Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region


May 2012


Margarita Party
May 26
Burnham Harbor

Bike the Drive
May 27

In Water Boat Show
June 7 -10
31st Street Harbor

Casino Overnight
June 9 -10
Hammond Marina

Summer Sailstice
June 23 – 25
31st Harbor

Outings Calendar




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 meeting.

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
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.


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 Exposition.

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 their slips.

As you can see, thanks to Chairman Dave DeAre, we have multiple interesting and fun outings on our schedule. Welcome one and all.

Sincerely yours,
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 closings except for Burnham.  
.  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, and cable
       system, satellite-in-bulk.  Just plug the cable into your TV, ESPN, HBO at $100.00
       a season for 300 boats.  WesTrec will maintain the dish.  High-speed Internet box,
       possibility of renting modems, cable TV plug-ins, high-speed Internet to rent/sell.
Parking Passes - have to be waved In & Out your car windows.  No passing to friends.
      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 across
       from the opposite current dock.

Monroe/DuSable - docks?  Cans are installed but the south end is being re-configured
       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" - - show hours:  noon - 8:00pm (Soldier Field event that ending

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 773-768-4093 x-#4


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.


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
 Thursday-Saturday, 12:00-8:00p.m.
Sunday, 12:00-6:00p.m.          
31st Street Harbor (3100 S. Lakeshore Drive)
Admission:       $10 – Adults (16 years & older)
FREE – Children (15 years & under)
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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.

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