Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

July 2000




Sailing in Stormy Weather

Our General Meeting on Tuesday, July 25, brings back Meteorologist Bill Wilson and a follow up program on last month's presentation on identifying approaching storms. No matter how well you can predict the weather, chances are you are going to get caught in a storm on Lake Michigan. What steps should you take to minimize storm damage and protect yourself and your crew? What steps should you take to protect your boat from lightning? Bill, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Romeoville, has many years of sailing experience. He will go through a plan of action for storm safety. Don't miss this important meeting.

 The meeting will be held at the Burnham Park Yacht Club located at 1500 S. Lynn 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 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.


 One of the reasons we are called a cruising club is because of the July two week cruise each year. It doesn't matter if the boats go up the Wisconsin side of the lake or up the Michigan side; they all seem to meet at Holland, Michigan, for the middle weekend. This will be the first time that Francine and I have been a part of the cruise on our own boat and will get a taste of it for one week. I am looking forward to buddy boating and having someone show me the way into the new harbors. If you didn't make the cruise this year, keep it in mind for your vacation next year. It is usually the 2nd and 3rd weeks in July.

 By the time you read this, the C30 Nationals will be history and everyone will be thanking Nick Thies and his committee for a fine job. I'm hoping our boats will be the winners so they can brag at our next general meeting July 25.

 Hopefully, this month and next month the sailing will be so good that we will have forgotten about May and June. Our outings, so far, have had good attendance without boats. Let's focus on the next two outings in August and make plans to show our boats off On August 5 & 6 we'll gather for a rescheduled Polaroid Cruise and DuSable Harbor Outing details are in this newsletter. On August 19 & 20 it's the great Hammond Symphony and Annual Pancake Breakfast-more details on that outing next month. And, if the weather doesn't cooperate, the outings will generally go on as scheduled and you should come by car if you cannot sail.

 I have a special request for our boaters around Northpoint. Joe O'Conner is putting together a great Labor Day Weekend. Please plan to join in the fun. A number of boats will be coming from Chicago and hope to socialize with all the northern boats.

 Ted Kuenzli


Due to an iffy weather forecast and a low sign-up, the Polaroid Photo Hunt scheduled for June 25 was canceled. It has, however, been rescheduled and combined with the DuSable (the new "millennium" harbor) Outing. A flyer with all the details are included with this newsletter. Please plan to attend!




 FOR SALE: 1996 Catalina 400. Twin wheel, 3-cabin model. Number 60 hull with warranty. Wing keel, 199842 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 W/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: 1977 Catalina 27. New main sail in '99. Atomic 4 inboard engine. In good condition, sailed over 30 times last summer out of Monroe Harbor. Owners moving. Asking $11,000 but bring offers. Call Ed or Sharon at 708-442-8663.

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: S hp Nissan Outboard (2 stroke) with 8 ft. dinghy, oars, gas tank, pump, case. Good condition. $850 OBO. Fred Kimmel 312-332-6663 or Sheila Kimmel 312-339-6663.

FOR SALE: 150 genoa for Catalina 30 tall rig. Good condition. $400 OBO. Fred Kimmel 312-332-6663 or Sheila Kimmel 312-339-6663.

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. Please notify the editor when an item you list has been sold.

Polaroid Photo Hunt
Reservations for the hunt a must By August 3
Kathy & Walt Ahern
Teri Weber 847-619-1647

WHEN:       Saturday, August 5
WHERE: Meet at Burnham Park Harbor Cafe
TIME: 12:00 Noon

Hunt will last until 4:30...followed by Cocktails, hors d'oeurves and prizes at the Columbia Yacht Club bocks at the north end of Monroe Harbor (there's no place to tie-up at DuSable)

Please bring an hors d'oeuvre to share Wine, beer, and soda provided Followed by dinner at Columbia Yacht Club, by reservation only. Call 3orie Malelo with your dinner reservation 708-425-6889 by Thursday1 Aug. 3 We are in need of Polaroid Cameras. If you can brin9 a Polaroid, please let the committee know. Also please check your local libraries to see if they have Polaroidís available for check out. Overnight tie-ups available at the Columbia docks: $2 a foot. Call Jorie if interested.