Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter


June 2010

General Meeting
Tall Ships Program
Thursday, June 10
Burnham Park Yacht Club

Summer Sailstice
to New Buffalo

June 25-27

2010 Outings List




On Thursday, June 10 our Fleet General Meeting features Patti Lock who will present a photo discussion on the more than 20 visiting ships for Tall Ships Chicago slated for August 24-29, 2010. The fleet of historic, attraction, and environmental vessels as well as a few film stars will come from the East Coast, West Coast, Great Lakes, Canada, and Europe. Returning to Chicago will be the 165’ barque, Europa, via South America and Antarctica as well as the U.S. Brig, Niagara, of Erie, Pennsylvania. Niagara is the largest ship in the fleet at 198' and a historic replica of Admiral Hazard Perry's victorious vessel from the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie.

The very popular HMS Bounty will also be coming back. You’ll find out how you can participate in this exciting event: where to view, how to volunteer, where to board, and how you can even sail on one of these majestic ships. Lock has specialized in event marketing for over 30 years. She has produced a variety of events ranging from Luciano Pavarotti on New Year's Eve, the Arlington Million, and Kodak's Millennium celebration at Navy Pier.

In 1998, as a new member of Navy Pier's Marketing Department, Ms. Lock's first assignment was to bring the historic sailing vessels known as "tall ships" to Chicago. She's been working with ships ever since. In 2000, she started her own company, Great Lakes Marketing Group, to promote tall ships through port appearances, maritime festivals, and youth education. Now a veteran of many Parades of Sail, she is recruiting the 2010 fleet for the American Sail Training Association's Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge 2010® for Chicago, Green Bay, and Cleveland.

This meeting is at the Burnham Park Yacht Club. The presentation begins around 8 p.m. Come early and enjoy dinner at the Yacht Club. Call 312-427-4664 for dinner reservations. Parking passes should be available. Please note the day is Thursday and the date is June 10.

The second Fleet event for June is the Summer Sailstice cruise to New Buffalo. Take advantage of the longest days of the year and sail across the lake with us (or just a bit north for all of you in Michigan City!) We hope to have boats setting off for New Buffalo from various harbors on both Friday and Saturday. We’ll have a cookout at the Municipal Marina on Friday night and dinner at a local restaurant on Saturday night. New Buffalo has a great beach, pleasant downtown shopping, and good biking. A flyer with all the details is included in this newsletter. You are also welcome to come by car.

We certainly kicked off the season with a bang last weekend. The weather was perfect for our annual Margarita party on the lawn just south of the Burnham Harbor Yacht Club. The Margaritas were flowing thanks to our own expert mixers Carolyn, Pat and Lori. Our members pitched in and provided the group with two tables of great munchies. Mickie Thompson provided two gift baskets that were raffled off, the first, a wine basket was won by John & Faith Dreyzehner and the other, a variety of items brought back from Mickie’s recent trip to Mexico was won by Ray & Sylvia Kalinsky. A very nice buffet style dinner on the yacht club’s patio capped off the evening. A total of 67 members attended the party, what a great turn out! Many thanks to the DeAre’s, Lauraitis’ and Shereyk’s for making our first event a memorable one.

We have a full schedule of programs and outings planned for the summer. Our first will be a program I’m sure most of our members will be very interested in. Patti Lock, the event strategist for the Tall Ships festival will be at our next meeting at Burnham Park Yacht Club on June 10th. The meeting will be our usual format of gathering for dinner at the yacht club with the program to follow. Please be sure to give the YC a call to let them know you are coming so they can staff appropriately. Their number is 312-427-4664.

The next thing in June is the Summer Sailstice to New Buffalo, Michigan. This will take place over the weekend of June 25th thru 27th. If you can’t sail over on Friday by all means come over on Saturday. Mickie and I have attended the last couple of trips and it’s a pretty easy sail and a great destination. The harbor is well protected and the quaint town with many shops, restaurants and bars is just a couple of blocks from the marina. There will be additional information in this newsletter please try to attend, this will be a fun outing.

Please keep Whitley Ruxton in your thoughts and prayers. She is recovering from an accident late last month at school. We wish her all the best in her recovery.

It’s not too early to start thinking about our next election of officers and the board that will lead us in the next season. I have asked the following people to sit on the nominating committee to present a slate of officers at the September meeting:
Nancy Bartlett – Chairman
Ray Kalinsky Ron Shereyk
Pat Reynolds Bill Thompson
If you are interested in a position on the board or one of the committees please contact one of the members above. We are always looking for additional hands.

Well that’s all for now. I look forward to seeing you all on the water this summer, and especially at the outings and programs.

Fair Winds
Bill Thompson, Commodore

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: 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
Our popular Catalina Fleet 21 battle flags
will be for sale at the Margarita Party.
The custom 36” X 54” flags feature the Chicago
skyline and the All Catalina logo.

Add the following new member to your 2010 Fleet Directory:

Skipper: Thomas Applegate
First Mate: Athene Carras
Boat Info:
Name: Just Nate Size: 30 Sail #: 5704
Harbor: Montrose Mooring: C-15

Lori Lauraitis is our representative to the Chicago Yachting Association.
Highlights from the May 27 meeting:
*Scott Stevenson reported harbor occupancy is down for boats 30’ and under.
*John Masse is the new Harbor Master at Burnham
*New restaurant is open at DuSable Harbor
*The Coast Guard reported that 122,000 lbs of fish were killed with chemicals in the Little Calumet River. No Asian carp found.


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!

The Leukemia Cup is really a fun weekend. It starts with the Friday night “Red Sky” dinner , silent auction and fireworks at Columbia Yacht Club. After the regatta on Saturday our boats raft up at Columbia for another party with the opportunity to meet other participants and enjoy a lively afternoon at Columbia YC.

The Leukemia Cup Regatta is possibly the easiest low key race that you can participate in. The start is outside Monroe Harbor and the Catalina course is once or twice around the Four Mile Crib. Don’t miss out! Sign up now at: Call Dave DeAre at: 630-842-8544 for more information.

LMCA Rendezvous