Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

May 2015 Fleetsheet

Fleetsheet Archive
May 2015


The Blackhawks open with a dropped puck. The Bulls start with a jump ball. Umpires call out “Batter Up” to the Cubs and Sox while the racers at the Indy 500 hear “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines,” (or is it the more accurate “drivers start your engines?”). The tradition for Catalina Fleet 21 is to start the sailing season with a Margarita Party at Burnham Harbor. No one is really certain how this tradition got started, but it’s our most popular outing of the year and a great event for renewing Fleet friendships, meeting new sailors and harbormates, and, of course, you can’t beat those $1.00 margaritas! So join us this year as we continue the tradition on Saturday, May 23 at Half Moon Park in Burnham Harbor (it’s just south of the yacht club). The blenders start whirring at 4:30 pm. Bring a chair, an appetizer to share, a stack of dollar bills and meet us there! Also bring any Catalina owners who are not members of our Fleet. We’d love to meet them and encourage them to join us!

Most people drive to this outing (or you can arrange for a boat slip with the Burnham Harbormaster). There is pay parking ($1 an hour) in the old airport parking lot. We should also have free parking passes available thanks to the efforts of Lori Lauraitis. Drive past the Yacht Club and stop where you see the party. We’ll give you a parking pass and tell you where to park. For more information see the flyer in this newsletter

After margaritas and appetizers everyone is invited to join the Kickoff to Summer Party at the Yacht Club (we will not be having our usual BBQ on the patio). The yacht club party is open to all and will feature the Scramble Band and food and drinks.

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.

Also included in this newsletter is a flyer for ordering Fleet fleece jackets. Deborah Ruxton modeled the jackets at our last board meeting and they are terrific quality and just the right weight for our changeable Lake Michigan weather! You can choose your favorite color and add your boat name. Order direct from the company. Cost is $35.00 plus shipping.

Spring is here – better get your cleaners and polishes ready for the spring launch.  Not to be forgotten is that spring ritual – paint the bottom.  A number of Fleet 21 members were at Crowley’s Yachtapalooza, on Saturday, March 28, looking for bargains and buying bottom paint.  After discussing the ‘pros and cons’ of VC 17 versus Pettit paint, purchases were made.

Crowley’s also featured a number of interesting seminars.
On display at Yachtapalooza was Dennis Connor’s 80-foot yacht, Stars and Stripes, the defender of the America’s Cup in the 1995 San Diego yacht race.  Two sailors from Chicago brought the vessel to Chicago along with Abracadabra another America’s Cup participant.  They presented their plans for sailing the yachts in Chicago this summer.  It’s an interesting idea, we’ll see how it shakes out.

Thirty-five fleet members met for the Brown Bag Auction on Friday, April 17, at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Montrose Harbor.   After an abundant offering of appetizers and snacks, a tasty buffet dinner was served by the yacht club caterers.  Then the event of the evening, the Brown Bag Auction, was held.  Several lively exchanges took place and the Fleet gained over $200 in the Fleet Treasury.  Thanks to all who attended and participated in the auction.  A special thanks to those who arrived early, despite heavy traffic, to set up for dinner and the auction and the many who stayed late to return the room to normal.

Our next big get-together is the Margarita Party, on Saturday, May 23, at the Half Moon Park, the Burnham Harbor picnic area adjacent to the Burnham yacht club.  Parking passes will be on hand.  The party starts at 4:30 with the usual $1 Margarita’s prepared by the now famous “Margarita Marys” –  Carolyn, Lori and Pat.  We were not able to reserve the patio at the yacht club for a BBQ because the yacht club is having a special Open House that day.  We are invited to join them for dinner if we wish.  Please bring appetizers to share at the Margarita Party and hope for warm, sunny weather.

The Outings committee has many interesting outings planned for this sailing season.  The list is included in this Fleet Sheet.  Hope to see you at one or more outings this summer.
capt_ron (Mobile)
Fair winds and smooth waters to all.  Commodore,
Ron Shereyk






Got something to sell or trade?  Trying to find a boat to buy?  List your items here for free.  Send listings to  Listings run for two issues unless I hear otherwise.

FOR SALE: Cruising Spinnaker
with lined Sock & Bag  $975.00
Luff “P” 45’ Leech 41’ 4”, Foot “E” 24’, 864 Sq Ft, Weight 1.5 OZ (made for a Catalina 34 tall rig).  Very good condition.  Branson Stone 219-922-2767,

FOR SALE:   Like new woman’s Sperry deck shoes size 6 for $30.00.  $70 new.
Call Jan Byrd at 708-633-7167 or 708-204-3527.

