Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter


March 2010

Margarita Party
May 29th

2010 Outings List



Again this year our March General Meeting is being held at Crowley’s Yacht Yard on Saturday, March 27, as part of their annual Yachtapalooza. While we don’t have an exact room location for the meeting yet, it will be listed on the Yachtapalooza schedule and is usually around 3 p.m. You’ll want to come before that though.

The event kicks off at 8 am and the seminars begin at 9 a.m. Topics this year include engine maintenance, weather, fiberglass repair, rigging maintenance, facelift for your boat, sail trim, your first Mac race, and even one on everything you want to know (or may not want to know) about the Asian Carp issue. A complete schedule is at As of today, times were not listed. In addition to the free seminars, Nautical Donations is once again holding their ANNUAL FLEA MARKET during Yachtapalooza. If you need equipment, hardware, supplies and gear to outfit your boat for the coming season, check out this tent. All proceeds benefit sailing non profits in the greater Chicago area. There will also be special discounts in Crowley’s store—the VC-17 is always a popular seller.

You can buy hot dogs, brats, roast pig, chicken, and burgers for lunch. Live entertainment too! After our General Meeting we’ll adjourn to Pucci’s Restaurant at 10062 S. Ewing. The restaurant is five blocks south of Crowleys with free parking available.


March is here and the snow is pretty much gone; for now. As I write this the weather is getting better and I am starting to think about the list of spring projects that I will need to do before splash. As always the list will be longer than the number of day I have to complete it.

It was a nice break from the winter getting together with a bunch of fellow sailors at the annual Chicago Maritime Festival at the Chicago History Museum on February 27th. A small group from fleet 21 attended the festival where they attended seminars, watched demonstrations and were entertained by old style maritime musicians. As is our custom Fleet 21 paid half of the admission price of the days activities.

In the spirit of the spring project list, our next event will be the annual Yachatapalooza at Crowley’s Yacht Yard on March 27th. At this time I have not been informed about the time or meeting room where we will be meeting but I have been assured that we will have a venue for our meeting. Mickie and I usually come early and attend some of the seminars, check out the garage sale tent and just look for what’s on sale. We always seem to run into some of our dock neighbors that we haven’t seen all winter. The food is always superb and they always have some form of entertainment. So make plans to come out early and get your bottom paint or that special wax that you need, and then attend the general meeting. After the meeting we will make our way over to Pucci’s restaurant for on south Ewing for dinner and a cocktail. Looking forward to seeing you there.

We are actively working on speakers for our upcoming meetings and if you have any ideas please give one of the board members or me a call.

That’s all for now. Hope to see everyone at Crowley’s or at the boatyard in the coming weeks.

Bill Thompson

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Reported by Lori Lauraitis
Meeting held February 25, 2010
*Venetian Night. CYA is hoping to coordinate a proposed inter-harbor Venetian Night on July 31..
*Tall Ships return to Chicago August 24 -29. The event begins with a lakefront parade of tall ships on Tuesday, Aug. 24. Ship exhibits, tours, live music and nightly fireworks are planned. *Sea Scouts fund raiser planned for April 22 at Belmont Station, Chicago Yacht Club. Tickets are $125. Contact Russ Salzman, Chair, Spring Opener at 312-329-6060.


Get well wishes to Nancy Bartlett who recently had eye surgery.