Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

Sept 2013

Fleetsheet Archive
September 2013

Only a few events remain in Fleet 21’s 40th season.  We hope you’ll be at every one starting this Saturday, September 14.  That’s the date of our last outing of the summer—a Septoberfest at Montrose Harbor.  As you’ll notice on the enseptoberfestclosed flyer, it’s called the Warde Pierson Memorial.  This was Warde’s favorite event of the year and he would be delighted to see that we are reviving this fun outing.  While we’ll miss Warde in his lederhosen, the spirit of Fleet 21 will be alive and well.  There’s plenty of wall space in Montrose if you want to come by boat and plenty of (still) free parking if it’s more convenient for you to come by car.



jenngibbonsAlso coming up quickly is our September 17 General Meeting  at the Burnham Park Yacht Club featuring Jenn Gibbons Founder and Coach of Recovery on Water.  The rower and rowing coach spent the summer of 2012 on a fundraising trip for Recovery On Water, a group Gibbons founded that trains breast cancer survivors to become rowers. The trek took Gibbons along the perimeter of Lake Michigan, a journey she documented online as it happened.  The Ukrainian Village resident says the decision to share her progress led to a man breaking onto her boat July 24, 2012, and attempting to sexually assault her.  Hear from Jenn herself about what came next and what her next big adventure will be.  Along with her work at ROW, Gibbons is now coaching row at the Chicago Rowing Union and advocating for new boathouses in Chicago. One on the North Side, called Clark Park, is close to opening at Rockwell Street south of Addison Street.  The meeting is at the Burnham Park Yacht Club, 1500 S. Linn White Drive.  Follow the signs to the Museum Campus.  The program and a brief business meeting will begin around 8 pm.  Arrive between 6 and 6:30 for dinner at the Club before the program begins.  Call the Yacht Club for dinner reservations: 312-427-4664.  Parking should be available at the Club or south of the club.


Catalina Fleet 21 began August with the unforgettable 40th Anniversary celebration at the home of Fred and Shirley Collins and ended with the great Michigan City Labor Day weekend outing hosted by Francine and Ted Kuenzli carrying on the tradition set by John and Hazel Luther.  This organization has successfully completed forty years only because of the efforts of its many members.  Now on to our 41st year.

The fall season is just a few days away.  Our short sailing season is approaching its end and Fleet 21 has only one more outing.  September Fest hosted by Bob and Cheryl Kuba will be on September 14th at Montrose Harbor.  As with all our outings an RSVP is paramount to its success.  September also brings some of the season’s best sailing so don’t put those boats to sleep just yet.  Cruising in September often means empty slips with harbormasters too busy to remember to collect slip fees, not to mention fine weather and fall colors.

Pat Reynolds,


On August 24th, eight Catalinas raced in the Columbia Yacht Clubs’ Leukemia Cup Regatta including five Fleet 21 members.  Karizmaddie, Isis, Little Miss Magic, Doghouse and TiTae finished 2nd thru 6th respectively in that order.

Little Miss Magic and Karizmaddie also raced in the Tri State Regatta after a season of racing in Hammond on Wednesday nights.  Little Miss Magic finished first in its section in the St. Joe to Michigan City leg of the race.  On September 21st they will conclude Fleet 21’s racing season in the Haeckl Regatta sponsored by the Jackson Park Yacht Club.  Fins also had a great year racing with the Poor Man’s Yacht Club.

By Brian Ruxton

As you’ve seen over the course of my column I occasionally give out some wine tips.  It really does have to do with Rigging and Equipment.  Anyway, how many times have you knocked over a wine glass because of the stem that raises the center of gravity four or so inches off the table?  What’s worse is if the wine glass is truly glass.  I’ve done it, cleaned up (I thought) and then a day later had the tweezers out.  If that sounds familiar here’s a suggestion – Stemless Wine Glasses.  We all know what they are so I’m not telling you anything new.  Here’s the issue and the solution.  Most stemless wine glasses I have looked at are the size of a medium fishbowl.  You can pour almost a whole bottle into one of them.  That doesn’t appeal to me.  This summer I found acrylic stemless glasses at Target for $1.99 each.  They are an appropriate size and work quite well. They are harder to tip and impart no plastic taste to the wine.  I know they still have them in at least two Target stores in my area.

Although I am supposed to be giving out information in this column,  now I will request some.  Have any of you done any additional waterproofing to your Sunbrella canvas?  By that I mean have you sprayed on an after factory water proofer.  I know West Marine sells such a product but I am reluctant to use it until I get a little more information.  By the next time I write a column I will ask my canvas guy and maybe update this but in the meantime if anyone has any input or experience I’d love to hear about it.
The Michigan City Labor Day Outing is now completed and as usual the weather was not perfect.  It rained on Saturday, which stopped before the sloppy joe picnic dinner.  The winds were up and down on Sunday with heavy winds on Monday morning as the Tri-State racers left our harbor.  Our Commodore, Pat, didn’t stay around Saturday night to say hello.  He and his crew hightailed it back to Hammond to beat the approaching bad weather.  The following boats or associate members were either at the dinner or the breakfast.  Encounter, Nancy Bartlett, Bullet, Wind Dancer, Rjoy, C-Dream, Madalyn Duerr, Summer Mink, Serena, Baysic Necessity, Weal Sea, ChriSea, Recovery Room, Little Miss Magic, Circe, Bearoness, Team Effort (both couples), Kairos, Sail La Vie, Nick Thies & Chris Lordis, and Joix De Vie.  Thanks to all the workers who made this an enjoyable weekend.

By Lori Lauraitis
Items from meeting of August 22

* 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 speakercovering the “Future of Boating” in years to come.

* Swim Across Lake Michigan – Sonny Lisowski thanked the CYA boaters who helped the 20 swimmers and raised $110,000!  Sonny Lisowski’s boat was the Escort Boat aiding the swimmers.  It was a successful event and hopefully repeated in 2014.

* NOAA – VHF Channel 1 – shutting down is a rumor. Willis Tower will continue to transmit & report


Welcome aboard to our latest new member! Although the member sails out of Belmont Harbor, he visited Michigan City and joined the fleet on August 23.

Skipper:  Harold Hansen
First Mate:  April Hansen
Address:  Chicago, IL
Boat Info:
Name:  Indulgence     Size:  380     Sail #:  137
Harbor:  Belmont     Mooring:   G29