Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago
THE VIKING SHIP
Burnham Park Yacht Club
The Viking Ship
Lake Michigan Freighters
Burnham Park Yacht Club
“In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue
He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.”
I’m sure you all remember reciting that poem on Columbus Day! But was
Columbus the first sailor to reach “the new land?” Many Norwegians would
tell you no—it was the Vikings. We’ll explore this bit of nautical
history and its connection to Chicago at our General Meeting on Tuesday,
September 27 at the Burnham Park Yacht Club. Dave Nordin will discuss
the preservation of a 78 foot replica of a 9th century Viking ship. The
ship sailed 4,800 miles from Bergen, Norway to the Chicago World Fair of
1893. After the Fair the ship sat for years in a sea of good
intentions, slowly deteriorating. Mr. Nordin is a member of The Friends
of the Viking Ship, an organization dedicated to the preservation of
this ship. . Dave’s PowerPoint presentation will include details on the
construction, journey and significance of this incredible ship.
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. Parking should be available at the club or south of the club.
Also on the agenda for the meeting is a brief presentation by Arnie and
Bev Hollander on how you can become part of the Chicago theater scene.
A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMODORE
It has now been established that the dress code for Catalina Fleet
Outings is Foul Weather Gear!
We do not need the weather man to tell us this has been the rainiest
spring and summer for our region. Just look at our outings and we can
figure that out.
Labor Day in Michigan City was no different. Although the serious
weather on Saturday evening allowed us a window from 6pm to 8:30pm to
have our gathering under the pavilion at the end of the 600 dock. Twenty
nine hearty sailors joined together for appetizers, fried chicken and
side dishes with desserts and beverages of choice. Camaraderie and tall
tales enhanced the evening until the rain came and all scurried for cars
Sunday morning a smaller group enjoyed coffee, juice and pastries at the
same pavilion. Then several of us went down to the wall along the river
to see the Tri-State Boats arrive. One large boat was grounded for a
short time and the limited number of 20 followed. All agreed it was a
very quick ride with the wind and waves driving them in the right
Sunday night strong gale warnings and winds overnight kept all the boats
rocking. Since the seas and winds were far from friendly Monday morning,
most racers opted for slips in the harbor to wait it out. Those that had
to be back in Chicago for Tuesday left the boats and traveled by land.
So ended our season’s outings!
Still September is scheduled for a most interesting program at Burnham
on the 27th with the presentation and video’s of the restoration of an
ancient Viking ship. Then on to October for an interesting account of
rounding the Horn on a freighter.
In between will be the melancholy trip to the winter storage areas for
sealing off another sailing season. Best wishes to all for fair weather
and seas for this accomplishment.
Nancy Bartlett, Commodore
Reported by Lori Lauraitis
Harbor news from the August meeting:
WesTrec has been actively busy during the summer and the big picture is
31st Harbor, which is under construction and expected to be opened on
5/2013 with a 1,000 boat slips. www.chicagolook@theharborgrow . Docks
will be set-up in a couple of weeks, or the latter part of September.
The Parking Garage is structurally completed, playground in about 8
months. Crains Article reported 31st Street Harbor to be a lonely
marina, seeking boats with spots available in existing harbors along the
lakefront, namely Belmont, Diversey, Burnham and Jackson Park-Inner and
Outer with 95% occupancy. Soon, we will be seeing commercials on the
upcoming harbor on television. But, all construction is going-well
despite Crains current article. Scott Stevenson mentioned a "bond
issue" to ease harbor improvement costs, i.e., floating washrooms this
winter for marked harbors along the Lake. The contract is out for bid
on Jackson Park, Burnham, Diversery and Belmont.
Jackson Park - Outer - continued problem with dredging, garbage pickup
and a problem
with the water when the golf course is sprinkling - no water!
Burnham Park Harbor - continuous problem at "E" and "F" docks lights
not functioning, something about timers out-of-whack, along with the
street lamps. Kudos to the Burnham Park Harbor crew for John, Mark,
etc. boater friendly and find it
refreshing to work with the crew. And, as always for a crowd function,
parking is still a
challenge for boaters. Also, the navigation light at McCormick Place
still not visible from the water.
DuSable Harbor - garbage and recyclable information should be posted on
Boaters have "too much stuff". Open grilling is allowed on shore but
not on the individual
docks. Never, never on a boat, slip or dock! A boat fire is
unbelievable to watch, sometimes flames shooting as much as high as a
100' in the air.
Belmont Harbor - street lights out, passes don't seem to be working,
The Air & Water
Show went okay this year with boaters.
Sea Scouts are having a blast this year. Any vessel that is
out-for-the-season, could be taken over by the Scouts, and you could
avoid paying for storage fees. Something to think about.
RIGGING & EQUIPMENT
By Brian Ruxton
I’m not sure about everyone else’s respective maintenance schedules but
I always change my filters in the fall. Changing your oil in the fall
right before the boat is laid up means that the oil sitting in your
engine over the winter will be as free of contaminants as it can be.
Certainly it will be cleaner than season old oil.
