Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter


November 2011


Awards Banquet
Burnham Park Yacht Club
November 19

Strictly Sail
Navy Pier
January 26-29, 2012

Winter Rendezvous Flyer
January 28, 2012

Embassy Suites Website
Online Reservations!




Awards banquet, dinner dance, end of year party, whatever you call it, it’s the premier event of the Fleet 21 year and it’s happening on Saturday, November 19 at the Burnham Park Yacht Club. Even if you haven’t attended any other Fleet activity this year, you’ll want to make this one! And we’ll make you feel welcome.

You’ll get free parking, an open bar and scrumptious appetizers starting at 6:30 pm, followed by a gourmet sit-down dinner complete with wine. We’ll honor the recipients of our Fleet Awards for Boat of the Year, Racer of the Year, Commodore’s Award and Rookie of the Year. Installation of officers for 2012 caps off the “serious” business of the evening. Then it’s on to the fun of dancing to a live band and seeing who’s going to take home some great raffle prizes.* And this year we have unique table favors for everyone who attends. And don’t forget that great Chicago skyline view! You owe it to yourself, your significant other, your friends and crew to attend this event. And the price is just $55 per person. It’s not too late to RSVP. You can always email or call to say you’re coming and then send your check. Especially this year considering inviting your sailing crew or buddies. We’d love to have a full club!

* Add to the banquet fun! Contribute a raffle basket. Just put together a basket, a bag, a box…it can have a theme (like wine, lighthouses or it doesn’t have to) and bring it to the banquet. We’ll sell raffle tickets and award all the prizes (and surprises!) we have.
Need to make a reservation or have a question about the banquet? Call or email Carolyn 630-469-6117


Temperatures dropping, leaves turning color and covering the ground, gray skies above, all indications that our fall season is definitely upon us. Mother Nature certainly flexed her muscles with the storm and wreckages in Monroe Harbor. Am not aware of any Fleet Members involved but all of us can certainly commiserate with those boat owners who were impacted. Hope most of ours were safely on the hard in their storage locations.

It is always hard to realize our sailing season is over but I can look back on one more of outstanding experiences. Crewing on Little Miss Magic for the 3rd Mac Race and the Leukemia Cup were primary. Spending several times at Michigan City sailing and socializing with our Indiana contingency was equally special. Then attending our multiple outings and meetings enabled me to meet so many members-- some I really didn’t know before. Interacting with so many people that share the same love of sailing as yours truly enhances all of these occasions.

Our Outings were outstanding starting with the Winter Rendezvous at the Embassy Suites thanks to Mickie Thompson and Madalyn Duerr. Then thanks to Marshall Fernholz for arranging our Brown Bag Auction at Montrose Harbor. Although the weather was soggy for our opening Margarita Party at Burnham, the Shereyk’s, Lauraitis’s and DeAre’s provided outstanding refreshments and camaraderie. Others too numerous to mention contributed to a continuing series of meetings and outings as the summer moved on. Special thanks to Don Giuliani for being responsible arranging the many memorable programs, Carolyn DeAre Fleet Sheet Editor and Ted Kuenzli for the Directory Publishing.

Keeping the Catalina Fleet 21 continuing is due to many contributions of members particularly our Executive Board. I am humbled that our membership has voted to retain all of us for another year at the helm. Hopefully we have already made all our mistakes so this coming year will move on smoothly. Still, there are many facets of our organization that need help and participation from many of you. We will be in touch in the coming year to accept your interest and suggestions as well as hands on actions.

So in closing; I will look forward to our fun time at the November 19th Banquet, seeing all of you in your elegant finery and wishing you Safe and Happy Holidays.

Most Sincerely,
Nancy Bartlett, Commodore


No Fleet Sheet in December.

Our next event is the Winter Rendezvous during Strictly Sail. See the flyer in this issue.

Check our web site for the latest Fleet 21 news:

Reported by Lori Lauraitis

WesTrec's Kurt Kleist and Jay Korn represented the Park District and opened the meeting with discussion of the recent storm damage to harbors.

*Jackson Park Outer - "A" Dock pilings were moved about 46" during the hard hitting storm of Thursday, October 6. Also, it knocked "B" Dock out of its electrical connection with high waves crashing against the inlet sides of the channel.

* Monroe Harbor - Haven't seen a harbor beating like this storm since 1985, ugly 5' to 6' & sometimes 8' waves caused a multitude of damaged boats.

* DuSable - "F" Dock cracked in the middle.

* Diversey Harbor - "P" Dock snapped the reinforcing chains

* Belmont Harbor - no complaints

*Montrose Harbor - small chain break

*Burnham Harbor - ok, some fingers shook loose and John Massey has started to correct some damage.

