Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

June 2000

Stormy Weather
Our General Meeting on Tuesday June 20, features Meteorologist Bill Wilson and a video/slide presentation on Identifying Approaching Storms on Ijike Michigan. Do you know when it's time to bag it or when it's safe to ignore those ominous looking clouds? Can you tell in the morning what your chances are for a storm-free Lake Michigan crossing? Our speaker is both a sailor and a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Romeoville. He received his undergraduate degree in Meteorology and did his graduate work at Purdue University. He has 20 years of experience five with the Air Force as a Weather Officer and the last fifteen with the National Weather Service Bill also Has extensive sailing experience on Chesapeake Bay and Lake Michigan. He has the answers to your weather questions!

The meeting will be held at the Burnham Park Yacht Club located at 1500 S Linn 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 tell them you are part of the Catalina group. The business meeting will begin promptly at 8 00 p m

Please note that our meeting date in July is Tuesday, July 25 which is a change from our usual calendar We will continue our "storm" theme with a program on what to do when a storm hits.

A Message from the Commodore
I hope that everyone is in the water by now and in spite of the weather, doing a lot of sailing. Our first, second and third outings are behind us and June isn't over yet. So far this month, we have had a lot of drivers and not many sailors to the outings. A big Thank You to Team Effort, Weak Moment, Railin, Finesse and Ventura for their work on the first three outings.

I'd like to reprint what John Luther wrote in his June 1996 Commodore's message as he really got to the heart of our club. "Putting out extra effort and the willingness to help seem to be strong elements in our club's culture. Fleet 21 members are always eager to aid a fellow member - and often a non-member - resolve a problem, or to lend a hand. The task can be as simple as handling a line to dock a boat or as intense as stepping a mast. I encourage Fleet 21 members to take advantage of this aspect of the club. Attend meetings and outings where you can ask questions and share experiences that will expand your sailing knowledge." 'What John said then is still true today, even more so as we continue to grow. The knowledge level in this club is extra ordinary due to the many Catalina's and the length of ownership. Come to the meetings and the outings and ask questions.

To Frank and Mary Ellen Roccasalva, Rock-N-Me, congratulations for being the only new member to call and recognize the teddy bear sticker as the change in your newsletter. All the new members should continue to read my articles for the next contest. 'Who knows what freebie you will receive.

I hope everyone who has a connection to the Internet has visited our web site at www.catfieet21 org. Our webmaster, Bob Kuba, has been doing a fine job keeping the site current and giving us interesting things to see and read. Our message board can be used to make statements or to ask questions. Someone in this fine club will have an answer to all your questions.

Ted Kuenzli Commodore

Michigan Shores Cruise / Mac Bay Getaway
This is the last call! You must act now if you plan to join us for the Michigan Shores Cruise. Contact Pat Shereyk at (708) 598-1457, or e-mail and let me know if you plan to join us for the July 8th crossing to the weekend outing at Michigan City. Our itinerary is very loose. We will spend the weekend in Michigan City and depart on Monday morning for ports to the North. At this time, it appears all Michigan harbors have enough water to accommodate our boats. But I will continue to monitor the situation, especially as we get closer to the cruise.

The Mac Bay Get-Away VII Rendezvous will be held at Macatawa Bay Yacht Club, Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 16. Please remember to register before June 30 to take advantage of the 'early bird' special. 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. It's not too late to enter your boat in the race activities planned for the Rendezvous. Contact Nick Thies for information about the 30 Nationals at: 708-403-9216. You can also check the fleet website: for more information. Don't forget to call Darren Grant at Eldean's 616-335-5843 if you plan to reserve dock space.

Labor Day Overnight
Plan ahead! Sponsor Joe O'Connor is already taking reservations for the Labor Day Overnight. A reservation form is included with this newsletter. You don't need to include money at this time, but if you know you are going to attend, complete the form and send it to Joe so we are certain to have enough dock space. Northpoint is tull! And Joe is planning a full weekend of events. Send form to Joe O'Connor, 3720 125th Street, Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158 or email Joe at

Outings Recap
Memorial Day Overnight
May 27-29
By Lori Lauraitis
Well, once again we made it through the Memorial Day weekend in the rain and cold. I told Pat Shereyk, each year we host this outing and we're gonna get it right yet! But thanks to you all, Team Effort was absolutely thrilled with the response from everyone listed below:
Allegro, Bearoness, Bleed'n Green, Boogaloo, Bullet, Carpe Diem, Cash Flow, Cat Ballou, Chaos, Fast Company, Finesse, Happenstance, Lupi, Maris, More Therapy, Morning Star, Perfect Song, Railin, Rhapsody, Rita Marie, Seaweed, Shibumi-Maru, Summer Mink, Time Out Too, Tranquil, Tranquility, Ultimate I9th Hole, Venture, Weak Moment, Wind Chill, Wind Dancer, Wind Lord, alias Winsome, and Serendipity, (Tom & Barb Fitzgerald our favorite powerboat friends).

