Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

May 2013

Fleetsheet Archive
May 2013


On May 25, Burnham Harbor’s Half Moon Park (just south of the yacht club) takes on the character of a tropical isle as Fleet 21 toasts the start of its 40th season with margaritas!  The blenders will be whirling up $1 drinks beginning at 4:30 pm.  Bring yourself, your crew, an appetizer to share, your flip flops and a lounge chair and meet us there!  Around 6 or 6:30 pm we’ll head to the Yacht Club patio for dinner and our general meeting.


Most people drive to this outing.  Parking should be available either at the yacht club lot or in the old airport parking lot for $1 an hour.  Drive past the yacht club and stop where the party is—we’ll let you know where to park.  You can sail to Burnham, but you’ll need to arrange a slip with the Burnham Harbor Dock Master.

Do you have expired handheld flares?  Ted Kuenzli is collecting them at this outing and will donate them to the Tinley Park Police Department. They use them for traffic control at the local concert venue.

Clear your head and work off all that food the next morning by joining us for Bike the Drive.  Meet at H Dock on the west side of  Burnham Harbor at 7am.  Or start from your own harbor, but join us after your ride for breakfast on Overdue (Burnham H 25).  Register for Bike the Drive at

There’s a flyer inside with all the details.  Also enclosed with this newsletter is the Summer Outings Schedule.  Mark your calendars and join the Fleet for as many of the events as possible.

The event of the summer is going to be our 40th anniversary celebration on August 3.  Fred and Shirley Collins are hosting     the gala at their Lake Michigan home in Portage.  Plan to be on the beach for food, fun, live music and more! Details and an RSVP form in the June newsletter.



Ah, the smells of spring, boat wax and bottom paint.  Can those launch dates be close at hand?  They are if you are in Hammond with launching on the last week end in April.  We do get the most out of the sailing season here in northwest Indiana.  Dodging cold weather, rain and sleet to get the boat ready is our second greatest sport next to actual sailing.  Remember also with lake levels down a couple of feet go a little slower in spots this year.

Our guest speaker at the April general meeting was Jennifer Butsch of the Chicago River Race Committee.  This committee is organizing a Chicago river sculling race through the downtown area in October 2014.  International teams will compete with local teams to showcase the sport, river and the City of Chicago.  They hope to make this an annual event, a marathon of boats and crews.


40thMuch closer in time is our 40th Anniversary celebration on August 3rd.  Plans are well underway.  Please remember to order your commemorative tee shirts in order to show your support for our club.  Get the orders in early and they will be ready in time for the Margarita Party.

Fair Winds,
Pat Reynolds,



Our June General Meeting and Program features a talk (and hopefully demonstration) on rigging by Jon Paige, Rigging Department Manager and Head Rigger at Crowley’s Yacht Yard.  Find out how to fine-tune your boat—both for cruising and racing.  If the weather cooperates Jon will demonstrate correct rigging on a Fleet 21 boat.  He’ll also discuss new equipment.

The meeting is Tuesday, June 18 at Burnham Park Yacht Club, 1500 S. Linn White Drive.  Come early and dine at the club. Dinner reservations are a must: 312-427-4664/  Socialize and have dinner beginning at 6:00 pm.  General meeting and program beginning at 7:30 pm.


By Brian Ruxton

QUANTUM SAIL DESIGN GROUP of 524 W. 26th Street, Chicago will provide a free rig tuning and running rigging hardware inspection during the month of May.  They will provide you with information on adjustments, modifications and upgrades that can make your boat easier to sail with better performance.  There is no cost or obligation.  You can contact either Wally Cross at (586) 596-8854 or Keith Church at (312) 371-6929,

I don’t know if most of you start your engine on the hard before it is launched.  We always do although this year because of the weather compressed time to prepare the boat I considered just launching it.  Bad decision.  We did start the engine on land and guess what, no water was going through.  It might have been a priming issue.  The impeller had about 35 hours on it and sucked anti-freeze thorough last October.  When I took it out there wasn’t a thing wrong with it but I replaced it anyway.  The new one worked fine.  I bumped into Gary Glenn while I was launching my boat.  He was thinking the same thing but decided to replace the impeller anyway.  His had two vanes missing.  Moral of the story, don’t take shortcuts.

