Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago
IT’S MARGARITA TIME!
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
A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMODORE
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Kuenzli@sbcglobal.net
FOR SALE: Spinnaker pole (10’ long X 3” diameter) With upper & lower
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.
RIGGING & EQUIPMENT
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
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 www.racemorf.org Fleet 21 traditionally
participates in the Chicago Leukemia Cup, last year we had our own fleet of 10
Catalina’s sailing jib & main. www.leukemiacup.org/il.
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 http://www.vimeo.com/16450604
This new column will feature recipes and tips about the food we make/eat on our
boats. Send me your
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
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
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
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.
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????