Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago
FleetSheet March 2012
Dinner & Dance
January 24-27, 2013
Our General Meeting on October 19 features Joan Forsberg with a presentation on
Shipwreck Tales of the Great Lakes. Featuring the most dramatic, yet TRUE,
stories of Great Lakes shipwrecks tinged with murder, mystery, deception, and
more than the usual amount of mayhem, plus exceptional underwater photography,
this program will keep you on the edge of your seat. Tales include the story of
the fabled Griffon, lost with all hands on her maiden voyage in 1679, and the
many attempts to locate this shipwreck; the captain who murdered his crew and
sank his ship; the captain who kept his shipwreck survival a secret; the
shipwreck which helped build Chicago; the world-infamous Australian Convict Ship
sunk in the Great Lakes; plus more!
Our speaker, Joan Forsberg, is a well-known maritime historian, scuba diver,
author, lecturers, and photographer. She and her husband Cris Kohl love to
explore shipwrecks, particularly those in the the Great Lakes. They both have
certificates in Underwater Archaeology from England's Nautical Archaeology
Society. Joan has a degree in History and has been the Chairman of the
"Shipwrecks and our Maritime Heritage" Room at Chicago's annual Our
World--Underwater Show since 1996. She is the author of the scuba celebrity
cook-and-tell book, Diver's Guide to the Kitchen, and articles in magazines such
as Immersed, Great Lakes Boating, and Wreck Diving (for which she works as Copy
Editor). Joan appears behind the camera shooting underwater video, and in front
of the camera as Cris' underwater model. She served three terms as President of
the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago, for which she spearheaded
several significant shipwreck projects. In 2010, Joan was inducted into the
International Women Divers Hall of Fame.
Our meeting and program is at the Burnham Park Yacht Club, located at 1500 S.
Linn White Drive. Follow the signs to the Museum Campus. Start the evening with
dinner at the club at 6:30 p.m. Call the Club at 312-427-4664 for reservations.
Tell them you are part of the Catalina Fleet. After a short business meeting,
the presentation will start around 8 p.m. Parking should be available.
A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMODORE
Hard to believe it is the end of sailing season! Doesn’t it seem like it was
only a week or two ago that we were all cleaning, waxing, etc. to have the boats
ready to be launched and heading for the summer slip in the Marinas? Now it’s
reversal time, checking the weather for a decent wind and temperature to let us
get from that Marina to the Yacht Yard . Once there, off come the sails, flaked
and in their bags, after having the heads pumped, filling them with antifreeze,
filling the gas tank and finally removing all the items than come back home to
find space in the garage and the basement. And so goes another special time for
Still Mother nature did smile on us with mostly clear and sunny days. Yes some
of those sunny days were sure HOT but that was OK. The Mac Race went off as
scheduled without any tragedy. Several boats sailed up to the MacBay Rendevous
and others drove there. Cruising trips were made around the lake with families
and friends on board. Several outings were enjoyed starting with our Margarita
Party at Burnham, then the Summer Solstice at 31st Street new harbor, the Shrimp
Boil in North Point and our annual Labor Day in Michigan City. Great memories
for the cold winter days ahead!
Looking forward to our last meeting of the year, October 19th at Burnham Yacht
Club. Joan Forsberg is a very accomplished woman and her presentation should be
interesting finding out what is underneath our sailing environment! Feel free to
bring along any friends you think would be interested --just be sure to call the
call the club for dinner reservations. Then get out the tuxedos and fancy gowns
for the elegant awards banquet again orchestrated by Carolyn De Are. We are
having it a week early this year so as to offset those of you going away for
This also ends my past two years as your Commodore. They have been challenging,
frustrating at times, exciting and over all a great experience. Due to the
outings and meetings, I was able to get to know so many of you well and enjoyed
the times you shared your boats with me. Many thanks to all of you!
Would you like to get involved in the club next year? Commodore-to-be Pat
Reynolds is looking for a few good men and women to fill all the positions you
see listed on the left. Don’t wait to be asked…volunteer!
Talk to Pat at the banquet, email him or give him a call. We need you!
The 2012 racing season was a very good one particularly on Wednesday nights. For
the first time in memory the Hammond beer can races had no weather cancellations
or light winds. The Queens Cup and Mackinac races also had great winds. Catalina
in general and Fleet 21 in particular were well represented during the season.
Fleet boats Doghouse, Easy Too, Fins, Isis, Karizmaddie, Little Miss Magic,
Overdue, Titae and Wind Lord all did some racing (or in Catalina speak,
determined cruising) and the captains and crew of Baysic Necessity, Corvair, and
Team Effort all helped on other boats.
In addition to Wednesday night racing, Fleet 21 boats participated in the
Queen's Cup, Mackinac, Hammond Silver Cup, Jackson Park Haeckl Cup, the Leukemia
Cup, Poor Man's YC race and the Tri State races. Congratulations again to all.
Finally since our racing season is over and in an effort to get more of you
interested for next year we will end the year with the last five of the top ten
opportunities that sail racing provides:
6. The opportunity, during night races, of seeing new constellations such as
7. The opportunity of learning how to wash your clothes by tieing them to the
boat and throwing them overboard with you inside.
8. The opportunity of learning to eat on a seesaw.
9. The opportunity of knowing that no matter how much time and effort you spend
laying out the perfect race course, power boaters will find it
10. The opportunity of screaming at someone other than your spouse.
So remember when you are sitting at home next season on those cold, wet,
miserable Wednesday nights that you too could be out racing.