FOR SALE: 2012 Mercury 270 Airdeck inflatable (8’4”). Gray PVC. Only lightly used, excellent condition.  Paddles, seat, pump, storage bag included.  Sells for $1,600 new; asking $1000. Contact: Harold Hansen 773-973-2049 or email

FOR SALE:  1993 Catalina 36.  Tall rig, wing keel, feathering prop, Maxwell anchor windlass, 1000 W inverter, upgraded traveler, reverse cycle AC, and more.  Stored at Skipper Buds, Winthrop Harbor under custom winter cover.  Asking $59,900. Contact Marshall Fernholz 312-446-4267

FOR SALE:  2005 Catalina 320 manufactured in California.  Ultra leather interior cushions, Bottomsider cockpit cushions, A/C, Raymarine chartplotter, low hours on the Yanmar engine, Varioprofile feathering prop and cradle.  Super clean, ready to sail away.  Can be seen at Sail Place in Kenosha, WI.  Contact Tim Fulbright (847) 274-9717.  A full listing with pictures and specifications can be seen at  Owner:  Steve Wash.

FOR SALE:  1986 Catalina 30,Fins. Tall rig, fin keel, diesel, refrigeration, full instruments, stored indoors, many upgrades. Superb condition. Great for day sailing or long distance cruising.  $25,000. Call Tom Grove 815-685-2888 or email

FOR SALE:  2005 Catalina 36, tall mast, fin keel, special anniversary model.  Many extras.  Set up for racing and cruising with 3 spinnakers, 1 asym, 2 sym.  For sale at Sail Place in Kenosha, WI for $119,500.  Owner:  Ray Kalinsky.

Email your card to
Deare30@sbcglobal. net and send your payment to
Fleet Sheet Editor
306 Linden Street
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.


The new membership directories will be distributed at the Margarita party on May 23.
Please save the Fleet postage and attend the party and pick up your directory!

Mark Your Calendar!   

Annual Awards Banquet
November 7, 2015
New Location:  Palos Country Club
131st and Southwest Highway
Palos Heights, IL


By Lori Lauraitis
*NMMA is canceling the In-Water Boat Show scheduled for 6/11-14 at 31st Harbor due to boat inventory & not much return on investment. 31st Harbor  may have an event to put in its place that weekend.

*Some changes in harbor managers & security as well. The new Security Manager for Chicago Harbors is Tom Snooks.  Phone number 312-617-7937.  Email

* Grateful Dead concert at Soldier Field 7/3-5 will be a unique & challenging weekend. 31st may offer weekend slips.

*America’s Cup will have two boats on the lakefront; @Crowley yacht yard now but will splash in water in May.

*Swim Across Lake Michigan need 1 or 2 sailboats, expenses paid 8/7 or 8/21-22

*Talking about a service tax , this would include any service done to your boat. Need to work w/NMMA to help fight this tax.

Monroe Harbor:  Last year’s Harbor Master Kevin Kane was transferred to Diversey Harbor for 2015. Returning to Monroe Harbor this year is Luke Pepin. Luke was Harbor Master at Montrose Harbor last year, and was the Harbor Master in Monroe Harbor several years ago. Luke has indicated that there shouldn’t be any changes in Monroe Harbor this year.

Returning as Assistant Harbor Master for 2015 is Jen.

Monroe Harbor Captain
Tom Grove

Harbor Captains:  If you have news about your harbor you would like to share please email it to the Fleet Sheet Editor by the 1st of the month.

By Brian Ruxton

Deborah and I arrived at Burnham Harbor at the end of April.  At our May 1s check-in we were handed a flyer about the new and improved WI-FI in Burnham Harbor.  Here’s the deal, it may be new but it sure isn’t improved.  Same crummy reception in the cabin when the harbor was maybe 15% filled.  I can only imagine how bad it will be in the middle of the summer when people are actually trying to use it.

No matter, a few years ago I went to AT&T and made some changes to my plan.  I signed up for a plan that gave me more data usage, 4gb, and cost less.  That plan gave me tethering.  Essentially I can make my phone a mobile hot spot for wireless.  My phone acts like a wireless router and runs off the 4G network.  Deborah and I have 4gb of data available but have never ever used more than 1gb.  The even better news is that in 2014 I had to get a new phone and since I was past my two years I wound up getting the same amount of data, text and phone usage for even less money.  In 2013 I was paying about $150 per month.  Now the cost is $99.00 per month.  The best news of all is that my computer runs as fast as it can run.  As fast as when it is connected to a wired network.  And still we don’t even come close to our data limit before we get charged extra.

On another note, as we are approaching summer it is now Rose’ season.  The best Rose’ comes from the Provence region of France.  Costco has a wine called Whispering Angel for $16.99 that is just exquisite.  It is barely pink at all.  It is as dry and crisp as any wine you have ever tried.  I happened to be in Costco the first day it was over 80 degree this year and I overheard someone say that it otherwise retailed for $24.00.  I highly recommend it.