Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

June 2018 FleetSheet

If you can’t decide if you should take your swim suit or your winter coat as you head out the door for a day on the water, you’re not alone! It’s been a month of up and down temperatures and winds. Whatever the weather or the wind, it’s summer on the calendar and the Summer Sailstice on our Outings Schedule.

Again this year our outing corresponds to the Park District HarborFest at 31st Street and that means an in-water boat show, lots of musical entertainment, giveaways, and more. Chicago Harbor slip holders can get two free tickets to HarborFest from their harbormaster. We will have tickets for out-of-town boats. Not only can you get into HarborFest for free, our Fleet Captain at 31st Street, John Jackiw, has arranged for free slips for our members on both Friday and Saturday nights. Come for one night or two. We’ll have hot dogs cooked on the dock by John on Friday night and pizza on Saturday night. And of course group happy hours are always part of our outings! Complete details are on the flyer in this newsletter. 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.

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. However, as of this writing no details or registration information is available on the LMCA web site. If you plan to attend, check for information.

Our first outing of the year was a great success with the warmest weather we’ve had in years! Don’t miss the fun. Attend our upcoming events!



Catalina Fleet 21 is one of the best sailing fleets on the Great Lakes of which to be a member. Our events have been well attended this season. We have more social events scheduled all designed to enhance the camaraderie of our members and guests. Familiarize yourself with the Fleet’s event schedule. The events are listed in the Fleet Sheet, on our website ( and on our Facebook page. Also, remember that you are welcome to advertise items in the buy/sell trade section of the Fleet Sheet which is also listed on the website.

I have been fortunate in spending plenty of time on the water so far this season. I have done a few crossings with fleet members and friends. The longest to date was bringing Defiance (66 foot JV66) yacht to dock. We brought her over from dry dock at Center Pointe Yacht Yard in Milwaukee to 31st Street Harbor in Chicago. The second weekend in June I will be sailing over to South Holland, Michigan for a few days prior to sailing back to Chicago.

Between racing and cruising, I should have over a thousand nautical miles logged on the Great Lakes this season. Everyone stay safe out on the water and I hope to see you all this season.

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.


Keep these long-time Fleet members in your thoughts and prayers:

Rick Bowald suffering from a serious illness.
Jan Byrd whose cancer has returned.


Go to CASRA ( Chicago Area Sail Racing Association ). Click on Register to see Race Schedule, then hit “ BPYC NORTHERLY ISLAND CASUAL RACE “, hit Register For Entry Forms, Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, etc. There will be a Jib & Main section and a Spinnaker section. Races will start at 1245 hours. Race Committee boat on VHF 71.

The course is as follows:
Start: Approx. 128 degrees T, 0.9NM from Chicago Harbor Light ( Area E )
Four Mile Crib ( round crib to Harrison-Dever Crib ( round crib to port )
Orange Mark ( round mark to port)
Four Mile Crib ( round crib to port )
Finish ( between mark and Race Committee boat)

After party for Catalina racers at Burnham Park Yacht Club. Slips and dock tie-up spots available. Burnham Park Yacht Club, a member of CASRA, is the sponsor of this race. If you are a Westrec permittee, Casual Races are free. If not, check CASRA website for fees. Feel free to contact me about this FUN race! Bob Garrett 312-420-4212


At the recent CYA meeting held at the Burnham Park Yacht Club Scott Stevenson recommended that boaters not pressure wash their docks. Pressure washing damages the pressure treated wood and will cause early splintering and decay. It’s okay to wash the dock using soap and water, but leave the pressure washer at home.

Since taking over management of North Point Marina from the IDNR last year, Westrec Marinas has invested heavily in updating the infrastructure to bring in more boaters from the surrounding communities. As part of this process they are debuting a brand new, family-focused pool with slides and water features that are sure to be a hit! Come celebrate the opening of the pool deck June 23rd – All Chicago Harbors slip holders will receive free overnight transient dockage the evening of the 23rd!


Looking for something nautical to do on a rainy day? Take in the new move Adrift. Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp couldn’t anticipate that they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins. With no hope of rescue, Tami must now find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved. Based on a true story.

Another movie of survival at sea is In the Heart of the Sea. This one is a few years old and tells the story of the New England whaling ship Essex which was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. The movie reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. You’ll have to buy or rent this one.


Fleet 21’s Annual Awards Banquet is scheduled for November 17, 2018. And by popular demand, the banquet will again be held at Palos Country Club. Watch for more details in future Fleet Sheets!