On Boats is sure to get you out there
sanding, checking, and painting your own boat. The holed, cracked, and wet
keels, hulls and decks are only the beginning of this sobering collection of
photos and stories. Captain Marian Lambrecht, Surveyor Associate, is currently
earning her AMS® certification from the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS®).
She has more than 20 years of boating experience and is a U.S Coast Guard
licensed captain and is PADI® Advanced Open Water SCUBA certified. She’s
serviced more than 500 boats, both power and sail.
Please RSVP to Bill Thompson by phone or email and plan to attend. Billcat30tr@sbcglobal.net
630-257-8052 or 630-373-3594
Our May meeting is the Memorial Day Weekend Margarita Party. Details in the May
Fleet Sheet , but you can count on margaritas served by senoritas on Saturday,
May 29 at Half Moon Park in Burnham Harbor just south of the Yacht Club. We
usually begin around 4:30 p.m. and have dinner around 6:30 p.m.
A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMODORE
Let me start off by wishing everyone a happy Easter or Passover. It looks like
we finally made it to spring! Now the challenge it to complete the long list of
spring commissioning items that have to be done before the splash date. I know
I’m not alone in this as the boatyard will be full of people in the same
situation. I’m dreading and at the same time looking forward to getting things
back in shape and the boat in the water again; it’s been a long winter and
Mickie and I are ready for some warm weather.
Our last fleet activity was Crawley’s Yachtapalooza on Saturday the 27th. Like
past years they put on a fun day at the yacht yard. There were a number of
seminars, vendor’s booths, good deals at the store and the used equipment tent.
There was also food and beverage for sale and entertainment. Fleet 21 held their
general meeting at 2:00pm and decided to change the venue for dinner from the
pizza parlor to the newly opened Hammond Yacht Club. It was a good plan but
unfortunately they didn’t open until after 4:00 with the kitchen not open until
5:00. Most of our members decided not to wait and we disbanded without the
dinner portion of the day.
Our next general meeting is planned for April 20th at the Hammond Yacht Club.
Hammond Yacht Club has just re-opened in its new facility and I am looking
forward to seeing the new club. Our speaker will be Marian Lambrecht, who is a
yacht surveyor, delivery captain and diver. She gave a presentation at Crawley’s
and those that saw her said it was quite good. I don’t have final details of
time and such so Carolyn will print the details after I submit my report. Thanks
to Pat Reynolds for working with Hammond YC to set this up for us.
Be sure to mark your calendars for the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend for our
annual season kick-off event the Margarita Party. This is always a fun event
that brings out many of our members that we haven’t seen over the long winter
months. The party will be at the same location as previous years, the park just
south of the Burnham Park Yacht club. Be sure to stop by and renew some sailing
friendships and make some new ones.
We are working on our list of events for the summer season and we should have
most of them in the web page by now. Please don’t hesitate to give me a call if
you have an idea for an event or a program, we are always looking for new ideas.
If you haven’t visited our web site in a while stop by for a look, Bob Kuba our
webmaster has done a great job of keeping Fleet 21 at the cutting edge of the
high tech world.
Fleet 21 has participated in the Chicago Leukemia Cup for the past several
years. It’s a low-stress fun race for family and crew. This year the Leukemia
Cup is August 28. Fleet 21 will have our own start; the race is a simple around
the Crib race with a raft up and party afterwards at the Columbia Yacht Club. A
Leukemia Cup kick off event is planned for Friday, April 23 from from 6:30 –
8:30 p.m. at the Chicago Yacht Club and features speaker Gary Jobson. It’s $15
at the door, but free with a Leukemia Cup registration. Get a crew together and
plan to participate. Register at www.leukemiacup.org
Many of you asked for details on the Mariner’s
Fund. It was established as follows:
Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region established
the "Catalina Fleet 21 Mariner's Service Fund"
in the spirit of giving to contribute monies once
annually to a sailing or boating cause or
program that will benefit from such a donation.
These could include, but are not limited to,
sailing scholarships, boating safety educational
programs, youth sailing programs, community
based sailing programs, individual program
sponsorship, or emergency or benevolent
causes. All beneficiaries should in some way
be linked to the promotion of boating.
Individual yacht club sailing programs are not
"Catalina Fleet 21 Mariner's Service Fund" is funded in two ways. 1) Catalina
Fleet 21 - may donate a said amount into the "Catalina Fleet 21 Mariner's
Service Fund" one time each year. The amount donated by the Fleet from the
general treasury can fluctuate each year. 2) Separately from the Fleet's
donation, individuals or organizations may contribute to the "Catalina Fleet 21
Mariner's Service Fund" as, but not limited to, a memorial contribution, or in
honor of an individual, date or special occasion.
