Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region


June 2012

Casino Overnight
June 9 -10
Hammond Marina

General Meeting
June 19
Burnham Park Yacht Club

Summer Sailstice
June 23 – 25
31st Harbor

Taco Fest & Overnight
July 7 -8
Michigan City

Mac Bay Getaway
July 12-15
Holland, MI

Outings Calendar





“And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.”

Enjoy these perfect June days with Fleet 21. We have two events coming up this month and hopefully you’ve already struck it lucky at the Casino Overnight on June 9. On Tuesday, June 19 our General Meeting will feature a visit by the Chicago Marine Police. Not only will you hear tales about events they’ve witnessed on the water (and maybe their Nato Summit experiences), we’ll hopefully get to tour the Police boat and hear first hand their safety advice for all boaters. The meeting is at the Burnham Park Yacht Club, 1500 S. Linn White Drive. Follow the signs to the Museum Campus. The presentation by the Marine Police begins at 8 pm. Plan to join us for dinner at the Burnham Park Yacht Club beginning at 6:30 pm. Dinner reservations are a must: 312-427-4664. Lori Lauraitis will try to secure parking passes for all who need them. There is also metered parking in the old airport parking lot for just $1.00 an hour. Join us for dinner, a business meeting, education, and some sailing talk!

To celebrate the official arrival of summer and the longest day of the year, plan a solstice sail to the new 31st Street Harbor on June 23-24. We’ll have free slips, a dock to ourselves, good food and great fun.

A flyer with all the details is included in this newsletter. If you haven’t seen the new harbor, this is your chance to experience it!

Amenities at 31st Street Harbor

*1000 Floating Slips, with sizes from 35’-70’ *Room for boats up to 200’ *Slips have power, water and cable TV *Fuel dock *Indoor parking garage with winter boat storage *Green roof with picnic elements *New playground *Adjacent to 31st Street beach *Harbor store and offices * Community room * Public fishing dock * Spectacular views from the new “Point Park” * Remote parking lot * Launch ramp * Electronic access controls and cameras


Sailing season is here and Mother Nature gave us a great weather start on Memorial Day Weekend. No rain to dampen our spirits like last year. Clear and sunny with a cooler, gusty breeze coming in later. A nice buffet was enjoyed on the Yacht Club patio after we indulged in Margaritas and snacks on our spot on the lawn. This, our Fleet’s annual first outing of the season, was a typical success with a count of 68 attendees.

A brief meeting followed our dinner and the treasurer reported we are starting our new year in fine financial status. Be aware due to the contributions to our Mariner’s fund, we were able to make a substantial donation to the University of Wisconsin Sailing Team with members from our area as well as a Fleet member’s son. This team has many competitions in various locations and is supported only by donations from interested persons and organizations. Since the purpose of our Mariner’s fund is “to contribute monies once annually to a sailing or boating cause or program that will benefit from such a donation “ this recipient definitely fills the bill. Most of our contributions are received upon membership renewals, but donations can be made at any time as well as any member can recommend a particular recipient.

Now that the NATO Summit is history, most residents of Burnham Park Harbor are settled into their usual summer homes. Reports indicate the new floating bathroom facilities are a positive addition to Burnham, although the new requirement to not only use a parking pass to enter the lot, but also to get out, is not well received. Not sure what the reason being is but then, so it goes with “upper management.”

So, onward to another super season of sailing! Dave DeAre had put together a great list of fun outings and as the Fleet Sheet will keep you informed, we also have some most interesting programs scheduled.

Looking forward to seeing you again here and there.

Nancy Bartlett, Commodore


The Fleet sends heartfelt condolences to Lloyd and Myrla Johnson whose son John Miaczynski, died on May 15th, 2012.

By Brian Ruxton

Sorry I missed last month’s column but Deborah and I were in Connecticut on vacation. That actually gave me an idea for part of this month’s column. We spent about five days using Mystic as a base and just toured the region. We went to a lot of boatyards and saw a lot of sailboats. I was under the impression that all of the boats were going to be these top shelf, high level ocean going vessels. Not so. There were those kinds of boats but the vast majority were no different than what you would see in any boatyard or marina around here.

Speaking of marinas, I’ve attached a picture of a beach at one of these marinas. Note the sign. The other side of the sign which I did not get a picture of reminded would-be beach goers that “there is no life guard on duty”.

