Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet March 2012


March 2012

Crowley’s Yachtapalooza
March 24

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

Viking Ship Tour
General Meeting
April 21
Good Templar Park
Geneva, IL



Show your support for Catalina Fleet 21 and elect to participate in some of the events slated for Saturday, March 24. You can start the day at 8:00am and go until mid afternoon at Crowley’s Yachtapalooza. While the schedule of events is not yet posted on their website, you can count on a day full of seminars, hands-on workshops, entertainment, food, a nautical donations flea market, a clearance tent, factory reps on site, and super store specials. It’s hard to beat their prices on bottom paint! For more information go to

After a day (or an hour or two) at Crowley’s , head over to Hammond Yacht Club for our Fleet 21 General Meeting and program. Our speaker is cruising and racing sailor, Peter Daniels. Peter was born and raised in New York City, and moved to the Chicago area last year. He currently lives and works in Elmhurst, IL, and is President and CEO of Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare, but also calls home the Jersey Shore and East Hampton, New York. Peter is the owner of Windfall, a C&C 35 now moored in Monroe Harbor. He is a past member of Larchmont Yacht Club, Larchmont, NY and Breakwater Yacht Club, Sag Harbor, NY. He has cruised in the US and British Islands, and has sailed on the East Coast from the Jersey Shore to Maine. He has been a participant in many regattas over the years, including: the NYYC Summer Cruise, Block Island Race Week, Heineken Cup, PR, Down East Race Week, Vineyard Race, Opera House Cup, and many seasons of long distance and buoy racing as a participant in the LIYRA. Peter has sailed on many PHRF, custom, and one-design racing sailboats, including: C&C 32, 35, X-99, Baltic 44, Interclub, #88, S&S/Hinckley 74’ wooden classic, Windigo, J22, 24, 30, and 100. In addition to placing in many races as part of the LIYRA over more than a decade, Peter has also earned the following awards: 3rd Place, Division C, IC Nationals, Best Off-Island Boat, Heineken Cup, PR, and admitted to the LYC ‘Little Scorpions Club’. He will describe his East Coast coastal cruising experience and his LIYRA day racing and long distance racing experience, as well as frostbiting on Long Island Sound.

The Hammond Yacht Club is located near the Administration building at Hammond Marina. It’s a short drive from Crowley’s. From the yacht yard, take Ewing/Indianapolis/RT.12 south. Follow signs for the Casino. Go through the gate and tell them you are going to the Yacht Club. Park by the Administration Building. Signs will direct you to the club.. The Yacht Club will open at 4pm for cocktails. Dinner will be available at 5pm with our business meeting starting at 5:45pm. Hammond is a small club without a full time chef and staff. It is really imperative that those planning to attend call in their reservation to Pat Reynolds at 773-779-4949 or Nancy Bartlett at 815-730-9334 by March 21.



Spring is definitely early this year as we enjoy the dry, clear weather. Saw three robins in my yard the other day.

Although the NATO Summit has limited you who keep your boats in Burnham Harbor until May 24,th at least they do have the alternative in the new 31st street harbor. Heard the Coast Guard speaker at the CYA meeting and was impressed at their efforts to recognize the needs of recreational boaters with the security needs of the area for our NATO visitors. A Summer Solstice outing is in the works for the new 31st Street Harbor so all of us will have a chance to see it “up close and personal.”

As usual our Brown Bag Auction night was a great success and how nice to be there without snow or rain for our travels. Thanks again to Marshall and Lynn Fernholz for making it possible as well as Ron Shereyk and Bill Thompson for running the Auction. The club earned additional funds of $262 for the treasury.

Another success that was mentioned before, was our Catalina Fleet Booth at the Strictly Sail Show. The Board agreed to have the booth again next year. Also two members volunteered to be Harbor Captains at Monroe and Montrose as well as Luther’s continuing for Michigan City. This still leaves openings for several others so check it out and give me a call.

Now we are looking forward to the annual Yachtapalooza at Crowley’s to see what bargains we can acquire for the coming season. I was fortunate to meet our speaker after the Strictly Sail Show and talk sailing on the East Coast and am looking forward to his presentation at our meeting in Hammond following shopping at Crowley’s .

Although I was not privy to know Kim Wold personally, it is always sad to be aware of a member’s passing. What we can do in response is look closely at our own lives and not put off what we think we should do or those dreams we would like to see become reality. As one article reminded me, “you can carry the weight of 24 hours, no more. So forget that which lies behind you and breathe in the blessing of each new day.” Sailing enjoyment is one of those prime blessings.


