Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

October 2015 FleetSheet

General Meeting October 16th
What do sailors do when they get together? Swap sailing stories of course! At our General Meeting on October 16th at Burnham Park Yacht Club you’ll get to hear some new stories as Chicago sailor and racer Rod Salazar relates his sailing adventures in a PowerPoint presentation.

Salazar started sailing back in 1993/4 when a coworker asked him to go out for Wednesday night beer can racing.   From that beginning to now it’s been 22 years and thousands of offshore miles on various race boats from 30′ to 100.’ Salazar started as rail meat progressing to front of the boat doing foredeck/bowman. He recently completed 12 days of sailing on his 2nd TransPac on a Swan 65: 2,225 nautical miles, 12 days, with a crew of 13.  And  they  won their section!  Here in Chicago Salazar races on Imedi, a TP 52. In his presentation Salazar will talk about the various races he’s participated in, how he got in them, what preparation he does and the safety issues  involved.  Come out, enjoy the company of your fellow Fleet 21 members, and hear all about life as a racing sailor.

This program is Friday, October 16th, at the Burnham Park Yacht Club, 1500 S. Linn White Drive. Socialize and have dinner beginning at 6:30 pm. We’ll have a brief business meeting including the election of officers about 8pm followed by the program.  Dinner reservations are a must: 312-4267-4664.

Annual Awards Banquet – November 7th
Our gala banquet is barely a month away. Dig out those fancy duds and plan to join your fellow sailors in a lovely setting for an evening of great food, drink, dancing and camaraderie.

The cost is $65 per person and includes a bevy of delights . . . . full open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, elegant three-course dinner with wine and choice of entrée, awards presentation and music by Afterglow. The only cash you’ll need that night is to purchase tickets for the great raffle items that will be on display. Palos Country Club is conveniently located at 131st and Southwest Highway in Orland Park. Be sure to get your reservations made by the October 17th deadline. If you have any questions or need another reservation form, please contact Madalyn Duerr at 708/429-0005 or

Although the late September weather was outstanding, the 2015 sailing season is quickly coming to a close. The Clambake at Jackson Park Yacht Club was attended by several Fleet 21 members. We were treated to a delicious meal, which included a whole lobster for those ambitious enough to spend much time with a seafood cracker to enjoy this special treat. The remainder of the group enjoyed a seafood platter that was an event.  The weather was clear and warm and we spent the entire evening outdoors on the lawn of the yacht club. Thanks to John Jackiw for making the arrangements for Fleet 21 members to join the party.

The Friday, October 16, general meeting at Burnham Yacht Club promises to be a memorable one. The Programs committee has arranged for an around-the-world sailor to present his trials and tribulations while at sea in an exciting end-of-season program. Don’t forget to make a reservation with Mary Beth Cybul if you plan to have dinner prior to the meeting.

Also on the Agenda of the October general meeting is the election of Officers for 2016. Running for office are Ron Shereyk, Commodore; Linda Sadlowski, Vice-Commodore;  Ray Kalinsky, Treasurer and John Jackiw, Secretary.
If you have not already done so, please make your reservation with Madalyn Duerr for the Annual Awards banquet to be held on Saturday, November 7, at the Palos Country Club. An exciting evening has been planned by our committee and we hope to see you there.

On a personal note, the crew of Team Effort spent a delightful 10-days cruising the Danube River in September. Since there were only 140 passengers aboard the ship, the experience was much different than the large cruise ships usually found on open seas. The river ship leisurely traveled the Danube assisted by a 6-knot current. We visited the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Included on the voyage were walking tours highlighting eastern Europe’s oldest and most beautiful cities. I highly recommend this type of cruising adventure and plan to cruise the Rhine River in the not-too-distant future.


Ron Shereyk





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Reported by Lori Lauraitis
Meeting of September 24.,
>  The Lucas\Museum, will have an access road going both ways and that the boat launch will be eliminated on the west side of the harbor.  Currently, there is a Petition against the Lucas Museum on Lakefront Land in the works and 191 signatures are needed..This is being introduced by the Friends of the Park

>  Venetian Night – the weather didn’t cooperate, lot of wind caused some problems with boats opting for dropping-out, and accidents occurred to the on shore viewing guests falling in the water.  The Riva Restaurant extended themselves to help-out the Polish Consulate  decorate their boat by the Pier.  Consensus was, try to bring back the Venetian Parade to be held in mid-July, like it used to be, weather would be more gracious &
calm, than September winds & blows.  Navy Pier is anxious to hold it again in 2016.  Also
reported to have 3 boats agreeing to participate in 2016.  Navy Pier posted 4 winners that night.
>  The newly formed Chicago Sports Authority will be hosting the 2016 America’s Cup to be held on July 30, 2016.  Tod Reynolds, presented an update on the Cup coming to Chicago:  Chicago will host the race and finals will be held in Bermuda, in 2017.  There will be 72′ boats and 45′ multi-hull handled by 5 crewmen, racing inside the break wall.  The Commissioner said when he looked out into the Lake, “this is a unique lakefront for the race”.  Team USA, British Team, Sweden, Japan, France, New Zealand, and Australia will compete.  The boats will be built and put-together at Navy Pier from 40′ containers (follow Facebook) all information can be found.  Volunteers accepted.
>  CYA Holiday Event on December 12, 2015 at Belmont Station/Chicago Yacht Club at 6:00pm.  Pre-paid ticket price is $55.00 and at the door $60.00.  http:chicagoyachtingassociation.  Let me know if anyone is interested in attending and I will pass this on to the Committee, To date, I know Team Effort is attending.
>  Chicago River Traffic Update – instituted a NO WAKE ZONE for all boat traffic crowding the waterways this season.