Fleet members may list items they want to sell, trade or buy in this column
without any charge. Sand listing to email@example.com. Listings run for 2
months unless I hear otherwise.
RIGGING & EQUIPMENT
This is a reprint of my article from a year ago but I think it is one of the
most practical I have written. I can also add that since I wrote this I did in
fact use a non-Universal fuel filter for the entire 2012 season and I had
absolutely no problems.
I’m not sure about everyone else’s respective maintenance schedules but I always
change my filters in the fall. Changing your oil in the fall right before the
boat is laid up means that the oil sitting in your engine over the winter will
be as free of contaminants as it can be. Certainly it will be cleaner than
season old oil. If you have a Universal engine you most likely have a 3003209
Universal filter. That’ll cost you $20+ from a marine parts dealer. Here is a
list of comparable replacements you can get at the auto parts store for probably
less than half the price: AC PF-57 Baldwin B179 Fram PH-3593-A Kubota
70000-15241 (Replaces PH 2849A) Lee LF-2808 Motorcraft FL-799 NAPA 1064
Purolator PER-4620 Wix 51064 Here is a list of comparable fuel filters for the
Universal 298854: AC TP807 Big-A 538 Car Quest 86390 Fram P-7514 Kubota
70000-43081 Motorcraft FG72 NAPA 3390 Purolator PER-262-F Wix 3390 I’ve used the
Fram oil filters for several years. I pay a little more and get the highest
protection level, the Toughguard. It has the same bypass valve that the
Universal has and costs about $9.00.
Finally, some wine tips. If you want a little variety try looking to Oregon. An
Oregon Pinot Gris is, in my opinion, much better than a typical Pinot Grigio.
The Oregon wines also tend to have a little more body. I also like Oregon Pinot
Noirs. They tend to be a little more consistent. California ones are kind of hit
or miss. If you can, look for wines from the Williamette Valley in Oregon.
Here’s where it all comes together. With the money you save on filters you can
probably get a few nice bottles.
Report on meeting of Sept. 27
Scott Stevenson reported the Lake Michigan water level is down about 2 feet, a
record low, and that's all locations this year. Not since 1964 has it been that
low. Many of the marinas are affected throughout Lake Michigan. Some of the
power boats on our side are having a difficult time getting out of their slips
and are waiting for a northeaster to bring up the water into the harbors.
Reporting record lows at Jackson Park, 59th Street, Monroe, Burnham, Diversey
and Belmont. More dredging is planned for Jackson Park, 59th Street, and
spot-dredging at some of the northern harbors. With the warm winter and drought,
we are experiencing these record\, low water levels. Meteorologists predict that
if we experience a hard freeze, this year in Lake Huron, it would affect the
lower lakes. All predictions will continue to be monitored.
No Price Increase for the harbors is expected in 2013 and a moratorium on the
non-residence fees charged for non-Chicagoan residents.
*Northpoint Marina - is showing a 45% Occupancy and 95% sure there will be no
. DuSable Harbor - The parking solution to clean the problem areas.
. Monroe Harbor - The old breakwall is wooden and subject to damage boats
because of the low water level.
*Jackson Park - Outer -- The water level is still low and the dredging has been
ineffective, as Frank (a boater) has gotten stuck, drawing 6'
The Park District, using their long-term-funds, will study the breakwall and
dredging situation and use over $1 million on dredging.
*Mark Stevens from the Coast Guard also commented on the water level being low
and noticed by the Coast Guard vessels. At the last race, the Farr 40's
encountered problems leaving the harbors, hitting the dock at Chicago Yacht
Club, I-Beams for the Club and even a shopping cart...and the Chicago River
being closed-off due to a submarine cable being laid for a fish barrier. Closed
from 10/8 - 10/12, Coast Guard boats will stop boaters from passing.
*Yachting Celebration - $45.00 per person, on December 7, 2012 (Pearl Harbor) at
the Chicago Yacht Club. Free wine-tasting, and other additions. 183 people
attended in 2011.
*What do I wear? This is a dress-up event.
Guys wear suits or even tuxedos (if they own one). Gals wear short or long
dressy dresses or pantsuits. Not crazy about dressing up? Then don’t. Wear
*What do you do at the banquet?
We start off with appetizers and drinks and everyone mingles. There’s lots of
rehashing of the summer sailing and talk of new boats.
We sit down for a served dinner at beautifully decorated tables. After dinner
the Commodore presents the year’s awards for the Racer of the Year, the Boat of
the Year and the Commodore’s Award. The new board of officers is introduced and
they receive their officer’s flags. After the awards, the dancing begins.
*What kind of music do you have?
Back again by popular demand is Music Plus. Everyone who has attended in the
past agrees that they play great dance music.
*What is the cost? The price this year is $55 per person. That’s a bargain for
dinner, drinks, dancing in downtown Chicago on the lakefront!
*What other expenses will there be? None! We’ll have an open bar before dinner
and wine with the meal. Parking should be free in the yacht club lot. You can
take a taxi to the Club, but you’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you to
Michigan Avenue to get a cab home. You might want to bring a bit of cash for
*Can I bring friends? Yes! We’d love to have a full house. Bring your crew,
*What if I don’t know anyone? We’re making a special effort to welcome new
attendees. We’ll welcome you at the door, introduce you to other members, and
seat you with a great group of fellow sailors.
* Do I bring anything? You can add to the Banquet fun and bring a raffle basket
if you want to. Put together a theme basket or just one item…it doesn’t have to
be in a basket.
* Other questions? Call me! Carolyn at 630-469-6117 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org