Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter


March 2011


Crowley’s Yachtapalooza &
General Meeting at
Hammond Yacht Club
March 26

General Meeting
April 15
Burnham Park
Yacht Club

Margarita Party
May 28
Burnham Harbor




Make Saturday, March 26 a sailing day! While you may not be out on the water, we’ve got a day’s worth of sailing activities on the calendar. Start out as early as you want with a visit to Yachtapalooza at Crowley’s Yacht Yard. Yachtapalooza runs from 8:00 a.m. til 4:00 p.m. and features over 20 seminars, hands-on workshops, factory reps on site, a nautical donations flea market, a clearance tent and super store specials. Seminar topics include roller furling maintenance, mast tuning, weather and sail care.

There are hands-on sessions on teak care and splicing. You can also enjoy the reggae band “Gizzae” while you enjoy a great lunch. For more information and a complete seminar schedule go to But wait, there’s more! This year, after a day at Crowley’s, head over to Hammond Yacht Club for our general meeting featuring a presentation on the World Cruising Club and the Caribbean 1500. The Caribbean 1500 is the largest and longest-running offshore cruising event in the Americas. Racers depart from Hampton, Virginia and sail either 1500 miles to the British Virgin Islands or 875 miles to the Bahamas. Our speakers will relate their first hand experiences on this exciting adventure.

The Hammond Yacht Club is located near the Administration building at Hammond Marina. It’s a short drive from Crowley’s to Hammond Marina. From Crowleys take Ewing/Indianapolis/Rt. 12 south. Follow signs for the Casino. Go through the gate and tell them you’re going to the Yacht Club. Watch for the signs—you’ll find it easily. The Yacht Club will open at 5pm for cocktails. Dinner will be available between 5:30 and 6:30 pm. Please make dinner reservations by March 23rd by calling Pat Reynolds at 773-779-4949 or Nancy Bartlett at 815-730-9334.

Long time Fleet 21 member Warde Pierson passed away at his home on February 16, 2011 at the age of 84. Warde was an avid sailor and racer on his beloved Catalina 30 Cat Ballou. In addition to sailing, Warde loved life and friends. Many Fleet members remember Warde behind the grill at the Montrose Harbor Septoberfests that he hosted for many years. Every January 1 Warde opened his Glenview home for an Eye of the Dog party that got bigger every year. Warde loved to attend the annual Fleet banquet—and he especially loved to have a dance with the ladies. Warde lived a long life filled with adventures that included serving in the Navy during World War II and growing up in White Lake, Michigan where he sailed and ice-boated with his brother. He skied and was a member of many clubs. The Fleet feted Warde with an 80th surprise birthday party. He was in his element—surrounded by family and friends.



The Winter Blues had no place at our fun evening at Corinthian Yacht Club. With a fire crackling in the lounge area and cheerful members serving as bar tenders, the mood was one of warmth and camaraderie. The Club’s chef provided a tasty meal which was followed by the main event, the Brown Bag Auction. As usual our intrepid auctioneer, Ron Shereyk, was at his best and the club came away with a nice cash addition to our treasury. A great way to start the beginning of the Sailing Season!

As we begin this year’s season, Don Giuliano our program chairman, has been busy lining up some interesting and unique ones for our general meetings. Looking forward to our introduction to the Caribbean Rally Adventure and Ron, the diesel mechanic ,who will educate you to any and all problem corrections. Others include a Viking Ship restoration and a gentleman’s trip on a freighte . So be sure to mark your calendars when details arrive on the front page of our Fleet Sheet.

Just a reminder that Fleet 21 is a member of the International All Catalina Alliance. This group of Catalina Boat Owners from all over the USA include articles of what each of them are doing and publish this information in the Catalina Mainsheet magazine. Also different fleets for the other Catalina boat owner organizations include many articles most boat owners will find very advantageous regarding maintenance or repairs to your boats. You can subscribe when sending in your renewal membership in our Fleet 21.

So, as the snow melts and little green shoots push their way through our lawns and gardens, get ready for another great summer sailing the fabulous Lake Michigan.

Nancy Bartlett, Commodore


Notice all the blank spots in our masthead? Your name can be inserted! Just call Nancy Bartlett and volunteer. She’ll be happy to tell you what’s involved and get you active in our Fleet.

