Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter


May 2011

Margarita Party
May 28
Burnham Harbor

Bike the Drive
May 29

Summer Sailstice
to New Buffalo
June 17 – 19

LMCA Mac Bay
July 8 -10

2011 Outings




Rather it’s cold or rather it’s hot, we’re going to have margaritas rather or not! We may have skipped spring this year, but summer and the Fleet 21 sailing season is going to start on Saturday, May 28, when we plug in the blenders and start pouring our favorite Fleet drink. We’ll be in our usual spot—Half Moon Park which is the little strip of lawn just south of the Burnham Park Yacht Club. You can sail down, but you’ll need to arrange a slip with the Burnham Harbor Dock Master. You can drive down. Lori Lauraitis is working her magic and doing her best to get free parking passes. Generally the passes allow you to park in the old airport parking lot. Drive past the yacht club and stop where the party is—we’ll let you know where to park.

Oh—one more thing—the price of the margaritas is still just $1.00. How can you pass this up? Reservation information and info on what you need to bring is spelled out in the flyer enclosed in this newsletter. This year we’ll also be collecting expired hand-held flares. Ted Kuenzli is spearheading the collection and will donate them to the Tinley Park Police Department. They use them for traffic control at the local concert venue. After margaritas and appetizers we’ll move to the Yacht Club patio for dinner (burgers, brats etc) and our general meeting. The complete (as of today) outings schedule is included in this newsletter. Outings are the heart of our club. You’re missing all the fun if you don’t attend! If you can’t sail to an event, drive. Many members do. Just let the sponsors know you are planning to be there.

Our margarita makers.
Join us for the Margarita Party, May 28


After Roy Cohen’s presentation at Burnham Yacht Club April 15, I now know how liquid fuel can be polished! Somehow when this subject came up the idea that any non- solid could be polished was beyond my comprehension. Roy resolved this dilemma with his succinct and understandable exclamation. As a Clean Fuel Specialist his presentation was well received by all in attendance and many positive comments were overheard as persons were leaving. If any members are left with questions in this regard, Roy is readily available by phone on 219-879-5636.

Now we are all continuing to look for some warm and dry weather to proceed with our Spring preparations for the launching of yet another sailing season. Something tells me not too many have completed these activities. Still, hope springs eternal in the breast of sailors and we all look forward to being in the water in the near future.

Speaking of the future, our annual Margarita Party is scheduled for Saturday May 28th. This is always such a fun time. I remember my first one well. Sailing down from Montrose Harbor to join my fellow Fleet members in what used to be The Cove in front of the Yacht Club. Here we were all welcome to tie up our vessels for the weekend. Sorry that is no longer the case but still, arriving by car , commonly known as “Kita-ing”, is an open option and thanks to the efforts of Lori Lauritas, temporary parking passes are to be available.

Now that we have Harbor Captains in place for all the harbors, I would encourage all members to assist them in contacting Catalina Boats to invite the owners to join our Fleet. Invitations to our Margarita Party would be a great place to start.

Wishing everyone fresh breezes and calm seas.

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

SOLD: 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

FOR SALE: Spinnaker pole (10’ long X 3” diameter) With upper & lower bridle. $200.
10’ Achilles inflatable with 7.5 Mercury outboard. $800. Two Beckson port opening windows 5” X 12” with screens. New. Still in box. $25.00 each.
Call Jack Bretall at 708-974-4932.

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.
DINGHY:  $400 or best offer 
Zodiak 10'inflatable with hard panels for floor.  Comes with oars & air pump.
MOTOR HOIST LD6: $250.00 or best offer 
Garhauer Outboard Motor Hoist LD6.  Crafted in stainless steel with 6/1 purchase.  Can be used on any sail or power boat.  Purchased new in 2009 and used only one season.  Excellent Condition.  Like New.
Contact Information:  Jennifer & Dick Bek: (H) 520-398-3172; (C) 847-946-8191.

By Brian Ruxton
As you clean up your boat for the coming sailing season, think green! Instead of using toxic and petroleum based cleaning products, try these natural alternatives.
All purpose cleaner: straight vinegar, vinegar and salt, or a paste of baking soda and water are all effective grease cutters
Window/Glass cleaner: fill a spray bottle with equal amounts of vinegar and water. Dry with newspaper.
Furniture polish: Use olive oil on all wood surfaces. Apply with a soft cloth, rub in. Let stand for several hours, then polish with a soft, dry cloth.
Metal Cleaner (for brass, copper or pewter) Combine ½ cup salt with ½ cup vinegar. Add enough flour to make a paste. Apply and let sit 15 minutes to one hour. Rinse thoroughly. (Do not use on metal with a lacquer coating).
Fiberglass Stain Remover: use a paste of baking soda and water.
Mildew Remover: Combine salt with lemon juice or white vinegar to make a paste

(These tips from Chicago Yacht Club is Going Green article by Richard Winters).

