Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago
Hammond Pierogi Fest/
July 29 – 30
Chicago Air & Water Show
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
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
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!
A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMODORE
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:// www.cycracetomackinac.com
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.
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.
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! Deare30@sbcglobal.net
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
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
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
For more information email or visit website: email@example.com or http://www.belmontyc.org/there_and_back
Montrose Harbor - exit over spikes! 7/30 "Fish This" to be held at Corinthian
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 www.crowleys.com
RIGGING & EQUIPMENT
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): http://forums.sbo.sailboatowners.com/showthread.php?t=12543
Interior care: http://c34.org/bbs/index.php/topic,6312.0.html
“Burping” cooling system: http://c34.org/bbs/index.php/topic,4518.0.html
How to do … a lot of things (check out the stuffing box procedure!) – thanks
Sail lubricant: http://c34.org/bbs/index.php/topic,6227.0.html
Cleaning rub rail: http://c34.org/bbs/index.php/topic,6165.0.html
Anchor fit: http://c34.org/bbs/index.php/topic,5336.0.html
U.S. SAILING (go to training): http://home.ussailing.org/
Animated knots: www.animatedknots.comwww.animatedknots.com
Here is a link to the most comprehensive maintenance log I have seen. It is on
the 380 website. The link is: http://www.catalina380.org/check_lists/check_list_page.htm