Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

Feb 2013

Fleetsheet Archive


Feb 2013


Pack your bag and join us for an evening of fun, good food, and heated bidding wars. It’s time for the annual Brown Bag Auction! This year the date is February 16. We’ll be at the usual place—Corinthian Yacht Club at Montrose Harbor. It’s a cozy spot with a fireplace, good parking along the street in front of the Yacht Club and a great harbor view.

And what’s in that bag? You never know! We ask that you put something in a bag of some sort. The item can be nautical or not. You can re-gift that Christmas present you can’t use or ditch that “white elephant” you can’t stand. Just make certain your bag (or box) is stapled or taped shut and indicate on the outside an estimated value and a clue as to what’s inside. Then let the fun begin! Our high-powered salesmen will auction off each bag to the highest bidder. The bidding can get fierce—even though no one knows what they are bidding on– so be sure to bring lots of cash. You might go home with a lamp, wine, candy, jackets—or next year’s brown bag item. This is a Fleet fundraiser and all proceeds go to the Fleet.

The evening begins with cocktails and snacks at 6:00 pm. Everyone is encouraged to bring “nibbles” for the cocktail hour. The Yacht Club has a bar and very reasonable prices. We’ll have a buffet dinner prepared by the Club caterer at 7:00pm. The price for the dinner is $14 per person. After dinner we’ll have a brief business meeting then the auction begins.

In addition to your auction item, please bring a log for the fire and your membership renewal form if you have not yet renewed. Another copy of the form is included in this newsletter.

It’s crucial that we tell the caterer how many we’ll have for dinner. Please RSVP to Nancy Bartlett at 815-730-9334 by February 14. See inside for information on our next meeting on March 8. You won’t want to miss it!

Fleet 21 is 40 this year! Help us celebrate this milestone. Do you have old pictures of the Fleet or a favorite memory you would like to share? Send them to the Fleet Sheet editor and we’ll publish them throughout the year. Email them to or send to 306 Linden Street, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. Also mark your calendars for these special 40th anniversary events: Summer Celebration, August 3 at Fred & Shirley Collins lakefront home in Portage, Indiana and our Annual Banquet, November 16.


February and another month closer to launch. January closed with the Strictly Sail Show and Our Winter Rendezvous at Embassy Suites. The Catalina Fleet 21 Strictly Sail booth was again a success with eight new members joining including two past members who came back to the fold. Thank you to Dave and DeAre, Mike Walsh and Ron Shereyk for setting up the booth and to the members who manned the same for the four days of the show. The booth draws quite a crowd, Catalina owners and non owners alike.

On Saturday night seventy some members of Catalina Fleet 21 and the Lake Michigan Catalina Association got together at the Embassy Suites. There probably was enough food to feed the entire hotel and the conversation was, as always, lively and entertaining. Sharon Day and Madalyn Duerr held the crowds attention with their repartee (and the raffling off of two trips to Mexico among other prizes). Thank you to Madalyn for all her many efforts in making this night a success and to Mickey Thompson for handling all of the room accommodations. On to the Brown Bag Auction!!

By Brian Ruxton

Maybe I’m just slow to the dance and this will be a waste of space or maybe this might help a few of you. We’ll see.

I’m not going to use names but I have insured every boat we have owned through a rider on my homeowners insurance policy. I have been with the same insurance company since high school. It was the agency my dad used and the owner had a son my age who was in the same high school class as me. The agency has turned over at least once and I have stayed on with absolutely no complaints.

All of that said, this past winter I decided I would just get a quote from BOAT US for insurance. My homeowners policy was coming due and I knew thee was going to be a rate increase. It turns out that I was paying $777.00 on the rider to my homeowner’s policy for insurance I could get for almost $300.00 cheaper though BOAT US. Although I never made a claim through the old policy it just seemed to me that a company that specialized in marine insurance would probably be better than a company that more or less insures boats as an afterthought to its existing customers.

I’m sure many of you already knew this. If you didn’t, take a look at your own policy. With any luck you will never see a column from me about the claims service I received under my new policy. Safe Boating.

Your 2013 membership renewal form is included in this newsletter. Please fill it out completely even if your information has not changed. Bring your completed form to the Brown Bag Auction on Feb. 16 or mail it to

Ron & Pat Shereyk, 13418 Choctaw Trail, Homer Glen, IL 60491.

