Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
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Let the welcoming glow of a lighthouse beam warm your February as Fleet 21 welcomes Donald J. Terras, the director of Evanston’s Lighthouse Park District and manager of the Grosse Point Light Station historic site as our speaker on February 20.  Built by the United States government in 1873 as the lead lighthouse marking the approach to Chicago, the Grosse Point light operates today as a private aid to navigation and is open for tours in the summer.  This National Historic Landmark has a fabled history and our speaker will bring its past to life.  Find out why Grosse Pointe was chosen as the location for the light, learn about the second order Fresnel lens that could be seen up to 21 miles over the lake and why that light was extinquished during World War II.  There’s lots more to the history of this light; our speaker is the expert!

The meeting is Friday, February 20, at the Burnham Park Yacht Club located at 1500 S. Linn White Drive.  The Yacht Club is located on the road that leads to the former Meigs Field.  Follow the signs to the Museum Campus or the signs may say Northerly Island.  Dinner this month is the Pasta Bar for $15.00.  It includes salad, cooked to order pasta, bread, coffee, or soft drink.  If you plan to have dinner, it is mandatory that you call the Yacht Club at 312-427-4664 and make a reservation.  Tell them you are part of the Catalina group.  Dinner is available from 6:30 p.m.  The program and business meeting begin promptly at 8:00 p.m.  We will do our best to make parking available in the lot adjacent to the Yacht Club.  We cannot guarantee free parking and you may have to park in the pay lot. 

In March we’ll meet at Boat/U.S. in Lombard for our traditional shopping night.  Look for details on our discount and dinner arrangements in the March Fleet Sheet, but mark your calendars now for March 19 and start making your shopping list!

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I've reached that time of year when at the end of each day I look at the clock to see if we’ve added another minute of daylight. I enjoy skating and skiing with my family, but know that Sailing is truly what's in our hearts. So I continue to look for signs of spring. The Potluck was a great escape from the cold. Linda Reed did a wonderful job and Jack Bretall pulled in an impressive sum of money with the Brown Bag. Thank you to everyone for opening your wallets and having fun.   Winter Rendezvous was a huge welcome sign of spring. Madalyn Duerr did a terrific job once again. It was fun to see all the members talking about the upcoming season and to see our good friends from the LMCA. Of course Frank and Sharon are always a welcome sight and the evening is only topped by their wonderful raffle.

I hear our Catalina family continues to grow and I'd like to welcome our new members:The Race family, Cesca, Dickson, Middleton, Robert, Rogers, Sloat and Stroberg families. I hope to see all of you at our first meeting on February 20th.  I invite you to come early for dinner. It's a great way to get to know your fellow members. We have a wonderful program planned for the evening and that's just the start of a terrific year. Next month you'll have to join us for our shopping night at Boat US.  Welcome Aboard!

Have you ever wanted to throw a party that was so great people talked about it for years to come?  What if it didn't cost you a penny and it only took a small amount of planning on your part ? David Green, part of our Outings Committee, has all the answers for you. David will walk you through the planning stages of hosting an outing so that your party will be a success. The Outings schedule is under development. Call David and get your event on the calendar.  It’s never been so easy.

Last time I looked I believe sunset was around 5:15. Time is marching on and in eleven weeks Northern Crown will be heading home to Burnham. Sadly this season Montrose Harbor will be missing a dear friend with the sudden passing of Marilyn Mayo.  I know that Marilyn's friendship spread well beyond Montrose as she touched the lives of so many of our Catalina members. Brian, Ashley, Whitley and myself extend our heartfelt sympathy to Keith Mayo, his family and all the Catalina members in this time of great sorrow. May God bless you and we'll keep you in our prayers.

                                                                      Debra Ruxton



You have until March 1 to renew your Fleet 21 membership.  Membership forms are included in this newsletter. Please complete all information and mail it to the Membership committee. To be in the directory you must return your renewal by March 1.  Welcome aboard to our new members!

