Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

July 2017 FleetSheet

Fleet 21 has members in almost every harbor on southern Lake Michigan: 31st Street, Belmont, Burnham, DuSable, Hammond, Jackson Park, Kenosha, Macatawa Bay, Michigan City, Monroe, Montrose, Racine, and Waukegan. How many of these harbors have you visited?

We started the summer with the Margarita Party at Burnham Harbor.  Our last outing took us to 31st Street and our next outing is for all you members in northern harbors. We’ll be visiting Waukegan Harbor on July 22. Waukegan is an easy sail from Kenosha amd Racine and about a 6 hour sail from Burnham Harbor. Come for the day and dinner or the weekend. You’ll enjoy the hospitality of the Waukegan Yacht Club, meet new members, and get to explore a new harbor. Complete details are in a flyer in this newsletter.

We head south for our next outing—to Hammond Harbor and the return of the oh-so-popular shrimp boil. Although Larry Meekma has his boat in Racine, he’s bringing his pots, pans, and hot plates to Hammond Harbor just for this event. Thank you Larry! Hammond is an easy sail from Burnham, Jackson Park, 31st Street, Monroe, Belmont and DuSable. It’s only 33 nautical miles from Michigan City. Plan a weekend in Hammond or just come for the food! Complete details are in the flyer included in this newsletter.

Please read the flyers carefully.  Both of these events require advance reservations. Make your reservations early. If the weather is such that you do not want to sail to the location, drive there. Free parking is available at Waukegan and Hammond. In September we’ll head “across the pond” to Michigan City. If you’re uneasy about heading to these harbors by yourself or if you are looking for a “buddy boat” for any reason, contact your harbor master or Outings Chairman, Dave DeAre. We’ll do our best to find you a companion boat.

Venture out and join us! You’ll be glad you did.

Dreaming of November?? No, probably not! But mark your calendar now for a bright spot in a bleak month: Fleet 21’s Annual Awards Banquet is Saturday, November 11 at the Palos Country Club in Orland Park

The majority of us are enjoying the waters here and elsewhere now that summer is here.  I would like to briefly speak about being safe on and in the water.  First, let’s look at electric shock drowning.  Electric shock drowning is a cause of death when swimmers are exposed to electric currents in the water.   Grant Crowley of Crowley Yacht Yard spoke of this at a meeting that I attended.  I had heard of electric shock drowning before and I took the information as not being a likely danger. Well,within a few days of Mr. Crowley’s warning, there were two electric shock drownings reported. One was in New Jersey and the other was in Ohio.  Then I thought how I had allowed my family and friends to swim off my boat often in the harbors.  This is a practice commonly done by
many boaters within the harbor systems.  Without going further on this issue, I ask all of you to check out others writings on the dangers of electric shock drowning.   Start by going to Boat U.S. Electric Shock Drowning Resource Center at (www.Boat

Finally, the Chicago Harbor Safety Committee produced a video that focuses on how to make boating safe and enjoyable for everyone on Chicago’s lakefront and the Chicago River.  I was able to preview this video prior to its release and suggest that everyone go to the following link and view this video (

Practice Safety First and Stay Safe
Capt. Jim Caldwell
Commodore Catalina Fleet 21


Contributed by Dave DeAre
On June 20, the Fleet had the general meeting and a tour at North Sails. It was interesting and I learned that they have a very experienced person who does only repairs and/or modifications to existing sails. No job is too small for them and any make of sail (including Catalina) is welcomed. Repairs are completed quickly and at reasonable cost. North Sails also has a gentle cleaning process for sails and is happy to provide a quote for service. Call North Sails at 773-489-1308









Reported by Lori Lauraitis
Meeting of June 22
Scott Stevenson reported on various Chicago harbors:
31ST STREET:  first time in many years a shooting occurred at the beach. 3 people involved while waiting in a food line. Police presence has been increased.

JACKSON PARK-Outer:  Scott Stevenson to look into Security problem occurring

BELMONT:dinghy dock,wood deterioration, Unsightly community building, will be moving forward to a newer, improved building to be planned in stages, in a couple of months. The meeting also included the installation of Toby Lindo and his vintage boat the Robert Allan into the CYA membership and presentations by Patrick McBriarity on the Chicago Drawbridges and by Grant Crowley on the dangers of swimming near boat docks. Proposed Illinois Senate Bill #9 regarding Service Tax was brought-up – 6.25% would be charged for: winter storage, slip fees, repairs, etc., passed at the end of May.  Suggest contacting senators or representatives.

Gold Star Regatta – July 29, Jackson Park to host  -James Caldwell to participate – benefitting the families of fallen Chicago Police Officers killed in the line of duty.
JPY/C 10:30-Distance Race 11:30 Buoy Race.  All racers welcome!

The new casual racing series continues on July 9, August 12, August 20 and August 27. Check out the details and register at  The first casual race was a huge success, with 15 boats hitting the start line, and several new racers coming out to join the fun.  Kraken, a 1970 Cal 25 owned by John Coakley and Brendan Blewett, scored a third place finish last time and will be back again on Sunday.  Coakley is excited to take part in the new series:  “We sail every chance we get.. We were very happy when CASRA announced the casual race series. This is a great opportunity for cruisers to get involved in racing. The open start time is easier than having to stage for the start. The cribs as marks were very easy to navigate to as they can be seen from great distances.”

Summer Sailstice June 23-23
Our first Fleet overnight outing at 31st Street harbor was a big weekend for all who attended! We had 10 boats arrive and over 30 members in attendance. Free slips, free Chicago Harbor Fest tickets and great company and camaraderie: what’s not to like?  The weather was good for sailing to and from the outing. At times, 30 knot west winds made for some challenging docking, but with the help of so many fleet members, it looked easy!  Hot dogs, pizza and a community breakfast were all first rate. We never run out of food!

Boats that attended included:  Allegro, Bear Necessity (Ted Kuenzli motored over in his 36’Carver with Jan and Phil Byrd as crew),  Boogaloo, Cash Flow II, Copy Cat, Karizmaddie  (Pat Reynolds single handed it from Hammond), Oola Claire (attending their first outing) Overdue, Team Effort along with Nancy Bartlett, and Surrender the Booty.  Kathy Tanzer biked to the outing.  A fine time was had by all.

Don’t miss the good times we’ll have at our upcoming outings.  Join us at Waukegan July 22 and Hammond on August 12.