Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

August 2015 FleetSheet

Does it feel like your summer is slipping away? The middle of August means the days and the sailing season are getting shorter. But don’t panic.  You could still make it to a Fleet 21 Outing, renew friendships or make new ones, and visit a new harbor.

Labor Day means Michigan City to Fleet 21. For most of our existence Fleet Members from Chicago have headed across the lake for this three day weekend. Get a group together from your harbor and buddy boat across. We have many members in Michigan City and this year they are going all out with a Lobster or Steak dinner on Saturday night. Why not attend? It’s going to be great! Look for the flyer in this newsletter and be sure to RSVP by the deadline. Of course you
don’t have to come by boat. Drive over. There’s great parking, a beach, shopping, and dining all within walking distance of the harbor.

Don’t let your summer end without attending at least one Fleet 21 outing! And Plan Ahead for fall too! Mark your calendar for the Annual Awards Banquet.
This year’s banquet is being held November 7th at the Palos Country Club in Orland Park, Illinois from 6:30 p.m. – midnight. Look for full details and reservation form in the September FleetSheet. In the meantime, please put November 7th on your calendar for this great end of season event. Cost is $65 per person which includes a full open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, elegant three-course dinner with wine, door prizes and dancing to Afterglow. The only cash you’ll need that night is to purchase tickets for the great door prizes that will be available. Friends and family are always welcome to join us . . . the more the merrier We look forward to seeing you there! Your Awards Banquet Committee (Madalyn Duerr, Linda Sadlowski, Mickie Thompson)

A Message from the Commodore
Summer finally arrived the second week of July this year. Although it was late starting, the weather has been perfect. The Lake Michigan Catalina Association’s 20th Anniversary celebration was a great time, and a great success for their Fleet.  The weather was good and the events well planned and entertaining. We were impressed with LMCA’s use of the Coast Guard to explain the proper use of flares in the event of an onboard emergency during nighttime hours. They also
demonstrated igniting flares using out-of-date flares. As you probably already know, out-of-date flares do work, although they can sometimes misfire, as happened with a few of those used at the demo.

Midweek Getaway in Kenosha Harbor on July 23-25, hosted by Shaun and Bernadette Kim was fun. Several fleet members drove to Kenosha on Friday for a BBQ. Since there were only about ten attendees, Shaun had the BBQ at his Kenosha home, which is right in Kenosha harbor. Unfortunately Fleet 21’s Shrimp Boil, scheduled on Saturday, August 8 at North Point harbor, was cancelled due to not enough response prior to the August 2nd deadline. In order to prepare a shrimp boil, 25-30 participants are needed and the response was far below that number. Please remember, if you are planning to attend an event, either by sailing or driving,
you must respond to the event hosts before the deadline.

I have just received a notice from our sponsors that our next  scheduled event , the Hammond Overnight at Hammond Marina on August 15 & 16, has also been cancelled. Our Michigan City members are planning a fabulous Labor Day Weekend outing, which includes a special dinner on Saturday. Check the attached flyer and don’t forget to RSVP early!






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Welcome aboard to the following new member:
Skipper:  Bob Garrett
First Mate:  Karen Sullivan
Chicago, IL  60631
Boat name: Sur La Mer Size:  22′
Harbor:  Burnham  Mooring:  EJ 10

Please add their info to your directory.

Reported by Lori Lauraitis
* Scott Stevenson reported that for the first time in several years harbor occupancy was up!  No more 70′ slips were available in Burnham Park Harbor.
*Weeds – if anything is visible or presents a hazard, please notify Scott Stevenson or the immediate harbormaster.
*Burnham Park – east side guard house will be removed in the winter, thereby making passages an easier access and exiting for boaters
*Kudos from some CYA members to John Massey & staff being helpful to the boating community especially during the crowded events.
*The Grateful Dead event went well.  Willie Nelson entourage will be playing at Northerly Island on August 19.

The Leukemia Cup is August 22 and again this year there will be a Catalina section. Get your crew together, sign up at or contact Pat Reynolds at 773-779-4949. Look for Pat’s boat Karizmaddie at Columbia Yacht Club after the race.

By Ted Kuenzli
On Thursday, July 9th, four boats from Michigan City left the harbor for a two week cruise along the Michigan side of the lake.  The boats were: Bearoness, Liberty, Spirit, and Sail la Vie.  The boats spent the weekend in Holland, MI attending the 20th anniversary of LMCA’s MacBay outing.  Friday night started with a shrimp boil and ended with a fun Brown Bag auction.  Saturday had the US Coast Guard allowing us to fire our flare guns and using our old flares.  In the afternoon, a number of boaters were able to participate in the C36 match race.  The evening started with a great dinner and closed with steel drum music to dance the night away.  We had a number of boats join us via cars which included, Team Effort, More Details, Wind Dancer, C-Dream.

Sunday we left Holland for Grand Haven to enjoy the evening water dancing shows, shopping and great eating.  We had 1/2 of Team Effort and all of C-Dream along with the Kita’s join us for dinner. At Grand Haven, we had to say goodbye to Liberty as they had to return home.  We understand that Phillis had a great time
shopping in Sagatuck before they returned to Michigan City.  Our next stop was Whitehall which is 3.5 miles up the White Lake.  The morning we left Whitelake for Muskegon the fog was so heavy that we could only see about 100 yards.  The fog stayed with us all day; but, with our new app on the phones called Boat Beacon, we felt safe.

Our stop at Muskegon once again included John & Lori Lauraitis and Fred & Shirley Collins for dinner.  As we left Muskegon, we encountered a rain storm on Lake
Muskegon that once again reduced our visibility to about 100 yards.  Once the storm stopped, we continued on to Sagatuck for four days in Douglas at Tower Marine.  Shopping, shopping, and more shopping along with great food completed our stay before we headed to South Haven. We didn’t want South Haven to feel left out, so more shopping took place along with more great restaurants.  Our trip ended on July 25th in Michigan City.  Our weather overall was great with some warm and hot days along with cool evenings.  As always the wind was on our nose; but, overall the lake was calm.