Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

April 2014 FleetSheet

Fleetsheet Archive
April 2014



Finally!  It’s starting to feel like spring.  Gardeners are uncovering new shoots and sailors are unwrapping long-dormant boats.  Another sure sign of spring in Chicago—bridge lifts are scheduled beginning April 19 at 8 am, April 23 at 9:30 am, April 26 at 8 am and April 30 at 9:30am.  Take a close look at those bridges as you make your way down the river –or sit in your car waiting for them to go down.  Their fascinating mechanics and history are the subject of our April 25th General Meeting.

We’ll be showing the informative and entertaining 56-minute film Chicago Drawbridges that tells the story of Chicago’s development through its bridges. Created and produced by Stephen Hatch and Patrick McBriarty,  the documentary features fascinating views and interviews with  geographer, and author David M. Solzman, PhD.; Brian Steele, Director of Communications for CDOT ,map maker and historian Dennis McClendon, James S. Phillips, Ozana Balan King, Museum Director of the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum; Grant Crowley, Betsy Steinberg, Managing Director of the Illinois Film Office; CDOT Engineer Vasile M. Jurca, P.E.; and Professor Michael Latham of music and film studies.

Afterward there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers and signed copies of the DVD Chicago Drawbridges and the companion book Chicago River Bridges will be available for sale. The meeting is Friday, April 25 at the Burnham Park Yacht Club, 1500 S. Linn White Drive.  Socialize and have dinner beginning at 6:00 pm.  We’ll have a brief General Meeting and the program begins at 8 pm.  Dinner reservations a must:  312-4267-4664

Spring has arrived and boat yard activity is slowly gaining way.  It would appear that many boats will be launching a little later than usual.  The fishermen, however, know no limits, April 1st, come what may, is the start of their regular season.  Crowley’s Yachtapaloosa was another successful day for paint sales and programs in spite of the cool weather.   Afterwards several Fleet members had lunch at the Hammond Yacht Club.  There was a good contingent from Michigan City.  Thanks to all who attended.

Nancy has a fine schedule of programs already lined up.   Our April general meeting is fast approaching and Carolyn has mentioned what is in store for that evening.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we can anticipate a good turnout given it is our first meeting of the year at the Burnham Yacht Club and the first look at Burnham Harbor this year.    Until then be careful on those ladders and happy launching

Pat Reynolds

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Construction of the 2014 Outings Schedule is underway.  There’s still time to build in additional events though. Would you like to host something at your harbor?  Got an idea for an outing?  Let the Outings Chairman Dave DeAre know right away.

Already on the calendar is our traditional summer kickoff—the Margarita Party at Burnham Park Harbor on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend (May 24 this year).  We also will have a Summer Sailstice event on June 21st.  The popular Northpoint Shrimp Boil will be back in August and we’re planning our first ever outing in Kenosha.

To host an outing in your harbor you would work with Dave to come up with a date, decide on a theme or activity, figure out where boats could tie-up or stay overnight and what you would do for food—potluck, restaurant, delivery etc.  You pass the costs on to the Fleet and/or attendees.  Contact Dave at 630-842-8544 or email  Watch for the Summer Schedule in your May Fleet Sheet.

Reported by Lori Lauraitis
*Scott Stevenson, from the Chicago Park District (WesTrec) reported heavy damage in the harbor system (worst in 18 yrs.) taking a toll on most of the Chicago harbors.   Burnham Harbor was especially hard hit.  However, repair work is underway and all harbors are expected to open on time.

*31st Harbor In Water Boat Show is scheduled for June 5 – 8.

*Coast Guard indicated that the Indiana oil spill is under control and not as bad as shown on TV.

*Sail & Power Squadron course on Coastal Navigation on May 5.  Details at

NOAA to Provide Free PDF Versions of Nautical Charts:
After a three-month trial period, PDF versions of NOAA nautical charts will become a permanent product, free to the public. The free PDFs, which are digital images of traditional nautical charts, are especially valued by recreational boaters who use them to plan sailing routes and fishing trips. The free PDF charts are part of a suite of new and enhanced navigational products designed to make NOAA’s data more accessible to the general public.

Up to date charts help boaters avoid groundings and other dangers to navigation, so our aim is to get charts into the hands of as many boaters as we can,” said Rear Admiral Gerd Glang, director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey. “Within about 90 days of the product’s beta release, nearly 2.3 million charts were downloaded. To us, that represents more than two million opportunities to avoid an accident at sea.”
Find charts at

All you racers out there can add these dates to your summer schedule:

Race to Mackinac    July 19
Leukemia Cup        August 23
*Chicago Regatta    September 6

*This new Regatta is organized by The Pinnacle Foundation to benefit the Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The Chicago Regatta will include an epic sailboat race, a powerboat poker run, and a rocking party that promises to be among the best ever on the shores of Lake Michigan. The Chicago Regatta will include some of the largest and most prestigious yachts in the region, including Dale Smirl’s 66 foot Defiance, Mark Hauf’s 52 foot Imedi, Peter Thornton’s 70 foot Il Mostro, and the syndicated 77 foot Ocean.  Details at