Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

April 2000



The Program Committee Will try something new at the April 21 General Meeting: dual programs.
Members can choose which one they want to attend.

Chris Crane from Crowley's Yacht Yard will present a program on general commissioning issues as well as give a live demonstration on how to maintain Lewmar winches. Most of our Catalina's have Lewmars and if you have never attempted to take one apart to service it, this presentation will give you the knowledge you need. If you have tried to take one apart in the past (especially while your boat is in the water) and you ended up with "additional parts," attendance at this program is mandatory!

For those folks who are interested in the "less technical" aspects of getting ready for spring, we will also concurrently run a Line Dancing Session in the bar area of the club. Debbie Bowald and Madalyn Duerr will lead the group session and offer help to any member wishing to hone their foot work.

We hope you'll like having more choices when it comes to the programs.

The meeting will be held at the Burnham Park Yacht Club located at 1500 S. Linn White Diive. Follow the signs to Meigs Field. Come early and enjoy dinner at the club beginning at 6:30 p.m. If you plan to have dinner, please call the Yacht Club at 312-427-4664 for reservations. Be certain to tell them you are part of the Catalina group. The business meeting will begin promptly at 8:00 p.m.


We are another month closer to enjoying our favorite hobby: that is, sailing. Some boats will be in by now and others within the next few days. I hope everyone is looking forward to a great cruising year as put together by our outings committee. The summer schedule is included in this newsletter. Please take time to enter the planned events in your calendar now and he ready to sail to Burnham for the first outing on Memorial Day weekend.  With the low lake levels, we may need to adjust outings as we go along. Adaptation will be a necessity this year.

I hope everyone had the opportunity to visit Boaters World for your sailing needs. We had two outing dates due to the bad weather. Thanks to the program committee for making this outing possible and scheduling a makeup date. The program this month is on commissioning your boat with a special on how to rebuild your winch.  Our program last month was truly enriching. I now have a better understanding of not only the low lake levels, but also the responsibility for dredging and the operation of locks on our rivers. Our programs have been and will continue to be worthy of your time. Come to Burnham, enjoy dinner, socialize and leave with knowledge.

Please remember to call the Burnham Yacht Club,  312-427-4664,   to  make  dinner reservations. If you fail to call, please do not be disappointed with the service as they are planning the wait service based on the number of reservations.  The general schedule for the general meeting is 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. for social time and dinner; business meeting from 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the guest speaker from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This should help you plan your evening and I will do my best to adhere to this schedule.

Our membership and directory committees are working hard on the 2000 directories. They will be available at the May General Meeting.

Ted Kuenzli Commodore



The 2000 Outings Schedule is included in this newsletter. Events can still be added if you have an idea and want to be a sponsor! What does being a sponsor mean? Generally the sponsor makes the arrangements for the outing: secures dock space, figures out how meals will be handled (are there restaurants nearby, should everyone bring food for a cookout, etc.) plans any special activities (a fun race, cocktail hour or whatever) and makes sure the fleet knows about the event through a blurb in the Fleet Sheet newsletter. The sponsor does not pay for any arrangements: either the fleet or attendees pay (events should usually break even).

On the day of the event the sponsor acts as host or hostess and after the event the sponsor reports on what happened and who attended, again through the Fleet Sheet. If you have questions about events on the schedule, sponsor responsibilities, or want to add an event, contact Danita & Branson Stone at 219-922-2767 or Linda Sadlowski at 773-372-2179.


Plans are still being finalized for the annual Michigan Shores Cruise and MacBay Get-Away However, we do have the following information available at this time.

The  MacBay  Get-Away  VII  Catalina Rendezvous will be held at Macatawa Bay Yacht Club Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 16. The C-30 Nationals, sponsored by Fleet 21, as well as the  ROCS  (Regional  Offshore Championship Series) for all classes, sponsored by LMCA are the main events.  The Pickle Factory race is a victim of low water levels this year-it will not be held. A replacement activity is being planned. Additional information about the Catalina 30 Nationals follows in the Racing column.

Questions about the Michigan Shores Cruise? Call Pat Shereyk at 708-598-1457.


Catalina  30  National  Association  Vice Commodore and Fleet 21 member Nick Thies extends a special invitation to all Catalina 30 owners to participate in the 2000 C-30 National Championship Regatta and Rendezvous July 14, 15, & 16. We are expecting a fine turn out for the Rendezvous which is being held in conjunction with and hosted by the Lake Michigan Catalina Association and the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club at Holland, Michigan. The National C-30 Championship Regatta is sponsored by the IC3OA and our own Fleet 21. All Catalina 30 owners should seriously consider coming and participating at this, the first C-30 Championship Regatta of the 2I~ Century.

LMCA and MBYC are planning something for everyone on this weekend. There will be good food, social activities, tours to exciting places on Michigan's west coast, as well as racing. Some of the places you shouldn't miss include the wineries, gift and antique shops, sand dunes, historic lighthouses and the marinas. Some of the bountiful harvest that you can sample that may be in season include cherries, blue berries, apples, peaches, and more. Summer in this area is unsurpassed.

If your boat is on Lake Michigan you don't want to miss this event. If your boat is a 30, you don't want to miss this race.  For information on getting your boat to Holland or possible flotillas contact Nick Thies at 708403-9216 or email

A race application is included in this newsletter.

