Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

September 2016 FleetSheet

Show and Tell
It’s back to school time and back to General Meetings. Your assignment for the September 20 General Meeting is Show and Tell. Do you have a gadget or a gizmo you’d like to share? Did you read a great book this summer? Discover a great wine? Cook a fabulous dish on your boat? Come prepared to share your find with other Fleet Members. Our two recipients of the Mariner’s Fund, Sea Scouts Ship 5212 BSA of Jackson Park Yacht Club and Rickover Naval Academy, CPS will lead off our Show and Tell with a description of their programs.

The General Meeting and Show and Tell is at the Burnham Park Yacht Club, 1500 S. Linn White Drive. Have dinner at the club beginning at 5 pm. Reservations are a must: 312-427-4664. Our meeting starts at 7:30 pm. Next year’s slate of officers will be presented to be elected in October. The slate is as follows:

James Caldwell, Commodore,
John Jackiw, Vice-Commodore
Shelia Caldwell, Secretary
Ray Kalinsky, Treasurer

We will also accept nominations made from the floor.

Our last outing of the year is the Clam Bake at the Jackson Park Yacht Club on September 24. As of today few details for this event are available. However, we do know that the time is 6-9pm. Cost is still to be determined. Last year it was $35 for the lobster / seafood dinner. Those who attended last year report it was a LOT of scrumptious food featuring fresh seafood, potatoes, corn, salads and desserts! Sail in to Jackson outer harbor or drive over. Slips are available (call the Jackson Park Harbor Master) or tie-up along the wall for the event. A popcorn party starts at 4pm. Reservations are a must.

Call John Jackiw by September 17: 708-828-4318.




This has been a hot and humid summer, with either strong wind and waves or light wind. Weather in September is usually warm with steady and manageable winds.

Our Labor Day Weekend at Michigan City was well planned and well attended. More than 35 members shared in a tasty steamed Lobster on Saturday night. Sunday included a dinghy race and Tour D Boats. Our thanks to Branson Stone and Ted Kuenzli for planning the weekend events and to Madalyn Duerr for her assistance.

The final 2016 sailing season event is a Clam Bake at Jackson Park Yacht Club on Saturday, September 24. Last year’s clam bake was great and we enjoyed a lovely evening on the lawn of the yacht club. More information is available in this newsletter. Remember advance reservations are a must.

The 2017 slate of candidates has been chosen. They are James Caldwell, Commodore, John Jackiw, Vice-Commodore and Shelia Caldwell, Secretary. Ray Kalinsky will continue to serve as Treasurer. Thanks to these folks for volunteering to serve as Officers for Fleet 21. Elections for the Officers will take place at the Friday, October 21st 2general membership meeting.

A reminder that our Annual Awards banquet to be held on Saturday, November 19, at Palos Country Club. Please keep the date open and plan to attend this event. A special evening has been planned by our committee and we hope to see you there.

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.

Ron Shereyk, Commodore

If you weren’t in Hammond at our overnight on August 6, you missed a beautiful scene. It was Hammond Marina’s 25th anniversary and their Venetian Night wasn’t a parade, but instead a contest for Best Decorated Dock. The harbor was filled with lighted sailboat masts, palm trees, and twinkling luminaries. It was gorgeous! At nightfall they staged a fabulous fireworks show. Dave and Carolyn DeAre sailed over on Overdue and were joined by Jack and Lois Bretall and John Jackiw. Our hosts were Pat Reynolds and Linda Sadlowski on Karizmaddie. Everyone enjoyed appetizers together then walked over to food stands for dinner and to listen to a Jimmy Buffet type band.

The Labor Day Lobsterfest at Michigan City was a big success. 38 Fleet members and guests enjoyed steamed lobster on the 800 Dock. Overdue and April and Harold Hansen on Indulgence sailed to the outing from Chicago.

Fred and Shirley Collins moved C-Dream from the 400 Dock to join everyone. Others who drove to the outing included Laura and Pete Pohl, Ron and Pat Shereyk, John and Lori Lauraitis & Nancy Bartlett. Arriving on Sunday with the Tri-State Racers were James and Sheila Caldwell and David Green. Attending from Michigan City were Rick & Debbie Bowald, Jan and Phil Byrd, Jeff and Jennifer Danhauer, Madalyn Duerr, John Luther, Steve and Phillis Wash and our hosts Ted and Francine Kuenzli and Branson and Danita Stone as well as Friends of the Fleet from the 800 Dock and former members Lloyd and Myrla Johnson. In addition to the LobsterFest, some participated in a Dinghy Poker Run. There were eight boats in Tour d’Boats with each boat having 6 people “tour” plus the host and hostess.

Meeting held August 27 with James Caldwell as our representative. Various issues at the harbors were mentioned: Burnham Park – kiosk, on the east side of harbor still on the report for removal, as stated earlier in the year. Also, trying to establish more uniformity by replacing individual dock boxes, etc. to make walking to boats on the docks more safe. Security an issue.

31st Harbor – noise problem – harbor meetings coming up on 9/27, October & November to voice member opinions. Belmont Harbor – harbor light problem, pot holes at entrance. Entrance Gate to be moved, to create more of a barrier. Question came up on replacing deck next to the Johnny B, too costly, estimate from $50,000 – $70,000 using capital budget.

There will be a crackdown on illegal charters operating in the harbors.

Annual Awards Banquet – Saturday, November 19, 2016

6:30 p.m. – Midnight
The sailing season is coming to a close and what better way to end the season than by joining your fellow sailors for an evening of great food, drink, dancing and camaraderie.

We have a beautiful room and private bar reserved at Palos Country Club for this wonderful event. The country club is conveniently located at 131st and Southwest Highway in Orland Park.
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, terrific door prizes and delightful music by Afterglow.
Watch for your formal invitation and reservation form in the October Fleet Sheet.

Your Awards Banquet Committee, Madalyn Duerr, Linda Sadlowski, Mickie Thompson.

Questions? Contact Madalyn at 708-429-0005 or

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