Lines were the problem on many boats. They weren't the proper size, or too old. Lines have to be a higher strength cordage to endure oncoming storms with harbor surging. Kurt Kleist made a point to the secretary, to post that if lines are 6 to

7 years old, it is time to replace them. And be aware of the age in installation. Chicago Power/Sail Squadron will help with recommending proper cordage on boats to make the boating season a safer boating season next year. Suggest you check lines next season to make sure they are the proper strength for your vessel.

Other items of interest:

*Floating Bathrooms for Belmont, Burnham, Diversey, Jackson Park Outer are scheduled to be installed May, 2012.

*Rates: Retain your parking passes if you've had them. Mooring fees for the Chicago Harbors have been set for 2012. No increase for Montrose, Diversey, Jackson Inner, Jackson Outer and 59th Street No increase for star docks and mooring cans, Monroe in particular 3-4% increase in Belmont, DuSable and Burnham 31st Street; fees have not been established as yet however they would be comparable to Burnham Harbor

*31st Harbor - "A", "B", & "C" Docks have been an arduous task to install (check the webcam to see progress) In March, 2012 transfer usually will take place but this year- transfers will begin, this November, with a 1,000 slips available, slip availability will be known as early as the Strictly Sail Show, 2012.

*Cook County - taxation - regarding the County Commissioner charging 3/4 to 1% on new boats. Proposed tax rule: boats as a tax deduction will be taken away, suggested selling your boat and buying a second home.

*CYA membership - welcomes the Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program with Peter Goldman.

*The Mackinaw - will again be delivering 1,200 to 1,500 Christmas trees to needy families on 12/2 to 12/3 at the river.

* 2012 Bridge:

Commodore - Scott Baumgartner
Vice Commodore - Stanley Hill
Rear Commodore - Sonny Lisowski
Secretary - Joann Murphy
Treasurer - Casey Chlebek


I don’t really have too much to say this month about rigging and equipment but if you have followed my tips and advice throughout the sailing season you have probably saved a pile of money. So I’ll give you a tip about something almost as close to a sailor’s heart as their rigging and equipment – Wine.

For some reason this past summer I began sampling a lot of white wines and dry rose’s. I’ve always been kind of a red guy, but hey. Anyway, there is a Spanish white wine out there made from the Verdejo grape. I don’t have the lingo down but its not as “big” as a chardonnay. It’s not as “fruity” or “grassy” as a sauvignon blanc. It has its own, unique, dry taste that goes well with anything else white wine goes with. It is also just fine on it’s own but then again, what wine isn’t? The best I tried was a Shaya. It goes for about $15.00 a bottle. Also very good was a Paso A Paso. That’s about $10.00 per bottle. Finally, you can find a nice wine at Trader Joe’s that is 95% Verdejo and 5% sauvignon blanc. I don’t remember the name of that but ask.

Anyway, thanks for the opportunity to serve. I hope I’ve helped all of you in some way. I think I’ll do this next year if they’ll have me. Hope to see you at the banquet. So . . . from our family to yours, Happy Holidays and God bless you in the New Year.

Brian & Deborah Ruxton


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: 1981 Catalina 30
$23,500 OBO
This boat can be viewed in her slip at Burnham Harbor.
• Year: 1981, • Price: US$ 23,500 obo, • Located in Chicago, Il
• Hull Material: Fiberglass, • Engine/Fuel Type: Atomic4/Gas Electronic Ignition (2011) Very clean and well maintained boat for its vintage. Have owned her 9 seasons. Many improvements and upgrades. See my ad and pictures on the Fleet 21 web site.
Call Bill Thompson at 630 257 8052 or email

FOR SALE : 1983 Catalina30 Standard Rig Fin Keel
Boat Name: Valhalla
Price: $24,900
Location: Chicago, IL
Contact Ed Jakubas

FOR SALE: 1991 Catalina 36 Mark I
Wing keel, dodger and bimini, 12v refrigerator, GPS, VHF, Ram mike, Autohelm 4000, Am/FM radio
Mark II rudder installed 2009, feathering prop, Garhaur vang. $55,000. Call Wally Hartmann at 708-917-2704.
Boat can be seen at DuSable Harbor.

FOR SALE: 1984 Catalina 30 Tall Rig.

Diesel, Harkin furler, 150 jib, dodger, cockpit enclosure, full keel, h/c water, cradle, auto pilot, battery charger, whisker pole, reef from cockpit, adj. jib cars, lazy jacks, raw water strainer, Rayco fuel strainer, AC Power cord, life jackets. $25,900. Call Bob Kocolowski