By way of an update on two previous columns. In April’s column I theorized that the thinner for VC-17 was alcohol. I was told it is really just acetone. Still, if you’re going to use a thinner save the money. This off season I also changed all my fuel and oil filters. I used the automotive filters I listed as alternatives in the September, 2011 column. Everything is working perfectly. No complaints.

Reported by Lori Lauraitis

*The May 24th meeting began at 6:15pm, by Scott Baumgartner introducing Erma Trantner, Friends of the Park, Chairman and her assistant regarding a grant given to them by the State of Illinois and the voluntary program regarding the cleaning of the harbors. The 31st Street Harbor was constructed in a "green way" and state-of-the-art design to create energy saving, clean waters. The Mayor stated that they wouldn't "close any beaches" this summer. Sonny Lisowski, representative of the Water and Erma Trantner, representative of the Green will cooperate to help make this happen and continue with their efforts to create a safe & clean environment on Land and Sea. They designated 9/8 as a "Clean Harbors" Day, with more information to follow as we draw nearer to that date.

*Venetian Night is scheduled for July 28 at 31st Street Harbor.-$25.00 entrant fee required by boat. They have 5 boats signed-up to

participate in the event. Participants will follow the parade pattern around the harbor and will partake in a hired band, fireworks and video-grapher, Liz Benedetto will be filming the event for the Yachting in Chicago magazine. The theme of this year’s event is "A Blast From The Past" with references to the late Donna Summer music, the late Dick Clark and all he had done for the history of music, or anything you would find synonymous with the past. . *Scott Stevenson began the second part of the meeting at 6:35pm by thanking and complimenting all of the boaters, Coast Guard, Firemen, Police and Marine Police during the NATO meeting. All seemed to go well in Chicago with everyone's cooperation.

*The In-Water-Boat-Show is on schedule and WesTrec along with the Park District is looking for volunteers to help in someway with the boatshow on June 7-10th. . Parking will be offered at the Soldier Field Parking Lot. $12.00 w/shuttle assistance. Stefani's Food Service is available, and a discount of $2.00 will be offered to each person off the ticket price for CYA members. When you go to purchase your tickets, there will be a place to choose member of CYA. Space available for 50 slips to pull-in for a few hours. A water-taxi will be running between 31st Harbor and Du Sable. Tables will be available for any Membership Drives - (call: 312-225-6464 or use the website for information)

*Jackson Park - no dredging date has been scheduled, as yet.

*Fred Poppe - mandatory lifejacket regulations have been tabled until further discussion. Ethanol/corn E/15 have negative results having to had some engines rebuilt after continued usage. More information will be following after the results of the Spring meeting held in Oak Brook, this past season.

*Judd Goldman Adoptive Sailing Foundation - is offering An Evening with Genghis Khan, at The Field Museum, on Friday, August 3, 2012


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.

Fleet members may list items they want to sell, trade or buy in this column without any charge. Sand listing to Listings run for 2 months unless I hear otherwise.


Pat Reynolds

Leukemia Cup -

The Leukemia Cup will be on the weekend of August 25th. We again will have a separate Catalina Section. Last year we had 16 Catalina's sign up and 13 started. With our growing numbers we plan on having two sections this year, if possible. This will double the number of 1st, 2nd and 3rd places by two and divide the sections more evenly by handicap. Let me know whether you intend to race that day and I will work with the committee to set this up.


I would like to include in the Fleet sheet racing column each month something about our members individual racing experiences. I know that many don't race now but have done so in the past and I would like to feature some of these each month. Drop him an email . Dave DeAre is starting off this feature:

Retired Racer? Almost
By: Dave DeAre

My racing story started in 1984 when I moved my Catalina 22 from Lake Geneva to Burnham Harbor and joined Fleet 21. I met an avid racer and new Fleet 21 member John Steacy who had a new 1984 Catalina 30 that he carefully rigged for racing, including hi tech UK sails. The boat’s name was Ragtime and after only a fair first year of racing, Ragtime started to win bigtime!

MORF race series, Tri-State, Burnham Park Beer Can series, we won it all and competed for about 5 years; every Saturday and Sunday and Wednesday night.

After this intense racing experience I continued to race my own boats sporadically in MORF, ran the Beer Can Series for BPYC and raced my own Catalina 30 Railin in the Beer Can series. The racing experience gained valuable skills including precise sail trim, heavy weather boat handling and how to make a boat go fast.

I now limit my racing to an occasional Beer Can race, the Leukemia Cup (lots of fun) and the Chicago to Mackinac race, on Little Miss Magic. (even more fun) So I guess I am a semi-retired racer. See you out there!