Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

Feb 2001


Shake off those winter doldrums and sail along with us as we cruise the Greek Isles—by video, unfortunately, but it still promises to be a great trip!  Achillefs Koukas of Achilles Charters is the skipper and will lead us through everything there is to know about cruising the Mediterranean.   Ports of call, provisioning, sailing skills required, and how to get there will all be covered.   His presentation on Friday, February 16, is the first regular meeting of the new Fleet year.  The meeting will be held at the Burnham Park Yacht Club located at 1500 S. Linn White Drive.  Follow the signs to Meigs Field. All are welcome to arrive 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.  Tell them you are part of the Catalina group.  The program and business meeting will begin promptly at 8:00 p.m.

If you have not been by Burnham Harbor this winter, you are in for a shock.  Much of the east side of the harbor has been demolished—including the parking lot for the Yacht Club!  Special arrangements have been made for parking in the north end of the Meigs Field lot (just keep going past the Yacht Club).  Enclosed with this newsletter is a placard for you to place on your windshield that identifies you as a guest of the yacht club.  The lot closes at 10:00 p.m.—so our meeting will be finished by that time.

On March 16 our general meeting will be held at the Boat/US store located at 567 East Roosevelt Rd. in Lombard, Illinois.  This Fleet shopping night will feature extra discounts for Fleet members and “special” prices just for the night.  So, check the specifications for your boat’s equipment, measure whatever needs measuring, consult with your crew, and make a list (check it twice) of those things you want to purchase that evening.  More details in the March newsletter.



Our first Fleet event of the year, the annual Potluck Supper and Brown Bag Auction was held on January 13, 2001, at Corinthian Yacht Club.  According to our official counter, Lizzie Stone (Branson and Danita’s daughter), seventy-two members and guests enjoyed the bountiful feast.  It never ceases to amaze me how many different and varied dishes there are to enjoy.  Our thanks to Jack and Lois Bretall for ably organizing the event and to all those who helped with the set-up and clean up.  The spirited brown bag auction led by auctioneer Bob Kocolowski added almost $400 to our treasury.

Strictly Sail, held on February 1st through February 4th, saw many of our members buying widgets and gadgets that we cannot be without.  Volunteers, organized by Dave DeAre, manned the Catalina Owners’ Association information booth all during the show.  My thanks to Dave for organizing the schedule.  It is interesting and enjoyable to meet and talk to so many present and potential Catalina owners.

My special thanks to Madalyn Duerr and her committee chairs, Francine Kuenzli (decorations) and Diana Phillips (registration), for another fantastic Strictly Sail, Strictly Catalina reception.  The food and entertainment were great; the decorations transformed the room into a tropical paradise.  It makes me proud to be a part of this organization.  As I heard repeatedly throughout the evening, we sure know how to throw a party!!

The February and March general meetings will entice us with chartering in the Mediterranean and lighten our wallets with a shopping night at Boat/US in Lombard.  Details are included in this newsletter.  Hope to see you there.

Jan Byrd


It’s time to renew your Fleet 21 membership.

            Membership forms for those who did not attend the Potluck Dinner are included in this newsletter.  It is crucial that you check the preprinted information contained on the form.  The annual Fleet directory is printed based on the information on these forms.  Make certain yours is correct.    Is your email address still the same?  Did you change moorings?  Or boats?  Please, please, please check your form and mail it in right away.



As mentioned previously, Burnham Harbor is in the middle of a major renovation again this year.  The old docks on the north and east sides of Burnham are being removed and replaced with all new facilities similar to what’s on the west side.   A new seawall is being built approximately 8 to 9 feet out from the existing one.   This eliminates the need for any dredging.   In addition, a secondary, or tieback, wall is put in 30 to 35 feet back.  The seawall is anchored to the tieback which prevents it from caving into the harbor.  Much of the construction is in front of the Burnham Park Yacht Club.  When it’s all over there will be a 14-foot wide promenade with lighting installed along the waterfront.  The yacht club will have its own docks and the current yacht club parking lot will become a

gated lot.  Mast stepping will be available this spring on the new Yacht Club docks. Plans for enlarging the current Harbor Master’s house are also on the drawing board.



It’s planning time for the Outings Committee.

The “traditional outings” are listed below with dates and sponsors if they have one.  Many outings are in need of a sponsor.  Dates for many have not yet been set.  Can you help? Sponsoring an outing is an easy way to become involved in the Fleet. A sponsor plans an event, making certain dock space is available. They make arrangements for the group to eat together at a nearby restaurant or plan a cookout, potluck, lobster boil, whatever.  Special activities or themes can be included if desired.  Publicity is planned with the newsletter editor or Outings Committee. The sponsor does not pay for an event—the fleet or the participants do. We’re always looking for new ideas.  Please let the Outings Committee know if you have an event in mind or will help with one of these:

Memorial Day Weekend

Progressive Harbor Hopping Party?

