Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

Feb / March 2018 FleetSheet

Our fleet is about to embark on another great boating season here in the Chicagoland Area. I look forward to having another enjoyable year with my fellow members. In speaking with Dave DeAre (Outing Chairman) he has a lot in store for the Catalina Fleet in 2018. I believe that with the continued participation of our membership in 2018, we can all look forward to another fun packed year.

For all you members who winter in Florida or are looking for some warm Florida sunshine, Dave has arranged a tour of the Catalina Yachts Plant in Largo, Florida on March 14, 2018. I plan on attending the tour. I encourage everyone to join us. Details inside this newsletter.

Closer to home, Crowley’s Yacht Yard’s Yacht-A-Palooza is being held on Saturday, March 24. This annual event will consist of ship store discounts, Nautical Donations sales, guest speakers, workshops and numerous vendors. This event is always well attended by our fleet members. Last year many of us gathered for dinner afterwards at a nearby restaurant. Watch the web site or emails for details on dinner after this
Yacht-A-Palooza. Next on the calendar is the Brown Bag Auction on April 21 at the Corinthian Yacht Club. Look for details in the April Fleet Sheet and start thinking of what to put in those brown bags!

Renew your Fleet membership using the renewal form in this issue of the Fleet Sheet. Renew by April 14 (or at the Brown Bag Auction) to ensure that you will be included in the 2018 Catalina Fleet 21 Directory.

Our 2017 season-ending Awards Banquet was well attended. A big thank you to Madalyn Duerr and Mickie Thompson for putting together this fabulous event. The following fleet members were honored at the banquet: Harold and April Hansen on Indulgence were named Boat of the Year. The Hansens have been participating members in our fleet for many years and they have displayed their sailing ability in sailing back and forth to our Fleet’s outings, often in non-favorable conditions. Bob Garrett (boat name Intention) was Racer of the Year. Bob consistently placed in the top three positions during the Catalina 30 Nationals and participated in many local races in 2017. The Commodore’s Award went to Lori Lauraitis and Ron and Pat Shereyk (Team Effort)for their ongoing support of Catalina Fleet 21 in 2017.


Fleet 21 2018 Officers:
James Caldwell, Commodore
John Jackiw, Vice Commodore
Laura Pohl, Secretary
Branson Stone, Treasurer




Catalina Factory Tour March 14
We have made arrangements for the Fleet 21 members to tour the Catalina Factory on March 14 at 3:00 pm. Warren Pandy will be our host and promises a great factory tour as well as a visit to the Catalina Store which features Catalina specialty products as well as close-out and one of a kind bargains.

The tour will start at 3:00pm and last until approximately 5:00. The factory is located at 7200 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo, Florida 33777, which is about 30 Miles from Tampa International Airport .We will plan a group dinner after the tour for those interested. Warren has made hotel arrangements with a friend who runs the Post Card Inn, 6300 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706. Check it out on the internet. The normal rate for March 14 is $249. Fleet 21 will receive upgraded rooms, normally $289 for $199. The Post Card Inn is 12 miles from the factory and 30 miles from Tampa International Airport.

If you would like to be included in the factory tour call, text or email Dave DeAre. We need a confirmed count to give to Warren at the factory. For additional information/reservations at the Post Card Inn, again contact Dave.

Dave DeAre


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


Board Members:
Please check the listing here to make certain your information is correct! Notify Carolyn DeAre if it is not


We are always looking for ideas for programs and outings. Have you heard a program that you think would be great for the whole Fleet? Taken a sailing trip you’d like to share with us? Send your suggestions to Sheila Caldwell at or Nancy Bartlett at

Would you be willing to sponsor an outing at your harbor? Get in touch with Dave DeAre at We’d love to add you to the Outings Schedule.


Your 2018 membership renewal form is included in this newsletter. Please complete all information and return it along with your check to membership chairman Pat Shereyk, 13418 Choctow Trail, Homer Glen, IL 60491 by April 1. We have a new Directory Chairman this year and it is especially crucial that you return your renewal right away so you can be listed in the directory.

Please consider including a donation to the Mariner’s Fund when you renew your membership. This fund was established in 2000 as a means for the Fleet to give back to the sailing community. You don’t have to have a special occasion to contribute, but donations can be made in honor of a special birthday, anniversary or as a memorial contribution. Last year’s donations went to the Jackson Park Sea Scouts and Michigan City Junior Sailing.


Reported by James Caldwell
Meeting held Thursday January 25, 2018 at Jackson Park Outer Yacht Club:
Scott Stevenson (Westrec) spoke on winter damage to the harbors. Seiches have caused damage to the following harbors: Jackson Pak Outer, 31st, 59th Street, Burnham and Belmont Harbors. The 12″ piling at 31st, Burnham and Belmont that are driven down 25′ in the lake were pulled up due to frozen ice around them. The pilings must now be be driven back down.

There will be a complete gas line and pumping replacement in Burnham Harbor at a cost of $100,000 plus. The docks that are over 20 years old in the harbor system are going to be replaced. This will start with R dock in Burnham Harbor that includes GIF protectors, data systems and a new gate access system. Mr. Stevenson also announced that Westrec is looking to move their home office to Northerly Island with Saturday hours. He doesn’t want anyone to put announcements on dock gates any more. Westrec will become the central location for harbors news via email.

Sgt. Ramierez of the Chicago Police Department Marine Unit stated that safety checks will be increased around locks on the lakeside and riverside of the Chicago lock.. Sgt. Ramirez stated that kayaks and electric boats permits are up on the river. Racing activity is also up on the river. The Marine Unit is looking for a satellite office at Wolf Point to aide in response time to the North and South Branch incidents on the river.

Karen Harris (Jackson Park Yacht Club Outer Commodore) spoke on the south lakefront framework plan. The Chicago Park District is in the process of creating a framework plan for the redevelopment of Jackson Park and South Shore. Jackson Park Outer, Jackson Park Inner and 59th Street Harbors can be significantly affected. For information go to: The 3 currently proposed scenarios can be reviewed here.


Member News
Love and prayers go to Ron Shereyk who is battling cancer.
Get well wishes to Marilyn Garr who is recovering from surgery and a stroke.

Heartfelt condolences to Bob and Cheryl Kuba and John and Lori Lauraitis on the recent deaths of their dogs. Abby Kuba wasn’t a sailor, but she was well known to many of our Fleet members and criss-crossed the county with Bob and Cheryl in their RV. Holly Lauraitis was also a traveler tagging along with John and Lori and their other dog Ivy most everywhere.

Fair winds and safe travels to former members Robin and Dave Green who are setting off for the Bahamas and the Caribbean on their newly acquired Catalina 470.