Racers should also note that our May General Meeting on Tuesday, May 16 will feature speakers from MORF with an introduction to racing and basic racing rules.

Several of our Fleet Members need assistance this spring launching their boats.

Can you help?

If so, call the Fleet Captains:

Bob Schuetz 312-269-6630            Jan Byrd 708-633-7167


As of April 11, 2000 our fleet membership numbers 113 boats. We have 103 renewing members and 10 new members.


Last month I reported the death of Fleet Member Philip Schwarz. His widow Jennifer would like to share these

Words to Live By-Treasured by Phil Schwarz

 Believe me, my young friend (said the water rat, solemnly),   there is nothing -absolutely nothing-half as much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing about. Nothing seems really to matter, that's the charm of it. Whether you get away or whether you don't, whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you get anywhere at all, you're always busy, and you never do anything in particular.

The Wind in the Willows

This was the poem Phil had on his desk at work-taped to a photo of Flicka, his first boat. If I were to pass on any message from Phil to his friends, I know it would be to remind you to spend more time messing about on boats. This was Phil's favorite thing, and I treasure every minute I had with him over the past 20 years doing just that.

 Phil was unique. Most of you know he threw nothing away. We considered renting a storage unit and turning it into the “Phil Schwarz Memorial Storage Locker," or taking it all to the auto junkyard and putting it into all the old Pintos on the lot-but the fact is-it wouldn't fit in either. And we have all come to grips with the truth that Phil was more than his junk.

 Phil's real treasures are his music - the arrangements for mixed vocal groups he had done in the last 5 years, and the memories we have of his singing and playing bass in several unique quartets over many years. These are the things that will linger in our hearts and ears when we think of Phil. -

 There was to be one more boat in Phil's life-one that he never sailed. We bought it last November in Muskegon, MI and planned to bring it across the lake this May. I'll make that voyage- with the help of friends-and I invite all of you to come to Chicago and "mess about the boat" with me. Phil would have like that.

 My life has changed forever, thanks to Phil. I will have more fun. I will listen to more music. I will always carry index cards. I will never worry about getting enough sleep (you can always sleep tomorrow).  I will be more passionate about the things I care about and I will certainly spend lots of time just messing about the boat. And I won't worry so much about where I'm going. I will always love him for this.

Get well wishes go to Fleet Member

Dave Weissman,  Captain of the Audrey Too III, moored in Burnham Harbor. Dave Is battling a serious illness. We're pulling for you, Dave.

You can contact Dave at 4404 Concord Lane Skokie, IL 60076


·    Burnham Park Yacht Club is moving their crane to a finger dock due to the low lake levels. The move should enable them to step masts as usual. Call the yacht club for mast stepping reservations at 312-427-4664.

·    Jackson Park continues to have low water levels. Boats with more than a 6' draft are
being assigned to other harbors.

·    What we have been calling the new Millennium Harbor is in the process of being renamed DuSable Harbor.  Wally Hartmann will be the Fleet Harbor Captain.

·   Westrec has applied for a ten year dredging permit.


Do you have an XM Yachting Quick Fit Inflatable Life Jacket? As a courtesy to our members who purchased the XM Yachting Quick Fit Inflatable Life Jackets through the Fleet, we will be ordering the following replacement items for the inflatable PFD's. In order to ensure that PFD's work properly, it is suggested that the following parts be replaced on a regular basis:

 Re-arm kit which consists of a C02 cylinder, lever retaining tag and tablet, which retails for $16.95

C02 cylinder, only, which retails for $8.95

Bobbin, only, which retails for $4.25

If we purchase these items in bulk, there may be discounts on the costs as well as on the shipping.

Please call Steve Cook at 773-388-3886, Eleanor Psyk at 708-383-1169 or Jan Byrd at 708-633-7167 if you are interested.  Please specify whether your bobbin is black or clear when ordering either bobbins alone or the re-arm kit.



FOR SALE: 1995 Catalina 36. Tall rig, wing keel, 3Ohp diesel, wind speed, depth, autohelm 4000, 5"compass, Schaeffer roller furling, Garhauer adjustable fairleads, VH, AM/FM cassette, premium interior fabric, 150 genoa, full batten main with Dutchman, jiffy reefing, 3 blade prop, bimini, dodger and filler, pedestal dinette table, teak cockpit table, microwave, tv/vcr, cradle. Bob Hurdle 630-964-3454 or

FOR SALE: 1985 Catalina 30. Universal 21 hp diesel. Wind, speed, depth, 5"compass. Harken roller furling, jiffy reefing. Four self-tailing winches.  H/C pressurized water. Autohelm 3000. Loran, VHF, AM-FM cassette stereo. Extra sails plus many other extras. $31,600. Contact Walter Hartmann 708-2~3447 or

WANTED: Catalina 34 tall-rig.  Spinnaker equipment preferred. Walter Hartmann at 708-246-3447or

 LIST items you want to sell or acquire. Send ads to Newsletter Editor, 306 Linden, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 or Listings are free to Fleet members. $5.00 for 3 months for non-members.


July 29, 2000

Monroe Harbor

Are you interested in decorating a Fleet boat for entry in Chicago's Venetian Night boat parade? Dorothy Hartmann is looking for volunteers to work on this fun event.

Give Dorothy a call at 708-246-3447. We're also looking for a boat to decorate!