Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

June 2006


The items pictured above are just a few of the treasures you’ll find at our upcoming nautical flea market and general meeting on Thursday, June 22, at the Burnham Park Yacht Club.

This is your chance to clean out your basement, dock box, and car trunk of all those boating items you no longer need, never installed,
or outgrew when you got a bigger boat.
We’ll have table space for you to display your stuff on the patio of the yacht club. You set the prices and keep the proceeds! And of course you’ll be expected to buy someone else’s gizmos.

You can start setting up your wares between 6 and 6:30 p.m. Enjoy dinner from a limited club menu. Around 8 p.m. we’ll convene our regular business meeting.

The date of this meeting has been changed to Thursday, June 22. The Burnham Park Yacht Club is located at 1500 S. Linn White Drive. Follow the signs to the Museum Campus. If you plan to have dinner, please call the Yacht Club at 312-427-4664 for reservations. Tell them you are part of the Catalina group. It is crucial that you make reservations if you plan to have dinner.

No general meeting in July.


Be sure to check the updated outings schedule and flyers inside this newsletter. Yet to come this month is a newly added Photo Op at Montrose on the 17th, the Red Witch cruise on the 23rd, and the Jackson Park party on the 24th.

July 1 is the first of several departure dates for those lucky enough to be going on the Door County Cruise. It’s not too late to sign on for this adventure. Check the Fleet website at for all the details or contact Bob Kuba at 773-327-9331. Fleet member Phil Klein is looking for crew to enable him to join the Door County group part of the way. First Mate (MJ) will be out of the country the first week of July and he’d like to take EASY TOO as far as Port Washington and then sail back to return to Chicago by the evening of 7/5. Anybody interested? He needs a minimum of 2 experienced crewmembers since the return sail will probably involve night sailing. Contact Phil at 847-673-0518.

Wherever you sail this summer you’re never far away from a fellow Fleet 21 member! Fair winds!

Upcoming Outings
Shipwreck Party on Gilligan's Island
Actually it’s Jackson Park Yacht Club! But gather up your first mate and crew and take a three hour cruise to a Shipwreck Party Saturday, June 24th
Social Hour/Popcorn Party 5:00 p.m.
Dinner 6:30 p.m.
Party 8 p.m.

Montrose Photo Shoot
Get a picture of your boat with the dramatic Chicago skyline in the background! Fleet Member PhilL Klein will be taking boat photos at Montrose Harbor on Saturday, June 17


The Fleet Margarita Party was a great kick-off to our season outings thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Lorelei Lauraitis, Pat Shereyk and Carolyn DeAre, not to mention the many people behind the scenes and members who brought culinary delights to share. I saw a lot of familiar faces and many new faces in the crowd of over 50. What a great day to catch up on old times, meet new friends and members, talk about the season before us and of course tell a few old war stories of seasons past. Welcome to new members Mike & Barb Brennan who joined our Fleet at the party and took advantage of a free Fleet Cap.

Linda Kleitz put together a great themed basket for our raffle that was won by Arnie & Beverly Hollander and Cheryl Kuba picked up a gift certificate from Café Ba Ba Reba that was won by Burnham Harbor Captains Bill and Mickey Thompson.

Thanks to Brian Ruxton and Carolyn Glenn for getting our new Fleet logo caps in time for the party. These caps will be available at outings throughout the year for $15. For additional personalized items with our Fleet Logo, please visit our website. Carolyn can add our logo to any item you supply: shirts, towels, bags, etc.. Call her for pricing and details (847-251-3443).

Thanks to Ted Kuenzil for putting together and distributing our membership directory to those in attendance. This saved the Fleet postage on the ones that were picked up and many people took advantage of the $2 offer for additional directories.

There were also a few in the group that braved the heat and early hour to take part in the Bike the Drive Fund raiser at 6:30 the next morning and of course many sailors fighting the flies and forecasted thunderstorms to enjoy some time on the water.

The Outing and Program Chairs and their crews are continuing event planning to add to the many events already underway. Please keep checking our website for postings of future events and programs and more importantly the Fleet Sheet for more timely notices.

We still have a few spots available on the Red Witch Cruise on June 23 and it is rumored that we will have a great guitar player on board, so those that are musically inclined, bring your instruments and share your talents with all. There will also be a raffle of the “The Wake of the Red Witch” starring John Wayne and Gail Russell. Contact Lorelei Lauraitis for details and tickets.

Richard “Rick” Roberts

Welcome aboard to the following new member :

Skipper: Mike Brennan
First Mate Barb Brennan
Boat Info: Name: Fun Five Size: 22 Harbor: Montrose Mooring: I-12

Mike and Barb joined at the Margarita party.

You should have received your 2006 directory either at the Margarita Party or via mail. Additional copies are available for $2 each from Ted Kuenzli.

Congratulations to Cheryl Kuba on the publication of her first book Navigating the Journey of Aging Parents: What Care Receivers Want. We’re proud of you, Cheryl!

Jack and Lois Bretall are appearing in an original musical this summer! All are invited to attend. The “Secret of Insignificance” is a full-length, Broadway-style musical with 12 original songs, set in the fictitious town of Palos against the backdrop of the gubernatorial race in Illinois. The Governor of Illinois has achieved his high political office through “Politics and Dirty Tricks” and is successfully eliminating the current competition by manipulating the press with half truths. Certain residents of Palos are fed up with his scheming tactics and convince a political underdog, the favorite son of Palos, David Delano, to challenge the Gov. David is grappling with the notion that principled policies have no place in today’s political scene and resigns his Ambassadorship to NATO over those principles. The stage is therefore set to explore the conflict between principles and politics that weaves its way through both acts of the play. The venue will be The Dorothy Menker Theater at the Fine and Performing Arts Center of Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois. Performance Dates are Friday July 14th and 21st and Saturday July 15th and 22nd. Tickets are Adults $22 with Seniors/Students $18. Groups of 20 or more are $17.00 each. Call the Box Office at Moraine between 10AM and 5PM at Box Office (708) 974-5500. Go to  for more information about the play and hear some of the music.

Many of you will remember former Fleet member Jim Flynn. Jim passed away on May 11. Jim and his wife Pat sailed out of Burnham Harbor on Fire Sail.

Spend an afternoon racing and help a good cause.
Chicago’s Leukemia Cup is Saturday, August 26.
This annual fund -raising event includes racers of all types including Cruising sailors. We have the opportunity to have our own Fleet start in this race if we have enough interest. The entry fee which goes to the fight against leukemia is $50. Racing begins around 1:30 p.m. and ends around 3:30 p.m followed by a great party. Get your crew together and “let’s go racing!” For additional information or to sign up, contact racing chairman David Green at or at 219-988-2348.
Sign up now to ensure that we have a Catalina start.
This is a casual race—experience not necessary!

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: deare30@sbcglobal. net. Phone: 630-469-6117
Ads will run for two issues unless requested otherwise.

FOR SALE: Catalina 400, 1998, one owner, excellent condition. Most comfortable boat ever. King sized platform bed in aft cabin. Cockpit holds 10-12 people comfortably. Custom velveteen upholstery, two heads, shower in both. Radar, chart plotter, GPS, electric winch for all halyards, dodger/bimini, everything you need. Stored at Skipper Buds in Winthrop Harbor. Asking $165K. Bill Hoffman 773-208-9089, 773-294-2415,

FOR SALE: Lewmar 36” folding wheel. Leather covered. Used one season on our Catalina 30. Worked great! Fits Edson pedestal. West Marine price $799.99. Will sell for $500. Dave DeAre 630-469-6117 or email :