Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

May 2014 FleetSheet

Fleetsheet Archive
May 2014


Since at least 1994 Fleet 21 has kicked off the sailing season with a Margarita Party in Burnham Party.  Now that’s a tradition worth keeping!  So join us on Saturday, May 24 in Half Moon Park, which is just south of Burnham Park Yacht Club, for a naval salute to the 2014 sailing season.  The blenders will be whirling beginning at 4:30 pm.  Grab your flip flops, a lawn chair, an appetizer to share and meet us there.  Rain or shine, cold or hot, this outing goes on as scheduled.  In twenty years, it’s been cancelled only once or twice because of torrential downpours.
Most people drive to this outing.  There is pay parking ($1 an hour) in the old airport parking lot and Lori Lauraitis is working at getting parking passes, but there’s no guarantee.  Drive past the Yacht Club and stop where the party is—we’ll let you know where to park.  You can sail to Burnham, but you’ll need to arrange a slip with the Burnham Harbor Dock Master.
Around 6pm we’ll head to the Yacht Club patio for a BBQ dinner and our general meeting.  We’ll have grilled sandwiches, sides, dessert and soft drinks for around $15 each.  Please RSVP if you plan to have dinner.  For more information see the flyer in this newsletter.
On Sunday, May 25, meet at H Dock at 7am and Bike the Drive.  Or start from your own harbor, but join us after your ride for breakfast on Overdue (Burnham H25).  Register for Bike the Drive at
The preliminary Summer Outings Schedule is enclosed with this newsletter.  We are still confirming dates on some events, but mark your calendars now and join the Fleet for as many of the events as possible.



Our April general meeting brought back memories for those who used to make the long annual spring trek up the Chicago river to Lake Michigan from Crowley’s former boatyard or the other various boatyards in Chicago.  Thank you to Patrick McBriarty and his PBS presentation on the history of the Chicago river bridges. The meeting was well attended and enjoyed.

Our record cold winter has left us with a rather cold spring.  While many boats have been launched, very few have ventured very far into the Lake.  Some of our members have, however, made an early May trek from Hammond and St. Joseph to Michigan City and Chicago.  Those north winds are still blowing, cooling off the entire lakefront.  Please remember to wear those personal flotation devises if not on every sail, then at least until the lake temperature reaches survival ranges.

The month of May kicks off our summer outing schedule with our benchmark Memorial Day outing hosted by the crew at Burnham harbor.  Dave DeAre has also lined up another outstanding schedule of outings for this year along with Nancy Bartlett’s excellent program schedule.  I have even heard rumors that our shrimp boil will be making another appearance this summer.

Fair winds and smooth sailing.
Pat Reynolds


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Our condolences go out to Ron and Pat Shereyk on the death of Ron’s older brother Adam.  Adam was buried on May 6 at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery with full military honors.  He had served in the Korean War.



Reported by Lori Lauraitis
After the “winter that was” all Chicago Harbors opened May 1 after more than $500,000 in repairs. 3,000 electrical pedestals will be checked for their ground fault system to insure a safer harbor this summer season.  All harbors will post a decal stating an international sign for  “No Firearms Permitted.”

*   Water Levels are high enough, that dredging the opening to the harbors will not be necessary
* Early warning:   7/4 – 7/5 — Dave Matthews band is expected to perform at Northerly Island at the First Merit Bank Pavilion.  30,000 people are expected to attend.  Tender service will take people across the harbor.
*Burnham Park Harbor – all reported ok – Electric Shock Drowning Presentation scheduled for 5/16 at Yacht Club
*Jackson Park Inner – water system took a big hit, many leaks
* Montrose Harbor – cable problems and are being replaced
*Monroe Harbor – 7/27-7/28 — Triathalon to be held.  5/17 The Culinary Cup will be held to benefit the Legacy Committee with raffle & live auction
*WiFi fiber optic cable system are being installed in all harbors
*31st Street Harbor – Music Festival planned for 8/9 starring Al Jardin from the Beach Boys.  Check Park
District website.  Transient dockage will be made available for attendees.

All you racers out there can add these dates to your summer schedule:

Race to Mackinac    July 19
Leukemia Cup        August 23
*Chicago Regatta    September 6

*This new Regatta is organized by the Pinnacle Foundation to benefit the Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The Chicago Regatta will include an epic sailboat race, a powerboat poker run, and a rocking party that promises to be among the best ever on the shores of Lake Michigan. The Chicago Regatta will include some of the largest and most prestigious yachts in the region, including Dale Smirl’s 66 foot Defiance, Mark Hauf’s 52 foot Imedi, Peter Thornton’s 70 foot Il Mostro, and the syndicated 77 foot Ocean.  Details at

Plan now to attend our June General Meeting on the 17th.  It’s one you won’t want to miss.  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 preparing for an extended trip.  They’ll describe their eight-month experience of shopping, purchasing, and prepping a 1985 blue water boat and how they mastered cruising for the first time by handling navigation, weather, and provisioning.   Their PowerPoint slide show also includes the hidden treasures in and around the remote Bahamas island chain.   The program is June 17 at the Burnham Park Yacht Club.


While you’re getting that program date into your calendars, also note that the Fleet’s Annual Banquet is November 15, 2014.  Another event not to be missed!

Memorial Margaritas
May 24