If you have a Universal engine you most likely have a 3003209 Universal
filter. That’ll cost you $20+ from a marine parts dealer. Here is a list
of comparable replacements you can get at the auto parts store for
probably less than half the price:
AC PF-57 Baldwin B179
Fram PH-3593-A Kubota 70000-15241
(Replaces PH 2849A) Lee LF-2808
Motorcraft FL-799 NAPA 1064
Purolator PER-4620 Wix 51064
Here is a list of comparable fuel filters for the Universal 298854:
AC TP807 Big-A 538
Car Quest 86390 Fram P-7514
Kubota 70000-43081 Motorcraft FG72
NAPA 3390 Purolator PER-262-F
I’ve used the Fram oil filters for several years. I pay a little more
and get the highest protection level, the Toughguard. It has the same
bypass valve that the Universal has and costs about $9.00. I will be
using one of these fuel filters for the first time this year. I got this
info from the Catalina 34 website. They (and I) caution you to use this
as a guide only and double check parts numbers because of manufacturer
or owner changes.
Fleet members may list items they want to sell,
trade or buy in this column without any charge.
Send listings to Fleet Sheet Editor, 306 Linden Street,
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 or fax to 630-668-8950 or email
Listings will run for 2 issues unless you notify me otherwise.
FOR SALE: 1981 Catalina 30
This boat can be viewed in her slip at Burnham Harbor.
• Year: 1981, • Price: US$ 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 email@example.com.
FOR SALE : 1983 Catalina30 Standard Rig Fin Keel
Boat Name: Valhalla
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
The 2011 Leukemia Cup Regatta was held on Saturday, August 27. The wind
and competition was strong! The Catalina only jib & main section had the
largest fleet in the regatta with 16 boats registered. Congratulations
to Fleet 21 members:
Little Miss Magic-3rd place
Ti Tae-7th Place
Sea Horse-8th Place
For complete results email Dave DeAre
Congratulations to John & Lori Lauraitis on the adoption of
a new puppy!
Welcome to the fleet Holly.
is coming! The banquet is coming!
Don’t miss this special Fleet occasion! On Saturday,
we’ll gather at Burnham Park Yacht Club for a night of
and awards.You won’t recognize the club nor your fellow
Fleet 21 members
as they both dress up beautifully! The price will remain the
same as last year--$55.00.
That includes passed appetizers with an open bar, a gourmet
dinner with wine,
a live band for dancing, parking, a spectacular city view,
and great company.
Invitations go out in October. Bring your friends, family,
dock mates and crew!
31st Street Harbor Tour/August 13/ Mickie & Bill Thompson
Our August outing was a tour provided by Westrec Marinas to the new
31st Street Harbor. The day began as sunny and nice but by 2:00pm
the sun was gone and was replaced by a steady rainfall. This didn’t
deter 30 hearty members of Fleet 21; they arrived as scheduled by
2:30. We hid out anywhere that was dry, boats, cars and the fish
cleaning station. The rain moved out and for a while it looked like
things would clear long enough to do the tour. Our launch arrived a
little after 3:00 and the assembled group boarded for the tour. The
rain held off for most of the tour and our Westrec tour guide
provided us with an informative tour of Chicago’s newest harbor.
From the building of the break wall to the layout of the new piers
all came away with a great vision of the new harbor.
By the time the tour returned Mickie & I had reset the canopy taken
down earlier due to the storm, and started with cocktails and
munchies. That’s one thing you can count on with a Fleet 21 group;
they always have a wonderful variety of munchies and side dishes. We
shared our picnic tables with a group from New York that was there
for the Bears pre-season game that night. The rain started again and
we all huddled under the canopy to stay dry. Mickie did the grilling
with the help of John & Faith Dreyzehner manning the umbrellas. She
served a combination of Italian sausage, brats and hot dogs. With a
great variety of side dishes and desserts everyone shared a hearty
meal. Most of our group either went to the Bears game or retreated
back to their boars or cars due to the weather. As is always the
case, just after things broke up the sun came out again allowing us
an easier clean up. Thanks to John & Faith for all the help and to
Westrec for the tour.
LMCA Mac-Bay Rendezvous/Madalyn Duerr
The July 8-10 rendezvous in Holland was a great success as always.
The weather was beautiful, the events were fun, the food
never-ending and delicious. Friday night kicked off the weekend with
the annual Shrimp Boil organized and carried off impeccably by Jon
and Mary Bontekoe.
Saturday brought both some traditional and new events – continental
breakfast, kayak obstacle course, pizza lunch, a seminar, Tour of
Boats and costume contest (Hollywood theme). Male winner of the
contest was Steve Megennis for his rendition of ‘Indiana Jones’ and
female award went to Madalyn Duerr for her ‘Shirley Temple’
The awards banquet (and a banquet it was!) usually held on Sunday
afternoon was changed to Saturday night and instead of a DJ and
dancing, we were entertained by a terrific magician with a great
sense of humor as well. We were amazed with his magic and laughed
until our sides hurt with his comical antics.
Sunday started out with a bountiful buffet breakfast, The Fullbright
Challenge where boats were put through maneuvers in anchoring,
man-overboard drill, heave to, reefing and sailing backward. The fab
weekend ended with a quick lunch, lots of hugs and ‘atta boys’ for a
job well done.
Fleet 21 participants in this year’s LMCA rendezvous were: Cantwells
(More Details), Collins (C-Dream), Madalyn Duerr, Forsyths (Bleed’n
Green), Gagermans (Current Sea), Wally Hartmann (Sea Horse), and
Lauraitis/Shereyks (Team Effort).
Don’t ye ferget that September 19 is International
Talk Like A Pirate Day!
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.
Thanks to all for agreeing to serve another year!