Burnham-Margarita Party-Saturday

Hammond –     Sunday-Kuenzli

Photo Cruise

Chili Outing-Hammond-June-Stone

North Point – June-Lucy

Michigan Shore Cruise

Michigan City Kickoff 7/7-8 McDermott

LMCA Holland Rendezvous 7/13-15 Shereyk

Ice Cream Social – Burnham-July?-Bretall

Hammond Symphony-Kuenzli, Duerr, etc.

Venetian nights in Monroe? Hammond?

Labor Day?


This is just a start at the schedule.  The completed schedule will be published in the Fleet Sheet in April.   But we need your help!

Call Fred Collins at 219-762-4107 or Nick Thies at 708-403-9216.


FOR SALE: 1988 Catalina 34 tall rig, wing keel. All interior cushions and 150 roller furling
genoa new in 2000.  Hood 915 Seafurl LD. Universal 25 deisel, self tailing winches., Vhf
radio, handheld GPS, speed, depth finder, compass.  Collapsible bimini covering entire
cockpit area, 6 disk CD changer/radio/cassette with inside and out speakers. Dock lines,
fenders, etc. Stern perch seats. Fantastic.          $51,000. Call Brandt Malelo

FOR SALE:  1987 Catalina 30 tall rig. Great condition. New autopilot 3000, new electric panel, refrigeration, microwave, tk.table/drink holder, diesel, roller furling 150, extra 150 head sail, certified lifeboat, lazyjacks, cradle.  Much, much more. $37,500.  In Hammond parking lot.

Call Fred Kimmel 312-332-6663 or Sheila Kimmel 312-527-2676.

FOR SALE:  1979 Catalina 27.  Universal Atomic Four inboard gas engine, 110-volt shore power, 4 sails with Dutchman system, Hood Roller Furling, autohelm.  New compass, new lines, Peek-A-Boo Shutters.  New sanitation system (holding tank & hoses).  Immaculate teak and brass thru-out.  6-man Seyvelor inflatable with motor.  Steel cradle—and much more!  $11,500/OBO.   For more details, contact 773-212-3231 (pager) or 773-768-3403 (home).

Fleet members may list items they want to sell, trade, or buy in this column without any charge. Items listed run for three months, unless you notify me that you want the ad to

Send listings to Fleet Sheet Editor, 306 Linden Street, Glen Ellyn, Il 60137
Fax 630-668-8950
email :
Phone: 630-469-6117
Listings must be received by the 1st of the month.


Welcome to the 2001 Racing season to all those cruisers among us with an overabundance of competitive genes.  Since I have yet to see sailors who aren't always measuring their boat's performance against the sailboat closest to them, I suppose that includes all of us.

Congratulations to Mike Walsh and the crew of Morning Star, a Catalina 36, upon receiving the Bill Karesh Memorial Racer of the Year Award for 2000.   The Karesh family initially donated the award in memory of Bill in order to encourage racing among Fleet 21 members.  In order to qualify for the award a member needs to race in a Fleet 21 race locally or at the Macatawa annual outing and participate in other outside race events.

While I am aware of those Fleet 21 members who race out of Hammond, I am uncertain of the number of active racers we have in other harbors.

We intend to have a few informal races during our outings in order to encourage more participation in fun racing.

For those who wish to get into more regular racing, there are several groups which sponsor weekly races.  Those members in the downtown harbors can call Dave DeAre at 630-469-6117 for local yacht club race information.  Those in Jackson Park can contact Frank Wittosh at the yacht club.  In Hammond, contact Pat Reynolds.

The Midwest Open Race Fleet (MORF) has a casual race series of four races for the novice.

They are listed on our website.
Thanks to Brendan Walsh for the cartoon!



While away the winter months with a sailing show on TV, a nautical website, movie, or book.
Recommendations this month: 

A new series of Ultimate Sailing begins on Saturday, February 24, on ESPN2. It looks like it should air at 12:30 p.m. but check your local listings.

Tune in Great Lakes Ports of Call at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays on channel 20.  Muskegon, South Haven, and Charlevoix are Lake Michigan harbors still scheduled to air in this series.

The tragic fate of the Windjammer Cruise line’s  Fantome is grippingly retold in the new book,

The Ship and the Storm: Hurricane Mitch and the loss of the Fantome by Jim Carrier.   The 282-foot tall ship tried to outrun a hurricane with devastating results that send a message to all who sail the sea:  Mother Nature is in command.

New links are always being added to the Fleet website at