Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

July 2016 FleetSheet

July 2016

Summer Specials

What’s so special about summer? Warm days and nights? Garden flowers? Fresh sweet corn? Visits from grandkids? Outside dining? Probably every sailor on Lake Michigan would say it’s the sparkling blue of the water and breezes strong enough to fill a sail. Add to that list, a chance to get together on the water with your sailing friends and you have the perfect season! Don’t miss it! While the days are already getting just a tiny bit shorter, there’s still time to enjoy the summer and Fleet 21. The deadline for registering for the Catalina Rendezvous at Lake Macatawa is past, but you can always check the LMCA website for any last minute openings. If you head to Michigan this time of year, you’re bound to meet some fellow Fleet members. And be sure to send a report of your summer travels to the Fleet Sheet editor. Everyone would love to hear about your adventures.

Fleet events coming up this month include the Kenosha Overnight on July 22 -24 (or whatever combination of days and nights that works for you). Our hosts this year are Shaun and Bernadette Kim and Marshall and Lin Fernholz. The Southport Marina in Kenosha is great with a beach, pool, restaurants, fantastic Farmer’s Market, downtown and more just steps away. Take a few days to head north and enjoy.

In  mid – July the tall ships arrive in Chicago.   You can see them under sail when they “parade” into the harbor on July 27 or head over to Navy Pier to see them on the dock.  Overdue in Burnham Harbor , is planning to head out to see this spectacle and Fleet members are invited to sail along. The parade is scheduled from 3:00 to 5:00 pm so we will plan to leave H25 about 2pm. Paid parking is available at Burnham, but there is no free parking. Contact Dave DeAre if interested in going on Overdue—or of course, take your own boat. The tall ships will be at Navy Pier for five days. Go to if you are interested in volunteering to help with this event.

Hammond Harbor has lots of room for a Fleet event! Plan to sail there on August 6 -7


The beginning of June saw moderate weather with cooler temperatures followed by windy, hot and humid weather. The sailing was iffy with northeast winds predominate on the western shore of Lake Michigan. Team Effort Due to a death in my family, my wife and I were unable to attend the Louis Vuitton Cup trials on the weekend of June 10, 11 & 12 at the Inner Harbor just off of Navy Pier. Those who did attend reported that weather wise, Friday was the best day with great visibility from the southern portion of the viewing area. Saturday was hazy and warm with little wind, Sunday was choppy with northeast winds. The sight of the catamarans when they heeled was exciting.

The Summer Sailstice at 31st Street harbor on June 25 and 26, was a fun time.  Team Effort, Overdue, Copy Cat, Surrender the Booty and crew from Carpe Diem attended. A few people arrived by car for a total of 19 people. A highlight of the weekend was the serenade by John Jackiw accompanied by his guitar. July events include a cruise to Macatawa Bay for the annual Catalina Rendezvous, MacBay Getaway on the weekend of July 9. Although it is too late to sign up for the rendezvous, more information is available regarding the MacBay event on the LMCA website,

There is a Kenosha Overnight, sponsored by Shaun Kim and Marshall Fernholz on July 23/24. And, on Wednesday, July 27th, the Tall Ships are returning to Chicago. Dave DeAre is sponsoring a flotilla to view the Parade as they arrive in Chicago. This is a worthwhile event as the site of them arriving under full sail is something to see! More information on these events will be available.

Hope to see all of you at one of our upcoming Outings.
Fair winds…
Ron Shereyk, Commodore

Reported by Lori Lauraitis
Meeting held June 26

Mark Stevens, Chief Warrant Officer, brought up the fact that they are doing work on Lake Michigan regarding synthetic buoys, transponders, assisting chart plotters, etc.  Busy on that part of Lake Michigan.

YACHTING CELEBRATION – scheduled event to be held on 11/19/2016 – $60.00 pre-event $65.00 at the door for further information

VENETIAN NIGHT – 9/10/16 at Navy Pier Theme: Celebrate Chicago 1916-2016 100th Anniversary – Jerry Metzger will MC the Event

COMMODORE CRUISE – 7/9 9:00am gather at 31st Street Harbor Breakfast at 59th Street Harbor-Museum Shores/Commodore Charles Cross Will visit Jackson Park-Outer, Jackson Park-Inner Calumet Park Y/C, Hammond Marina Spend 30-45 minutes at each club. Returning to 31st Harbor about 4:00pm

LEUKEMIA CUP – 7/26 Red Sky Night Regatta – 7/27

Long Term Strategic Planning Update -Would like to move Venetian Night back to Queens Landing to draw bigger crowds but too expensive -security & City usage Potential River Parade – wooden boats, etc.

Long range forecast
CYA VENUE – keep in city, burbs. future? What To Do About The Future?

The overnight scheduled for New Buffalo on July 16 has been scratched. Slips are not available. We may try an impromptu trip mid week. If so, we ’ll send an email blast.

For sale:  1978  Catalina 27   $3,800    roller furling,  atomic 4 inboard  engine, sails (5 years old); other extra’s.     contact Linda Kleitz   630-595-6737

All Catalinas are invited to participate in the upcoming Leukemia Cup Regatta on August 27.     Sign up today for the most fun–and most important–race of the summer. Dedicated circles for serious racers,  easier courses for cruisers who want to raise funds and compete.  Captains and crew can work as a fundraising  team or on their own. Don’t race on a boat? Sign up as an individual participant and you’re still eligible for our fantastic incentives.

Since 1997, Chicago area yachtsmen have participated in the Leukemia Cup Regatta every August. In that time, local sailors have raised more than $3.4 million for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Sign up today to begin your campaign and join the fight against blood cancers. THIS YEAR’S GOAL: $500,000 In 2015, Chicago’s total was $439,753, earning us Second Place in national Leukemia Cup fundraising for the third year in a row.  Our goal is to reach one-half-million dollars this year. It’s a lofty number, but with effort, we can do it. Patients and their families are counting on YOU to help!

CAPTAINS  register your boat today and start your fundraising. Encourage your crew to set up their own fundraising pages, as well. If every  boat had 100% participation in fundraising, we could increase our bottom line by as much as 40%.

CREW MEMBERS can register and  start fundraising even before their captain has signed up for the race. Get the jump on the competition and start your campaign today.

PARTICIPANTS are welcome to fund raise even if you don’t have a boat or currently race on one. You can register and enjoy all the same prizes and incentives as those out on the course. Generally Catalinas have had their own start. Contact racing chair Pat Reynolds for more information or go to