Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

September 2000



Time to Haul Out or Knot
The September General Meeting on Tuesday, September 19, features dual speakers as the Program Committee makes an all-out effort to please all the members, all the time.

 The technical presentation brings in John Stanis from Crowleys to talk about decommissioning for the fall. It will include general "put-away" steps and procedures, as well as winterizing the engine and water systems. He will also cover basic tips on how to store and care for electronic instruments over the winter.

 If the technical aspects of hauling out don't appeal to you, come to hear Olaf Schneider (an H-Dock neighbor to several of our Catalina members) give a fun demonstration of knot tying -but with a flare! A native of Bremen, Germany, Olaf has been a resident of the Chicagoland area for 35 years. He is a sailor (sorry, a Beneteau) and has extensive race experience on several boats including the America's Cup twelve-meter yacht Heritage on the Great Lakes. Olaf has extensive blue water nautical experience. He holds a Ship's Machinist license and has crossed the Atlantic over 25 times on the German cruise liner Berlin. He has great sea tales that he loves to tell as he shows his knot tying skills. Bring a 10' length of rope so you can try your hand at this sailor's art.

 The meeting will be held at the Burnham Park Yacht Club located at 1500 5. 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 312427-4664 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.



 This summer has gone by so darn fast, makes me want to live in the Sun Belt. The weather has had its up and downs; but, overall the outings have been enjoyable. This weekend marks our final outing of the season. The Septoberfest is always a great even.  Warde Pearson, the sponsor, is still looking for workers especially some members from Montrose. Give him a call if you can lend a hand.

 A big thank you goes out to the Aherns and Malelos for sponsoring the DuSable outing and to the great committee from Hammond for the Symphony under the Stars and the Pancake Breakfast.

 The 2001 nominees for Commodore, Treasurer, and Secretary will be announced at the General Meeting on September 19th. Nominations will be accepted from the floor at that time. We elect our new officers at the October General Meeting.

Westrec presented their future plans for the Burnham and DuSable Harbors at our September General Meeting. The new docks on the east wall and at the northern end of Burnham will be welcome by all that have been waiting the past three years. I'm also certain the DuSable boats will cherish the new harbormaster building, which will include bathrooms.

 Please take time now to mark your calendar for our annual banquet. This year it is November 18th at the Belmont - Chicago Yacht Club. Details will be announced in our October newsletter. Bob and Cheryl Kuba are busy planning another gala event to cap off our sailing year.

 Ted Kuenzli



FOR SALE: 1980 Catalina 22, Excellent Condition. Swing keel with trailer. Evinrude 6hp. Main, jib7 150 genoa, Dutchman, bow, pulpit, stern rail' life lines. Galley with alcohol stove and water tank. New marine head with holding tank. Compass, VHF, auto helm, Danforth anchor, swimn ladder, new cockpit and cabin cushions. Dock lines and more. $6,200.
Available immediately. Dale and Andy Arnold 847-56&2520.

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.

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.


Our annual awards banquet and dinner dance will be held at the Chicago Yacht Club, Belmont Station, on Saturday, November 18, 2000. Every year we give away numerous table prizes, and this year is no exception. The items are usually donated through boating vendors, and are valued between $25 - $45. Table prizes have included sailing apparel, dining gift certificates, nautical tote bags, boson's chair, small TV (perfect for the v-berth), wine and cheese gift baskets.

Please call Cheryl Kuba, 773-327-9331 if you will be donating a table prize. If you need a letter from the Fleet stating that the organization in non-profit, Cheryl can give you a copy.


September 16      Septoberfest, Montrose Harbor
September 19       General Meeting, Burnham
October 20        General Meeting


Are you interested in watching some of the Olympic sailing on TV? (Did you even know sailing was one of the events? ) It's unlikely we are going to see much of it broadcast.  The only information out there indicates that CNBC will have a Sailing Report on its daily coverage from 6 - 10 p.m. How much coverage or the exact time is not indicated. The best way to follow the sport will probably be
on the Internet. Two websites have extensive information about the sailing events.  The official Sydney Olympics site is at (Thats the exact address for the sailing events).   NBC also has good coverage. You can select the sport you want to follow.

Northpoint Cruise, Sept 24
By Joe O'Connor

The weather and sailing to the Labor Day Weekend was challenging. Boats that came from the Chicago or Milwaukee area told of difficult or rough going. Nine boats did sail in though: Wind Dance,; Ultimate Therapy, Boogaloo, Rita Marie, Sea Horse, Team Effort, Summer Squall, Lone Eagle2, and Wold's (in a new unnamed 400).

I went to Melges Boatworks on Friday 40 make sure I could find the way.   They were not prepared for our group and my contact person was in France, so that trip was scrapped!

I got a call from the marina that the only docks that were available were on c-dock with 50-amp power. I later realized that I am not a slip holder, nor an Illinois resident and the political creatures that now manage the marina bumped us around. We had a good dinner Saturday night at an Italian restaurant and Sunday we had a great potluck. (A recipe for Danita's Delicious Dessert follows this article). Joining us by car were the Kuba's and Wolf's on Saturday and the Stones and Bretall's on Sunday.

Sunday night several of the boats headed home in light of the Monday forecast. It was a rough and wild ride home for them. Others braved the lake on Monday! or Tuesday.

Thanks to all who made the effort to come. I am grateful for their flexibility in the face of changing plans. And, as always, we remain at the mercy of the wind.


Pear Custard Bars

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts
1 package (80z) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 can (15 1/4oz) pear halves, drained
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

 In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in the flour and vanilla until combined. Stir in the nuts. Press into a greased 8" square baking pan. Bake at 3500 for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Increase heat to 375 in a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar, egg, and vanilla; mix until combined. Pour over crust. Cut pears into 1/8" Slices; arrange m a single layer over filling. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over

Pears. Bake at 3750 for 30 minutes (center will be soft set and will become firmer upon cooling). Cool on wire rack 45 minutes.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 16 bars.

 This delicious dessert was made by Danita Stone for the Northpoint Outing. Recipe from Taste of Home Margarine.



Montrose Harbor
2:00-6:00 p.m.

Gather at the Northeast Wall the  pump out and yacht club) follow the north wall around the harbor. Overnight tie-ups are available - there is a fee. If driving to the outing, be prepared to display your harbor-parking card.

Grilled Bratwurst
Potato Salad
Corn on the Cob
German Chocolate Cake
Beer &Soda

$7 PER PERSON  -  Bring lawn chairs

Warde Pierson by 9/14