Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago
Saturday, May 29
Dinner 6:00 at BPYC Patio
Bike the Drive
Sunday, May 30
Meet at H Dock
Tall Ships Program
Thursday, June 10
Burnham Park Yacht Club
to New Buffalo
Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional “season opener” for Catalina Fleet 21.
In all kinds of weather (rain, gale force winds, sun, and blistering heat) we’ve
downed a “few” margaritas and talked about the much anticipated sailing to come.
Our Memorial Margarita Party is May 29th this year. We’ll be shaking $1.00
margaritas in the same spot as always—Half Moon Park which is the little strip
of lawn just south of the Burnham Park Yacht Club. You can sail down, but you’ll
need to arrange a slip with the Burnham Harbor Master. You can drive down. We’ll
(actually Lori Lauraitis) do our best to get free parking—pay parking is always
available. This event generally goes on no matter the weather, but if it’s
pouring buckets call the event sponsors before leaving home. Another incentive
for attending: the 2010 Fleet Directories will be distributed at this event.
The complete Outings Schedule is included in this newsletter. We’ve got annual
favorites and some new ideas. If you can’t sail to an event, drive. Many members
do. Many of the events will ask for reservations…please cooperate. It’s hard to
plan events when we have no idea how many are coming.
The General Meeting in May is held at the Margarita Party. We will meet June
10th at Burnham Park Yacht Club for a special presentation on the Tall Ship
extravaganza going on in Chicago this summer. No General Meeting in July.
A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMODORE
Welcome to Spring everyone! I am happy to report that our boat has been splashed
and in her summer home at Burnham Harbor. The Hammond Marina scheduled all of
the boats to be launched over the weekend of May 1st. Our launch date was
Saturday the first at 5:00pm but we were in early, shortly after noon. We worked
on getting everything ready the remainder of Saturday for our planned trip to
Burnham on Sunday. Our dock mates on “O” dock at Burnham, John and Faith
Dreyzehner, sailed up with us on what turned out to be an ideal day. The weather
was chilly in the morning but warmed up nicely. The wind started out on our nose
but gradually shifted to the east for a nice broad reach. We made the trip in
less than two hours with no incidents. Based on the first sail of the season I
am optimistically looking forward to a long sailing season of fair winds and
sunshine. I hope all of our members have a similar start of the season.
Speaking of the start of the season, our first season get together will be the
Margarita Party on Saturday May 29th. As has been our custom the past few years
the Margarita Party will be held on the lawn just south of the Burnham Park
Yacht Club. There is usually a hint of Jimmy Buffet in the air and our hosts the
DeAre’s, Lauraitis’ & Shereyk’s will provide us with $1 Margaritas and there
will be a wide range of member provided munchies available. It’s always fun to
see all our sailing friends again without the jackets and boots. After we have
depleted the Margarita supply we will retire to the Yacht Club where we have the
patio reserved for dinner and a brief meeting. I hope you all will plan on
attending and seeing all your old friends from Fleet 21 again.
Be sure to check out the listing of outings that is included in this newsletter.
We have attempted to schedule a wide variety of outings without having so much
that we risk going overboard. I think we have a good balance of things on the
schedule, I hope you agree.
That’s about all for now. Please feel free to contact me or one of the other
members of the board if you have questions or suggestions. We are always looking
for input and feedback and will be happy to discuss any ideas you may have. My
number and the numbers of the board and committee members are in the directory.
By Dave DeAre
Fleet 21 members are involved in a variety of racing activities. If you want to
get more active in racing, give me a call and I’ll try to connect you with
racers/info. A few of the racing events that are scheduled for this summer:
June 11 – 13 Chicago NOOD Regatta
June 17 Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club Double handed casual race (contact Joe
Vilimek at email@example.com)
June 25 Queen’s Cup Regatta
July 24 Start of the Chicago Mackinaw Race
August 20-21 Chicago Verve Cup
August 27 – 28 Leukemia Cup (We have a Catalina start)
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.
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.
TALL SHIPS PROGRAM
On June 10th our General Meeting features a presentation by Patti Lock on the
Tall Ships slated to grace the Chicago lakefront this summer. Navy Pier welcomes
over 20 majestic and historic Tall Ships from around the world as they make a
rare return to Chicago, August 24 — 29. For the first time in Chicago, a Tall
Ships festival of this size and importance will be located in one place — in a
mile long display at Navy Pier.
You’ll hear about an opening day Parade of Sail on Lake Michigan as these
storied ships with their billowing sails make their way to Navy Pier's docks.
The tall ship festival offers diverse activities such as ship viewing, on-deck
tours, sailing excursions, nightly fireworks, arts and crafts, entertainment,
interactive greening initiatives and so much more. Be among the first to hear
all the details!
