Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

July 2018 FleetSheet

Hopefully, by this time you’ve enjoyed lots of great sailing, but have you actually been anywhere? This month you can make it a destination sail and head for Waukegan Harbor July 21. Waukegan is an easy sail from Kenosha, Racine, and Northpoint and about a 6 hour sail from Burnham Harbor. Come for the day and dinner at the Yacht Club on Saturday the 21st or plan to stay the whole weekend. Free slips are available at the Yacht Club or you can reserve a slip with the Waukegan Marina. You’ll enjoy the hospitality of the Waukegan Yacht Club, meet new members, and have fun exploring a new harbor. Find the complete details on the flyer included in this newsletter.

The Catalina Rendezvous sponsored by LMCA (Lake Michigan Catalina Association) is July 13 – 15 in Holland, Michigan. Our Fleet always has lots of members attend this event—some by boat and some by car. Pre-registration is required and the deadline for registering is past. However, you can check for late registration information.

Next month your destination sail should be to Hammond Marina for our oh-so-popular Shrimp Boil happening on August 18. 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 inside 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 don’t want to sail to these destinations, drive there. Free parking is available at Waukegan and Hammond.

In September the Fleet destination is 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 Fleet 21 Harbor Master or Outings Chairman, Dave DeAre. We’ll do our best to find you a companion boat.

Fleet 21 Annual Awards Banquet
Palos Country Club
November 17, 2018



As previously mentioned, I was sailing over to South Haven, MI in June. This is one of several trips that I will be taking to Michigan ports this sailing season. It was an interesting trip since we chose to take off in dense fog. We watched the fog rapidly roll in as we sat in Du Sable Harbor. We took off in the dense fog utilizing fog signals and maintaining a vigilant lookout during our night crossing. During the crossing I took this picture of a passing
freighter that we safely avoided. After a day and a half of visiting some of the local establishments, we set sail for home in clear weather.

The Fleet’s summer Sailstice weekend outing at 31st has now past. Some of our members took advantage of the free slips provided for this multiple day event. I was able to attend this event and enjoyed the camaraderie of the members, their family and friends. I am looking forward to seeing more of the same at our upcoming outings in July. See you all at our upcoming events.

James Caldwell


Fleet members may list items they want to buy, sale or trade in this column. Listings are free and run for 3 issues of the newsletter. Send submissions to the Fleet Sheet editor at

FOR SALE: 1981 Catalina 25 swing keel. She sails beautifully! Roller furled jib. Clean and ready to go. It is at 31st street Harbor.
Powered by a Tohatsu 9.8 Four stroke outboard with all in-cockpit controls and power trim. Navigate with a Garmin NMEA 2000 navigation system. Relax in comfort with all new cushions and upholstery below deck. Sails included are one main and three jibs. $9000.00 OBO For more information contact John Jackiw at 708- 828- 4318.


Condolences to Pat and Ron Shereyk on the death of their daughter, Renee Isadore. The entire Fleet mourns with you, Pat and Ron “Death loves a shining mark” Renee was just that—a beautiful woman, amazing nurse, and just in the prime of life.


The 2018 Catalina 30 Nationals is in Chicago August 17-19 hosted by the Columbia Yacht Club.
The Leukemia Cup Regatta is August 25. All size Catalinas are invited to participate.
For additional information on either race contact Fleet member Bob Garrett 312-420-4212.


Chicago 31st Street Outing June 15-16
Our first overnight boat outing to 31st Street Harbor was well attended with over 20 members and 7 boats. After docking our boats in the free slips provided by Chicago Harbors, we had drinks (yes, including margaritas) appetizers and grilled hot dogs supplied by our Chef and sponsor, John Jackiw. (Great job, John!) Weather was great but storm clouds were evident in the Northwest. After dinner, John entertained us with his guitar and singing. A great time for all.

About 2:30 AM Saturday a scary thunderstorm had the entire fleet out in their PJ’s to take down our canopy in 55 knot winds and driving rain. After rescuing our canopy, banner and chairs, all went back to their boats for the rest of the night.

On Saturday we all went to the Harbor Fest sponsored by Westrec and visited the new boats, listened to the live bands and met up with old friends also attending the Harborfest. Saturday night was a pizza + dinner, appetizers, drinks. Good times that went on well into the evening. After an early morning
pot luck breakfast we all left for our home harbors.

If you have never been to one of our Fleet Outings, you should do so. We renew old friendships and welcome new friends. Entry is easy, see the insert posters for the upcoming Waukegan Overnight followed by Shrimp Boil at Hammond Marina. Both locations have slips available and good facilities.
Hope to see you there. Any questions, call or email me. Dave DeAre 630-842-8544


Preparing meals in a Catalina galley can be a challenge. What kind of boat cook are you? If you’re a traditionalist you’re using your propane galley stove. You can clamp on your pots and skillets and even cook while you’re underway! Many of our members bake brownies, muffins and more in that tiny oven.
Or there’s the “retro” cook who uses an electric skillet just like your mother probably did. It works great for most anything: grilled cheese, eggs, hamburgers, hot dogs. As long as you have power, it’s an easy solution. Crock pots work well on the boat as well. I’ve cooked sweet corn in mine!

The latest method is using a Quick Pot or Instant Pot. It can cook dishes that typically take 6 hours in only 30 minutes! It makes perfect brown rice, hard boiled eggs, spaghetti, all kinds of pasta, meat cooked from frozen, and much more.

Electric grills are a great option for cooking on your dock. They’re legal in Chicago harbors and do a great job. Or easiest of all, just use your smart phone and order pizza delivered right to your boat!