Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

Jan 2001



January marks the start of the New Year, the new century, the new millennium—and most importantly, the new boating season for Fleet 21.  While you may have already given up on your New Year’s resolutions, there’s still time to make and keep these:  1) Resolve to sail more in 2001  2) Resolve to add to your sailing knowledge through programs, books, websites  3) Resolve to participate in more Fleet 21 activities.  Keeping these simple resolutions can insure you have a great 2001.

Fleet activities start right now.  Our first event of the year is the potluck supper.  This casual evening is the perfect time for new and old Fleet members to get together, talk over planned improvements to boats, hear who is buying a new boat, and just have a great meal.  Due to timing this year, a separate potluck flyer was mailed last week.  To reiterate:  the potluck is January 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Corinthian Yacht Club, which is at Montrose Harbor.  Plenty of free parking is available.  Cost is $5 per person and includes wine, beer, soda, paper goods, and silverware.  Each member is asked to bring a potluck dish that serves 8.  Call Jack & Lois Bretall and tell them what you plan to bring  by January 11 (708-974-4932).  In addition to your potluck dish, bring a heating element (crock pot, chafing dish, hotplate) if you are bringing something that needs to be kept warm (also an extension cord); serving utensils; a brown bag auction item, a log for the fire, and a donation to a local food pantry.  In addition to canned goods, items needed include gloves, mittens, and hats for adults.

 In February our regular monthly meetings begin.  They are held the third Friday of the month during the winter months and the third Tuesday of the month from May through September.  Our usual meeting place is the Burnham Park Yacht Club.  Mark your calendar now for February 16.  Our program committee promises many informative sailing programs this year.

 The Strictly Sail Show returns to Navy Pier February 1-4, 2001.  The Fleet will again man the owner’s booth and sponsor the Strictly Sail, Strictly Catalina Reception on February 3.  Look for more information in this newsletter.


I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.  Although our boats are snow-covered and the weather has been dauntingly cold, our thoughts are of warm breezes and bright sunny days.  Winter and spring Fleet activities will help get us through until that all important launch day. 

My thanks to all those members who have volunteered to chair committees for this upcoming year.  It is their hard work and enthusiasm, which makes our fleet a success.  They will certainly appreciate your support and assistance.

The January potluck and brown bag auction, always a spirited event, kicks off this millennium year (was it 2000 or is it 2001?) on Saturday, January 13th at Corinthian Yacht Club at Montrose Harbor.  A flyer containing the details has previously been sent out.  Jack and Lois Bretall are hosting this fun-packed evening.

Plans are underway for our Catalina reception to be held on Saturday evening, February 3rd, at Strictly Sail at Navy Pier.  Madalyn Duerr and her committees have been busy planning and organizing this event.  Be sure to set aside this date for a wonderful evening with other Catalina owners from near and far.   Details are in this newsletter.  Don’t forget to take advantage of the “early bird” registration fee.

I look forward to seeing both old and new members at these upcoming events.

                                    Jan Byrd


                        It’s time to renew your Fleet 21 membership.

              Membership forms will be distributed at the Potluck Dinner and can be completed there (bring your checkbook).  Those forms not picked up at the potluck will be included in the February newsletter.   It is crucial that you check the preprinted information contained on the form. 

The annual Fleet directory is printed based on the information on these forms.  Make certain yours is correct.







The 2000 recipient of a donation from the Fleet’s Mariner’s Fund was the S.E.S. Privateer Sea Scouts.  The Fleet received the following thank you from the organization:

                On behalf of the S.E. S. Privateer Sea Scouting group, I wanted to thank you very much for the $750 grant from your Mariners Fund.  We are very proud to be the first recipient of this grant and it will certainly go to good use…we intend to purchase a new life raft to support our port-to-port racing efforts.  Your generosity is very much appreciated and will make a very big contribution to the youth of our communities.

Most sincerely, Peter C. Stott

 Skipper, S.E.S. Privateer

Donations to the Mariner’s Fund can be made along with your membership renewal (a separate check is required) or any time throughout the year in honor of a special birthday, anniversary, or as a memorial contribution.  Donations are tax deductible within IRS rules.  For more information contact Cheryl Kuba at 773-327-9331.


