Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

Jan 2013

Fleetsheet Archive


Jan 2013


If you resolved to have more fun in 2013, we can help you keep that resolution! Fleet 21 starts off the new year with a Winter Rendezvous on Saturday evening, January 26. Spend the day at the Strictly Sail boat show at Navy Pier, then head over to the Embassy All Suites Downtown/ Lakefront Hotel, 511 North Columbus Drive– just two blocks away.. We’ll be set up in the Embassy Atrium Lobby at 8:00 pm with drinks and hors d’oeuvres and enjoy a night of Fleet 21/LMCA camaraderie and a visit with Frank Butler and Sharon Day. Prize drawings are always a special highlight. Please bring along a great “dinner” hors d’oeuvre and any other snacks you’d like to share as well as your favorite beverage. Paper plates, napkins, plastic ware and glasses will be provided. If you prefer, there is also a cash bar in the lobby.

Many of you plan to spend the night at the hotel, but it’s not necessary to be a hotel guest to attend the Rendezvous. The deadline for making hotel reservations at our special Fleet rate is past, but as of today there were still rooms available. A link for making reservations is on our Fleet website or call the Embassy Suites at 312-836-5900. Just be sure to tell them you want the Catalina Fleet 21 $99 rate. Embassy Suites has self parking for $42 or valet parking for $49 per day. Several self-park lots/garages are also in the vicinity.

The Strictly Sail boat show features not only new boats and gear, but an impressive group of speakers and seminars. Speakers include nine who have published sailing books, nine circumnavigators including one who has been around twice, twelve small business owners, four sail designers, a former State Representative and Senator, the ARC rally founder, one who sailed Cape Horn to windward, a yacht designer, multiple certified sailing instructors, several who have retired from the Navy, racers who have sailed the Mac numerous times, world championship winner, a multiple class national champion, an Ostar record holder, two Olympians, a Fasnet winner, an America’s Cup crew, the Summer Sailstice founder, and well over a million miles sailed. Don’t miss your chance to learn something new about sailing! Show hours are 11am–8pm Thursday & Friday, 10am–7pm Saturday, 10am–5pm Sunday.

Again this year Fleet 21 is sponsoring a booth at Strictly Sail separate from the Catalina Yachts Exhibit. Look for us at booth #321. Members of a special membership committee will work at the booth during the show. Stop by and help us promote Fleet 21! You can turn in your Fleet 21 membership renewal at the booth.

Our traditional brown bag auction takes place on February 16. On March 8 we’ll meet at Burnham Park Yacht Club for our General Meeting and special program. Our speaker on March 8 will be Bob Arzbaecher, a former Fleet 21 member and owner of the Beneteau 40.7 Sociable. Bob and his crew were first on the scene when Wing Nuts capsized during the 2011 Chicago to Mackinac Race. He and Brian Adams will recount their experiences and the lessons learned.


Happy New Year 2013!  This marks Catalina Fleet 21’s fortieth year, a truly remarkable achievement in an era when several excellent boat builders and their associations long ago closed their doors.  Yet Catalina continues to produce some of the finest sailboats ever.  This is due not only to the product but also to the continued personal touch of Frank Butler, Sharon Day, Gerry Douglas and their excellent staff and employees.

In looking over our Fleet 21 roster it is amazing to see how long many of you have been members.  Equally amazing is the number of you who have served in office for so long.  At least ten past Commodores still serve as Board members with many more Commodores, officers, committee chairs and members still actively involved in the Fleet’s activities. Our immediate past Commodore Nancy Bartlett didn’t miss a beat in volunteering to serve as program chair, Bill Thompson has stepped into the Directory position, and Ron Shereyk is now vice Commodore.

As you can see from our list of officers and Chairs, most are again returning for another year.  Without them we could never have achieved the success that we have.  Our lifelines of communication remain this Fleet Sheet, our web site , and our Mainsheet articles.  Thanks again to Carolyn DeAre and Cheryl and Bob Kuba.

January means Strictly Sail and our Winter Rendezvous.  It is also the time to start renewing your memberships.   Dave DeAre is again putting together a roster for our Catalina Fleet 21 booth at the boat show so please stop by and say hello.  If you know any Catalina sailors who have not joined our group please steer them over to sign up.

See you at the Show.

While it’s great that many of our board members continue to serve, we need new volunteers! As you can see by the masthead many board members are serving in more than one position. Why? Because we can’t find anyone else! If you want our club to survive, please step up and volunteer. We can make you a co-chairman if you’re reluctant to take on a job. Many harbor captain spots are open. As Uncle Sam once said: We need you!


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 Fleet 21 Membership Booth at Strictly Sail or mail it to Pat and Ron Shereyk.

Consider including a donation to the Fleet Mariner’s Fund when you renew your membership. This fund was established by the Fleet in 2000 as a means 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 a special birthday, anniversary, or as a memorial contribution.

Each year the chairman of the Mariner’s Fund evaluates possible recipients and recommends distribution of the funds. Past recipients include the Sea Scouts, Salvation Army, Friends of the Viking Ship, Uhlich Children’s Home and the University of Wisconsin collegiate racing team (a member’s son races with the group). We welcome your suggestions as well.

We have a new member:
Skipper: Ed Kleese
First Mate: Kathy Fischer
Boat Name:  Circe     Size:  22       Sail # 13752
Harbor:  Michigan City
Welcome, Ed and Kathy!


WANTED: Looking for recent year Catalina 320 or Catalina 320 MK II.  Contact Norm at 312-914-2703

BY Brian Ruxton

I really don’t have too much to say about any rigging or equipment issues, but I do have a few tidbits that might be of interest. Last summer I met a gentleman named Glenn McCarthy. He was telling me about a fairly new organization called the Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation. As you can tell by the title the group is primarily a racing organization. Still, they just got their website up and running this past December. The website itself contains a wealth of information that anyone who sails on Lake Michigan should find fascinating and useful. You can find things about history, lighthouses, museums and yes, technical things that would be appropriate for a Rigging and Equipment column. Believe me, I will be checking this site regularly for material for this column. Here is the link,

Also, I have a PDF file of the 100 Best Wine Values of 2012 for under $10.00. Maybe I can get it linked to our site somehow but for the time being if anyone is interested please send me an e-mail at and I will send the file back as a reply.