Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

May 2017 FleetSheet

Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start to the season for Fleet 21. For about 25 years, in all kinds of weather, we’ve downed a “few” margaritas and toasted a new summer of sailing. Our Memorial Margarita Party is May 27th this year. We’ll be blending up $1 margaritas in our usual spot just south of the Burnham Park Yacht Club beginning at 3:30pm. Lori Lauraitis is working on parking passes and there is uaually pay parking available in the old airport parking lot. We may be parking in the lot north of the yacht club parking lot. If you don’t see a Fleet member to direct you, drive past the yacht club and stop at the party. We’ll let you know where to park.

While most people drive to this outing, you can sail to Burnham. Call the Burnham Harbor Master to arrange for a slip. Besides a stash of one dollar bills (for margaritas of course!), please bring an appetizer to share. Due to an event at the Yacht Club, we will not be going to the Club for dinner so please make
your appetizer a substantial one. Also note the time. We’ll start at 3:30pm as parking may be impacted by the Yacht Club luau event.  If there are Catalina owners on your dock who are not members of our club, invite them to join us. We can show them what they’re missing!

New membership directories will be distributed at this event. On Sunday, May 28 meet at H Dock at 7am and Bike the Drive with other Fleet members. Register online at

A tentative Summer Outings Schedule is enclosed with this newsletter.  Mark your calendar now and plan to attend! Rainy weather? Too far to sail? Drive there!  It’s always a good time when Fleet members get together. If you would like to add an event to the schedule, just contact Outings Chairman, Dave DeAre.






The Brown Bag Auction was a success. It was well attended by nearly half of the fleet. Our members brought some exceptionally nice items to be donated for the auction. Thank you for the generous donations of these items. The auction raised over $300.00 for our Mariners Fund. I would like to thank all of you who worked to make this event a success.

Our next event is the Margarita Party on May 27th at 3:30 p.m. at Half Moon Park.  Half Moon Park is located on the south end of Burnham Harbor Yacht Club. Lorelei Lauraitis is working on parking for our members again for this event. We are hoping to have parking in the lot immediately north and adjacent to Burnham Harbor’s eastside boater’s parking lot. The entrance is across from the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island entrance.

This is our first event of this year’s boating season. There will be $1.00 margaritas. Members are requested to bring appetizers to share and don’t forget your lawn chairs. David DeAre has compiled a preliminary schedule of summer outings for this season. If you would like to sponsor an outing, please contact David DeAre and you can be added to our 2017 summer schedule.

I would like to thank all of our members that have renewed their membership. If you haven’t sent in your membership renewal fee please do so. Members, I would like to build up our fleet membership. Let’s start with being more actively involved and inviting any and all Catalina boat owners to our events. Speak with fellow Catalina owners who are not members and encourage them to join and participate in our events. I would like to hear from you on your thoughts and opinions on launching this membership campaign. Thank you.
Catalina Fleet 21 Commodore
Capt. James Caldwell

Welcome aboard to these new members:
Stuart and Jill Gordon
Highwood, IL 60040-2055
Boat Info:
Harbor: Waukegan S-7-11
Catalina 37.5
Name:  Charisma








Jill and Stuart received their Fleet 21 burgee at the Brown Bag Auction

If you have not renewed your Fleet 21 membership, this is the last newsletter you will receive. A renewal form is on our web site.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Mariner’s Fund along with their membership renewals. In addition we received contributions in memory of:
Linda Sadlowski and James Collins

Reported by Lori Lauraitis
Meeting of April 27
Westrec reported on Chicago harbors:
-bathrooms, cleaned & opened
-security begins  5/1/2017
-over 4,000 boards were replaced on docks
-water faucets should be on

to address running water leaks.  Need more security;
new gas dock in Belmont.

DU SABLE-a/c in
bathrooms installed, laundry area soon.

MONROE HARBOR-lift station replaced, no more seaweed.

BURNHAM PARK HARBOR- Harbor Mgr. store & office renovated, bathrooms painted  ready 5/6.  New landscaping, major repairs on harbor house.  No remodeling this year on East Side bathrooms.

31ST STREET HARBOR-boats out, garage open as well as bar & restaurant…Harborfest on 6/24-6/25 – new security & sanitation issues.

JACKSON PARK HARBOR-Outer-WiFi antenna issues, invited members to stop by for Steak Fry every 2nd Tuesday each month.

VENETIAN NIGHT- No Venetian Night or reference to it nor fireworks.

Ann Hickey, guest speaker from Chicago Dept. Of Cultural affairs said they are planning a Riverwalk Parade kickoff on 5/20.  Fish Parrots, Tiki Bar, Live Band; vintage boats from either Kenosha or Racine to parade.  The river is very busy w/kayaks, pontoon boats, & fishing jetties. “City Winery” is open & the Igloos will be back next winter.

COMMODORE CRUISE-will be held 6/17 heading north-Burnham to Diversey

CYA EVENT-will be held at Columbia Y/C on 11/18/2017 again, with raffles, dancing & music.

CASRA-Chicago Area Sailing Racing Association -Commodores Steve Fink (Corinthian) & Leif Sigmond  (CYC) are spokespersons for racing & invited all to race!

