Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter


September 2010


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




It’s back to school, dress codes, and those projects you put off until fall. Fleet General Meetings also resume this month and we have a terrific program for September 21. Captain Edwin Hoover of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will present Suddenly in Command a safety primer designed to help you be prepared in case of an emergency. While many of us are seasoned sailors, would you know what to do if the captain was suddenly incapacitated or fell overboard? Or if you’re the captain, what should you make certain your first mate knows how to do? It’s crucial that someone on your boat knows what to do if they are Suddenly In Command.

You will learn about your vessel, including nomenclature and operating principles including starting the engine. Also included are descriptions of what causes boating mishaps and how to minimize them, basic boat handling and what equipment should be on board. Literature contains many horror stories about a passenger, who does not know how to start the engine or operate the radio, watching in horror as a strong wind blows the boat away faster than a captain who has fallen overboard can swim. Misfortune occurs in seconds, and you have the rest of your life to be grateful that you knew what to do because you were prepared.

The meeting is September 21 at the Burnham Park Yacht Club, 1500 S. Linn White Drive. Follow the signs to the Museum Campus. Come early and enjoy dinner at the Yacht Club. Dinner reservations a must: 312-427-4664. Parking should be available at the club or south of the club. Look for a Fleet member as you arrive and thank Lori Lauraitis for all her efforts in securing parking for all Burnham Harbor events. The program itself will start around 8 pm.

Our General Meetings continue in October with a visit to Doyle Sailmakers, 401 N. Damon on October 14. You’ll see how sails are made, learn how to examine and evaluate your sails, and see what refurbishing an old sail can do. More details on this meeting in the October Fleet Sheet, but mark your calendar now.

Our last outing of the year is planned for September 18 at the Hammond Marina. It’s amazing what these “Hammond Alumni” do for an outing! Put on a mask and some glam and join the fun. A flyer is inside this newsletter.

Still to come…the Annual Awards Banquet is Saturday, November 20, 2010 at the Burnham Park Yacht Club. Dinner, dancing, awards, raffles…this evening has it all! Details and invitations in October. Don’t miss it!


What a great month August was for sailors on southern Lake Michigan! We started our month with the Shrimp Boil at Northpoint marina. Our hosts the Meekma’s, Vilimek’s and the Pierson’s put on a wonderful evening; see last month’s report for details. Our sailors from the Chicago harbors had the Chicago Air & Water show on August 14 & 15 and the most incredible sight on Lake Michigan on August 24th was the arrival of the Tall Ships to Navy Pier. Mickie and I sailed out before the parade began to see some of the most impressive ships I have ever seen. The ability to get up close and see these fine craft under full sail was truly the high point of the summer. And last but certainly not least was the Leukemia Cup, a fun regatta for sailors and non-sailors alike for a truly good cause. Mickie and I sailed with our friends Mark and Jen, who are pretty much non-sailors. With Mickie’s arm out of commission due to recent shoulder surgery, it was all up to Mark and me. We did finish the race but let’s just say that the committee boat had to wait a little bit for us to cross the line. To complete the day we joined the rest of the Catalina fleet over at Columbia Yacht Club for the after race party.

The month of September started off with a fun outing to Michigan City over the Labor Day weekend. Only one boat was able to sail over due to Friday’s gale force winds and forecast 16 foot waves; Roger and Bev Suhar sailed over on Thursday through rainy weather. Winds off the lake weren’t enough to put a damper on the evening as 36 members enjoyed a glass of wine or their favorite cocktail with a tasty table of munchies. A dinner of fried chicken and various salads and desert followed. The next morning 30 members participated in a breakfast hosted by the Michigan City fleet 23 members. Thanks to Ted and Francine, Branson and Danita and all of MC crew for a fun weekend.

Our last sailing outing of the season will be a trip to Hammond for our traditional mid-September get together, but with a little twist. The group running the outing will be the Hammond Alumni; the group of sailors that moved to Michigan City. This will be their final Hammond event for old times’ sake. See details in this newsletter for more information.

We are also looking forward to our next program; Suddenly in Command, presented by Capt. Ed Hoover of the US Coast Guard Aux. This should be an interesting presentation for all of those couples that sail together where one does not do much of the sailing. It offers some important information on what to do when you are Suddenly in Command. The meeting will take place at Burnham Yacht Club on September 21st. If you are coming for dinner please RSVP to the YC in advance.

Our nominating committee has presented a slate of officers for the 2011 season, they are as follows: Nancy Bartlett as Commodore, Pat Reynolds as Vice-Commodore, Ray Kalinsky as Treasurer and Mike Walsh as Secretary. We will accept additional nominations and vote on the slate at the General Meeting before the presentation on 9/21. If you can’t attend and wish to nominate someone please call or email me.

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: 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 also upgraded. There are 3 staterooms that were used once. Everything on the boat including gas BBQ, pwer cable, safety eqmt and galley items are included since I am leaving boating altogether for now. The boat has a 40 hp diesel (210 hrs), stern seats. Custom winter cover. $139m. Call Shaun 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
Eleven Catalina boats competed in the Leukemia Cup Regatta on August 28 – eight of the eleven were Fleet 21 members. The overall winner was Karizmaddie skippered by Pat Reynolds and in second place was Isis out of DuSable Harbor with Bob Moretti at the helm.
Tom Grove in FINS came in fourth. Congratulations to the winners! Other Fleet boats competing were Ti Tae, Sea Horse, Little Miss Magic, Bills Michaeleen, and Overdue.


Highlights from the August 26 meeting
*The harbor at 31st Street is in process and on schedule. Sail by and have a look.
*Gateway Harbor (at Navy Pier) has been pulled back one month. More info will be available at the next meeting.
*Working on improvements at all of the harbors next year with details to come.
*There will be winter storage at DuSable and Montrose this year. There will be a mailing around Labor Day with information.
*CYA Ball is set for November 13 at Chicago’s Sheraton on the River.

It has been brought to our attention and confirmed by the Army Corps of Engineers, that the Chicago Locks will be closed for maintenance from November 1, 2010 to April 15, 2011, Those of you who were planning to use the locks after October 31 may need to review your plans. Be sure to advise your friends and dock partners.

Richard F. Lauric, Commodore, Chicago Yachting Association