Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

August 2000


Harbor Update

Our General Meeting on Tuesday, August 15, features a Chicago Harbor update with a representative from Westrec. If you've heard rumors about star docks disappearing from Burnham, question when they'll ever have enough bathrooms in your harbor, or wonder what are the chances of getting a slip in the new DuSable Harbor, this is where to get the real scoop. An official from the harbor management company will answer all your questions and give an overview of upcoming harbor plans.

 The meeting will be held at the Burnham Park Yacht Club located at 1500 S. Linn White Drive. 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 3124274664 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.



 The two- week cruise is over and the memories will linger on for the Baroness. Francine and I will remember the great sailing weather, nice ports, and the fellowship from everyone involved this year. Special thanks to Finesse and Ultimate 19th Hole for traveling with us the entire week.

 Let the bragging begin for the 30 Nationals. Our fleet brought home two out of three class winners.  Big thanks to Nick Thies and his committee for all their work and to all the boats who participated in the race.

 The nomination committee has been appointed and they have been directed to place into nomination the officers for next year. if you are interested in serving on the board as an officer or as a committee chairperson, please contact Pete Duerr, John Lauraitis, Hazel Luther, Pat Shereyk, or Teri Weber.  The future of this organization is based on how much the new members volunteer.  We need new ideas for programs, outings and fund raising.   Step forward and be a part of this exciting Catalina organization.  The nomination committee will present the slate at the September meeting to be voted on at the October General Meeting.

Nominations from the floor will also be accepted at the September meeting.

 Don't forget the remaining outings for the season. Flyers for the Hammond Symphony and Overnight as well as the Labor Day Northpoint Weekend are in this newsletter. Please be sure to call and make reservations as directed. Our last two general meeting programs have been exciting and I'm certain the remaining programs will be informative also. Currently, the plan is to have another wine tasting at our August General Meeting. These wine tastings are sponsored by the Burnham Park Yacht Club in conjunction with their suppliers.

 Ted Kuenzli

Michigan City Outing July 8-9th
By Fred & Shirley Collins

 Early bird arrivals Friday included: Ventura & Team Effort. Saturday was warm and humid, typical for July. Winds were on the nose in typical Fleet 21 fashion, challenging the sailors who crossed then: Weak Moment, Lupi, and later Serenity.

 Also joining were the ship's complements from Bearoness, Ultimate 1~ Hole, Bleedin' Green, Wind Lord, & Windchill.  The local Fleet members enjoying the evening included new members Pat & Gerri McDermott of Sail-La-Vie, as well as Sweet Talk, Encounter, R-Joy & C-'scape. 15 boats and 34 people.

 Everyone enjoyed ribs and chicken dinners and conversation that evening. After dinner, a group enjoyed a sunset cruise thanks to Doreen Collins. Doreen took another group sailing on Sunday. There was an old car show near the marina Saturday night, and as John Luther said, "it took me back to high school!"

 Sunday morning the group enjoyed a continental breakfast before breaking up and heading off on the Michigan Shore Cruise. Weak Moment & Lupi stayed and enjoyed the air show Sunday afternoon. After dinner several boats enjoyed the fireworks.

 Thanks go the committee including Doreen Collins and Ernie & Barb Miller.  special and particular thanks to Doreen for all her help and for shuttling us around.


August 15         General Meeting, Burnham
August 19-20      Hammond Overnight
September 2-4      Northpoint Overnight
September 16      Septoberfest, Montrose
September 19       General Meeting, Burnham

Shore Cruise/Mac Bay Getaway
By Pat Shereyk

 Seventeen Fleet 21 boats sailed or drove to the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club for the 7th annual Catalina Rendezvous on July 14, 15, and 16. As in prior years, this event is sponsored by the Lake Michigan Catalina Association. Beginning Friday morning with a wonderful pancake breakfast hosted by Jon and Mary Bontekoe of Phantasy Too, a good time was had by all.

 A Friday evening potluck appetizer and kegger party began the LMCA festivities followed by a Tour de Boats de vino. Saturday morning's hot breakfast at MBYC was welcomed by the crews of the Catalina 30 Nationals, Fulbright and ROCS boats who were heading out to race. After breakfast two vehicles hauled non-racers to Holland for a shopping expedition.

 The Saturday evening Caribbean pig roast party was lively with tales by the racers of high waves and windy conditions. Kathy Cusimano and Ed Kita hosted Fleet 21 members to an after the party party. Although the evening was cool, Team Effort's margaritas were refreshing and welcomed by all.

