Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

Jan 2000

Potluck 2000

 It may be January, but it’s time to think about sailing and Fleet 21. Our Y2K season begins on January 15th with the annual Potluck Dinner at the Corinthian Yacht Club at Montrose. The casual evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with appetizers, slides of past events, and a chance to talk over new purchases, the Americas Cup races, and sailing adventures.

 Everyone is asked to bring a dish to serve 8. Appetizers, salads, vegetables, main dishes, and desserts are all needed. Hostess Cheryl Kuba will help you decide what to bring when you call to RSVP. PLEASE RSVP BY 1/12/2000. This year will present some special challenges, as we will not have the use of the kitchen.  If you are bringing a hot dish, please bring your own heating element (crock pot, hot plate, warming tray, chafing dish) to keep the food hot. We are unable to heat up any food at the yacht club. And be prepared to take your dirty dish home with you, there will be no sink to wash your dish. Please bring your own extension cord if you need electricity to keep your dish warm. Bring your own serving utensil for your potluck dish. Potholders and hot pads are welcome.

 Beer, wine, and soda are provided, as are plates, cups, and silverware. The cost is $5 per person.

 One of the highlights of this fun evening is a brown bag auction. Place a boating item you can't use, a Christmas gift you can do without, or some other goodie in a brown paper bag. On the outside write your name, a clue to the contents, and an estimated value. Staple the bag shut. A fast talking auctioneer will sell your item to the highest bidder. All proceeds go to the fleet.

 Please bring a canned food item for a food pantry.  All those extra Y2k supplies can be put to good use. Throw a log in the trunk too for a fire in the fireplace.

 RSVP to Cheryl Kuba at 773-327-9331 or by January 12, 2000.



Welcome to the first newsletter and to what I hope will be the first great year of the century for our Fleet 21. I will start with a big thank you to all the board members who have volunteered to be your leaders and workers this year. These are the people who make this club run exceptionally well. They are listed in the masthead on the left.

A variety of events are planned - hopefully there will be something that will appeal to you! Please contact a chairperson if you have suggestions about a new or changed program and/or outing. We are committed to making each program and outing an exciting event and are open to your suggestions.

To those of our members who have not attended any of our events, please call me at 312-326-8290 and leave me a message as to what is missing in our club. What do we need to do to make you feel welcome and give us a chance to meet you?

We start the year with the traditional potluck and brown bag auction on January 15.  I hope everyone will make a special effort to attend this outing; especially the new members or long time members who have not been active. Details are in this newsletter.

Don't forget that the Strictly Sail show is the first weekend in February and is a must if you want to meet other Catalina owners in a social atmosphere at the Saturday night Rendezvous. Look for the particulars in this newsletter. The first two couples who call me at the above number, whom I have never met, will receive tickets to one night of the show.

In February we begin our regular monthly meetings. They are held the third Friday of the month during the winter and the third Tuesday of the month May - September. Our usual meeting place is the Burnham Park Yacht Club. Mark your calendar now for February 18.

Ted Kuenzli Commodore


Outings Summer of 2000

The Outings Committee is hard at work planning a summer of great events on rain-free weekends. Volunteers are needed to sponsor and plan events. What does being a sponsor mean? Generally the sponsor makes the arrangements for the outing: secures dock space, figuring out how meals will be handled (are there restaurants nearby? Should everyone bring food for a cookout? Etc.), planning any special activities (a fun race, cocktail hour, etc), and making 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. On the day of the event the sponsors act as host or hostess and after the event the sponsors report on what happened and who attended, again through the Fleet Sheet. The outings schedule for the summer of 2000 is being finalized now. Don't wait for a call. Call Danita & Branson Stone (219) 922-2767 or Linda Sadlowski (773) 374-2179 and volunteer.

Got an idea for an outing? Call now!

Beach Party                                                                   Macatawa Bay Weekend

Beer Can Races                                                            Malibu Overnight

Cajun Catalina                                                                Man Overboard Drill

Chicago Blues Festival                                                  Margaritas Party

Chili Outing                                                                     Memorial Day

Hammond Casino Gambling                                        Michigan City Air Show

Hammond Symphony                                                     Michigan Shore Cruise

Ice Cream Social                                                          Mystery Outing

Independence Day                                                        Photo Cruise

Inner Basin Pizza Party                                                 Ravinia

Labor Day                                                                      Septober Fest

Leukemia Cup                                                              Test Fire Flares

Luau                                                                                Waukegan Overnight


(These are just suggestions, Use your Imagination, sign-up sheet at January Potluck)

Buddy Boat System
Team up and sail with another boat, or with several boats, to the Fleet's events


Strictly Sail, Strictly Catalina 2000 Winter Rendezvous

This year's Strictly Sail show at Navy Pier on February 3 - 6 promises to be bigger and better than ever. The Fleet will again man the owner's booth and sponsor the Strictly Sail, Strictly Catalina Reception on Saturday, February 5, from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.  The evening will include a generous hors d'oeuvres table, musical entertainment by the Jamaican One-Man Band, and terrific door prizes.  Frank Butler, the President of Catalina Yachts, promises to be there to celebrate the company's    30th anniversary. You don't want to miss this great party!  Reservations for the reception must be received by January 15 to receive the Earlybird Member rate of $5.  A registration form is enclosed with this newsletter.

