Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago
Bike the Drive
In Water Boat Show
June 7 -10
31st Street Harbor
June 9 -10
June 23 – 25
MAY AND MARGARITAS
We had May in March and March in April, so who knows what May will bring? You
can’t count on good weather, but you can count on margaritas! Our annual
kick-off to the summer sailing season is May 26 at Burnham Harbor. The blenders
will be whirling beginning at 4:30 pm at Half Moon Park (just south of the
Burnham Park Yacht Club). Grab your flip flops, a lawn chair, an appetizer to
share (and your rain coat??) and meet us there! You can sail to the outing, but
you’ll need to arrange a slip with the Burnham Harbor Dock Master. Most people
drive to this outing. Lori Lauraitis is working at getting parking passes, but
there’s no guarantee. Parking at $1 an hour is available in the old airport
parking lot. Drive past the yacht club and stop where the party is—we’ll let you
know where to park. Do you have expired handheld flares? Ted Kuenzli will be
collecting them at this outing. Ted will donate them to the Tinley Park Police
Department. They use them for traffic control at the local concert venue.
Around 6 pm we’ll head to the Yacht Club patio for dinner and our general
Are you a biker? Many of us get together and do Bike the Drive the day after the
Margarita Party. We’ll meet at H Dock in Burnham at 7 am. Or start from your own
harbor, but join us after your ride for breakfast on Overdue (Burnham H 15).
Register for Bike the Drive at http://bikethedrive.org/signup
The complete (as of today) outings schedule is included in this newsletter. If
you’re a new member we urge you to join us at these events. While we hope
everyone arrives by boat, many members opt to drive because of weather, distance
or schedules. We welcome everyone! If you’re a long-time member, we want to see
you too! Outings are the heart of our club. You’re missing all the fun if you
don’t attend. Mark your calendars now for everything we have planned. Don’t see
anything at your harbor? Contact the Outings Chairman, Dave DeAre. We can add an
event! We’d love to have something at every harbor.
A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMODORE
Although Saturday the 21st of April was cool at least it was clear and dry.
Inside the huge, plastic quonset shelter it was very comfortable at Good Templar
Park in Geneva, Illinois. Dave Norden and Lorraine Straw were gracious hosts and
18 members were on hand to see this incredible vessel. Dave was particular
enthusiastic to have real sailors in his audience so that he could expand on the
nautical details of his presentation. The fact that the ship was totally open
for her transatlantic sail which took 28 days in 1893 was awesome. The skipper
did add some canvas so when the weather was quite “wet” there was some shelter
for the men. Still they had to do a lot of bailing to keep the added weight of
the water collecting inside to limit this adversity to their progress. The
additional challenges were to transit the Hudson River as well as the canals.
Due to the beam width of the ship there was only inches on each side through the
canals and at one time the men themselves had to pull it through with ropes.
This was part of the reason they were late for the opening of the Columbian
The efforts over the past 119 years to see that this historic artifact was not
“chopped up for kindling” is an amazing tale and we are fortunate to see it
maintained and being restored in our vicinity. For those of you that did not get
to be there on the 21st, scheduled visitor’s days are May 19, July 21, August
18, September 15 and October 20 in addition to the area Swedish Day Festival on
June 17. A great target for all those grandkids, nieces and nephews we now have.
May sees us on to the beginning of sailing season! Looking forward to our
initial harbor activity with the annual Margarita Party at Burnham Harbor and
the return of seasonal warm weather. ( Although it was warm last year, it sure
was wet.) Thankfully the NATO Summit will be history by then and those of you
that call Burnham your summer home will have your boats resting comfortably in
As you can see, thanks to Chairman Dave DeAre, we have multiple interesting and
fun outings on our schedule. Welcome one and all.
