Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

June 2014 FleetSheet

Fleetsheet Archive
June 2014

Do you ever dream of just chucking it all and sailing away for a year or so?  Our program on June 17 features a family who did just that!  Wheaton residents Kevin and Jennifer Taylor and their two school-age children took a one-year sailing sabbatical in the Bahamas aboard their 42-foot sailboat.  The Taylors will share how they came to their decision to go sailing, the challenge of getting their children onboard, and how they prepared for such an extended trip.  From boat shopping, purchasing, and prepping a 1985 blue water boat to mastering cruising for the first time by handling navigation, weather, and provisioning, you’ll hear it all.  Their PowerPoint slide show also includes the hidden treasures in and around the remote Bahamas island chain.

The program is Tuesday, June 17 at the Burnham Park Yacht Club, 1500 S. Linn White Drive. Have dinner at the club beginning at 6:00 pm, then stay for this entertaining event.  We’ll have a brief business meeting and start the presentation about 8:00 pm.  Dinner reservations are a must. 312-427-4664.  Parking at the club (hopefully!) or in the lot south of the Club.

The Taylor family and their boat.  family1

family2 Be sure to join us for this special presentation!


Welcome to the 2014 sailing season.  Most, if not all, boats have been launched but actual sailing has been somewhat hit or miss so far.  Hammond opened its race season on May 21st but shortly ran out of wind.  The second week was fogged out and the third week cold and rainy .  Typical racing weather early in the season.

The Margarita party was a different story.  With good weather, food, drink and a great crowd this day was again a huge success.  The margaritas were flowing in multiple flavors and as usual the food tables were overflowing.  Thank you to all who worked so hard to put this together and to all those who attended.

Our next scheduled outing is the summer solstice at 31st street.  This is a great venue to see the city and the latest harbor facility.  Our Outings chair, Dave DeAre, works very hard at arranging this outing and advance notice is critical.  Please make every effort to attend and please let Dave know in advance.

Fair winds and smooth sailing.
Pat Reynolds


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FOR SALE:  Walk up mast without boson’s chair with a virtually unused Mast Mate. 30-34 foot boat.  New $400, will sell for $125. Call Norm at 312-914-7203.

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Reported by Lori Lauraitis
Meeting of May 22.  Scott Stevenson introduced a new tool for tracking Chicago Events for happenings in and around the Chicagoland Harbor system.   You can track walks, runs, Soldier Field events and concerts at this site. Click on Notable Lakefront Events to find these. Most of the scheduled Chicago Events impact Chicago boaters each weekend, so try to check the website for up-to-the-minute details on the Special Event Calendar.

*31st Street Harbor  8/9 – Aquapalooza will be held, starring Al Jardine from the famous Beach Boys group.  There will be a luau on Saturday and a brunch on Sunday hoping that boaters will take advantage of the opportunity to stay the weekend.

*All Harbors will be upgraded to an improved WiFi system but due to weather, installation has been delayed.  Hopefully, by July it will be a 100x’s improved with 20% Netflex available.
Dave DeAre sent in this tip:

This year seems is the slowest sailing start up that I can remember. My boat is in and sailing but we have not yet completed our spring cleanup. Here is a cleaning tip I learned at the boatyard.

Black marks from dock bumpers can be easily cleaned from the hull using “Paint Brush Cleaner” available in the paint department of any hardware store. This cleaner also works very well on lifelines and the yellow shore power cord. Just rub it on with a rag and rinse, the marks, stickiness and dirt will be gone. The Brush Remover also removes wax, so you may have to re-wax the cleaned area.

Got a tip or solution for your fellow sailors?  Send it to our Rigging & Equipment Chairman Brian Ruxton.


Rotary Student Exchange Sailing Event
September 20th 2014

The International Fellowship of Yachting Rotarians are seeking your help.
Between 11:00AM and 4:00PM on September 20 they have as many as 80 Foreign Exchange Students to take sailing out of Columbia Yacht Club.  Boats are needed to help with this project.  This is a great opportunity to get out with a few young people from other lands far away and show them the hospitality of the Great City of Chicago and its residents. Show  them an afternoon on the water and the skyline that we all love so much.

If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact Fleet 21 members Chris Cantwell 815-341-2916
Or Phil Klein 847-971-7345


Registration for the LMCA Catalina Rendezvous is now available on their website at
This annual event is held in Holland Michigan at the Lake Macatawa Yacht Club.  Many members of Fleet 21 attend every year—by boat and by car.  It’s always a great time.

If you’re retired, off for the summer, or just want to play hooky and go off sailing, keep your calendar open for July 8 – 10.  If the weather is good, we’re planning a midweek outing to New Buffalo.  We’ll leave from Burnham Harbor and stay at the Municipal Marina in New Buffalo.  There are lots of restaurants, shopping, and the beach is right there.  If you’re interested, call or email Dave and Carolyn and we’ll keep you in the loop for this event.