Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago
There’s still lots of summer – and Fleet 21 activities—to come! Put up some sail
and let the summer wind blow you to some (or all) of these upcoming events. Head
to Michigan City August 19- 22 and again September 4 – 6. The Michigan City
In-Water Boat Show is August 19-22 (www.michigancityboatshow.com) . The kids
will enjoy seeing Great Lake Pirate and his nautical show. Take a sail on the
tall ship Appledore IV before it heads to Chicago or enjoy refreshments on the
Party Barge floating pavilion. The Lakefront Art Festival is also going on in
nearby Washington Park. Our Fleet always enjoys Michigan City over Labor Day
weekend. Sail over on Friday or Saturday and spend the days at the beach,
shopping, strolling, and (what else) eating! A flyer for the Labor Day Outing is
in this newsletter.
The Chicago Tall Ship Festival offers sailors a chance to revel in their
history. Sail with the Tall Ships on Tuesday, August 24 as the parade of sail
gets under way near Northerly Island (Burnham) at 4 pm. Throughout the Festival
you can board the ships as they are parked at Navy Pier. Some will offer
opportunities for sailing, including sailing on a tall ship during the parade of
sail. Sign up for the Tall Ship newsletter to volunteer to help at the Festival.
It’s not too late to join the Fleet as we race against each other in the
Leukemia Cup on Saturday, August 28. We have our own Catalina start (jib and
main only). Get a crew together and enjoy this casual race. There’s a party the
night before and again after the race.
The much anticipated Hammond Outing is September 18. Even though the sponsors
are (for the most part) no longer moored in Hammond, it’s a great harbor for a
party as we can all be together and this group goes all out. Look for the flyer
in this newsletter.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed in the things that you
didn’t do than the ones you did do, so throw off the bow lines. Sail away from
the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.
Discover!” - Mark Twain
A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMODORE
Summer is rushing by as usual. I can’t believe its August already! July was a
busy month for both the Thompson’s and the fleet. We had a great turn out at our
sister organization’s annual Summer Rendezvous in Holland, Michigan. Mickie and
I were unable to sail over so we drove instead, and we are very glad we did. The
folks at LMCA provided us with a wonderful weekend of fun, food and sailing.
Fleet 21 was well represented with 4 boats sailing over and a number of our
members driving to attend. The weather was excellent the entire weekend. Thanks
to all the hard working members of LMCA for a great weekend.
Our next outing was not quite so good. We planned on sailing down to Hammond for
the Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Indiana on July 23rd. The sail down went well with
southwest winds gusting to 35 we didn’t need much sail up. Only one other boat
joined us at the marina, Terri Webber and her crew made the trek to mark her
first Fleet 21 outing. Weather was our enemy for most of the weekend and the
smart sailors stayed home. The weather did hold off long enough for us to enjoy
cocktail hour. As soon as we decided to walk over to the shuttle bus the skies
opened up and the downpour began. It was so bad that we didn’t even make it to
the bus. We ended up going for pizza at one of the local shops. After the pizza
we joined Terri and her crew back at the Hammond Yacht Club for a nightcap. The
morning was stormy also, so the breakfast Mickie prepared needed to be enjoyed
indoors. A window of good weather appeared about 10:30 so we packed up and
sailed back to Burnham Harbor just in time to see the start of the Chicago to
Mackinac race. An interesting weekend to say the least.
Speaking of the Chicago to Mackinac race, Fleet 21 was also represented there as
well. Two of our members participated in the premier yacht race of the season.
Ray Kalinsky on Little Miss Magic and Pat Reynolds aboard Karizmaddie did the
300 plus mile race to the island. Congratulations to both on a job well done.
Even though Mickie and I were unable to attend the Shrimp Boil at Northpoint
Marina on August 7, I understand that a good time was had by all. I had reports
that between 50 and 60 people attended the party. If having a shrimp boil was
not enough fun for the group it so happens that the date fell on the date of the
marina’s annual Venetian Night. Many thanks to Debbie & Jim Pierson, Joe & Nancy
Vilimek and Larry & Pat Meekma for providing Fleet 21 with a fun evening.
On a sad note, one of our long time members, Greg Tanzer passed away last week.
I’m sure you will join me in expressing our sympathy to the Tanzer family.
Don’t forget the tall ships are coming to Chicago on Tuesday August 24th. Check
our web site for a link to the tall ships web site for more details.
Our next outing will be the Labor Day sail over to Michigan City. See this
newsletter for more details. Hope to see all of you in Michigan City.
Bill Thompson, Commodore Fleet 21
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: 2003 Catalina 390 LE.
Purchased new in 2003 and used very little, several times a year. Catalina Yacht
manufactured several boats in LE, Luxury Elite. Looks new. White leatherette
interior, screens and pull out shades, A/C and heat, 2000w Inverter/50amp
charger and power monitor, another 40amp charger, roller Main and Jib, main and
a spare anchor and rope. Variable pitch feathering prop. VHF w/extra mike in
cockpit. Separate shower stall. Integrated instrument/computer system including
color GPS, wind, direction, depth, speed and Autohelm 6001. Micro-oven, AM/FM,
DVD, flat screen TV, bimini, dodger and side window panels, etc. Stoves little
used and oven was never used with original propane. Pump and head are also
upgraded. There are 3 staterooms that were used once. Everything on the boat
including gas BBQ, pwer cable, safety eqmt and galley items are included since I
am leaving boating altogether for now. The boat has a 40 hp diesel (210 hrs),
stern seats. Custom winter cover. $139m. Call Shaun 312-259-4492, email email@example.com.