There’s no better way to be bitten by the sailing bug all over again, than by attending the Strictly Sail show at Chicago’s Navy Pier from February 1  - 4.  If you’ve never attended this show before, why not?   It’s all sailboat related and even if you aren’t in the market to buy anything, there are great free seminars.  A complete list of the programs can be found by going to  Go to “boat shows” and select Strictly Sail Chicago.  Seminars listed include Wilderness Cruising, Sail & Canvas Repair, Lightning.  That’s just a taste!

The Fleet will again man the owner’s booth

 located in the Catalina Yachts exhibit area and sponsor the Strictly Sail, Strictly Catalina Reception on Saturday, February 3, from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.  The evening includes a generous hors d’oeuvres table, musical entertainment by the Jamaican One-Man Band, and terrific door prizes.  Head honchos from Catalina Yachts are sure to be on hand and are happy to talk to Catalina owners.  You don’t want to miss this great party.  Registration forms are again included in this newsletter.



A gala evening was enjoyed by all at the recent annual banquet.  The following awards were presented at the banquet:

Commodore’s Award:  Carolyn DeAre

Boat of the Year:   Jan and Phil Byrd on Winddancer

Racer of the Year:  Mike Walsh

Rookie of the Year:  Nick Thies

Canned goods donations were taken to the Lincoln Park Community Shelter.  A wonderful thank you letter was received from them


FOR SALE:  1979 Catalina 27.  Universal Atomic Four inboard gas engine, 110-volt shore power, 4 sails with Dutchman system, Hood Roller Furling, autohelm.  New compass, new lines, Peek-A-Boo Shutters.  New sanitation system (holding tank & hoses).  Immaculate teak and brass thru-out.  6-man Seyvelor inflatable with motor.  Steel cradle—and much more!  $11,500/OBO.   For more details, contact 773-212-3231 (pager) or 773-768-3403 (home).

Fleet members may list items they want to sell, trade, or buy in this column without any charge. Items listed run for three months, unless you
notify me that you want the ad to continue. Send listings to Fleet Sheet Editor, 306 Linden Street, Glen Ellyn, Il 60137

Fax 630-668-8950
email :  deare @megsinet. net.
Phone: 630-469-6117

Listings must be received by the 1st of the month.


                By Jack Bretall

This  is the time of  year we go to the boatyard and  lovingly remove the snow, patting and caressing the object of our nautical passion.  We look at this lovely lady and dream of passages yet to come.  Our thoughts drift to the Strictly Sail Boatshow. ..all the wonderful new gidgets and gadgets we will purchase to dress up our secret love…we will pamper her with new sails, indulge her with a new traveller.. .if she’s lucky, a rigid boom vang.  Then for one brief moment we think, “how would I look at the wheel of that 40 footer?”  But reality sinks in…how could I abandon such a faithful friend…

As we go through the year, I will try to keep everyone informed of new equipment for your faithful friend.  I will also try to answer any questions or problems that you  have about  your boat.  Call me or write and I will do my best.

                                Doctor Nautical
                                (I Make Boat Calls) 


Whileaway the winter months with a sailing show on TV, a nautical website, movie, or book.
Recommendations this month: 

A new series of Ultimate Sailing begins on Saturday, February 24, on ESPN2. It looks like it should air at 12:30 p.m. but check your local listings.

 tune in Great Lakes Ports of Call at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays on channel 20.  I’ve only seen one episode, but it covered Mackinac Island from a boater’s point of view.   At 6:30 p.m. Saturdays on the same channel is Ship Shape TV.   It mainly features projects on powerboats, but occasionally is of interest.  Right now they are swapping a gasoline engine for a diesel. is a great website.  Their complete catalog of diesel engine parts is online.

 Our fleet website can’t be beat.





The Fleet extends it’s heartfelt sympathies to Lori Lauraitis

on the death of her mother, Irene Walczak on January 3.

Robert Arp, Commodore of our Fleet for 1986, died November 28, 2000.  A memorial service was held on December 13.