Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

June 2017 FleetSheet

Warm temperatures, long days, southwest winds,  summer and Fleet events all converge in June! Don’t miss out. Get out there and sail, take in our special June 20 program and join us at 31st Street for our first overnight outing of summer 2017.

On June 20 our General Meeting will actually be a tour of the North Sails sail loft.  You’ve all got them on your boat, but what do you really know about how your sails are made, what they’re made of, and what you can do to improve your current sail’s performance. You’ll find out in our visit to North Sails.  North Sails is a full-service sail loft. In addition to selling new sails, they

  • Remove/de‐rig sails from your boat in the harbor or at the yard
  • Repair, restitch, reinforce sails as needed
  • Restore lost performance of aging sails
  • Reshape to optimize for broader or narrower range
  • Resize or recut a sail to fit your rig
  • Rinse and clean sails to prevent mold or mildew that develop when furled – especially removing dirt and debris from furled mainsails and genoas – as well as mainsails stored in QuickCovers and stackpack systems
  • Recover space and donate old sails to Sails for Sustenance, a great charity, through our loft

Our visit to North Sails begins at 5pm. They are located at 1665 N Elston Avenue, and have a small parking lot in front of the loft. Fleet is welcome to park in the lot and on the street.  After the tour we’ll dine together at a nearby restaurant.  Recommendations include Uncle Julio’s at North and Clybourn, Mexican restaurant, they have valet parking.  Marcello’s at 645 W North Avenue, Italian restaurant, they have a parking lot.  Black Bull at 1721 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622, Spanish restaurant, don’t know parking situation.  We’ll decide on the restaurant at the tour.


Click to go to North Sails website


Roll out whatever sails you have and head over to 31st Street Harbor for our annual summer sailstice event. John Jackiw has arranged for Fleet Members to enjoy free slips on both Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24. Come for one night or two. It’s HarborFest at 31st Street that weekend which means lots of musical entertainment, activities and a boat show.  Chicago Harbor slip holders can get two free tickets to the event from their harbormaster. See the flyer in this newsletter for more details.  It is absolutely essential that you RSVP for this outing to receive a free slip. Also RSVP if you are coming by car. However, there is no free parking.


Hello members, we have just had another well attended outing.  The Margarita Party was awesome.  The weather turned out to be ideal after being preceded by days of cold and damp weather. We had over 50 in attendance.  Also, two new members joined at this event.Dave DeAre, the fleet’s outing chairperson, has lined up more events.

Many of you will recognize some events from last year and you know from attending these events in the past, we all had a great time.  If the lake wasn’t cooperating for boating to an event, we drove to the event and still had a great time.  Hope to see you all soon at one of many upcoming events listed on the outing schedule.The Sea Scout Ship 5212/BSA, based out of JPYC was presented with a check for $300.00 by me on June 7th at JPYC. Catalina Fleet 21- Mariner’s Fund was able to provide this check due to member donations and participation in events such as the Brown Bag Auction. Mr. Johann Hudson accepted this check on behalf of his Sea Scouts, Ship 5212, with great appreciation to our Fleet.


Now with the month of May in the history book, I hope we all have our boats in the water.  I have sailed or motored with several of our  members this season to bring in their boats from dry dock.  The most memorable trip was on June 4th aboard Quiet Island, a 34′ Catalina Yacht belonging to fellow member Capt. Fred Swastek.  We sailed from Larsen Marine in Waukegan, IL, to Montrose Harbor here in Chicago, IL.  It was a beautiful day with 11 to 14 knots of west winds which veered to 7 knots NNE in the last hour. The trip took approximately 5 hrs. We allowed the Autohelm to work except for some wing and wing briefly in the last hour. I am looking forward to more days like this one on the water.

Hope to see you all on the water or at one of our events this season. Stay safe and take care.
Capt. Jim Caldwell.

Casual racing on the Chicago lakefront begins June 25th with the Abe Jacobs Regatta hosted by Burnham Park Yacht Club with a party afterwards at the club. More details and registration is available at Racing is open to all boats moored in Chicago harbors.  No memberships required.

Welcome aboard to these new members:

Skipper:  TJ Shampaine
First Mate:  Ola
Boat Info:
Name:  Oola-Claire  – Size: 25  Sail #: 4034  Harbor:
Burnham  Mooring:  Can Q-7

Skipper: Jim Young
First Mate: Kim
Boat Info is same as that above

Please add the following late renewals to your 2017 Directories:

Don & Lydia Giuliano
Bob Garrett
Chris Jackiw

The Fleet sends deepest condolences to Wanda Robertson on the death of her daughter Tamara Standford Miller on May 18.

Reported by Lori Lauraitis
Meeting of June 2
Guest Speaker was  Corey Boelkens CEO-of “RaftUp” a local outdoor community on the water. APP can be downloaded for free – Enabling you to find friends, SOS alerts, on a 1-button click. Sgt. Ruben Ramirez of  CPMU presented his team of rescue people ready for Memorial Day & will have extra boats on the water beginning on the holiday.  2 additional river boats – 1- to cover Wolf Point as a responder & 1 on the river, as it has become very busy – & will handle safety checks, harbor checks, illegal charters – 3x’s a day.  Call 312-742-3203 if anything suspicious is happening on the water.

Ed Stein, the Centurion, was presented s birthday cake from Burnham Park Y/C to celebrate 100 years!  Ed was a past member of Catalina Fleet for a few years & continues with his crew to sail Doghouse IV.

Contributed by Dave DeAre

Marine Canvas Care
After a few years the Sunbrella Marine fabric used to make the dodger/bimini on our boats loses its water repellency and becomes harder to keep clean. The maker of Sunbrella fabric recommends only the use of 303 Fabric Guard for use on Sunbrella fabric. 303 Fabric Guard  for Marine Recreational use is easy to use and comes with complete instructions. You can find it in marine and automotive stores and I have used it on my canvas and can recommend it. Follow the instructions and you will again have clean, waterproof canvas on your boat.

LMCA Catalina Rendezvous
at Macatawa Bay Yacht Club July 7th – 9th
Join Catalina owners from all around Lake Michigan when they gather for this fun time that includes sailing, educational events, fun, and great eating.  Preregistration by June 30 is a must. Go to and click on Rendezvous Registration. Dave DeAre is coordinating a cruise from Chicago to Michigan City on July 5. Sailors can then go on to the Rendezvous if they wish. Contact Dave if you want to join the cruise to Michigan City.