Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

April 2019 FleetSheet

Our annual Brown Bag Auction has a new home this year! Due to scheduling conflicts at Corinthian Yacht Club, we’re packing our bags and heading south to Jackson Park Yacht Club. Due to Easter,  we’ve also moved the event up a week to Saturday, April 13.

The fun remains the same, however, with lots of surprises in those brown bags that you bring. Of course it doesn’t have to be a brown bag ( it can be any kind of bag or box) and what you put in it is up to you. The item can be nautical or not. You can re-gift a present you can’t use, recycle a boating accessory you no longer need, or just fill it with something neat or tasty. Past surprises have included nautical art, wine, lighthouses, candy—you name it! Please, no junk. Staple or tape your bag shut and indicate on the outside an estimated value and a clue as to what’s inside. (Don’t tell what it actually is!) Then the bidding begins. It can get heated even though no one knows what they are bidding on so bring lots of cash.

The evening begins at 5pm. Please bring an appetizer, side dish, or dessert to share as well as your favorite beverage. The Fleet will provide chicken, potato salad and coleslaw. The cost is $10 per person. RSVP by April 9 to Branson Stone: 219-201-5583 or

If you have not renewed your membership, you can bring your renewal form and check. Membership Chair Pat Shereyk will be collecting those.

Don’t Forget to bring:
*Appetizer, side, or dessert to share
*Your beverage of choice
*$10 per person
*Brown bag auction item
*Membership renewal form

Jackson Park Yacht Club is located at
6400 S. Promontory.
Lake Shore Drive to Marquette. Left
on Promontory Dr.
Park along the street.






Lake Michigan is beginning to thaw and in a few short weeks our boats will be back in the water. Time to get out your pre-launch check list and start getting things ready. By the time you read this Yachtapalozza will have already happened. Hope everyone got their VC-17 and enjoyed the meal at Bulldog Brewing.

Our next event will be the Brown Bag Auction. This year it will be at Jackson Park on April 13th. This is a fun evening where you can move some of your unused sailing gear on to your fellow sailors, no junk please. Hope to see everyone there. After that we look forward to the Launch Party at Burnham on Memorial Weekend.

Programs and Outing are working on the calendar and should have everything finalized by the May Fleet Sheet. If you have any ideas for programs or outings please, let me know. We are always looking for new things to do and places to go.

I know many of you will join me in expressing our sympathies to former fleet member Kathy Wold, on the passing of her father in mid-March.

If you have not already done so, please renew your 2019 membership by mailing the Renewal form, or bring it to the Brown Bag Auction. This will ensure you being included in the 2019 Catalina Fleet Directory. If you are late, expect a call from Ron Shereyk.

As always, thanks to all of the officers and committee members for all of their hard work.

Branson Stone


Do You Need AIS ?
Part 2 of 2 submitted by Leo Beer
AIS integrated into your arsenal of electronic gadgets can, and if used properly when required, WILL  enhance safety at sea. Safety is of course our main goal. Sailing safe = sailing enjoyment. With AIS aboard, you’ll know which ships equipped with an AIS transponder (especially commercial) are in your area and the heading of a ship that may be getting too close for comfort. By clicking on a ship’s icon, it can give you maneuvering information such as the “closest point of approach” (impact) and “time of closest point of approach” (time of impact), so you can make maneuvering decisions to avoid a collision.

Large commercial ships cannot maneuver or stop as quickly as we can, so remember the rules of  engagement, they get right of way even if you are under sail. Some units are also equipped with a potential collision alarm to alert you to take action even when you’re not paying attention to the screen. If a ship emergency or crew health emergency arises, you can tell if another ship is nearby to offer assistance. You would even be able to hail assistance by ship name and type. It will also put you on their “radar” even if your boat doesn’t have a radar signature.

AIS is almost a must if you sail at night or get caught in low visibility fog or inclement weather. Two AIS equipped cruisers traveling together can see each other even if they’re out of sight from each other, over the horizon. There are even portable AIS MOB (man overboard) units available now that attach to life vests and life rafts to aid in a rescue at sea by any other AIS equipped vessel as well as your own.

So, do you need AIS? Maybe. As a recreational boater you are not required to be equipped with AIS.  However, as you read above, the advantages are numerous. If you sail back and forth in front of your home port harbor only on sunny days, maybe not. But if you’re a little more adventurous, and sail out into the wild blue waters or congested areas, AIS may be a no-brainer. There is one conclusion for sure. With AIS aboard and used properly, your sailing vessel will be a safer ship.

Information referenced from Boat U.S. & U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Harold Hansen shared links to two articles from Practical Sailor on bilge pumps:
Bilge Pump Tips
Sharing a Thru-Hull for a Bilge Pump


Reported by Lori Lauraitis
Meeting 2/28
DU SABLE HARBOR – IDOT took over the parking lot which won’t be available until mid-April. Parking conditions under Lower Wacker will be updated as the boating season begins

BURNHAM HARBOR – navigation lights poorly visible when entering the harbor- New docks being delivered to replace P, Q, R, & S Docks.+ New pedestals & personal gate codes will be issued until work is completed. LakeShake & Rolling Stone concerts will be held at Soldier Field in June.

31ST STREET HARBOR– dockage available, new events scheduled, Harborfest slated for 6/11

The deadline to renew your Fleet 21 membership is April 15. A renewal form is included in this newsletter. Mail your form today or bring it to the Brown Bag Auction on April 13.


All sailors—racers or not– should read the report on the fatal accident that occurred at the start of last  year’s Mac Race. Here is the link


FOR SALE: Reduced! 1981 Catalina 25 swing keel. She sails beautifully! Roller furled jib. Clean and ready to go. It is at 31st street Harbor. Powered by a Tohatsu 9.8 Four stroke outboard with all in-cockpit controls and power trim. Navigate with a Garmin NMEA 2000 navigation system. Relax in comfort with all new cushions and upholstery below deck. Sails included are one main and three jibs. $8000.00 OBO For more information contact John Jackiw at 708- 828- 4318.

FOR SALE: Reduced! 1980 Catalina 30 Tall Rig Archangel. Belongs to Indiana Sailing Association, Inc. (a sailing training charity group operating in NW Indiana). Little used. Slip available. Surplus to training program of Indiana Sailing. At East Chicago (Pastrick) Marina opposite launch ramp . $9500 OBO. Contact: 219-614-4372.

FOR SALE: Well-known and well-loved Team Effort a Catalina 36 is for sale through Sail Place in Kenosha. Go to preowned listings. All offers considered!

WANTED: Raymarine ST60 Tridata in working condition. Please contact Teri Weber at 847 -209-4075 or


Fleet members may list items they want to buy, sell, or trade in this column. Listings are free and run for 3 issues of the newsletter. Send submissions to the Fleet Sheet editor at