Welcome aboard to a great group of new members recruited at the Strictly Sail show:

Skipper: Jessica Bialkowski
First Mate: Mary Ann Bialkowski
Itasca, IL 60143
Boat Info:
Name: Another Fine Mess Size: 350 Harbor: Burnham Mooring: E H22

Skipper: Leo Beer First Mate: Deb Beer
Morris, IL 60950
Boat Info:
Name: Gracie Size: 25 Sail #: 360

Skipper: Stephen Hozworth
First Mate: Nancy Nickerson
Homer Glen, IL 60491
Boat Info:
Name: Evening Sun Size: 25 Harbor: Montrose Mooring: SD U12

Skipper: John Jackson
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Boat Info:
Name: Surrender the Booty Size: 25 Harbor: 31st Street Mooring:

Skipper: Steve Kravetz
First Mate: Liz Kravetz
Chicago, IL 60646
Boat Info
Boat Name: Kiana Size: 350 Sail #421 Harbor: Waukegan Mooring: S-7-19

Skipper: David Mirkhaef
First Mate: Vahooman Mirkaef
Willowbrook, IL 60527
Boat Info:
Name: Popeye Size: 36 Harbor: 31st Street

Skipper: Dick Strassburger
First Mate: Debbie Strassburger
Aurora, IL 60502
Boat Info:
Name: Limin Size: 30 Sail #: 4821 Harbor: Burnham Mooring: E H21

Skipper: Tom Grove First Mate: Eddy Grove
Mokena, IL 60448
Boat Info:
Name: FINS Size: 30 Sail #: 4541 Harbor: Monroe Mooring: N K1

Skipper: Steve Majerus
First Mate: Jen Majerus
Chicago, IL 60605
Boat Info:
Name: Rainmaker Size: 30 Sail #: 4442 Harbor: Monroe Mooring: N K9

WANTED: Looking for recent year Catalina 320 or Catalina 320 MK II. Contact Norm at 312-914-2703
By Lori Lauraitis
CYA is an “organization of organizations” which is made up of yacht clubs and other boating organizations in the Metropolitan Chicago area, northern Indiana and stretching up to the Wisconsin border. Membership also includes the Chicago Marine Police and Helicopter Unit, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the U.S. Power and Sail Squadron, the Sea Scouts and many charter groups and yacht yards serving the recreational boating community.

At meeting on 1/24: Thom Dammrich, President of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, presented a power point regarding the economics and trends of the recreational boating industry.

The following events were announced:

. In-Water Boat Show – scheduled for 6/13-6/16 at 31st Street Harbor. Asked for volunteers to participate with hosting

. 2013 Commodore Cruise – scheduled for 6/22 (rain or shine) at 31st Street Harbor

. 2013 Venetian Night – scheduled for 7/27 at 31ar Street Harbor, Tony Camarillo, from Navy Pier expressed interest to hold the event in the future

. 2/7/13 – Friends of the Park will hold a $50.00 dinner fund raiser at the Cultural Center

. Power/Sail Squadron passed out brochures for uipcoming classes in Celestial Navigation beginning 2/11 and Advanced Seamanship Boat Handling beginning 2/26. or for more information and brochures

Get Well Soon!
Hazel Luther And Micki Thompson Hope you’re both back on your feet soon!

Looking for a Chicago mooring?
31st Harbor has slips available for 2013. The 25% non-resident surcharge has been eliminated through 2015 for this harbor. Also included is a free dock box or an auxiliary mooring. Mast-up storage is also available at his harbor.

Friday, March 8, Burnham Park Yacht Club

A vicious storm hit the 2011 Chicago to Mackinac Race. Many boats dropped out with damage and injuries. The 35 foot WingNuts capsized in the storm; two crew members were trapped under the boat and died. Six WingNuts crew were rescued by the crew of the 40.7 Beneteau, Sociable owned and skippered by Robert Arzbaecher, a former Catalina Fleet member. Bob Arzbaecher and Brian Adams will present Lessons Learned From 2011 Chicago Mackinac Race on Friday, March 8 at 8:00 at the Burnham Park Yacht Club.

This presentation will also be open to BPYC members and is sure to draw a large crowd.

Because the Club can only seat 80 comfortably for dinner, reservations will be limited to the first 80 making them. Overflow will need to wait in the bar until the presentation; at which time chairs will be moved to allow overflow to see the presentation.

Don’t miss this exciting program! Make a reservation by calling:
Burnham Park Yacht Club: 312-427-4664 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday 5:00-8:00)
Or Dave DeAre 630-469-6117

Plan to arrive for dinner about 6:00. We will have our Fleet Meeting about 7:30 and the WingNuts presentation will start about 8:00.

Parking at Burnham Park Yacht Club Lori Lauraitis has done an amazing job of arranging parking at BPYC. She’ll try to do the same this year. She has advised that parking is also available in the old airport parking lot for $1 per hour. Should you need to park drive past the yacht club and turn left into the parking lot.