Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

August 2018 FleetSheet

You’ll see lots of seafood at our next three outings! Come hungry. First up is the much – anticipated Shrimp Boil on August 18 at Hammond Marina.

Fleet member Larry Meekma is our chef for this delicious feast of potatoes, sausage, sweet corn, and shrimp. It’s all dumped right on the table and is finger-licking good (no forks allowed!). Bring a bottle and an appetizer and come early (3 or 3:30) to the north pavilion next to the Administration Building so you can watch Larry and his team put this all together. Complete details are on the flyer included in this newsletter.

Labor Day will be here before you know it—and before you receive your September Fleet Sheet so look for the Michigan City Lobster Fest flyer in this newsletter. It’s our 5th Annual lobster bash, but Fleet 21 has been going to Michigan City for the Labor Day weekend for more than 30 years—maybe more than 40! Don’t miss this fun time. If you have never sailed across the lake before contact your Harbor Captain or Dave DeAre and we’ll try to find you a buddy boat.

Our last outing of the year also features seafood. This time it’s a Clam Bake on September 22 at Jackson Park. This gets rave reviews from attendees every year so mark your calendar now. Complete details in the September Fleet Sheet.

Please read the flyers carefully. These events require advance reservations. Make your reservations early. If the weather is such that you don’t want to sail to these destinations, drive there. Free parking is available at Hammond. There is ample parking in Michigan City at Washington Park. There is a fee ($8 a day is what is posted on the web site).

We also have a special program planned for September 25. Fleet member and author James Graham will give a presentation on his book Victura: The Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea. which explores the special relationship the Kennedy family had with their 25 foot sloop Victura..Winner of the Chicago Book Review’s Best Books of the Year (2014) this book (and this program) is for all lovers of boats, sailing and the Kennedy family. More details next month.


We are past the half mark of our 2018 sailing season. The fleet still has outings left on the schedule for all to enjoy. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the Waukegan Overnight Outing. I heard that those who attended this event had a great time. During this time I was participating in the Chicago to Mackinac Island Race on the vessel Mirage with skipper John Boyle. I am happy to say that we finished in 3rd place for the second consecutive year in our division and section.


I would like to take a moment to express our condolences to the family of fellow Mac Race sailor, John Santarelli and team Imedi.
James Caldwell




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

FOR SALE: 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. $9000.00 OBO For more information contact John Jackiw at 708- 828- 4318.

FOR SALE: 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. $19,000. 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.


Catalina Rendezvous July 13-15
Once again a number of Fleet 21 members either sailed their boat or drove their car to Holland, MI for a fun filled weekend. We were busy from the time we showed up on Friday until we left on Sunday.

Friday was the dock box sale, shrimp boil, and the brown bag which collected $750 for the youth sailing program. Saturday after a great breakfast we had two seminars one on sails and the other on a transatlantic crossing. Always have a tour the boat, great dinner and music in the evening.

Sunday was omelets made to order, french toast casserole and other normal breakfast food. The following fleet members attended some or all of the weekend. Chris and Sandy Cantwell, Fred and Shirley Collins, Madalyn Duerr, John and Gretchen Forsyth, Jerry and Irene Gagerman, Ray Kalinsky, Ed and Kathy Kita, Steve and Liz Kravetz, Ted and Francine Kuenzli, Pat Reynolds. This is a weekend that is worth sailing or driving to. Great time was had by all.

Next year is the 25th Anniversary of the LMCA Rendezvous. For those who might like to drive to this event, check out Macatawa Manor in Holland.  This house will hold 16+, no meals involved. Perhaps a group rental? Contact Ted Kuenzli or Gretchen Forsyth if you think you might be interested.









Waukegan July 21
The Fleet gathered in Waukegan on July 21 for our Waukegan Outing. With 20+ members attending, the outing was fun for all, meeting new and old friends and having a great time telling our “Sea Stories”. We started by gathering on Waukegan Harbor’s South patio for drinks and appetizers,

then moved to Waukegan Yacht Club for dinner. A good time was had by all and we thank Jerry and Irene Gagerman for a great job planning and hosting the Fleet in Waukegan Harbor. Get in the picture! Attend a Fleet outing.







Report of July meeting by Lori Lauraitis

Status of Harbors:
*Museum Shores – may be moved – due to Obama Library, all ok presently.
*Burnham Park -thanks for weed control
*Monroe Harbor – south end seems to be coming another Chicago Boat Scene, an “Adult Playpen”-Queen’s Landing has rented out buoys with an 80’ swing
*Northpont Harbor – 8/4 a mini Venetian Night, new pool, Women On The Water presentation on How To Operate Power Boats.
*Belmont Harbor – weeds an issue & WiFi – no access in the entire Harbor
*Montrose Harbor – improved storage areas but bike path still a problem

A “Moment of Silence” was taken to honor Jon Santorelli, the sailor who lost his life st the start of the 2018 Mac Race, by Commodore Sandra Smith. It was the 110th Mackinac Race. It was reported that they had 62 dropouts this year, by Janet Hansen, who just returned from the race Thursday, before the meeting. II Mostro finished first this year. Our Commodore, James Caldwell, also was on a race boat as well.