Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

September 2015 FleetSheet

Even though the calendar says fall begins this month, September is not the end of Fleet 21’s summer season. Pick a sunny day, call some fellow Fleet members and sail for a few hours. End the day with a glass of wine and savor the warmth.

Looking for something a bit more adventuresome?  Head over to Jackson Park Yacht Club for the delightful nautical ambiance and some great seafood. The Jackson Park Clam Bake is September 26. More details below.

By October 16th your boat will probably be headed for the hard, but you can still enjoy Fleet 21 comraderie at our General Meeting at the Burnham Park Yacht Club. Mary Beth Cybul has planned a great program for us featuring Chicago sailor Rod Salazar.

Rod started sailing back in 1993/4 when a coworker asked him to go out for Wednesday night racing (beercan). From that beginning to now it’s been  22 years and thousands of offshore miles on various race boats from 30′ to 100.’ Rod just 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! Rod will talk about various races including how he got a ride, preparation, and safety issues. Plan now to attend!

clambakeJackson Park Clambake
Saturday, September 26
4 – 11pm
Dinner served beginning at 6:30 pm
Jackson Park Yacht Club
Featuring fresh and delicious seafood, potatoes, corn, salads, desserts
$30.00 per person, $35.00 includes a whole lobster Reservations to John Jackiw by September 19: 708-828-4318
Slips available. Call the Jackson Park Harbor Master. Tell him you are part of the Catalina Fleet. Or tie-up along the wall for the event.

A Message from the Commodore
As the summer season winds down, we look forward to Fall sailing. Winds in September are usually steady and manageable. Our Labor

Day Weekend at Michigan City was well planned and well attended. More than 35 members shared in a tasty Lobsterfest on Saturday night. Although it rained most of Saturday in Michigan City, the weather cleared and the evening was warm. Our thanks to Branson Stone and Ted Kuenzli for planning the weekend events.

The final 2015 sailing season Outing is a Clam Bake at Jackson Park Yacht Club at the end of September. More information is available in this newsletter. Remember advance reservations are a must.

The nominating committee has chosen the 2016 slate of candidates. The only new Officer is Linda Sadlowski who is running for Vice-Commodore. All others remain for another year. Please note that we need new faces with fresh ideas to serve as Officers for the Fleet if we plan to keep the fleet active for the next few years. Elections for the Officers will take place at the October 16th General meeting scheduled to be held at Burnham Park Yacht Club.

The invitation and reservation form for our Annual Awards banquet to be held on November 7, at Palos Country Club is included in this issue. A special evening has been planned by our committee and we hope to see you there. Please respond early!

It is time to turn our thoughts to winterizing our boats. The engine oil and filter should be changed and fuel filters checked. Anti-freeze and fuel stabilizer should be added to the fuel system. Water systems should be emptied and winterized using environmentally safe antifreeze. Don’t forget to flush out your air conditioning system if you are lucky enough to have one. Brian Ruxton, our Rigging and Equipment editor, will provide more info in his column.


Ron Shereyk, Commodore






Ten boats raced in the Catalina section of the Leukemia Cup on August 22. Representing Fleet 21 was Pat Reynolds on Karizmaddie. They finished 3rd. The winner of the Catalina section was Islet captained by Bob Morretti.  Karizmaddie also participated in two legs of the Tri-State Race over Labor Day weekend finishing 4th in section from St. Joe to Michigan City.

FOR SALE:  1992 Catalina 34.  Tall rig, wing keel, 4 cylinder – 30hp Universal diesel, custom screen doors, Tufted Toppers for both cabins along with fitted top and bottom sheets, blue interior cushions, Bottomsider cockpit cushions, Stern perch seats, folding wheel, mahogany floor in cockpit, cruising spinnaker with sock and bag, lazy jacks, rigid boom vang, portable air-conditioner for hatch, steel cradle.  Many extras.  Asking $51,000.  Detailed specs available.
Call Ted Kuenzli, 773-517-1576.

By Ted Kuenzli
We had a great turnout this year for our Labor Day Lobster Fest.  We bought 35 lobsters and 6 steaks which along with the dishes everyone brought made this a complete dining experience. Along with the boats already in Michigan City, we had Allegro, Overdue, and Lagniappe sail over and Boogaloo, Island Retreat, Team Effort drove over.  Madalyn  Duerr, Nick Thies and Chris Lordis also drove over.  The weather started out being terrible Saturday morning (winds in the 30’s and 40’s) and then dried up to give us a
beautiful evening.  Sunday late afternoon was our Tour the Boats which was a big success.

Contributed by Dave DeAre
You can have cleaner lifelines. Try Mr. Clean Magic Eraser! The lifelines on our boat became dirty and a little sticky. I tried several products to clean them with little success. One of my dock mates recommended Mr. Clean Magic Eraser which I tried. This worked well. I rubbed the moistened Magic Eraser over the lifelines and most of the dirt and stickiness was eliminated and the lifelines look much better. It worked for me. I have also used Black Magic Bleche-Wite Tire Cleaner on my power cord. This product did a good job removing the grim and stickiness. This product is available at any automotive store.  You can also use it to clean the tires on your vintage car!


Condolences to Bob and Cheryl Kuba on the death of Bob’s mother, Alice, who passed  away August 10 just six weeks after the passing of Bob’s dad. The blessing in her passing was that all five of her children, 3 daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren were with her at the time of death. Cards of condolence may be sent to Bob & Cheryl at 2 Grandview Pt., Lake Placid, FL 33852. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Suncoast Hospice Care Centers, 164 West Lake Rd., Palm Harbor, FL 34684