Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

July 2015 FleetSheet

Summer: Hair gets lighter. Skin gets darker. Water gets warmer. Drinks get colder. Music gets louder. Nights get longer. Life gets better. For Fleet 21 members summer also means: days get busier and sailing gets better!  Hope you are enjoying good sailing days and are adding our upcoming outings to your calendar.

The Mac Bay Getaway may be over by the time you get this newsletter, but it’s always a great event. If you attended, send a report for the next newsletter! Coming up soon is our Midweek Getaway to Kenosha. While it starts on Thursday, July 23, you can come any and all days your schedule allows. Kenosha is a  fantastic harbor to visit with restaurants, museums, a Saturday Farmer’s Market, a swimming pool, and beach all within walking distance! Our hosts Shaun and Bernadette Kim assisted by Marshall and Lynn Fernholz really put on a super event. For all you members in Northpoint, Waukegan,  and beyond, this one’s for you! For all you members in Chicago harbors, Kenosha is about 40 miles due north of Chicago and sailable in a day. If it’s too far for you to sail, consider driving up for the buffet dinner and general meeting on Friday night.  A flyer with all the outing details is in this newsletter.

And before you know it, August and the Shrimp Boil are here! This is always a well attended event with the food as the star. Larry Meekma and his crew really know how to feed a crowd—and we usually have one for this event.  Take your boat and head north, but drivers are always welcome too! The flyer for that event is also in this newsletter. Also coming up in August is the Hammond Overnight. Watch for details on that event in the August newsletter.

Don’t let summer slip away without attending at least one of our outings. Renew old friendships, make new ones, talk sailing, drink something cold, eat something yummy—that’s what summer with Fleet 21 are all about!

July 4th is just around the corner and still NO summer. Weather has really been a deterrent to sailing so far this year. Considering the weather and the threat of rain, our Summer Sailstice weekend in June was successful. A total of four member boats ( Overdue, Team Effort, Surrender the Booty, and Fins) and one potential member boat spent the weekend at 31st Street Harbor:  Karizmaddie braved the traffic and drove to the outing.

After a delightful pot luck dinner on Saturday evening, the stormy weather returned for a late night deluge. But Sunday morning’s champagne breakfast was a treat. Thanks to Dave and Carolyn DeAre for arranging the outing.

July outings include the July 10-12 ‘Macbay Getaway’ rendezvous, the Lake Michigan Catalina Association’s 20th Anniversary celebration. You can check it out on the link on our website or, their website for details. Also in July is a Midweek Getaway in Kenosha Harbor on July 23-25, hosted by Shaun and Bernadette Kim. Details on this and future outings are included in this Fleet Sheet.

Fleet 21’s Shrimp Boil is scheduled on Saturday, August 8, at North Point harbor. This great outing is hosted by Larry & Pat Meekma. Also in August is a Hammond Overnight August 15-16, hosted by Pat and Linda Reynolds.

Still wishing fair winds and smooth sailing to all.
Ron Shereyk, Commodore









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Welcome aboard to the following new members:
Skipper:  Chuck Freise
1st Mate:  Susanne
Valparaiso, IN  46385
Boat Info:
Name:  Saltire  – Size: 350 – Harbor:  Michigan City – Mooring 632

Skipper:  Chris Jackiw
1st Mate:  Adrienne
Palos Park, IL  60464
Boat Info:
Name:  Surrender the Booty – Size:  25 –  Harbor: 31st Street  Mooring – C96



Our condolences to Bob and Cheryl Kuba on the death of Bob’s father on June 26 in Lake Placid, Florida.



Reported by Lori Lauraitis
All CYA member organizations (including Fleet 21) are urged to participate in this year’s Venetian Night on September 12.  CYA is working hard to revive this 55 year old tradition. The theme this year is ONCE UPON A TIME.  Fleet 21 participated in Venetian Night twice in the past, but it was “once upon a time” many years ago. It would be great if we could be represented in this year’s parade of boats. We need a boat, an idea, and lots of volunteers! Anyone interested? Let our Commodore know. More information is available on the CYA web site:

Submitted by Dave DeAre
Illinois Boating Registration Renewal
During a conversation at the recent 31st Street outing we were surprised to learn that the Illinois Department of Conservation no longer sends out boat registration renewal notices. Instead the boat owner is required renew on line, with no notice. I looked at my registration and found that it would expire on June 30, 2015. So, I went on line and here is what I found:

All Illinois boat registrations expire on June 30. Registration is for 3 years and must be renewed online at:

You enter your current registration number, confirm the information regarding the boat and ownership and provide a credit card to pay for the registration. The cost was $150 plus $2.50 processing cost for a 3 year renewal. About 2 weeks after renewing on line, I received the new registration and decal for our boat.

It seems very strange no notices are being sent. Check your registration and determine if you need to renew this year. If not, don’t forget to renew, when your boat is due. Do it on line per the instructions above. Apparently there is a significant fine for not renewing, so unless you want to contribute extra $ to the Department of Conservation, Check your registration and renew to avoid a fine!

Who knew? Not me!