We had some canvas repair work done this winter by Ed’s Auto Interiors and Marine Canvas Repair.  Ed is in Villa Park, Illinois.  I had our cover repaired and some new plastic put in a windshield panel.  Ed’s rate is $65.00 per hour.  The cover for our 34 foot boat had some really bad tears and rips and some bad seams.  Total cost was $185.  New glass in a window panel cost $65.00.  Everything was completed within 72 hours of drop off.  I have had similar work done in the past by companies that will remain nameless.  They all did quality work but I was crossing my fingers the work would be done and bothering them in Spring when I had dropped the repaired item off in October.  Just saying.


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

FOR SALE:  1997 Catalina 380   $118,500.
…Furling main and 155 genoa
…ST60 speed, wind, depth
…ST6000 autopilot
…Raymarine VHF
…Garmin chart plotter at helm
…Raymarine controller for autopilot
…Dodger and bimini
…6′ Avon dingy.  Folded for under V’ berth storage
…2hp Honda air cooled outboard (26lb)
…Kenwood stereo
…Digital TV with mast antenna
…Catalina custom interior
…Like new one owner condition
Phone: 847-564-4273
The owner Bill Weaver writes:
We are reaching a sad point with our sailing.  We started in 1984 with the purchase of a Catalina 30 (hull 3806).  We sailed with our two kids all over Lake MI and Huron.  When we got them out of college and on their own we purchased our Catalina 380.  It is a great cruising boat, but we have reached the time of our lives where docking is becoming a serious challenge in bad weather conditions. The old tale about the two happiest times of owning a boat being buying and selling does not apply here.

FOR SALE:  Used Catalina sails Including a Genoa for a 36, four sails for 30’s,  a main for a 350, and a spinnaker for a 27 that’s in excellent condition.  Contact the Sea Scouts at  Also, the Sea Scouts are accepting sail donations for any size Catalina if any of our members are replacing their sails.


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.
Meeting of April 25

Harbor news:
Montrose – Luke Pepin will replace Noe Mendoza, who will be heading down to Belmont Harbor.
Monroe Harbor – All cans are in but will need some adjusting on the north end.  They will be taking a depth survey – in tie-up area, the depth is 5 1/2′ to 6′
Depth is 12′ to 14’at the Fairway.
Burnham Harbor – Members asked for bigger signs stating “No Wake”.  Concern for more Security with the construction on Northerly Island..  Supt. Mike Kelly, will have “ferry” boat rides to tender concert goers from the parking lot to Northerly Island.  4 concerts are scheduled, Northerly Island used to hold
5,000 attendees, this season they will up to 25,000. Jimmy Buffet concert on June 29.
Most of the harbors are pretty-full, but there are empty docks at 31st Street Harbor.
Jackson Park-Outer Harbor – Monday, 4/29 – dredging will commence for 24 hour shifts
by river barges for about 10 to 15 days.  After dredging, channel markers will be dropped in.

Upcoming Events
May 18 – 24 — National Safe Boating Week
June 13 – 16 In-Water-Boat-Show at 31st Street Harbor
July 26 – Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Foundation at the Shedd Aquarium


The Poor Man’s Yacht Club would like to extend an invitation for Fleet 21 members to join us for our Summer Rum Bottle Regatta on July 20, 2013. The skippers’ meeting will be at 10:00am on the North Wall of Monroe Harbor. All boats racing are required to fly their club flag during the race. This is a great opportunity to show the Cat. Fleet 21 spirit.
The Rum Bottle Regatta is a fun race oriented toward non-racers. The race is structured with a running start with one boat crossing the start line at a time. Each boat’s time is recorded when it crosses the start line as well as the finish line. All boats are handicapped and the winner decided by the best elapsed, corrected time. The course is usually a beam reach, two leg race, making the event pleasant for all crew.

The trophy, as the race name suggests, is a bottle of rum, and the winner is strongly encouraged to share the trophy at the awards presentation. This is an excellent opportunity to tune up for the Leukemia Cup.

The PMYC has waived the entry fee on this race for Catalina Fleet 21 members in good standing.
Questions can be directed to Tom Grove at with interested parties replying prior to July 15, 2013.
We look forward to seeing you on the water;
Tom Grove; Rear Commodore PMYC