Tom Dickson & Sherrie Myers
Wilmette, IL
Catalina 320

Paul & Jennifer McCarthy
River Forest, IL
Boat: Timoleague
Catalina 34
Monroe Harbor

Craig & Day Olney
Barrington, IL
Boat: Toucan
Catalina 380 Sail # 51294
Northpoint D56

Richard G. Roberts
Chicago, IL
Boat: Pivot Point
Catalina 27

Jeff & Pamela Stroberg
Oak Park, IL
Boat: Jubilance
Catalina 36
Monroe Harbor

Crew Members:
Hank & Fran Rodgers
Lake Geneva, WI
Boat: Mission Accomplished



Marilyn Mayo, a long-time Fleet member and a dear friend to many, passed away on
February 5.  Cheryl Kuba wrote the following tribute to Marilyn.
Marilyn & Keith Mayo were the two people in my world who introduced me to the Catalina Fleet 21, when I purchased their 22’ Catalina, Markei, 17 years ago. I was a single, naïve sailor, who pooled her money with two buddies, to buy our first boat. Sensing all this naiveté and singleness, Marilyn took me under her wing, and became a mentor. She and Keith showed us all the ins & outs of the boat, went on some shakedown cruises, and Marilyn even showed me where she would dry the breakfast dishes. Breakfast dishes on a 22’? Most importantly, they encouraged me to join the community of the Catalina Fleet. As our fellow members know, the experience and friendships that come from this group are invaluable. Later, when I married my skipper for life, Marilyn and Keith danced at our wedding.
Marilyn embodied the spirit of what Catalina Fleet 21 is all about, - adventures in sailing, camaraderie and safety. While Marilyn was a spirited sailor, she took a non-nonsense approach to safety on board. After the deal had been finalized to purchase the 22’ Markei, one of us asked Marilyn if anyone on her boat had ever fallen overboard. Without missing a beat, she said, “Not on my boat.”  In my early days with the fleet as a young sailor, there were three women, - Lois Bretall, Janet Whitbold, and Marilyn Mayo, who served as role models for me, not only as highly qualified lady skippers, but also as loving wives in happy marriages. As we take to the lake this summer, Marilyn, we will think of you, and miss you.  Fair winds.



Do you want to be part of a successful team? Fund Raising is currently looking for someone to step in a give a hand. Last year wine and tee shirt sales gave Fund Raising their edge bringing in more money for the club than previous years. We're looking for someone to sell tickets and products at the meetings and outings. Mary Beth Cybul has some great ideas for this year and would love for someone to just give her a little extra help. Any one interested please contact Mary Beth or Deborah Ruxton.



It's that time of year again when we should be thinking about safety before we put our boats into the water. Is your fire extinuisher up to date? Does your first aid kit need to be replenished? Do you have enough life jackets on board? And most important --do you know the basics of CPR? Again this year we will be offering a CPR class to all members that want to get certified. CPR-Plus will teach infant, child and adult CPR for $18.00 per person. There is a minimum of 5 people to sign on. If you are interested in learning the greatest gift you can give to someone, the ability to help save their life, call me at home and get signed on. Every boat should have one person on board that can perform CPR in a crisis situation. Call me at 630.279.4533 to sign up. After we get 5 people we'll set a date.
Deborah Ruxton



Fleet members may list items they want to sell, trade, or buy in this column without any charge.
Send listings to Fleet Sheet Editor, 306 Linden Street, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Fax 630-668-8950 email:    Phone: 630-469-6117
Listings must be received by the 1st of the month and will  run for 3 months.

FOR SALE:  14’ Sears sailboat.  Needs work, but it’s all there!  Fun for the kids (of any age).
$100.  Call Wally Hartmann at 708-246-3447.

From Chicago to the Keys
 Scott Welty & Sue Budde

To the Readers:
 In June of 2005 we plan to sail Enee Marie, our 1978 C30, from Chicago to the Florida Keys and hopefully beyond. This series of articles will describe some of the improvements and modifications we’ve made in preparation for this trip. We hope you enjoy these articles and please know that we are certainly  not the last word on how to do these projects.