 After a continental breakfast on Sunday, those hearty Saturday race crews headed out for yet another morning of racing on the "big lake." Thankfully, conditions had improved and much calmer crews with fewer bruises returned to the outstanding Awards Banquet buffet. Following Sunday's festivities some Fleet 21 boats headed for South Haven and Saugatuck while others waited for Monday morning to cast off for other ports.

 Participating boats in the Rendezvous included: Bearoness, Bleed'n Green, Cat Ballou, Destiny, Endurance, Finesse, Phantasy Too, Sweet Talk Team Effort, Ultimate 19th Hole, Weak Moment, Wind Dancer, Wind Lord, Ventura, and new member Weal Sea.   Also participating were crews from Windchill and Shibumi-Maru.


The following is a reprint of the comments from Roger Suhar during his year as Commodore. His observations hit the mark, as fellow participants in the Shore Cruise will attest:

 1.Lettuce has a short shelf life, carrots a long one.
2.Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches are a quick and easy lunch, especially in rough conditions.
3.Handheld VHF radios are often inadequate. An extension for the main VHF might be better especially when the communication is of general interest to all of your cruising companions.
4.You never have enough storage space.
5.There's always room for that item you just bought.
6.Always have an electric fan if you have shore power.
7.Oatmeal (like mom made) is still quick and a filling breakfast.
8.When the winds disappear they actually go 6' below the water surface and wake up the flies that sleep there.
9.Plan your cruise then leave either one-week sooner or later so that the prevailing winds won't be on the nose.
10.You can learn a lot about your boat and its systems by discussing them with fellow sailors.
11.It will take longer to get from port A to port B than you estimated. But, that's OK if you are actually sailing.
12.A routine 2-hour drive by car to a Michigan port can be a twelve-hour odyssey with unexpected insights and benefits by sailboat.
13.It's fun to cruise with friends.
14.Sailing is a way to lose oneself or to find oneself... it just depends on your need at the moment.

By Nick Thies

Fleet 21 can be proud of another successful event.  Back around the start of this new millennium, I was asked to stage the International Catalina 30 National Championship here in Chicago. I approached our Commodore Ted and we talked about what it would take to make it happen. Thus started "The Winds of Lake Michigan" which was held in conjunction with the Catalina Rendezvous in Macatawa Bay.

 Congratulations to the Fleet 21 boats who brought championships back to our club:
Carolyn Rand, Endurance, Tall Rig Cruising Class Champion
Pete & Madalyn Duerr, Ultimate 19th Hole, Standard Rig Cruising Class Champion

 A complete recap of the race results should be on our web site soon.

 Thanks to my committee: Shereyk's, Lauraitis', Byrd's, Kuba's, Kuenzli's, Luther's, Duerr's. Thanks to the team in Holland: Maginnis', D'Haem's,  Schmidt's, and the LMCA organization. Thanks to all who participated, braving gale force winds and seas. Thanks to Fleet 21 for hosting this event and working to make this another memorable championship.



FOR SALE: 1996 Catalina 400. Twin wheel, 3-cabin model. Number 60 hull with warranty. Wing keel, 1998 42 hp Westerbeke engine (low hours), Dutchman, full batten mainsail, 155 furling genoa, cruising spinnaker, 4 two-speed self tailing winches, ST 6000 auto pilot, GPS plotter, speed-depth-wind instruments, color tv with marine antenna, VCR, radio/cd audio system throughout boat, custom  canvas/cushion package and much more! In Burnham Harbor. Viewing by appointment. Asking $160,000. Call Marsh Blackburn at 312-565-1166.

 FOR SALE: 1987 Catalina 30. Tall rig. Autopilot, refrigeration, diesel, wheel, upgraded winches. Too many upgrades to list.  Good condition.   Available around Labor Day. $38,900 OBO. Fred Kimmel 312-332-6663. Sheila Kimmel 312-527-2676.

 FOR SALE: 5 hp Nissan Outboard (2 stroke) with 8 ft. dinghy, oars, gas tank' pump, case. Good condition.  $850 OBO.
150 genoa for Catalina 30 tall rig. Good condition. $400 OBO.
Fred Kimmel 312-332-6663 or Sheila Kimmel 312-339-6663.

FOR SALE: Can harness for 27 with pennant. $50 OBO.
Trailer hand pull wheels. $50 OBO.
Working jib for 27. Used a few times. $50 OBO.
Dan Golembiewski 847-846-8772.

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