Nancy Bartlett, Commodore

Chuck Reed, of CLR Marine, has once again agreed to generously sponsor the website hosting of Fleet 21 for the next three years. He has some great deals on his website, surf on over at 


Reported by Lori Lauraitis

The meeting was held February 23 at Columbia Yacht Club. Scott Stevenson from WesTrec and Sgt. Jerry Davenport (U.S. Coast Guard)  spoke about the NATO Summit Week scheduled May 17-21 at McCormick Place.  Secret Service is resolute in enforcing a lock-down of movement in the nearby harbor.  WesTrec has sent out forms for a temporary relocation from Burnham to the 31st Street Harbor.  Their intention is to prevent an inconvenience to the waterway users and their private vessels at this time of year and to control all movement of vessels in Burnham Park Harbor from May 1st - 25th No boats will be permitted in Burnham Harbor until May 24, 2012.  Scott Stevenson, provided an email contact if you should find it necessary to contact his office for re-assignment of your boat indicating your boat size and when approximately you intend on bringing your to the 31st Street Harbor or phone 312-742-8520 and aim to do their best to help the boaters. 

June 7 - 10, WesTrec is planning to hold the first On The Water Boat Show in Chicago.  NMMA will be doing the show and there will be a room available for Y/C members to enjoy the day.  It is purported to be a "great event" on-the-water this season. 
There will be blocks of slips for CYA members except for the 4th of July and Air & Water Show.

National Boating Federation - Fred Poppe, President, spoke regarding the upcoming meeting being held at The Double Tree Inn by Hilton 1909 Spring Road in Oak Brook, IL on the weekend of April 27/28-2012.  On Saturday, April 28, beginning at 10:30 Panel Discussions will be held regarding Mandatory Life Jacket Wear.

E-15 Ethanol-Blended Fuels - there will be sets of questions/answers at the meeting.  Also, Rescue 21 - if in distress how your (new) radios can be tied-in to the GPS and transmit for help, if needed while on the water. 

Betty Lerner brought in a chart to help organize what's needed for her annual magazine by month: Have asked Dave DeAre to submit an article from the Fleet, but if you have some interesting photos, story or happening, please let Dave know.
Sea Scouts - Tim Harrington hosting a Fund Raiser this Spring, April 24 at Belmont Station and have boats available for sale:  35 boats - 23 sailboats 12 power at Crowley's Yacht Yard and will clean them.

Venetian Night - Not-this-year - Special and Cultural Events said it was cost about $300,000 to sponsor this one night event just for security, fire protection, safety and attendee protection.

Christmas Tree Ship - Sonny Lisowski presented Jim Wright with an award certificate of charitable achievement and the liaison for this annual holiday event held in Chicago in December.  Jim was surprised and thrilled to receive this award
Next scheduled meeting:  March CYA Meeting - Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club - March 22, 2012 with Meet and Greet at 5:45pm
 Your membership renewal form is due today!
This is the last Fleet Sheet you will receive unless you renew by April 1. Renewal forms were included in the January and February Fleet Sheet. If you cannot find your form, you can print one from the Fleet website: or call the membership chairmen: Pat and Ron Shereyk, 708-645-1957.


Kim Wold

May 10, 1947 – Feb. 27, 2012

The Fleet sends condolences to Kathy Wold on the unexpected passing of her husband, Kim. Kim was the life of every party and a friend to all. He will be missed.

May we be thankful for fair weather and smooth seas, and in times of storm have the courage
and patience that mark every good mariner;
And overall, may we have the cheering hope of joyful meetings,
As our ship at last drops anchor
In the still water of the eternal harbor.

Max Ehrmann


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

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By Brian Ruxton

Couple of things. Remember, this month is YACHTAPALOOZA at Crowley’s. Mark the date, March 24th and plan on attending the festival and the meeting at Hammond Yacht Club right after the event. As of this writing I have not seen any information about the seminars posted on Crowley’s website but keep looking. The seminars are always interesting and informative and there will be something you can use for your own boat.

Jackson Park Yacht Club is hosting a US Sailing Sanctioned Safety at Sea Seminar on April 15, 2012.  Moderated by Ron Trassbach.   There still are seats available. 
Please go to for information and forms for registration.  [Scroll down, click on the link to get a form to print and mail in with your check.]
Questions can be directed to or you can contact Janet Hansen @ 773-233-5520 (this is also her work phone, so please leave a message!).

This certification is strongly recommended for the Chicago to Mackinac Race.

In most of my columns I tell you something. This month I am going to ask something. About two years ago the AutoHelm on our boat just stopped working en route to Chicago from North Point. We have the ST4000 model. I contacted Raymarine out on the east coast. I even sent the old control head in for repair. When I called them, believe it or not, they told me that they knew exactly what was wrong with my device but they wouldn’t fix it.. My only option was to buy a new one. I also obtained a used control head from Crowley’s and tried changing that out. Didn’t work either.

So . . . It looks like I’m going to have to make the move and get a new AutoHelm. My options are the Raymarine p70 or the SeaTalk 6002 packages. The p70 interfaces with a bunch of advanced electronics that I don’t have but could possible get at some time in the future. The SeaTalk 6002 is pretty much just the standard pick your course and hold it.

The question . . . Does anyone out there have any experience with either of these products or any experience installing one? I can re-wire something that’s already in place but I’m not so sure about starting from scratch. If anyone has any input please give me a call at (630) 279-4533 or send me an e-mail at