Installing Roller Furling
 By Scott Welty & Susan Budde

One of our first upgrades to our 1978 C-30 was roller furling. We spent one season muscling the genoa onto the deck and realized that this is not so much fun when you mostly sail with just two people. Like most projects we started out by enquiring on the Sailnet C-30 list about other sailor’s opinions regarding which brand of roller furling. First of all there are two major types of roller furling. Some are only for rolling the sail all the way in and all the way out. The other types are for roller/reefing and can be used to reef the fore-sail. This type of unit can also handle putting the roller line on a winch to crank in the sail in heavy weather. We opted for the roller/reefing type. The C-30 list is always a helpful first start in any project. There is almost always somebody who has already done what you want to do. The bad news is that they all like their own model of roller furling so the list is not much help in selecting a brand. We went with ProFurl as it got high marks from the people who already had it and they were having a sale!

There is a way to have your old hank-on genoa converted over for use on the roller furling unit but since our sail was pretty old we decided that this wasn’t worth it and that a new furler would deserve a new sail as well. We ordered a new 135% genoa from our friend Pete Duerr from Sails East.

For ordering both the roller furling unit and the new sail, the important measurement is the length of the forestay. The next thing you should do is have the sail maker talk to the roller furling maker…we did not and you’ll see where this can lead.

The roller furling unit comes with the reel and sections of aluminum extrusion that form a pipe around the forestay. These pipes come in about 6 foot lengths and they sell you the number of them that will fit in the length of your forestay. You have a choice in assembly. You can remove the forestay and assemble the entire unit on the ground and then haul it all up with a halyard. Alternatively you can put one pipe on at a time and haul them up the forestay as you assemble them together. Theoretically, this second method avoids sending anyone up the mast. Since it was probably just going to be the two of us installing the unit, we opted for method two.

One of the other choices you have with most models including ProFurl is how high off the deck you want the roller. Some people who are looking for performance want as much sail as possible and so want the roller right down near the deck. Cruisers, like us, are more interested in being able to easily handle ground tackle and to see under their sail and so want to mount the unit up off the deck. Profurl comes with extension arms that are about 18 inches long. We installed our unit atop these arms.

The installation went smoothly enough. There are little inserts that allow you to connect one length of pipe to the next with allen screws and some locktite. When the last pipe is in place and connected to the roller it’s time to reconnect the forestay to the deck. This comes with the usual dose of swearing and dropping of tools into the lake but was finally accomplished. Tightening the forestay is a little tricky now as the turnbuckle is between the extension arms holding up the roller. A little patience and small turns at a time got it done.

The sail is fed into a slot on the pipes and hauled up with the halyard. The tack is connected to the roller with a shackle. Let’s go!

We were so excited to try out the new rig. Upon rolling out the sail however we noticed how much sag there was in the luff of the sail. We needed more tension in the halyard but the sail was already pulled all the way to the top of the pipe! This is why the sailmaker needs to talk to the roller furling maker. They both made something that “fits” on the forestay of our boat but the sail fits better! The piping could have been longer but they only sold me the 6 foot lengths and stopped when it was nearly the length of the forestay! Now what?

Cutting the sail was NOT an option. So we need to add about 10 inches of pipe so that the roller furling fills the forestay. The bad news is that this can only be added to the top as the bottom piece of pipe is special for attaching to the roller and for feeding in the sail. We decided to bring down the entire unit rather than try to take it apart piece by piece. This means someone has to go to the top and disconnect the forestay. Sue?

So, up she went. We now had help for this part. Sue spent the first 45 minutes at the top trying in vain to release the old cotter pin holding on the forestay. The next day she went back up with some additional tools and we eased the entire unit down. (Yes you can climb your mast with the forestay disconnected.) Once on the ground we cut a piece of pipe that we had received via Pete and added it to the top. With Sue back at the top to receive the assembly she could re-install the cotter pin.

After two seasons we are very happy with this unit. We’ve never had a problem rolling up our sail and have put the roller line on a winch on occasion and reefed the sail in heavy weather. So, this is a job you can do yourself but in retrospect it is probably easier to assemble the whole thing on the ground and DO have the sailmaker talk to the roller furling maker!

Get well wishes to Beverly Hollander, recovering at home from surgery.