Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter


October 2011

General Meetings
Burnham Park Yacht Club
October 28
Lake Michigan Freighters

Awards Banquet
Burnham Park Yacht Club
November 19

Strictly Sail
Navy Pier
January 26-29

Winter Rendezvous
Embassy Suites
January 28




Encountering a Great Lakes freighter when you’re behind the helm of a sailboat can be a nerve-wracking experience. Which way are they headed? Can they see me? Should we change course? Those are a few of the thoughts that might run through your head when you spot one on the horizon. Hear what it’s like on the other side at our General Meeting at the Burnham Park Yacht Club on Friday, October 28.

Our speaker is Bill Strauss who will tell the story about his travels aboard thousand-foot Great Lakes freighters. Bill will provide insight about the history and life aboard a Laker. His power point presentation includes background information on how these behemoths provide valuable commerce to the Midwest. Join us for a most interesting program!

The meeting is at the Burnham Park Yacht Club, 1500 S. Linn White Drive. Follow the signs to the Museum Campus. Come early and dine at the club. Dinner reservations are a must: 312-427-4664. The club is closed on Mondays so don’t wait until then to make your dinner reservation. Please call the week before our meeting! Our business meeting will begin around 8 pm. In the Chart Room. Parking should be available at the club or south of the club.

Also on the agenda is the election of officers for 2012. The slate is as follows: Commodore: Nancy Bartlett; Vice Commodore:Pat Reynolds; Secretary: Mike Walsh and Treasurer: Ray Kalinsky. Sound familiar? All of this year’s officers have agreed to serve another year!
This is our last General Meeting of the year. Our next event is the Awards Banquet on November 19. Invitations will soon be in the mail and more details are inside this newsletter. We take a break in December and in January we start the year with the Winter Rendezvous held in conjunction with the Strictly Sail show.


As September comes to a close, most boat owners begin the contemplation of when to schedule leaving their summer mooring and heading to the locations of winter storage. Considerations are given to determine weather conditions and times available for captains and crew. As crew, I was involved in such a decision. With a flexible schedule and debatable weather conditions, I met up with a friend in Michigan City. We picked the most probable good day and with another boat, took off in the AM, heading northerly to the harbor in St. Joseph, Michigan. The “Sailing Gods” smiled on us and we had a great trip.

The next morning with dire predictions of gale force winds rapidly approaching, we prepared the boat, were hauled out and in the cradle minutes before the rains and winds arrived. Closed up the boat and headed home!

Weather this summer really was not the greatest for sailing but most of us managed to cope and although the season end is always sad, at least we did have multiple good times on the Lake.

Now it’s on to changing life styles to fit with the coming holidays and winter’s cold and snow. Bright lights will glow in the future with our Fleet awards banquet November 19th. Then the New Year brings us to the Strictly Sail Boat Show and our Fleet’s Winter Rendezvous. Life is good!

Nancy Bartlett, Commodore


Welcome aboard to the following new member:

Skipper:           Charlotte Mullen
1st Mate:          Deborah :Loviza
Address:           Chicago, IL  60613
Boat Name: Lagniappe
Size:                350
Harbor:            Belmont
Mooring           Q21
Sail #   298

Reported by Lori Lauraitis

Meeting with Scott Stevenson began at 6:25pm - he stated that private parties being held on the premises of yacht clubs are impacting the Park District.  He stated that permits for over 50 people involved in a gathering be obtained.  He will get back to us on how much the cost will be.  The Chicago Police (1-312-742-5369) brought this subject up to the Park District.  The permit should be in your hands at least 48 hours before said party.  So, in the future, please contact Scott Stevenson or a representative from the Park District when a private event/party will be held to properly register.

They shot a video the last week of 31st Street Harbor.  Photos are available at  Harbor will be complete and on-time for next May, 2012.  In the past few weeks, the northeast winds that were prevalent, washed-away 2' - 3' of breakwall, weighing 36,000 lbs.  The core stone washed away.  The process of issuing assignments for the 31st Street Harbor are on the docket. 

31st Harbor - scheduled boat show for August, 2012 before the Air & Water Show--this is a major event and they are working on the schedule

Jackson Park Harbor - Dredging will be done in Spring, 2012.  Floating washrooms will be done, at each of the scheduled harbors and the platforms are in storage.  The walls will be built in about 2-3 weeks from now.

Burnham Park Harbor - Lights are properly working on "E" and "F" Docks!  On Harbor Clean-up Day, they had about 60 people involved and even John Massey was diving & cleaning-up the Harbor.  Still a problem with the Navigation Light at McCormick Place.  Kirk Kleist will be contacted, for current information on that report. 

 DuSable Harbor - Peggy Brennan - Harbor clean-up to take place after the boats are out.   The lights at the north end of the harbor are pointing at the Club ship. Supposedly, getting new tenders in the Spring, 2012 (Boston Whalers) 

 Belmont Harbor - Still hoping for WiFi - No street lights are on - raccoons are getting less and less - looking forward to next Spring. 

  CYA - still in the process of arbitration and litigation regarding last year's Award Event and should be resolved in about 30 days.  This year a proposed Yachting Celebration is scheduled to take place at the Chicago Yacht Club on December 10, 2011 from 7pm - 10pm with Gary Jobson, from U. S. Sailing, making a presentation at a cost of $45.00 per person.

BANQUET 11/19/11
Burnham Park Yacht Club
Our final event of the year is fast approaching. Official invitations will soon be in the mail. If you’re new to the Fleet or have never been to the banquet here are the answers to frequently asked questions:
*What do I wear? This is a dress-up event.
Guys wear suits or even tuxedos (if they own one). Gals wear short or long dressy dresses or pantsuits. Not crazy about dressing up? Then don’t. Wear what’s comfortable.

*What do you do at the banquet?
We start off with appetizers and drinks and everyone mingles. There’s lots of rehashing of the summer sailing and talk of new boats. We sit down for a served dinner at beautifully decorated tables. After dinner the Commodore presents the year’s awards for the Racer of the Year, the Boat of the Year and the Commodore’s Award. The new board of officers is introduced and they receive their officer’s flags. After the awards, the dancing begins.

*What kind of music do you have?
Live music by our favorite band Music Plus. Everyone who has attended in the past agrees that they play great dance music. From old standards to new hits, they take requests and make the evening special. And they are not too loud!

*What is the cost? The price this year is $55 per person. That’s a bargain for dinner, drinks, dancing, and parking in downtown Chicago on the lakefront!

*What other expenses will there be? None! We’ll have an open bar before dinner and wine with the meal. Parking should be available at the Club. You can take a taxi to the Club, but you’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you to Michigan Avenue to get a cab home. They just don’t come to Burnham. You might want to bring a bit of cash for raffle prizes….

*Can I bring friends? Yes! The more the merrier! We’d love to have a full house. Bring your crew, family, friends.

*What if I don’t know anyone? We’ll welcome you at the door, introduce you to other members, and seat you with a great group of fellow sailors.

* Do I bring anything? You can add to the Banquet fun and bring a raffle basket if you want to. Put together a theme basket or just one item…it doesn’t have to be in a basket.

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 Jakububas

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

Our new slate of officers looks familiar!
Commodore: Nancy Bartlett
Vice Commodore: Pat Reynolds
Treasurer: Ray Kalinsky
Secretary: Mike Walsh
The slate is presented at the September meeting (and nominations are taken from the floor), voted on at the October meeting, and installed at the November banquet.