Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

Jan/Feb 2016 Newsletter


Happy New Year. The holidays are over and we can now look forward to spring (seems like a very long way off today) and the sailing season. The final 2015 Fleet 21 event was our annual Awards Banquet held at the Palos Country Club on November 7. Special thanks to Madalyn Duerr and her team, Mickie Thompson and Linda Sadlowski, for a very special evening.

Our 2015 Award for Boat of the Year went to John Jackiw, and his 25-foot Catalina Surrender the Booty. The Commodore’s award was presented to Madalyn, Mickie and Linda for their efforts to find an alternate venue for the Annual Awards Banquet. Racer of the Year was awarded to Pat Reynolds and his 320, Karizmaddie.

This year we welcome a new Vice Commodore, Linda Sadlowski. Although I am grateful for her commitment, she is not moving onto Commodore in 2017. This leaves us with an opening for Commodore next year. I would appreciate your consideration and input to find a Commodore for next year.

I would also like to welcome James & Sheila Caldwell who are joining Nancy Bartlett on the Programs Committee. There are still openings for a Rigging and Equipment Chairman and for people to serve on a Banquet Committee. Many of our current board members have served for 10 years or more in their positions. We need new volunteers if our club is going to continue. Please call me and tell me what you will do.

Our first general meeting will take place in April at the Brown Bag Auction at Corinthian Yacht Club in Montrose Harbor. We are also planning a dinner after Crowley’s ‘Yachtapalooza’ at the end of March. More information will be available in the next Fleet Sheet. Our Programs Committee is working on a schedule of programs for remainder of 2016.

Don’t forget to renew your 2016 Fleet 21 Membership using the form in this newsletter.

I look forward to our annual Margarita Party on Saturday of the Memorial Day weekend in Burnham Harbor.

Ron Shereyk, Commodore



“Old sailors never die, they just get a little dingy.” They also get to decide how they are going to “sail through retirement.” Keep the same boat and same routine as always? Buy a bigger boat and live on it? Give up sailing? Head off on a year- long cruise? This new column will relate how some of our members have resolved some of these questions. If you have made a change in your approach to boating, please share your story in our Fleet Sheet. Just email your submission to
Pictures welcome too!

Our first column was submitted at my request by Ted Kuenzli:

SOLD. 1992 Catalina 34, Bearoness

After 30 years of owning four different sailboats, we have decided to leave the sailing world and enjoy a few years in the power boat world. We have bought a 1990 Carver 3608, aft cabin which will be our condo on the water in Michigan City. The question some might ask, why?

We have entered that part of our life where the nice things of life have become important to us. We will most likely only spend about five more years in boating and things like air conditioning, heat, full refrigerator, ice maker, walk in shower and walk around bed are now important. We found these things were available in power boats at a reasonable price verses a larger sail boat which would be outside of our means.

We were able to buy the Carver for less than $10,000 more than what we got for the Catalina. That was in our budget and will allow us to continue to enjoy our many sailing friends in our older age. As we said above, this is our condo on the water. The key here is we do not plan on traveling with this boat other than to and from winter storage. We will need to burn some fuel to keep the engines in working condition which we are budgeting to be around 100 gallons a year.

Everyone is invited to stop by for a drink whenever you are in Michigan City.

Ted and Francine Kuenzli, Bear Necessity




FOR SALE: 1992 Catalina 28. $32,000.
Moored And Wintered In Michigan City IN. Excellent Condition. 18 Horse Universal Diesel . Wing Keel 3’ 10’’ Draft. Refrigeration and Food Pantry – Plus many interior upgrades. Bimini / Dodger – Plus Full enclosure. Three new batteries installed this year – 2 deep cycle – 1 starting. Auto Helm 4000 + Full Instrumentation includes GPS Chart Plotter. Other extras include: Dutchman, Full Batten Main With Rigid Boom Vang Roller Furling Genoa Cockpit Cushions Plus Cockpit Table Stern Perch Seats, Wham Microphone in Cockpit
Contact : Jack or Lois Bretall 708-974-4932 Home;
708-205-4169 Jack cell
708-205-0840 Lois cell



Now is the time to start thinking about an outing for your harbor! Do you have something fun that you would like to try? Send your ideas to Outings Chairman Dave DeAre at
Sponsoring an outing is something anyone can do. You come up with a date and/or a theme. Arrange for food (a restaurant to go to, a potluck, pizza– everyone pays for their own food). Arrange with your harbormaster where people could park their boats or cars. Sponsors do not pay for outings. It would be great to have some new ideas and new outings! Get together with other Fleet Members in your harbor and plan something.



Reported by Lori Lauraitis
Happy New Year!

2015 ended on a festive note, as a few of us attended the annual CYA Event at Chicago Yacht Club – Belmont Station – a total of 145 people attended including Ron & Pat Shereyk, James & Sheila Caldwell, Lori & John Lauraitis. It was a beautiful night, weather was good, no ice, snow or slippery ramps to contend with, just good food & drink, new friends, & new memories for the holiday! Lots of raffle prizes, many happy faces coming & going with raffle tickets in hand!
Music by Music Plus proved to delight all of the dance crowd with toe-tapping numbers…

So, onto 2016 & hopefully El Niño will work its magic for Catalina Fleet 21 members to launch their boats come spring!



Your 2016 membership renewal form is included in this newsletter. Please complete all information and return it along with your check to membership chairman Pat Shereyk by April 1.

Please consider including a donation to the 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 of a special birthday, anniversary or as a memorial contribution.The chairman of the Mariner’s Fund evaluates possible recipients and recommends distribution of the funds. Past recipients include the Sea Scouts, Friends of the Viking Ship, and the Uhlich Children’s Home. The fund is also used to bring speakers from the sailing community to Fleet 21 meetings. If you have an idea of a group worthy of a donation or have a speaker you would like us to sponsor, please contact Ray Kalinsky our Mariner’s Fund chairman.