Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter


October 2010

General Meeting
Doyle Sailmakers
October 14

Annual Awards Banquet  Saturday, November 20, 2010 at the Burnham Park Yacht Club

Strictly Sail Show
Navy Pier
January 27-30, 2011



Let’s face it, without sails, we’d all be power boaters! Learn all you need to know about the most important part of your boat as the Fleet holds its October General Meeting at Doyle Sailmakers on Thursday, October 14.

Doyle is a full production and repair facility located at 401 N. Damon. Our private tour of their facilities will include a walk through of the entire process of making a sail. You’ll learn about the latest sail fabrics, how to evaluate your sails, when you should replace your sails, and repair and replacement options. Cleaning of sails and how you can install a stackpack on a Catalina will also be discussed. Since you are coming to a sail loft, feel free to bring along any sail you would like to leave for later evaluation. Doyle can work on any make of sail—Catalina, UK, North.—and can give you a recommendation of what your sail needs.

We’ll meet at the loft at 6:30 pm. There is plenty of safe, secure parking in their lot. We’ll have wine, soda and a few appetizers. Bring a chair if you want to sit. After our tour and a question and answer period, we’ll adjourn to Connie’s Pizza for a group dinner. Connie’s is located at 2372 S. Archer Avenue.

October is always a month that makes me just a little bit depressed. With the upcoming haul out of the boat, the fall decommissioning list and that little touch of winter in the air, there doesn’t seem like there is much to look forward to. On the bright side, our Bears have started out the season well so it isn’t all bad. So as we begin our last month of the sailing season it’s a good time to reflect on the season just past and to look forward to the next season. In looking back I think Fleet 21 had a pretty good season this year. Our membership has remained relatively stable even with a poor economy. All of the outings and programs were well attended with our members enjoying the activities. Looking forward, I am happy to announce that the slate of officers was presented at the last general meeting and was voted on. The following are the elected officers for 2011:

Commodore Nancy Bartlett
Vice-Commodore Pat Reynolds
Treasurer Ray Kalinsky
Secretary Mike Walsh

I hope you all will join me in congratulating them on their election and wishing them the best of luck for their term. I know from past experience that Nancy would welcome additional help in terms of committees and harbor captains so if you think you may be able to help out please contact one of the members of the board, your assistance would always be welcome.

Although our activities wind down somewhat in September from the torrid pace of August, the club was still active. On September 18th the alumni from Hammond (Kuenzli, Byrd, Bretal & Johnson) hosted a Glittery Masquerade Gala at their former harbor. Black tie, glam and glitz were the order of the day, with a judged wine tasting and Hors d’Oeuvre buffet dinner. Twenty members attended and spent a wonderful evening on “P” dock. Thanks to Francine Kuenzli & Madalyn Duerr for organizing this fun outing.

On September 21st we were honored to host Captain Ed Hoover from the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Ed’s presentation, “Suddenly In Command”, was an informative review of the procedures one should be familiar with in the event of an onboard emergency. I thought this was a very good presentation with a great deal of important information. Thanks to Captain Ed and to Lori Lauraitis for setting this up for us. After Ed’s presentation we had a short general meeting in which the 2011 slate of officers was presented and voted on.

We still have things going on in October also. Our next general meeting will be held at the Doyle sail loft on October 14th. Details will be in this newsletter. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the final event of the season, the Annual Banquet and awards presentation on November 20th. There will be more information coming soon so watch your mailbox.

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: 1989 Catalina 30: 'Bearoness' Wing Keel, New Sails w/Dutchman, Full cockpit enclosure, Autopilot, 2-blade prop, Signet instruments. Many, many extras. $32,000. Call Ted 773-517-1576

FOR SALE: Garhauer dingy davits. $900. Custom made solid Mahogany Belaying Pins. $345. Fits a 34 or something with similar shroud spacing. Neither the davits nor the Pins will fit on the new boat. Ben Holland @ 765-430-2095 or E-mail at

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 on the boat including gas BBQ, pwer cable, safety eqmt andgalley items are included since I am leaving boating altogether for now. The boat has a 40 hp diesel (210 312-259- 4492, email For more details,

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:

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

BANQUET 11/20/10

Burnham Park Yacht Club
Our final event of the year is fast approaching. Official invitations will soon be in the mail. If you’re new to the Fleet or have never been to the banquet here are the answers to frequently asked questions:
*What do I wear? This is a dress-up event.
Guys wear suits or even tuxedos (if they own one). Gals wear short or long dressy dresses or pantsuits. Not crazy about dressing up? Then don’t. Wear what’s comfortable.

* What do you do at the banquet?
We start off with appetizers and drinks and everyone mingles. There’s lots of rehashing of the summer sailing and talk of new boats.We sit down for a served dinner at beautifully decorated tables. After dinner the Commodore presents the year’s awards for the Racer of the Year, the Boat of the Year and the Commodore’s Award. The new board of officers is introduced and they receive their officer’s flags. After the awards, the dancing begins.

* What kind of music do you have?
Live music by our favorite band Music Plus. Everyone who has attended in the past agrees that they play great dance music. From old standards to new hits, they take requests and make the evening special. And they are not too loud!

* What is the cost? The price this year is $55 per person. That’s a bargain for dinner, drinks, dancing in downtown Chicago on the lakefront!

* What other expenses will there be? None! We’ll have an open bar before and after dinner and wine with the meal. Parking should be available at the Club. You can take a taxi to the Club, but you’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you to Michigan Avenue to get a cab home. They just don’t come to Burnham. You might want to bring a bit of cash for raffle prizes….

* Can I bring friends? Yes! We’d love to have a full house. Bring your crew, family, friends.

* What if I don’t know anyone? We’ll welcome you at the door, introduce you to other members, and seat you with a great group of fellow sailors.

* Do I bring anything? You can add to the Banquet fun and bring a raffle basket if you want to. Put together a theme basket or just one item…it doesn’t have to be in a basket.

Questions about the banquet? Call or email Carolyn: 630-469-6117;