For more details, www.sailboatlistings.com/view/18926
FOR SALE: Catalina 27' 1977,atomic 4 engine, roller furling, stereo,
original teak. $ 8,000.00 or best offer. Boat is in water at Montrose Harbor,
B58. Ed Kita 847-226- 5286 or Kathy/cell 847-644-8999 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR SALE: 2004 Catalina 350: Wing keel, furling main, autopilot, radar,
3-blade Max-Prop, full cockpit enclosure. Many extras.
One owner: Call Jen or Dick Bek 847-452-6364
Long time Fleet 21 member Greg Tanzer
passed away on August 7 after a year-long battle against lung
Greg and his wife Kathy sailed their
Catalina Carpe Diem out of Burnham Harbor. Greg and Kathy enjoyed
heading out to see the sun come up.
In addition to being a great sailor,
Greg knew everything about Catalina engines . He will be missed.
“Life is a great sunrise.
I do not see why death
Should not be an even greater one”
*Doreen (R-Joy) Collins' son-in-law. Mike Pressler was the coach of Team USA in
the Lacrosse World Games held in Manchester, UK over the last two weeks. They
competed against 30 Nations and last week Mike and Team USA won the Gold! Doreen
and many of her family members were on hand to share in the celebrations in
*Whitley Klingler (daughter of Deborah Ruxton) is recovering at home from recent
See the enclosed flyer about the upcoming Leukemia Cup race and sign up now at:
www.leukemia-lymphoma.org. Call Dave DeAre at: 630-842-8544 for more
information. The race supports a good cause. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has
a three star charity rating (out of four) and spends 75% of funds raised on
research and related activities. You can check the details at
Reported by Lori Lauraitis
Meeting July 22, 2010
*Plans are still progressing on the two new harbors. They are hopeful that the
construction of the 31st Street Harbor will begin next week by dropping the
stone to begin building the break wall. The plan is that it will open in May
2012. The project for Gateway Harbor is progressing however there is a small
delay that should be taken care of before the end of the year. The present
harbor reconfigurations will be worked on during the winter and next spring.
*According to security there are more parties going on than before. Westrec’s
philosophy is that the slips are there to have a good time. However, you should
not enjoy yourself to the point of disrupting your neighbors. While they don’t
want to establish more stringent rules it may be necessary. Scott Stevenson
asked the board if they have any suggestions to be added to the rules and
regulation document. People on your boat are the responsibility of you, the boat
owner, because they do sign an agreement with Westrec. Security will be going
around earlier than before and will be talking the partiers and asking them to
keep things respectful and to keep the noise down.
*National Boating Federation: PC Fred Poppe reported on a letter going to the
U.S. Senators regarding ethanol in marine gas. The group is urging opposition to
any amendment to the proposed energy bill that would allow the sale of gasoline
with more than 10 percent ethanol.
*Sea Scouts: Commodore Harrington reports that the scouts are doing great. They
are using only two Ships as one is being repaired. Reminder that if anyone has a
boat that they would be able to donate it for the scouts please contact him.
*PC Gibby Vartan reported that the Chicago Yacht Club Foundation is holding a
silent auction. The Tall Ship Unicorn will be on their docks and the prize is a
cruise for six people. Check their web site to make a bid. The ship will be open
for tours on August 30th. You are welcome at Chicago Yacht Club. The parking lot
will be open.
*Belmont Yacht Club is having an education event on August 21 called “Suddenly
in Charge”. This is a good class to take incase you find yourself having to
handle a boat on your own.
|Belmont Yacht Club
Announces...Suddenly in Command!!! (course description below)
When: Saturday August 21st 9a.m.-11:30-ish a.m.
Where: Belmont Yacht Club Clubship – North end of Belmont Harbor
next to B dock
Who is this class for: Everyone. Or at least anyone who would like
to know what to do when they're...Suddenly in Command!!!
How Much: $10 (US currency, no trades)
Why $10: All proceeds go to the US Coast Guard Auxiliary
Is there anything afterward: BBQ (TBD but most likely hot dogs and
hamburgers) and soft drinks or other drinks since we're boaters...
USCGA Description :
"The captain becomes incapacitated or falls overboard; you purchase
a new boat and step aboard for the first time. You are Suddenly In
This 4-hour boating safety primer is designed for those not
generally at the helm, and will help you to “be prepared” with the
basics in case of an emergency.
You will learn about your vessel, including nomenclature and
operating principles including starting the engine. Also included
are descriptions of what causes boating mishaps and how to minimize
them, basic boat handling and what equipment should be on board.
Literature contains many horror stories about a passenger, who does
not know how to start the engine or operate the radio, watching in
horror as a strong wind blows the boat away faster than a captain
who has fallen overboard can swim.
Misfortune occurs in seconds, and you have the rest of your life to
be grateful that you knew what to do because you were prepared."