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: 1995  Catalina 36 Mark II. Wing Keel, Jib 50, A-Spinnaker w. Dowser, 3- blade Max Prop, Radar, AC, Custom Deck Cover, many extras. Contact Nancy Vilimek 630-661-1455.

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 Kuenzli at 773-517-1576 or email

By Brian Ruxton
This past month I purchased a new (to me) product out of SAIL Magazine. It is called a tree frog pad. I think you may have seen them at a sailboat show but they are one of those things that you look at and say, “Hmm . . . interesting but I don’t think I really need it or want it.” The Tree Frog Pad is a 7” x 9” rectangle about ¼” inch thick made of some polymer that always stays sticky. Anything you put on it just stays there and doesn’t move. You can tip it, bump it, whatever and it doesn’t move. I actually bought it for Whitley. Whitley’s arm is coming along but to date she still can only eat using her one hand. This becomes a problem when the plate is trying to get away from her across the table. Her soup or cereal bowl needs to be tipped to scoop up the last drops. The Tree Frog Pad holds her plate in place and it doesn’t move or slide. She can lean her soup bowl on it against her cup and it stays exactly where she needs it. I could see this product being used on a boat for beverages, cell phones, computers or any other of a hundred things we bring on our boats. The price was $12.95 and since the company is in Wisconsin. I mailed them a check with an extra $2.00 for postage and I had the product five days later. If you want to learn more about the Tree Frog Pad including watching a demonstration you can go to

Reported by Lori Lauraitis
Meeting of February 24

*Since the CYA Ball was cancelled this year. Boating awards were presented at this meeting by Jerry Metzger as follows:
2010 Yachtperson of the Year - Power -- Capt. David Truitt
2010 Yachtperson of the Year - Sail - Capt. Don Draper
2010 BOY Overall Winner - T10 Brian Kaczor Erica
2010 BOY Overall Winner - PHRF - 1st Place Finish Stan Bailey Raven
2010 BOY - Port-To-Port Series - Overall Champion - Dorsey Ruley on Scout

An Awards Bash was also held at Columbia Yacht Club and 275 racing awards were presented.
*Fred Poppe reported on the Small Vessel Security Threats Conference held in Miami Beach, Florida in February. The importance of the American Waterways Watch program was stressed. America's Waterway Watch is a public outreach program, encouraging participants to simply report suspicious activity to the Coast Guard and/or other law enforcement agencies. Unlike some Neighborhood Watch programs, for example, you are not formally joining an organization -- there are no meetings, membership cards or membership requirements -- and you do not become an agent of the Coast Guard or any other law enforcement agency. To report suspicious activity: call the National Response Center at 877-24WATCH. If there is immediate danger to life or property call 911 or contact the Coast Guard on channel 16. More information about this program is available on their website at


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Your membership renewal form is due today! This is the last Fleet Sheet you will receive unless you renew by April 1. Renewal forms were included in the January and February Fleet Sheet. If you cannot find your form, you can print one from the Fleet website: or call the membership chairmen: Pat and Ron Shereyk, 708-645-1957.


Former Fleet member Ernie Miller passed away on February 18, 2011. He was 88. Ernie and his wife Barbara sailed their Catalina 27 Sweet Talk out of Michigan City.


The entire Outings Schedule will be published in the April or May Fleet Sheet, but you can mark your calendars now for these events:

* The Summer Sailstice to New Buffalo is on!
The date is June 17 – 19.

*Lake Michigan Catalina Association Mac Bay Get-Away is July 8 – 10 at the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club in Holland, Michigan.

* The Leukemia Cup is August 27. Catalina will have its own start. Plan to race your boat! More details to come.

* Our Fleet 21 Awards Banquet/Dinner Dance is November 19

The April General Meeting features diesel engine mechanic Roy Cohen and a discussion of diesel maintenance and problems. The meeting is planned for Friday, April 15 at Burnham Park Yacht Club.
We’ll have dinner at the yacht club from 6 – 7:30 pm (a fish fry is planned) and then adjourn to the Chart Room for the diesel engine discussion. It will be imperative for you to have dinner before the meeting begins as food will not be served in the Chart Room.
It should be a great meeting so plan ahead! More details in the April Fleet Sheet.