Nancy Bartlett, Commodore
Reported by Lori Lauraitis
For the May NATO Summit DuSable, Monroe - unlikely to be closed. The "Queen's"
Landing not affected at all. - there will be no Northerly Island access, no
entry during that weekend. Burnham Park Harbor will be using commercial boats
to ferry foreign dignitaries. Don't assume the worse...no closings except for
. 31st Street Harbor - easy access from either direction on Lake Shore Drive
- possibly rentable for meetings, occasions, etc. no fee yet established
- now open
- the bike path open, landscaping completed, fantastic kiddie playground,
sails on top
of building, boat ramp, slips ready-for-occupancy
- 5/15 the fuel docks will be open for business, spectacular WiFi hookup,
system, satellite-in-bulk. Just plug the cable into your TV, ESPN, HBO
a season for 300 boats. WesTrec will maintain the dish. High-speed
possibility of renting modems, cable TV plug-ins, high-speed Internet to
Parking Passes - have to be waved In & Out your car windows. No passing to
Hang passes in front window to be visible.
Belmont Harbor - Harbormaster will have a pre-fabricated, cement building, for a
mini store, to sell ice, soda, snacks, etc in about 3 weeks - 10' x 20' building
& office functions will be moved into that facility.
Jackson Park Outer - Dredging? 4 floating bathrooms and Joe will have an office
from the opposite current dock.
Monroe/DuSable - docks? Cans are installed but the south end is being
and installations of cans will be somewhat delayed
NMMA Boat Show 6/7 - 6/10 - The Show will consist of 100 boats at 31st Street
Harbor sizes ranging from 30' to 70'. Skipperline: Discovering Boating, demo on
sailing, simulator, etc. "Try It" Cove - to try paddle-boarding and various
boating interest. CYA to request volunteers to assist Boat Show and will offer
a $2.00 off discount by contacting the website: "Boat Show Discount" -
chicagoinwaterboatshow.com - show hours: noon - 8:00pm (Soldier Field event
USCG - will hold an Open House on May 25, 2012 from 1000 to 1400 with boat
tours, gear demonstrations and fun for everyone at Station Calumet Harbor - 4001
E. 98th St.Chicago, IL 60617 Contact: BM2 Nofziger or BMI Sommerhauser
We received the following update on Pat Harrington from Dan:
Good news. Pat is making great progress. Physically she is still weak, but
mentally fantastic... she is her old self! She is now giving me instructions!
She was moved from St. Elizabeth hospital a week ago today (last Monday) to St
Anthony's Health Care Center for physical rehabilitation; essentially to get
back to walking, and to gain some weight back; she lost nearly 10 lbs. She can
walk using a "walker" and is getting stronger each day.
Happy Birthday to Ed Stein! 95 years young on April 23.
RIGGING AND EQUIPMENT
After four years this boat finally has a name!
Ahoy! 1st Annual Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show Cruises
into the New 31st St. Harbor, June 7-10
The Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show, the city’s only on-water
event in June, is the perfect place to kick off summer and sail into the boating
lifestyle. Show-goers have the opportunity to browse, buy and test-drive more
than 100 boats, from luxury yachts and sailboats to family cruisers and
performance boats, plus kick start summer with on-the-water fun with free
boating rides, courses and nautical entertainment at 31st Street Harbor,
Chicago’s newest state-of-the-art marina. The in-water boat show is one of the
biggest additions to Chicago’s summer event lineup, offering Chicagoans and
visitors alike an all-access pass to discover boating on Lake Michigan.
Highlights of the 2012 Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show include:
deals on hundreds of boats, the newest marine accessories and Midwest travel
destinations; the Discover Boating Demo Dock offering complimentary boating
courses or rides along Lake Michigan; the Try It Cove featuring demos and
lessons in Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking and sailing; Scuba Diving for
ages 10 and up; big boats including a 65 ft. houseboat (on Lake Michigan?!); and
entertainment for all ages.
Thursday through Sunday, June 7- 10, 2012
31st Street Harbor (3100 S. Lakeshore Drive)
Admission: $10 – Adults (16 years & older)
FREE – Children (15 years & under)
www.ChicagoInWaterBoatShow.com follow the boat show on Twitter; find
us on Facebook.
For Sale: 1993 Catalina 320, wing keel, new 150 UK Genoa, new spinnaker,
Dutchman system on main, newer
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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.
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