As usual, the margarita party was a success! No rain, just salt or no salt, regular or strawberry. Life doesn't get any better than that. Dinner at the Yacht Club brought in a big crowd. Sunday a.m., though, brought fog, clouds and a misting rain. The race was canceled, and the 3:30 p.m. BBQ moved to H Dock and Team Effort Thci~ to Morning Star, Chaos, and Serendipity for opening up their boats to chilled members and their plates of food.

Ah-h-h Monday a.m. -was that sunshine we see? Hallelujah, the sun broke the years of traditionally cold Memorial Days. Muffins, sausages, bagels & coffeecakes were scattered from dockbox to dockbox. After everyone had their fill, the Man Overboard drill actually took place. Four boats took part in Captain Bretall's drill. Thanks to all who attended our first outing of the season.

Ice Cream Social
The weather was cool' but the sun was shining. 39 people attended (26 members and 13 guests). Three boats sailed to Hammond. Everyone enjoyed the ice cream, but they loved the hot coffee!

Upcoming Fleet Events

June 20        General Meeting, Burnham
June 24 & 25    Polaroid Party, Burnham
July 8        Beginning of the Lake Michigan Shore Cruise / Michigan City Outings
July 14-16    LMCA Rendezvous, Lake Macatawa / Catalina 30 Nationals
July 8-23    Lake Michigan Shore Cruise
July 25        General Meeting, Burnham
July 29        Venetian Night, Monroe
August 5 & 6    DuSable / Millennium Harbor Outing
August 15    General Meeting, Burnham
August 19-20    Hammond Overnight-Symphony under the Stars Annual Pancake Breakfast
September 2-4    Labor Day Weekend Outing, Winthrop
September 19    General Meeting, Burnham
September 16&17    Septoberfest, Montrose

Please look at your listing in the directory. If the information is not correct, please notify the membership committee: Lori Lauraitis 708448-1382; Karen Walsh 630-323-6543.

Rigging & Equipment
By John Lauraitis
Did you know that E & B Marine in Villa Park is closing? Everything in the store is discounted according to the following schedule:
June 12-18 15% off electronics
30% off all regular store & bargain center

June 19-25 15% off electronics
40% off all regular store & bargain center

June 26-July 15 15% off electronics
60% off all regular store & bargain center

Buy / Sell / Trade
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. Auto-pilot, 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: 1985 Catalina 30. Universal 21 hp diesel. Wind, speed' depth, 5"compass. Harken roller furling, jiffy-reefing. Four self-tailing winches. HIC pressurized water. Autohelm 3000. Loran, VHF, AM-FM cassette stereo. Extra sails plus many other extras. $31,600. Contact Walter Hartmann 708-246-3447 or

FOR SALE: 5 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.

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

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

Polaroid Photo Hunt
WHEN:    Sunday, June25

WHERE:    Meet at Burnham Park Harbor Cafe'

TIME:    12:00 Noon -6:00 P.M.

Cruise will last until 4:30
Cocktails hors d'oeurves and prizes until 6:00

Please bring an hors d'oeuvre to share

We are in need of Polaroid Cameras.
We would appreciate if any fleet member
Owns a Polaroid Camera, they would let the
Committee know.
Also please check your local libraries to see
If they have Polaroids available for check out

Those coming from other harbors, please bring your boat or Kita over. Those fleet members in Burnham planning to attend we would appreciate you taking on crew. Let's try to accommodate everyone.

For Slip Availability call Harbor Master 312-747-7009
Reservations a Must By June 22nd

Kathy & Walt Ahern

Teri Weber

Michigan City Outing - to Start Michigan Shore Cruise July 8 & 9th

Washington Park Marina & on the river by the Michigan City Yacht Club

Call M.C. Port Authority on Ch. 9 for mooring assignment.
Saturday Dinner, 6:00 PM, Ribs: 1/2 slab $14, full slab $20, or 1/2 Chic $13, all WI fries & salad. Sun 7:30 AM Coffee, juice & pastries, bagels, donuts. Also your own special favorite breakfast potluck.

Saturday night Dancing in the Park. Sunday Air Show & Fireworks.

Call Fred Collins 219.762.4107 by July 6th.