Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

August 2016 FleetSheet

We’re more than half way through the Fleet 21 Outings Schedule and about half way through summer. Hope you are enjoying both! If you still haven’t attended a Fleet Outing, there’s still time! Coming up fast is a Fleet Overnight in Hammond on August 6. We’ve had lots of memorable outings in Hammond Marina from pig roasts to pancake breakfasts and movie star look alike contests. Hammond Marina celebrates 25 years this August! And while we no longer have a whole dock full of Fleet members in Hammond, there is a dock with room for us all! See the flyer inside and head out to this nearby harbor.

The three day Labor Day weekend was the traditional time for the Fleet to sail across the lake to Michigan City. Now half our Fleet is already there and ready, as usual, to throw a great party! There’s plenty to do in Michigan City. Beach, restaurants, park, even outlet shopping are all within walking distance. Details on this outing inside.

Some things to think about (answers inside!)
1. Your disabled sailboat has been taken under tow. When a fog bank rolls in, what sound signals should you make?
2. What is the origin of the phrase “son of a gun”?
3. What is the origin of the term “mayday” for an emergency call?
4.. You have been sailing south through day after day of heavy overcast and fog, and are thus unable to use your sextant to determine your latitude (and you have no GPS). How can you tell when you have crossed the equator?
5. Few people with ancraophobia become sailors. Why? What are they afraid of?
6. Every mariner knows the different between port and starboard. Hundreds of years ago, however, a different word was used to refer to the left side of the boat. What is it?
Do you know the origin of these terms?
7. Is everything on your boat hunky dory? This phrase for feeling carefree does have a nautical origin,  but it’s not related to a small wood boat that is rowed. Where does the phrase originate?
8. Rum punch is a favorite among sailors when the sun is over the yardarm. There’s a delightful little verse to help you remember the proportions of different ingre dients in rum punch:
One of sour
Two of sweet
Three of strong
And four of weak.
Name the four ingredients that are sour, sweet, strong, and weak

We are now at the height of summer with hot and humid weather. Sailing is iffy with either light winds or heavy winds and high waves. Also, an eye must be kept on the sky as storms blow up out of nowhere. On a stormy Saturday night, Team Effort joined the group at Kenosha harbor for part of the outing sponsored by Shaun Kim and Marshall Fernholz. We had appetizers and drinks at Shaun Kim’s lovely home and then moved to The Boathouse restaurant for a lively dinner. The arrival on July 27 of the Tall Ships in Chicago promises to be a spectacular sight and their visit an event to remember.

Since there isn’t a lot to comment on this month, I wanted to include a bit of my sailing history. Boating started out for me over 25 years ago. After open-heart surgery in my mid-40’s, I began a walking regime at a local mall accompanied by my boat partner, John Lauraitis. At the time there was on display a 26-foot McGregor sailboat. We checked it out and liked what we saw. However, we were not enamored with the water ballast system that replaced the swing keel. We began searching for a similar model, with a swing keel. We found a 25-foot model with a swing keel that was fully equipped and purchased it. We were now sailors! One night while waiting for a table for dinner at a local restaurant, we were overheard by a couple just ahead of us in line discussing our recent purchase They owned a 25-foot Catalina, but their first boat was a McGregor 25. It was Jack and Lois Bretall. Our association with the
Catalina fleet began!

We launched the boat in Burnham Harbor but had difficulty dropping the swing keel. We remembered the nice sailing couple that we met at the restaurant, but not their name. We motored around Burnham and saw the nice couple on a stardock not far from shore. We motored by and hailed them with a hearty Yoo Hoo! They and another couple who had a boat on their dock joined us and together we lowered the swing keel. We kept our boat, Grace Under Pressure, on a mooring can in Monroe Harbor. The next year we sold the McGregor and purchased a 29-foot Erickson called Bare Necessity. We sailed the Erickson until 1994 when we purchased our 36-foot Catalina, Team Effort.

Our years of sailing on Team Effort have been memorable and she is a hearty, forgiving sailboat. Hope to see all of you at one of our upcoming Outings. Fair winds…

Ron Shereyk,

Two boats sailed up to Kenosha’s Southport Marina for the July 22-24 outing. Dave and Carolyn DeAre on Overdue were joined by Harold and April Hansen on Indulgence. Believe it or not, the sail up to Kenosha was delightful with a nice west wind. Marshall and Lin Fernholz hosted the cocktail hour on Friday night on the outside deck of the dock house. Ted and Francine took a long drive up to join us and Shaun and Bernadette Kim walked over. Dinner at the local Irish pub capped off a good day.


The Saturday’s Farmer’s Market is just a stone throw from the harbor and it was huge! Believe me. On Saturday night our group was joined at the Kim home by Ron & Pat Shereyk, John & Lori Lauraitis, Nancy Bartlett, Chris and Sandy Cantwell, and Norm and Hope Brown. After appetizers and drinks we headed to the Boat House for dinner.

The weather on Sunday was crazy with hot spells, cool breezes, storms, fog and a not so great forecast so the sailors decided to stay in Kenosha and head for Chicago on Monday. We were glad we missed the Sunday storm, but Monday had light wind and after several attempts at sailing, we motored home.

For sale: 1978  Catalina 27   $3,800    roller furling,  atomic 4 inboard  engine, sails (5 years old); other extra’s. contact Linda Kleitz   630-595-6737

All Catalinas are invited to participate in the upcoming Leukemia Cup Regatta on August 27. Generally Catalinas have had their own start. Contact racing chair Pat Reynolds for more information or go to

Here are the answers to the trivia questions on the front page:

1. A vessel under tow in fog should give one long sound blast followed by three short blasts. Repeat at two -minute intervals.
2. In historic sailing ships, women were occasionally smuggled aboard – and many naturally became pregnant in due course. Childbirth at sea traditionally happened between cannons on the gun deck, and the child was recorded in the ship’s log as a son of a gun.
3. “Mayday” is said to have originated from the French phrase “M’aidez” – meaning “Help me.”
4. Water going down a drain swirls counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere. So just put some water in the galley sink and watch after you pull the plug. This is called the Coriolis effect, which also influences ocean and wind currents.
5. Ancraophobia is fear of the wind. (and I thought it was a fear of spiders!)
6. The term originally used for the left side of the boat was larboard. Given its similarity in sound to “starboard,” you can see how the term “port” became preferable over time. “Starboard” derived from Old English terms for steering
board (on the right side of historic ships). Larboard possibly came from the words for loading and board -and ships were traditionally docked on their left side for loading. “Port” is thought to have the same meaning: the side put to the wharf when in port.
7. Sailors in port in Yokohama liked to visit Hunki-Dori street when they felt carefree – in the center of the city’s red light district where sailors were wont to go after a long time at sea.
8. Rum punch can be made in various ways, but this ditty helps you recall the basics. One part of lime juice (sour); two parts of sugar syrup or a sweet juice like orange or pineapple (sweet); three parts rum (strong); and four parts water or any lighter juice (weak).