Also plan to attend a special Rendezvous brunch on Sunday, February 6th, at the Columbia Yacht Club. The buffet brunch will be served from 9 - noon.



By John Lucy

Congratulations to Dave and Carolyn DeAre and Pat Reynolds and Linda Sadlowski! Seventeen boats were considered for the coveted Catalina Fleet 21 Racer of the Year Award. This is the largest group we have had in some time. The competition was so great that one winner could not be selected. Instead, Railin and Karizmaddie were selected as co-Racers of the Year.

Dave and Carolyn race their thirty out of Burnham.   Dave not only raced in the Wednesday Night Beer Can Races, but also organized and scored those events.   Also, Dave and Carolyn were responsible for the end of the season awards banquet at Burnham. Railin also raced in both Hammond Outing races. Pat and Linda were very busy racers this season on their 32. Races included the Chicago to Waukegan and return, the Fullbright Cup, the Tri-State, and the second Hammond Outing Race. They were also regulars in the Hammond Wednesday Night

Beer Can Races.  Linda organized the spring kickoff dinner for the Hammond Racers, supplied "hot-dogs" after races and put on the end of the season banquet.

Take it from the Racers of the Year; racing can be a real fun activity on a Catalina.  We encourage more Fleet 21 members to race next year or to crew. We will have a variety of fun and foolish races in connection with our outings in 2000. A special thanks to Jim Marzano, for his help with racing this year and to all those who participated in the races. Being racing chair is only fun if people will race. Remember the ice will be out by April 1, 2000.



Renew your Fleet 21 membership today!

Your preprinted renewal form is (hopefully) included with this newsletter. If you have the wrong form, please contact the membership committee immediately.  If all the information on the form is correct, just return it along with your dues and any optional fees. Please check over the form and make certain your info is correct and complete.  Do you have a new email address? Is your harbor assignment the same? The directory is only as accurate as the information we have.  Please, please, please check your form!

Membership will be collecting the forms and dues at the Potluck. Bring yours along or mail it today.



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In the spirit of giving, Catalina Fleet 21 -Chicago Region has established the "Catalina Fleet 21 Mariner's Service Fund" to contribute moneys to a program or organization that promotes sailing education, youth sailing, sailing scholarships, community programs, or to aid in an emergency.  Below are some answers to frequently asked questions about the fund.

How do we contribute to the fund?

Anyone can contribute.   Donations to the Mariner's Service Fund can come from individuals or organizations. A contribution can be made in honor of a special birthday, anniversary, career   milestone, personal achievement, or as a memorial contribution. If you wish to make a donation during the year, please send it to the fleet treasurer. This year, Catalina Fleet members have an opportunity to contribute to the fund on our annual membership form. If you wish to make a donation along with your membership dues, please write a separate check payable to Catalina Fleet 21 Mariner's Service Fund.

What organizations will benefit from the fund?

Money from the fund will go toward community sailing programs, boating programs for sailors with disabilities, youth sailing programs, and boating educational programs. Individual yacht club sailing programs are not eligible to receive funds.

Who decides how the money will be distributed?

The Fleet 21 board has established a Mariner's Fund Committee. The committee will select one organization per year as our Mariner's Service Fund recipient.

Will the funds go into our general treasury?

The funds will be invested in an interest bearing account for maximum growth and earnings.

What if I know of organization, which could benefit from the Mariner's Fund?

Contact the Mariner's Fund chairperson, Cheryl

Kuba, 773-327-9331, or

1f I donate money to the fund in memory of a friend, how will my friend's family know about the donation?

Acknowledgments of all donations will be sent to all donors, as well as to the family of those being honored or remembered.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes, your contribution is tax deductible within IRS rules.

If a Catalina member, or their family member dies, does the Mariner's Fund contribute to memorials set up by the family?

No. The Fleet acknowledges a death within our membership with flowers or a donation from the fleet's general treasury.


1999 Awards Banquet

By Cheryl & Bob Kuba

Thank you to all of our members who helped make our last awards banquet of the century so special.  To all who brought door prizes, to Shaun & Bernadette Kim who sponsored us at the yacht club, and for all the canned goods, we thank you.  The fleet received the following letter from the Lincoln Park Community Shelter:

Dear Members of the Catalina Fleet 21 Organization, Thank you for your recent donation of assorted food to the Lincoln Park Community Shelter. Our shelter is one of the only shelters in Chicago that does not accept government funding. We rely on volunteers and donations to operate and support the Shelter. It is through the generosity of people like you that Lincoln Park Community Shelter can provide services to the homeless. Thank you again for your support.  Your involvement makes the Lincoln Park Community Shelter possible.  Together we are making a difference in the lives of the homeless. Sincerely, Amy Zaremba, Shelter Coordinator.

The following awards were presented at the banquet:

Commodore's Award:   Bob Kuba

Boat of the Year:            John & Marilyn Lucy

Racer of the Year:            Pat Reynolds & Linda Sadlowski and Dave & Carolyn DeAre.