Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter


July 2011


Hammond Pierogi Fest/
Horseshow Casino
July 29 – 30

Mystery Outing
August 13

Chicago Air & Water Show
August 20-21

Leukemia Cup
August 27

Michigan City
Labor Day Overnight
September 4 - 6



It took longer than normal this year, but summer seems to have finally settled in to stay. Fleet 21 members are (hopefully) out sailing. There is no general meeting this month, but a great outing is planned for the last weekend in July, a racing event is scheduled for August and many other activities offer opportunities for sailing with friends, family, and Fleet members.
If you don’t know a pierogi from a bagel, you need to sail to Hammond Marina on July 29 and take in the Whiting Pierogi Fest! Centier Bank's International Polka Parade takes place on Friday night and is one of the highlights of each Pierogi Fest. With its special Precision Lawn-mower Drill team, the Twirling Babushka Brigade, the Marching MBA's, the World's Original Lazy Boy float, high school band, the Pierogi Queen and her court, and the "Beer-o-gies," the parade salutes their Eastern European heritage with a little tongue in cheek. It's the antithesis of any parade you've ever seen. There’s all kinds of entertainment and food, food, food. A flyer with all the details is included in this newsletter.
August 27 is the Leukemia Cup Race. This year we will again have our own Catalina jib & main section with our own start. Your registration fee for this event supports a great cause. If you’re not a racer, but a cruiser, this race is for you. It’s a low key, family affair, but of course someone has to win! Register by August 1 and your boat’s name will be included on the Leukemia Cup t- shirt. After the race, we’ll get together on the Columbia Yacht Club docks. A registration form is included in this newsletter.
Bill Thompson is also working on a Fleet Activity for August 13. He hopes to schedule a tour of the new 31st street Chicago Harbor followed by a bar-b-cue at the foot of O Dock at Burnham. Details are still being worked out, but save that date!
Need some more sailing ideas? Cruise towards Burnham Harbor for a free concert on the water. Depending on the wind you might hear the Goo Goo Dolls on July 16, Earth, Wind & Fire on July 27, Train on August 20 and Incubus on August 21. (Concerts are at the Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island.). Jackson Park has their Jazz Fest on August 13. Sail to Hammond Marina and walk to Whiting Park Pavilion for outdoor concerts on Saturday evenings in August. The Michigan City In-Water Boat Show is August 25 – 28. August 6 is the North Point Marina Venetian Night. We have members at all of these harbors. Use your directory to find them and plan a get-together. Or invite fellow sailors to your harbor and get together for dinner. Enjoy the summer and get out there and sail!


Hooray! Hooray! Summer has finally arrived in Illinois. Now that most Catalina’s are wet and owners sporting beginning tans, the long, cold winter and wet spring can be forgotten and the joy of sailing begun.

Weather predictions dramatically reduced the attendance at the Summer Solstice in New Buffalo. Still those of us that took the chance were pleased with pleasant conditions and good company.

Now as you will note from page one, several outings are scheduled to enhance our summer enjoyment. Team Effort and Hartman’s Sea Horse will travel to Mac Bay Get-Away in Holland Michigan representing Catalina Fleet 21. Little Miss Magic and Karizmaddie will meet the challenge of the race from Chicago to Mackinac Island. Transponders on these boats will allow following their progress on the computer. Just go to http://
after July 15.

Although those of us on this trip might miss the July Pierogi Fest weekend in Hammond, we hope all of you who make it have a great time.

Nancy Bartlett,

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: OUTBOARD MOTOR: $950.00 or best offer. 2000 or 2001 Johnson 4-stroke 8HP engine with motor harness.  Two fuel tanks with quick-connect fuel lines.  Excellent Condition with few hours on motor.  Well maintained.
Contact Information:  Jennifer & Dick Bek: (H) 520-398-3172; (C) 847-946-8191.

This new column will feature recipes and tips about the food we make/eat on our boats. Send me your favorites!

Get well wishes to Walt Ahern recovering from hip replacement surgery and to Marilyn Garr recovering from a heart procedure. Hope you’re both out on the water again soon!

Reported by Lori Lauraitis

Harbor news from the June meeting:
Jackson Park - Inner :  water pressure on cold water. Weeds will be treated in the month of August.  In need of a bike rack.  Ticketing poses a problem.  11:00pm curfew set.  Time to reflect at meeting regarding a drowning of a 5 yr. old boy a couple of weeks ago.
Jackson Park, 59th Street, Southern Shores Y/C - need help with trash removal.
Burnham Park Harbor- Y/C thanked Scott Stevenson for coming to speak to the members and answering questions regarding the happening in the harbors during this summer on June 10, at the Club.  He was very informative.  To help "green" the water environment, BPY/C has ordered recycle bags to be handed out to the members free of charge.  Will be updating a list as to what boaters can do to help better the waterways & harbor conditions.  Lights on "E" and "F" docks to be looked at.  Attenuator seems to be well-lit and working-out well for the boaters.  6 cans were removed to make room.  A complaint about the Harbor Entrance Light - hard time seeing it coming-into the harbor, especially in the fog. 
Monroe Harbor- no problems reported
Belmont Harbor - Booth, not yet removed.  Maybe an attendant is needed.  CYA is holding their meeting there next month.  Reduction in raccoons (applause) much appreciated.
Holding a "There and Back Regatta" August 6th & 7th weekend - Friday, August 5
Registration & Cookout 1800-2000 hours ~ Skippers Meeting - 2000 hours.
Saturday, August 6 - First Warning Race - 0750 hours ~ Dinner & Awards approximately 2000 hours - All events at Belmont Yacht Club at the north end of Belmont Harbor
For more information email or visit website: or
Montrose Harbor - exit over spikes!  7/30 "Fish This" to be held at Corinthian Y/C
Diversey Harbor - need of a paved driveway.  July was the answer given.  Will hold a Venetian Night on August 6, like the one they held last year.
Chicago Scene Party - to be held in the "Playpen" on July 30th beginning noon - 6:00pm.  A published magazine for over 11 years is sponsoring this Outing.
Crowley's Yacht Yard Lakeside -  is sponsoring a "Life Jacket Loaner Program for Kids!"  It takes less than 3 minutes for a child to drown.  Most parents don't even realize their child has fallen overboard in that time.  The Ship's Store at Crowleys Yacht Yard has partnered with Boat U.S. Foundation to offer the Life Jacket for Kids program.  To borrow a child-size life jacket, you simply need to present your driver's license and phone number.  (Infant, child and youth sizeswill fit most children - available on a "first come, first serve basis")  For more information visit:  The Ship's Store at Crowleys Yacht Yard - 3434 East 95th Street - Chicago, IL 60677 - (773-221-9990) or

By Brian Ruxton
Now that summer is finally here I’m going to sail and let everyone do their own research. Here are some cool sites: Changing Transmission fluid:
Packing gland (stuffing box):
Interior care:,6312.0.html
“Burping” cooling system:,4518.0.html
How to do … a lot of things (check out the stuffing box procedure!) – thanks “Mainsail”:
Sail lubricant:,6227.0.html
Cleaning rub rail:,6165.0.html
Anchor fit:,5336.0.html
U.S. SAILING (go to training):
Animated knots:
Here is a link to the most comprehensive maintenance log I have seen. It is on the 380 website. The link is: