Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

 

February 2012





Outings



General Meeting
and
Brown Bag Auction


Corinthian Yacht Club,
Montrose Harbor
February 18th, 2012
Cocktails 6pm,
Dinner 7pm,
Meeting 7:45pm,
Auction 8pm.

Dinner is $13.50
Please call Nancy Bartlett (815-730-9334) with a reservation so we can meet our quota of 35/40 attendees

Chicago Maritime Festival
Saturday, February 25
Chicago History Museum

Crowley’s Yachtapalooza
March 24

General Meeting
March 24
Hammond Yacht Club
4:00 p.m.

 

 

  DINNER AND A DEAL FEBRUARY 18th
Traditionally this event is known as our Potluck and Brown Bag Auction. However, due to restrictions at Corinthian Yacht Club, it hasn’t been a potluck for many years. It’s a catered dinner. And as far as the brown bag goes…that’s a misnomer as well. We ask that you bring an item to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. It can be nautical or not. You can re-gift that Christmas present you can’t use or ditch that white elephant you can’t stand. And you can put it in anything you want…brown bag, shopping bag, box. Just make certain your “bag” is stapled or taped shut and indicate on the outside an estimated value and a clue as to what’s inside.

This event takes place on Saturday, February 18 at the Corinthian Yacht Club located at Montrose Harbor. Parking is available along the street in front of the Yacht Club. The price for the dinner is $13.50. We start off with cocktails and snacks at 6:00 pm. Everyone is encouraged to bring “nibbles” for the cocktail hour. The yacht club has a bar and very reasonable prices. We’ll have dinner at 7:00 pm followed by a very brief business meeting and then it’s on to the auction.

Don’t forget to bring money to spend on the auction! It’s always amazing what comes out of those bags---lamps, puzzles, wine, candy, jackets, lines, candles, laughs, and some pretty crazy stuff. The auction is a great fundraiser for our club so come prepared to buy!

In addition to your auction item, please bring a log for the fire and your membership renewal form. Another copy of the form is included in this newsletter.

It’s crucial that we tell the caterer how many we’ll have for dinner. Please RSVP to Nancy Bartlett at 815-730-9334 by February 16th. Our March General Meeting is scheduled for the Hammond Yacht Club on March 24. We have a special speaker lined up who will present a PowerPoint on sailing on the east coast. Plan to spend a day at Crowley’s Yachtapalooza and then head over to Hammond for dinner and the program. More details in the March newsletter.

A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMODORE
Amazing how January just slipped by with a couple of snow storms and overly mild weather for this time of year. Not that I am complaining. It is so much easier to get around without slipping and sliding on the roads with poor visibility. Not that those conditions won’t arise again in the not too distant future.

Traveling was easy going to the Strictly Sail show in Chicago with traffic at our first separate Catalina Fleet 21 booth being quite active. Several new members took advantage of our special membership fee as well as member renewals with the bonus of the Battle Flags at a reduced cost. This response will encourage a repeat for next year. Many thanks to Dave DeAre, Ron Shereyk and Mike Walsh for creating a very professional booth design.

Our Winter Rendezvous at the Embassy Suites was also successful. Again we filled the Atrium with tables of delectable’s to share and about 60 participants socializing and enjoying the Catalina Yachts raffle gifts. Many thanks to Madalyn Duerr and Mickie Thompson for their efforts to secure reasonable rates for overnights and cooperation with the hotel management.

Next we move on to our February activity with the annual Brown Bag Auction at the Corinthian Yacht Club. Time to check out all those nautical items that are not really needed anymore and make them available for others to enjoy! Please take note of the details included in this Fleet Sheet, especially the request for reservations. We do need to let the Chef know how many attendees are expected for the meal. Also a reminder of the Maritime Festival at the Chicago Historical Society that is being held on February 25. They have many interesting seminars and programs. Let me know of any interest and we can make a joint effort to attend.

Brian Ruxton will continue his information in the Fleet Sheets regarding rigging and equipment. Do feel free to contact Brian with any ideas, questions or remedies you have in these areas.

Your Board is busy with future plans for outings and programs. We are repeating our March activity with anyone wishing to attend the Crowley’s Yachtapaloooza during the day and then come on to our General Meeting at the Hammond Yacht Club. Our program there will be a presentation by Mr. Peter Daniels, a relocated Easterner, who will share his extensive experiences racing and cruising the East Coast.

Do hope all of you are enjoying the New Year with good health and looking forward to another great sailing season with Catalina Fleet 21 buddies.

Sincerely
Nancy Bartlett, Commodore



MEMBERSHIP
Welcome aboard to our new members! Please join us at the “Potluck” on 2/18!

Skipper:  Bill Ahillen
First Mate:  Kathy Ahillen
Boat Name:  Kathy II
Size:  380
Sail #5
  Harbor:  DuSable

Skipper:  Ed Grell
First Mate:  Margaret Grell
Boat Name:  Camelot
Size:  25
Harbor:  Lake Geneva

Skipper:  Norm Joddeloh
First Mate:  Mario Lopez
Address:  662 North Green
Boat Name:  Regalito
Size:  320
Harbor:  Belmont

Skipper:  Jim McAloon
First Mate:  Mary McAloon
Boat Name:  Perfect Touch    
Size:  30    
Sail #4725   
Harbor:  DuSable
Mooring:  G32



OUTINGS
By Dave DeAre
Planning is well under way for a full slate of summer adventure. My goal is to plan an outing at every harbor where we have members! Our summer will kick off with the traditional margarita party in Burnham Harbor. It looks like we’ll be welcomed at the new 31st street harbor in June. When can we come to your harbor?

E-mail me your ideas! I’d like to have all the outings on the calendar by May 1. Also note that the dates for the LMCA Rendezvous at Macatawa Bay Yacht Club in Holland, Michigan are July 13 – 15. This is an opportunity to sail together across the lake. My email is deare30@sbcglobal.net or call me at 630-469-6117.

Planning is well under way for a full slate of summer adventure. My goal is to plan an outing at every harbor where we have members! Our summer will kick off with the traditional margarita party in Burnham Harbor. It looks like we’ll be welcomed at the new 31st street harbor in June. When can we come to your harbor?

E-mail me your ideas! I’d like to have all the outings on the calendar by May 1. Also note that the dates for the LMCA Rendezvous at Macatawa Bay Yacht Club in Holland, Michigan are July 13 – 15. This is an opportunity to sail together across the lake. My email is deare30@sbcglobal.net or call me at 630-469-6117.



RIGGING AND EQUIPMENT
By Brian Ruxton
I didn’t see anything that really jumped out at me at the sailboat show but I did read about a very interesting product in this month’s SAIL Magazine. The product is called the H2Out filter. This is a silica bead filter that fits on your fuel tank vent line and prevents moist air from making its way into the fuel tank, condensing and then causing bacteria growth which leads to clogged fuel filters. Installation is as simple as a single cut in your vent line at an easily accessible location. The cut line simply clamps over the barb fittings on the H2Out and you are done. The silica beads in the filter turn from blue to pink as they absorb moisture. Once saturated all you need to do is open the filter, remove the beads and dry them out and they are good to go. There is no limit to the number of times you can recycle them. This company also uses the same technology for space dryers. The same dryer media is housed in perforated housings and will keep out dampness and all the bad things that happen when your boat gets too damp.

I note on their website that they will sell replacement dryer medium in the event fuel gets into the filter. I know when ever we tank up some fuel always seems to be pushed out. They also sell a bypass valve the supposedly will prevent this. It is not well described on the website. As of this writing they have not replied to an e-mail inquiry. I’ll look into this and try to update this ASAP.

The website for the company is www.h2out.com