Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter


July 2010


Pirogi Fest
Hammond, IN

July 23-25

Shrimp Boil
North Point
August 7

Air & Water Show
August 14-15

Tall Ships
August 24 -29

Leukemia Cup Race
August 28

Labor Day Outing
Michigan City
Sept. 4 Ė 6

Hammond Outing
Sept. 18

Awards Banquet
Burnham Park Yacht Club
November 20

2010 Outings List



Sail Days Are Here!

Have you been to a Fleet outing this year? Nowís the time! Several upcoming events offer perfect opportunities for a day sail or an overnight adventure. Hammond is an easy destination for many of our Fleet members. Take off early on Friday, July 23 and take in the fun and fabulous Pierogi Fest. The Fest takes place in Whiting, Indianaójust a short trolley ride away from Hammond Marina. Mickie Thompson has made all the arrangements for a great evening of fun. Look for the flyer in this newsletter.

Head north for our next eventóthe Shrimp Boil on August 7 at North Point Marina. Make it a long weekend and sail up or drive up on Saturday. Just donít miss this delicious event. Itís finger licking good! Along with the food enjoy the boat parade and North Pointís Venetian Festival.

And everyone can enjoy the Leukemia Cup Race on August 28. Registering your boat supports this worthy cause. Youíll be racing against other Catalina boats as we have our own start. Someone wins, but itís not a cut throat race. Tie-up at the Columbia Yacht Club after the race for food and drink. Summerís short. Donít miss out on the Fleet Fun! No General Meeting in July. The August General Meeting is at the Shrimp


Happy Fourth of July to all the members of Fleet 21. I hope your long weekend was as enjoyable as mine was. The weather was as close to perfect as we get in Chicago, a bit on the windy side, but overall great for a traditional July Fourth. The season is rushing by very fast this year but we still have a lot of fun outings on the schedule for the rest of the season.

If you were unable to attend the last general meeting on June 10th at BPYC you missed an informative discussion by Patti Locke who represents the Tall Ships organization. She described the upcoming visit to Chicago of 30 tall ships of varying sizes and countries of origin. Not all of the ships will be staying in Chicago, some will be moving on to other ports on Lake Michigan, but all 30 will participate in a parade of boats into Chicago from Port Washington on August 24th. Mickie and I are looking forward to being out on the water that day to view the ships as they arrive. If there is any interest in sailing as a group to view the tall ships, Iím sure we could work something out. Please contact me via email and we can try to put something together. Thanks to Lorelei Lauraitis for arranging this meeting and to our hosts at Burnham Park Yacht Club for their hospitality.

Our first sailing outing of the season was the annual Summer Sailstace to New Buffalo, hosted by Dave and Carolyn DeAre on June 25-28. Three boats sailed over from the Chicago harbors as well as two from Michigan City. A number of members who couldnít work out the sailing trip drove over and joined the group for dinner at Caseyís. The weather postponed the trip back for the fleet, but that allowed them to enjoy New Buffalo for another day. Team Effort had some problems with their diesel and spent a good part of the trip in the engine room. Hope everything is working better now.

On next sailing trip will be a short but extremely fun event. We will be sailing down to Hammond on Friday July 23rd to attend the Pierogi Fest and parade in Whiting Indiana. Mickie and I have done this trip a number of times and each has proven to be more fun than the last. We are working on determining the transportation from the marina to the festival which is a couple of miles. In past years there has been a trolley that runs from the marina to the parade route. For more information check their web site at: We are planning on sailing back to Chicago early on Saturday because that is the start of the Chicago to Mac race. So this will be a short and sweet event.

We are still looking for officers for next yearís slate. If you would like to volunteer for any of our positions or if you have questions about any of the duties of the offices please contact Nancy Bartlett who is the chairman of the nominating committee.

I will keep looking for my fellow members as we sail around the Chicago lakeshore and keep listening for you on channel 72. Fair winds and following seas to all.

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 Listings will run for 2 issues unless you notify me otherwise.

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

FOR SALE: Two (2) Lewmar ST52 Self-Tailing Winches Original equipment on a Catalina 42 $1,500.Contact Irene Gagerman at 847-607-4958 or email

Battle Flags for Sale $45.00
Contact Ray Kalinsky.

Add the following new member to your 2010 Fleet Directory:

Skipper: Gregory Matz
First Mate: Anne Matz (his daughter)
Boat Name: Emeritus
Size: 320
Sail #: 1159
Harbor: DuSable
Mooring: E-41

Catalina Fleet 21 has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Chicago Leukemia Cup Regatta. This year we will again have our own Catalina jib & main section with our own start; in addition the fleet will contribute $25 to each Fleet 21 boat that participates! Itís not too late to register.

The Leukemia Cup Regatta is possibly the easiest low key race that you can participate in. Sign up now at: Call Dave DeAre at: 630-842-8544 for more information.


The Fleet sends warm wishes and healing breezes to:
Greg Tanzer, long-time Fleet 21 member who is battling a serious illness

Whitley Klingler (daughter of Deborah Ruxton) who continues treatment for serious injuries received in a motorcycle accident. Happy Birthday to Whitley as well. She turns 21 on August 1!