Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet August 2012


August 2012

Air and Water Show
August 18 & 19

General Meeting
Burnham Park Yacht Club
August 21

Leukemia Cup
August 25

Labor Day Weekend
Michigan City
September 1-3

Belmont Harbor
September 15

Annual Award
Dinner & Dance
November 10

Outings Calendar




Clouds this summer have been few and far between. When they did arrive it was usually with a vengeance. Were you ready for those thunderstorms and huge winds? Were there signs of impending violent weather that you missed? How did NOAA do at giving mariner’s adequate notice?

These topics and more will be discussed at our General Meeting on Tuesday, August 21 at the Burnham Park Yacht Club. Amy Seeley from NOAA weather in Romeoville will help you learn to identify clouds and how to use them to predict rain or storms. Amy will also offer tips on navigating the NOAA web site to unearth a treasure trove of information on the weather. Don’t get caught in 75 knot winds again.

The meeting is at the Burnham Park Yacht Club, located at 1500 S. Linn White Drive. Follow the signs to the Museum Campus. Dinner at the Yacht Club at 6:30 pm. Call the Club at 312-427-4664 for reservations. Tell them you are part of the Catalina Fleet. The meeting will begin at 8:00 p.m. Parking should be available.


July came to a close with several members participating in the Chicago Race to Mackinac Island. The Cruising Section left Friday, July 20th in the afternoon. Included was Little Miss Magic with skipper Ray Kalinsky, crew Nancy Bartlett and Dave DeAre on board. The weather gods smiled on us the entire course with balmy winds and clear days. The sky at night was incredible with the stars so close and large it seemed they were within reach. Although we did not rate a finish in the top, we were happy with our arrival at 11:36am on Monday.

Pat Reynolds, skipper of Karizmaddie was entered in the Racing Section with club member Larry Meekma as crew. . They also finished on Monday although not in the winner’s circle but with the boat and all crew in the same condition as they started!

Then came the fun part: partying with fellow racers, a carriage ride around the island and for me, a ferry trip over to St Ignace. (I had never been over there before and there is a very interesting history to that location.) Once over in Mackinac City, two of our fellow boat crews and us enjoyed what is now our annual “movie” night. This small theater seems to cater to the “younger” crowd so this year we sat thru BATMAN. Most agreed it rated higher than Harry Potter of last year!

Then came the totally enjoyable “gunkholing” home. Our stops included Charlevoix, which is always having a festival at this time; Then on to Leland, Pentwater, Manistee, Muskegon, Saugatuck , South Haven, and New Buffalo. We arrived in Hammond Harbor Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately we did not get to sail often, the majority of our traveling was motoring dead into the wind! Still this was one great way to spend two weeks on Lake Michigan!!

Now we are on to more fun with our Shrimp Boil in Northpoint. Then mark your calendar for our General Meeting in Burnham Park for the presentation by NOAA. Since the weather dictates how, when and where our sailing takes us, this is a must for all to continue to sail safely and responsibly. Do call the Yacht Club for dinner reservations.

Sincerely yours,
Nancy Bartlett

Dinner, Dancing, Awards, and more!

Annual Awards Banquet
November 10
Burnham Park Yacht Club

Welcome aboard to the following new members:
Skipper:  Jeff Graves
1st Mate:  Ruby Graves
Boat Info:
Name: Serena
Size 38M    
Harbor: Michigan City
     Mooring 860

And welcome back to:
Skipper:  Rick Bowald
1st Mate:  Debbie
Boat Info:
Name:  Bullet    
Size:  36    
Harbor:  Michigan City    
Mooring:  856

Pat Reynolds
The Leukemia Cup regatta is August 25th.  If you are planning on entering your boat please email Pat Reynolds at so we may have an indication of the number of Catalinas entered.

By Lori Lauraitis
Harbor updates
Montrose Harbor - The Paddle Boarding available has become a hazard for the boaters coming in and out of the harbor.  Too many boards on the water. 

Belmont Harbor - WiFi was upgraded and working on "G" Dock, exceptionally good..

DuSable Harbor - Non-boat owners manning the parking booth, swiping cards.

Monroe Harbor - Millennium Park garage, south end offering more parking space for cars.  Garbage pickup on Monday seems to be safer and cleaner lately than the previously scheduled pickups after a busy harbor weekend. 

Burnham Park Harbor - There has been a petition sent into the Park District, with many signatures asking the Pinnacle Yacht Charters (shared ownership) to be moved to the Charter Boat area as these new boaters, who charter the power/sailboats are hitting the regular boaters' boats while trying to pull or back into their slips, in some cases causing expensive damage to seasonal boaters, who pay handsomely for the season.  The Park District will look into this arrangement.  Concerts at the Charter One Pavilion, this year, have not been abusive or caused any problems to date. 

Yachting Celebration 2012 - scheduled for December 7, 2012 at the Chicago Yacht Club from 7:00 to 10:00pm.  The cost of $45.00 with a lecturer, Frank Zimmerman, will represent the Great Circle Tour and discuss his latest travelogue taking place from July thru October and will be there to answer any questions.

  . 9/8/12 - Friends of the Harbor will hold a clean-up of harbors throughout the Chicago Harbor system.
  . 9/9/12 - a Memorial 911 Event will b e held in all harbors along with the Fire and Police Departments - contact Jennou Olech for further information. 

FOR SALE: 2001 Catalina 380 #314. EASY TOO. Tall Rig, Wing Keel, Brand New UK 155 Furling Genoa w/ Foam Luff, Roller Furling Main (just cleaned), Cockpit Cushions, Dodger & Bimini, Full instruments including Radar & Chartplotter, Autopilot, DSC radio connected to GPS, Air Conditioning/Heat, Refrigeration, 3 burner stove w/oven, Microwave, Radio with Cockpit Speakers, SS Anchor with 100’ Chain+ rope, Steel Storage Cradle, Custom Winter cover and lots more! Freshwater Boat (Lake Michigan). Extremely well maintained. Asking $130,500. Call Phil Klein at 847-673-0518

FOR SALE:  1993 Catalina 320, wing keel, new 150 UK Genoa, new spinnaker, Dutchman system on main, newer wheel cover, newer main sail cover, custom cabin sole and cushions, dodger and bimini, teak cockpit table, cockpit cushions, newer 12 v refrigeration, newer head, VHF, Autohelm 4000, depth, speed, wind indicators, AM/FM CD player, very clean and well maintained. $49,900. Call Norman Jeddeloh at 312-914-7203.

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 Walt Hartmann at 708-917-2704.

FOR SALE:  1984 Catalina 30TR, Diesel, full keel, Harkin roller furling, 150 Genoa, main sail, lazy jacks, boom vang, backstay adjuster, whisker pole, adjustable lead cars, battery charger, depth sounder and knot meter, VHF radio, auto pilot, am/fm stereo, raw water strainer, fuel filter/water separator, hot and cold water system, cradle, dodger with zippered cockpit awning (with sides). Quitting sailing due to age. On board extras not listed go with boat. asking $23,900    Bob Kocolowski Call broker:  Jan Guthrie  847-338-8808