Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago
MAKE A DAY OF IT!
General Meeting at
Hammond Yacht Club
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
www.crowleys.com. 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.
A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMODORE
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
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
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
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 email@example.com.
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 Kuenzli@sbcglobal.net
RIGGING & EQUIPMENT
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
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
*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
Run your business card
in the Fleet Sheet.
$20 for the calendar year.
Send to Fleet Sheet editor at
306 Linden Street, Glen Ellyn, IL
60137 or better yet email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: www.catfleet21.org 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
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS:
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