Any interested potential beneficiaries should send their grant, scholarship, or
donation criteria to the "Catalina Fleet 21 Mariner's Service Fund" chairperson
Linda Kleitz or any Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region board member. Also,
requests for possible recipients will be periodically solicited in the Catalina
Fleet 21 - Fleet Sheet. The Catalina Fleet 21 Board of Directors shall vote on
the recipients from recommendations by the "Catalina Fleet 21 Mariner's Service
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: 1997 Catalina 34 Mark II, Sloop, Tall
Rig, Fin Keel, Cruiser
Very Nice Condition: Shows Like a Much Newer Boat
Sleeps 7 (plus 2 more on cockpit seats)
Convertible dinette sleeps 2
Convertible settee sleeps 1
V-Berth sleeps 2
Aft Cabin sleeps 2
You enter through a wide companionway, four steps down.
To the starboard is a well equipped L-shaped galley with plenty of storage
To the port is a large aft head with sink and shower, and plenty of storage
A large hanging locker, and the chart table are on the port side immediately
forward of the head
The many ports and hatches provide a tremendous volume of sun-light and fresh
The interior is well appointed with the warmth of satin varnished teak and ash,
louvered storage compartments, interior teak handholds, and sculpted burgundy
settee and dinette cushions, surrounding the teak dinette table.
Forward is the owner’s cabin with 2 hanging lockers, large drawer and V-Berth.
A louvered bi-fold door separates the owners cabin from the main salon.
Aft of the galley is the aft-cabin with queen size athwart-wise berth.
See more information HERE.
Meeting Held March 25 Reported by Bob Kuba
New Harbors Update
Gateway and 31st Street Harbor went out for bid and Gateway's bid was returned
higher than expected, and may undergo some re-design to keep costs inline. 31st
Street Harbor came back on target for the Breakwall section of the bid, and the
landside portion of the bid is expected to be returned next week (Mar. 31st)
There are no plans for a yacht club building at 31st street, but a "Community"
building would be built. The city is not interested in putting up a building on
public land that the public cannot access. The go-ahead is expected on one or
both harbors within the next two weeks. If both harbors open, it will add 1,200
boats to the harbor system.
Transfers and re-assignments are taking place at present. The biggest vacancy is
seen in the 25-30 ft slip range with the greatest demand being for 35 ft slips
and larger. There will be some slip assignments made to new harbor applications
in Montrose and Diversey Harbors.A waiting list is already forming for the new
harbors consisting of new and transfer boaters.
New Harbor Financing would be made possible through a bond sale, and would
benefit all harbors in the system.
Montrose - Possible dry storage area to be made out of the big parking lot.
Scott said it would require security fencing, 24 hr. security, and a possibility
of water and electrical hookups available. A question was brought up about
boaters being able to work on their boats, and Scott indicated it was a grey
area when you consider all the environmental issues involved. The target date
for storage would be this fall, 2010. The east storage compound may be utilized
for dry storage for the increasing one-design fleet. There are no plans to
reduce the number of star docks or moorings in Montrose.
Belmont - 1 floating washroom would be installed. Westrec is considering
removing 5 of the 8 star docks and extending the slips to accommodate those
boaters, at a higher price. The crane pad in front of the office will be
Diversey - Installation of a floating washroom similar to the unit in Montrose
would be installed.
DuSable- Winter dry storage may be available this fall under Lake Shore Drive.
But again, the same environmental issues are a factor.
Burnham - Two floating washrooms would be installed this year, one north and the
Jackson Park - 1 floating washroom will be installed in the outer harbor. The
breakwall will be extended farther into the harbor, and existing slips A -D will
be extended, adding 80-110 more boats to the harbor. Dredging is also planned
for the outer harbor to remove an accumulation of sand. There are no plans to
reduce the number of moorings.
59th st. - The plan for this year is to remove the old boat ramp.
All harbors - The contracts for the two firms providing security for the harbor
system are up for renewal. The company providing security last year at Belmont
harbor was fired mid-season due to ongoing issues at that harbor. Overall, some
concern was voiced by those in attendance of the lack of visible security
presence last year. Scott mentioned to voice concerns to the Westrec office if
those concerns persist.
All Harbors - Westrec has no idea what the city is planning concerning metered
parking at the harbors. Concern was raised about those who race on events that
last overnight or span a few days and what parking issues they will face. Scott
had no answer for that and said the best recourse would be to mail a letter of
concern to Westrec and he will get it to the proper city desk.
All Harbors - There will be some movement again this year, but will not be
announced until late April when the Harbormaster will be reporting for duty. Not
everyone will be relocating, just a few.
Chicago Marine Police Unit in attendance - Two veteran officers of the Marine
Police spoke to the group about issues that boaters face both in the harbor, and
out on the water. They mentioned that if you see something in the harbor while
at your dock that doesn't look right, don't hesitate to call 911. That will be
the quickest response, instead of waiting for the 25 m.p.h. Marine vessel to
arrive. All patrol cars assigned to the harbor district have reference cards
with listings of all the gate codes in the harbor system.
Currently the CPD has 7 boats, 45 officers, 5 of which are supervisors, to man
the 24/7 shift. After midnight, only one boat will be on duty. And as a
reminder, hail them on channel 16 and they will respond and switch you to