Our meeting is on Thursday, June 10 at 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. We will try to arrange for parking at the
Healing thoughts go out to two children of Fleet members:
Julian Anderson, son of Leon and Gwen, recovering from surgery for a
daughter of Deborah and Brian Ruxton, recovering from a serious
motorcycle accident that occurred in Macomb on May 4. Whitley is
hospitalized at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, IL.
Used Sails for Haiti
One of the biggest needs in Haiti is shelter, not just for housing, but also for
hospitals, schools, churches etc. Mains and jibs can make very durable
shelters—much better than flimsy blue tarps or old bed sheets.
On Saturday, May 15th yacht clubs along the lake will serve as collection points
for all those blown-out jobs and mains hidden away in basements and garages.
They will then be transported to a container parked in the lot of the Doyle sail
loft at Grand and Damen and shipped out Monday, May 17th.
Drop off locations also include Crowleys Yacht Yard, Skyway Yacht Works and
Seven boaters saved in 2008
by Waukegan-based crew;
Kirk saved by Coast Guard at 16,
calls effort “essential for Lake Michigan safety”
CHICAGO – U.S. Representative Mark Kirk today joined with a survivor who owes
his life to the Waukegan-based Coast Guard helicopter station in launching a
public effort to save the station from closing. A plan to shutter the facility
was included in the president’s 2011 budget.
"Each year, thousands of Illinois residents swim and boat in southern Lake
Michigan with a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter only minutes away in Waukegan.”
Congressman Kirk said. “If the Waukegan site were to close, helicopters would be
dispatched from northern Michigan, increasing the response time from 17 minutes
to over an hour. When I was 16, I nearly drowned in Lake Michigan. If it were
not for the timeliness of the U.S. Coast Guard, I would not be here today. The
third-largest city in the United States should not have to wait over an hour for
a search-and-rescue helicopter. The Coast Guard should reconsider its plan, and
keep the Waukegan facility open.”
Under the Coast Guard’s proposal, the two crews
operating in the summer at Coast Guard Air Facility (AIRFAC) Waukegan, and crews
based in Muskegon, Mich., would relocate to Air Station Traverse City in
Michigan. The Coast Guard would retire the five H-65 Coast Guard helicopters
serving Lake Michigan and replace them with four H-60 helicopters. The plan
would increase the response time to an emergency near Chicago from the current
17 minutes to one hour and 12 minutes. According to the U.S. Search and Rescue
Task Force, on average, individuals lose consciousness in 40-50 degree water
after 30-60 minutes with an expected survival time of 1-3 hours.
On May 30, 2008, a 36-foot charter boat, the Fin
Seeker, sank more than three miles east of Waukegan, Ill. All seven people
aboard were safely rescued from the frigid water by a Coast Guard helicopter
based at Waukegan. Helicopters attached to AIRFAC Waukegan directly contributed
to operations resulting in seven lives saved and 16 lives assisted from
2004-2009. Jim Emma, one of the survivors rescued from Lake Michigan in 2008,
joined Congressman Kirk in calling for the Coast Guard to keep helicopters in
When he was 16, Congressman Kirk nearly drowned
in Lake Michigan and owes his life to the rapid response of the U.S. Coast
Guard. To view a newspaper article from the June 17, 1976, edition of the
Wilmette Life which describes the event click here.
Last month, the congressman protested the plan to close AIRFAC Waukegan when
U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen appeared before his committee.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security budget proposal is available at http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/budget_bib_fy2011.pdf.
The text is below.
-$5.5M (34 FTE)
In FY 2011, the Coast Guard will improve the efficacy of domestic air operations
by realigning rotary wing capacity to provide four medium-range H-60 helicopters
to the Great Lakes region. To facilitate this delivery of enhanced multi-mission
capability, two H-60 helicopters from Operations Bahamas Turks & Caicos (OPBAT)
and two H-60s from Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT) in Chesapeake, VA will
be permanently relocated to Coast Guard Air Station (CGAS) Traverse City, MI.
Upon arrival of the four H-60s, five H-65 helicopters presently stationed at
CGAS Traverse City will be removed from active service.
The Great Lakes region is characterized by extreme weather conditions including
heavy icing throughout the year. The H-65 lacks de-icing capabilities and is
poorly suited for heavy weather missions. The H-60 brings "all weather"
capabilities to the region as well as nearly twice the range and endurance of
the H-65. Due to limited demand for services and improved endurance from the
H-60, the Coast Guard will discontinue two seasonal Coast Guard Air Facilities
at Muskegon, MI and Waukegan, IL.
Contact your congressman and tell them we need a Coast Guard Helicopter Station
in the immediate Chicago area