There’s something new on the racing scene this summer and Fleet 21 members are invited to participate. CASRA (Chicago Area Sail Racing Association) is partnering with Westrec Marinas to offer new Casual Races. This new Casual Series will offer six races:
Abe Jacobs Regatta- Sunday, June 25th Hosted by Burnham Park Yacht Club

Columbia Yacht Club Casual Race – Sunday, July 9th, Hosted by Columbia Yacht Club

Verve Cup Casual Race – Saturday, August 12th Hosted by Chicago Yacht Club

Air Show Regatta – Sunday, August 20th Hosted by Burnham & Jackson Park Yacht Clubs

Hobelman Regatta Casual Race – Sunday, August 27th, Hosted by Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club

Chicago Regatta Casual Race – Saturday, Sept. 9th, Hosted by Chicago Yacht Club

These races are designed to be fun and easy for new and experienced racers alike. All races will start at 12:30pm to allow more time for racers to get on the
water. Races will be approximately 7 – 11 miles and will end by 4 pm. All six races will be free to all boats renting moorings from Westrec in the Chicago
harbor system.

Starting procedures are simple and easy to understand. The start line will open at 12:30pm and close at 1pm, and boats may cross the start line any time during that half-hour period. The Race Committee will record each boat’s start time, and subtract it from its finish time. The Race Committee will use the resulting elapsed time to score the race. CASRA will offer informal ratings for all boats free of charge, so new racers need not pay for a rating certificate.
Yacht clubs will separate new racers from experienced racers, to the extent possible. Each sponsoring yacht club will host a fun party and awards event after each race. Easy. Fun. Simple. It sounds like a great way for Fleet members to give racing a try. More info at

NBC Sports will provide live coverage for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers. (May 26 – June 3) America’s Cup Facebook page and official App will provide live coverage of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs. (June 6 – June 8) NBC Sports will provide live coverage of the Louis Vuitton
America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Final. (June 10 – June 11) NBC National will provide live coverage for the America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton. (June 17, 18, 24 & 25)

Catalina Direct is offering stainless steel replacements for your original plastic deck fill pipe caps.




Comparing the original plastic cap (left) with the new stainless steel cap (right).

The plastic caps often become cracked and sun damaged and can allow water to get into the fuel tank.



An example of your deck pipe and a new stainless cap.

The new caps are made of type 316 stainless steel. Water, waste, and fuel designations are cast right in. The caps are tooled to fit the exact thread pitch of the original deck pipe. They cover and seal the exposed end of your original deck pipes without having to replace the pipes themselves. Order the replacement stainless steel deck fill pipe caps by calling 800-959-7245, or go to

Is your Illinois boat registration up to date? The Illinois Department of Conservation no longer sends out boat registration renewal notices. Instead the boat owner is required to renew online, with no notice. All Illinois boat registrations expire on June 30. Registration is for 3 years and must be renewed on line at:

The Coast Guard is actively boarding and inspecting boats on the lake. Make sure your registration and safety equipment is up to date!

Contributed by Dave DeAre
Here’s a great new game being played by many top sailors, including me! The ASA Sailing Challenge APP has become the largest selling sailing game in existence and is a great way to have sailing fun alone or with friends. The APP includes several racing and cruising courses, challenging wind shifts and helps develop sailing skills. The app can be downloaded to your Ipad, Iphone or android device.

The game also has a social media feature that allows sharing. The current record holder is Peter Isler at 1:38. I am not even close at 3:02. The ASA Sailing
Challenge Game is available at the app store for $3.99 or go to:

Do you have an item you would like to Buy/Sale/Trade? Fleet 21 members can run their listing for free in the Fleet Sheet. Send info to Fleet Sheet Editor Ads run for 2 months.







$20 for the calendar year Email your card to Deare30@sbcglobal. net and send your payment to
Fleet Sheet Editor
306 Linden Street
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Old sailors never die, they just get a little dingy.”
They also get to decide how they are going to “sail through retirement.” Keep the same boat and same routine as always? Buy a bigger boat and live on it? Give up sailing? Head off on a year -long cruise? This new column will relate how some of our members have resolved some of these questions. If you have made a change in your approach to boating, please share your story in our Fleet Sheet. Just email your submission to Pictures welcome too!

This month’s submission is contributed by Dave DeAre

RC Model Sailboat Racing
Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you have to give up sailboat racing.  This winter I got together with John Steacy, former Fleet 21 member,
longtime racing sailor and old friend, now retired and living in Cape Coral FL. John invited me to join him and experience Remote Control model sailing at the
RC pond in Punta Gorda, very close to our winter home.  He is a member in the very active SUN COAST MODEL SAILING CLUB. I was amazed to find that the club had many classes, including RC Laser, which I already own.  Most of the RC racers are former sailboat racers and strictly follow the racing rules of sailing.

Bob Kuba and I participated in a Laser Regatta and found that my boat was not competitive in light air as my rig and sail needed to be bigger. So, just like
regular sailboat racing, I need to buy a new sail! RC Model Sailing is a lot of fun and is a very serious racing venue. Go to: