Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

March 2006


March has already brought us a few spring-like days. Let’s hope for another one on Saturday, March 25 when we combine our annual shopping/general meeting with Crowley’s Sailpalooza. While our general meeting is scheduled for 2:45 in Seminar Area D-1, you’ll want to arrive long before that. Starting at 8:30 a.m. there will be free seminars, give-aways, great bargains, and a Nautical Donation flea market. Seminar topics include Battery Care, Rigging maintenance, Sail trim, Spinnaker trim, Electronic Navigation, Marine Safety, and Cruising the Great Lakes. Check out Crowleys web page at for a complete list and description.
Don’t miss our General Meeting with lots of door prizes from Crowleys. After the General Meeting we’ll head over to Manny’s Deli for some great food. Manny’s is on Jefferson Street just north of Roosevelt Rd. There is parking in the back. .

Crowleys is located at 3434 East 95th near the Indiana border. It's easy to get to the 95th Street boat yard, just a 25 minute drive from the Loop.

***avoid construction on the Dan Ryan. Use Lake Shore Drive. ***

Via I-94/Skyway ***avoid this route until further notice***
Take I-94 to the Skyway. Exit the Skyway at 92nd Street (the first exit after you pay the toll.) Turn left onto 92nd Street. Go one block to South Chicago Avenue. Turn right on South Chicago Avenue, go 1/2 mile to 95th Street. Turn left on 95th Street. Go over the Calumet River on the 95th Street bridge. Entrance to Crowley's Yacht Yard is just after the bridge on your right.
Via Indiana Toll Road
Exit Indiana Toll Road at Indianapolis Blvd. (last Indiana exit). Follow Indianapolis Blvd. northwest to Ewing Ave. (Rt. 41). Turn right on Ewing Ave. Go north on Ewing Ave. to 95th Street (Rt. 12/20). Turn left on 95th Street. Go one block to yard entrance on your left.

Via I-94/Bishop Ford
From the South, take I-94 to the Stony Island exit. Bear left on the exit ramp to 95th Street. Turn right on 95th Street. Go 2 1/2 miles on 95th Street to the 95th Street bridge over the Calumet River. Entrance to Crowley's Yacht Yard is just after the bridge on your right.

Via I-57
Take I-57 to Halsted Street exit. Turn left on Halsted Street. Turn right on 95th Street. Proceed East on 95th Street to the 95th Street bridge over the Calumet River. Entrance to Crowley's Yacht Yard is just after the bridge on your right.

Via Lake Shore Drive
Take Lake Shore Drive south. Lake Shore Drive turns into South Shore Drive (Route 41) just past Jackson Park harbor. Follow Route 41 signs to 95th Street. Turn right on 95th Street and go one block to Crowley's Yacht Yard entrance on your left.

April 18 General Meeting
UK Sails
See how sails are made with this visit to a sail loft. Details to come.


The only thing missing this Spring like day as I walk around Montrose Harbor are the sailboats and the sailing friends that make Lake Michigan what it is to so many of us. I am sure a quick trip to the boat yard and a little work on the newly christened XanZaMar (formerly known as Pivot Point, formerly known as Fire Sail) will find many familiar faces getting ready for our 2006 sailing season and we can at least talk the talk of sailing.

Your club officers and committee chairs have been working behind the scenes to make sure that this sailing season is filled with many fun events as well as some educational venues. Brian Ruxton & David DeAre have been lining up some great programs like the Kastles who entertained a large group of us at our first Montrose Harbor General Meeting in February. This month brings us to Crowley’s Sailpalooza where we will have a space in the seminar area for our meeting. The details as well as an invite to all Catalina owners to join us will be in Crowley’s printed program. The next few months will take us to US Sail’s sail loft and the new Coast Guard Facility by Navy Pier. I can’t wait to see what else Brian and David have in mind for us the balance of the year.

The outings committee has been just as busy and have compiled a long list of outings they would like to bring to the club this year. The first outing will be the infamous Margarita Party at Burnham Harbor, Memorial Day weekend. Team Effort’s Ron & Pat Shereyk and John & Lorelei Lauraitis will again be sponsoring this outing and I hear that Carolyn DeAre will also be making her club- famous margaritas. There will be a special invitation to new and formerly inactive members to join in the fun and be warmly welcomed by their fellow members.

The rest of the outings for the year all sound like fun to me including a cruise on the schooner Red Witch on June 23. I am really impressed with the enthusiasm being brought to this planning by our committee chair. The thing that makes outings successful is their local harbor sponsor. Being a sponsor is a great way to meet fellow members, get active in the club and insure that the outings at your harbor are fun. You will be amazed at how quickly members jump in to help, not just with the setup but also the cleanup. If you would like information on how to help sponsor an event or if you have an idea of your own for a fun outing, please contact the outings chair Lorelei Lauraitis or any of her committee members.

David Green will head the re-introduction of racing to our club with help from Bill Luksha. David has some great ideas for fun racing events that can be enjoyed by sailors of all skill levels and will fit into our outings programs nicely.

We are still seeking harbor captains for DuSable, Hammond, Jackson Park, Monroe, Northpoint and Waukegan. Harbor Captains are our front line with the sailing community and are critical in attracting new members, serving existing members and helping with outings at their harbors. Harbor captains will also be playing a key role in organizing our old buddy boat system for sailing to outings at other harbors and holding skipper’s meetings prior to departure. If you would like to help your club as a Harbor Captain or know someone else that would, please let Bill Thompson or me know as soon as possible.
Richard “Rick” Roberts

Last call. To be listed in the 2006 Fleet Directory you must renew your membership today! Membership renewal forms were included in the January and February newsletters and are available on our Fleet website

Welcome aboard to the following new members :

Skipper: Myer Blank
Chicago, IL 60614
Boat Name: Brisket Size:22
Harbor: Monroe Mooring: N V63

Skipper: George Poulos
First Mate: Roberta
Bartlett, IL 60103
Boat Name: Calandra Size: 28
Harbor: DuSable Mooring: H-33


Hammond Marina Closing
The Hammond Port Authority held a meeting Thursday Feb. 9th, and voted to close the Hammond Marina from the Fall of 2006 to May 2008,
for the casino expansion program.

The casino will pay the marina $3.5 million for lost slip fees, and buy the Yacht Club Building for $2.75 million so that it can be taken down to make
room for the new parking garage building to be expanded.

No Winter storage 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 and no slips summer of 2007.

Chicago harbors open April 15.

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
Ads will run for two issues unless requested otherwise.

FOR SALE: Lewmar/Whitlock 36” folding wheel.
Used one season on our Catalina 30. Worked great!
Fits Edson pedestal. West Marine price $799.99.
Will sell for $600. Dave DeAre 630-469-6117
or email

FOR SALE: Catalina 30, Rhapsody, 1988, one owner. Constantly updated, including upholstery, sails, instruments, bimini, even newer white mast. $36,900. Walt Ahern (847) 358-4295, (847) 922-6766

FOR SALE: 1981 Catalina 25. Adios Cruising accommodations for six people with the standard Catalina 25 layout. Lots of extra headroom, light and ventilation with the Pop Top companionway. New 2001 Johnson electric start 9.9 HP outboard engine (used only in 2002 and 2003 seasons). Relax with the Autohelm ST 1000 Tiller Pilot. Listen to the Blaupunkt stereo. All original manuals are still available. Located at Crowley’s Yacht Yard $8,000. Please contact Ray Cesca at 630-789-3717. Email:


Look for our summer outing schedule in the April Fleetsheet. It’s still a work in progress, but turn in your vacation days now for July 1 – 15 for our Door County Cruise. Other scheduled events include a Friday night cruise on the schooner Red Witch
on June 23. What outings would you like to see?
Now’s the time to let us know and to volunteer to be a sponsor. Contact Lori Lauraitis, Pat Shereyk, Cheryl Kuba, or Kathy Wold today.


We at CLR Marine would like to invite all those members that have a boat for sale to please feel free to list it on our website also. You may also place one picture on the site at no cost. We are happy to announce that we are now a Universal, Westerbeke and Hurth dealer. Remember that you get a 6% discount off of all purchases over $100.00. You will not find products from Garhauer Marine or Universal engine parts at a better price.

Chuck & Linda Reed
Silent Dream
1983 Cat-36 Hull # 91