Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

Oct 2013

Fleetsheet Archive
October 2013

ship-  I’m certain you’ve seen the big ship just south of DuSable Harbor that is the Columbia Yacht Club.  Perhaps you’ve been inside for a meeting, brunch, or a special event.  At our October General Meeting you’ll not only be inside, you’ll get a special tour of the inner workings of this 372’ former ice-cutting Canadian ferry.

We’ll start off with dinner in the ship dining room at 6:30 pm.  For $18 plus tax and gratuity you’ll choose from soup (seafood bookbinder or soup of the day) or salad (house salad or wedge salad) followed by your choice of Lake Perch, Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Hanger Steak or Porcini Sacchittini.  After dinner we’ll have a brief business meeting and then the grand tour led by Julez Traut, Columbia’s Honorary Engineer.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn the history of this downtown landmark, find out what it took to make it the club it is today, and see just what’s behind all those narrow doors.

The Club is located at 111 North Lake Shore Drvie at the foot of Randolph Street.  An insert with directions and information about parking is included with this newsletter.

Dinner reservations are a must! Call Nancy Bartlett with you reservations by October 18:  815-730-9334.

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On Saturday, September 14,th the spirit of Ward Pierson along with his Cat Ballou cap was very much present on the veranda of the Corinthian Yacht Club in Montrose Harbor as Fleet 21 boats and crews, Halycon,  Karizmaddie,  Little Miss Magic with Nancy Bartlett,  Morning Star, Overdue, Quiet Island and  Team Effort enjoyed a sun filled, balmy afternoon in his honor at Septoberfest.  The brats, sauerkraut, hot dogs, beer and of course, a Fleet 21 tradition, desserts, were plentiful as was the lively conversation at this, the last outing of 2013.  Thank you to Bob and Cheryl Kuba for keeping this wonderful tradition alive.

Our last general meeting of 2013 will be Tuesday October 22nd at Columbia Yacht Club.  Nancy has arranged for a tour of the boat following dinner.   See you there.

Pat Reynolds,

You’ll be dancing with the stars of Fleet 21
at the Annual Awards Banquet on
November 16 at the Burnham

By Lori Lauraitis
Items from meeting of September 26
*Monroe Harbor – is still not displaying No Wake Signs at the entrance, and is dangerous to all boaters

* Burnham Park Harbor – complaining about the Opening at the mouth of the harbor.  Stating when, the security buoys were in place, when the airport was still there, boaters were more cautious about other boaters coming and going, not so much now that the airport is gone and construction is being done.

*Jackson Park – Outer:  in 2014, they will begin dredging for a new Breakwater to be built from La Rabida to the Opening.  They will be taking soil samples prior to this project, by the Park District, with maintenace & weather permitting.

* CYA Yachting Celebration will be Friday, December 6 – Gibby Vartan asked all to participate at a $45.00 fee per person.  Thom Dammrich, will be the guest speaker covering the “Future of Boating” in years to come.

* Officers for 2014: Gibby Vartan – Commodore
Sonny Lisowski – Vice Commodore
Casey Chlebek – Rear Commodore
Doug James – Secretary
Sandra Smith – Treasurer

*Senate Bill 1478: Boat Registration and Safety Act – Scott asked the membership to state their concerns about this upcoming bill in the State of Illinois.  It calls for Mandatory Education and Boater’s Certification. Alarming statistics were reported that operators between the ages of 26 and 55 were responsible for 53% of all fatalities.

BANQUET 11/16/2013
Burnham Park Yacht Club

Our final club event of the year is traditionally our Annual Awards Banquet.  It’s always a special night with good food, music, dancing, and all your sailing friends.  Please join us!  Official invitations will soon be in the mail.  If you’re new to the Fleet or have never been to the banquet here are the answers to frequently asked questions:

*What do I wear?  This is a dress-up event.Guys wear suits or even tuxedos (if they own one).  Gals wear short or long dressy dresses or pantsuits.  Not crazy about dressing up?  Then don’t.  Wear what’s comfortable.

*What do you do at the banquet?
We start off with appetizers and drinks and everyone mingles.  Someone will try to sell you raffle tickets for some great prizes.  We sit down for a served dinner at beautifully decorated tables.  After dinner the Commodore presents the year’s awards for the Racer of the Year, the Boat of the Year and the Commodore’s Award.   The new board of officers is introduced and they receive their officer’s flags.  After the awards, the dancing begins.

*What kind of music do you have?
Back again by popular demand is Music Plus.  Everyone who has attended in the past agrees that they play great dance music.

*What is the cost?  The price this year is $55 per person.  That’s a bargain for dinner, drinks, dancing in downtown Chicago on the lakefront!

*What other expenses will there be?  We’ll have an open bar for wine and beer before dinner and wine with the meal.  If you prefer a cocktail, there will be a cash bar.  Parking should be free in the yacht club lot. You can take a taxi to the Club, but you’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you to Michigan Avenue to get a cab home.  Bring cash so you can buy raffle tickets.

*Can I bring friends?  Yes!  We’d love to have a full house.  Bring your crew, family, friends.

* We’ll welcome you at the door, introduce you to other members, and seat you with a great group of fellow sailors.

* Do I bring anything?  While not a requirement, everyone is encouraged to bring a raffle “basket” or item.  We’ll sell tickets and raffle off  the items throughout the night.

* Other questions?  Call me! Carolyn at 630-469-6117 or email me at