Reported by Lori Lauraitis
Meeting of April 28

Chicago harbors all opening May 1, but check with harbormaster for power & water availability. A new gate system will be in place this spring. Gates won’t be going down until 5/20. Other harbor news: Burnham: S Dock will be replaced. Floating breakwall should be installed by May 7. Floating restrooms later this summer. Monroe: The Chicago Park District is no longer the owner of the East Monroe garage. The current owners decided to renovate of the garage this year.  WesTrec was notified of the decision just a couple of weeks ago and have been working to provide solutions for Monroe boaters.  The following options are available: Option 1:        Millennium Park Garage – The Millennium garage is one block further West than the East Monroe garage.  Boaters who choose this option will receive a pass to the garage, like they did in the East Monroe garage last year.  As a concession to Monroe boaters, the garage is offering an extra hour of parking.  Parking is available M-F from 10AM on and 24 hours on the weekend. Option 2:        DuSable Harbor Parking – Monroe boaters can choose to receive a DuSable parking card.  This will be limited to the first 100 Monroe boaters who ask for it as we do not want to create a parking problem for DuSable boaters .  Option 3:        $200 parking rebate – Monroe boaters who do not need/want parking will receive a $200 check from Westrec.

By Dave DeAre

The sailing and racing season is here! For Yacht Club members the Wednesday night Beer Can race is a traditional friends and family race night. MORF a Chicago area racing group, provides the opportunity for weekend buoy and long distance racing. See their website Fleet 21 traditionally participates in the Chicago Leukemia Cup, last year we had our own fleet of 10 Catalina’s sailing jib & main.

We have several members of our Fleet that participate in the Chicago to Mackinac Race. Get an idea of what that race is like by viewing a recently completed documentary "The Arrival" - produced by Chicago Yacht Club's year-round sponsor Veuve Clicquot. The opening sequence features a local Catalina 34 Donnybrook. This video is also available on Veuve Clicquot's website or at

Galley Gourmet
This new column will feature recipes and tips about the food we make/eat on our boats. Send me your
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Boat Eggs
as prepared on Overdue by Carolyn DeAre
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
½ pound bulk pork sausage
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup finely chopped green pepper
½ cup finely chopped onion
2 potatoes, peeled and diced
1 4oz can chopped green chilies
4 eggs
In a large skillet, heat oil over med. High heat. Add pork sausage, garlic, green pepper and onion. Cook, breaking up sausage, until pork is lightly browned.
Stir in potatoes and green chilies. Cover and cook over med. Heat for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. With a large spoon, make 4 indentations into sausage mixture. Break an egg into each depression.
Cover and cook until eggs are set (about 5 minutes).

An Invitation from LMCA

We recently received the following Thank You and Invitation form the Commodore of the Lake Michigan Catalina Association.

Dear Catalina Fleet 21 and Commodore Nancy Bartlett:

I’m Rick Van Sweden the new Commodore of the Lake Michigan Catalina Association (LMCA) and I would like to thank all of you for the great weekend you showed us during the Strictly Sail Boat Show. The Saturday night party was terrific and it was great to see all our Fleet 21 friends. It was enjoyable, especially for my wife Ruth and I, to meet and make friends with so many more of your members. The accommodations at the Embassy Suites was first class and was the crowning jewel of the weekend.

I want to take this time to invite Fleet 21 to the annual Mac-Bay Get Away (Rendezvous) on July 8 -10, 2011. It’s always a great time when our two organizations get together at this event. It will again be at Macatawa Bay Yacht Club and remember that slips are on a first come basis. Therefore, some of you will need to stay at Eldean’s Shipyard next door. We have learned that Eldean’s have another rendezvous the same weekend so early slip reservations may be warranted.

We were saddened to hear about the passing of Warde Pierson. On behalf of LMCA I would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Warde’s family and Fleet 21. He was a great guy and attended most of our rendezvous. Warde and Cat Ballou will sorely be missed.

Thanks again for the great weekend and think summer.

Best Regards,
Rick Van Sweeden, Commodore.

Information about the Rendezvous will be posted on their website at www.
“Hurray for Hollywood” is this year’s theme. Be thinking of how you might dress up as one of your favorite Hollywood stars or starlets...Indiana Jones?, Marilyn Monroe?, Bugs Bunny????