Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

July 2014 FleetSheet

Fleetsheet Archive
July 2014

The fog has lifted and the rain has stopped—at least for a day or two!  This is the month for sailing. Hope you are doing just that! Our Fleet events for this month are casual.  If the weather is good, join us for a sail over to New Buffalo for a day or two.  Then either sail back home or head up to Lake Macatawa for the Catalina Rendezvous hosted by LMCA (Lake Michigan Catalina Association).  Registration for this event is closed.  If you are interested in sailing to New Buffalo email Dave DeAre at

Some of our members will be participating in the Race to Mackinaw either on their own boats or as crew on other boats.  You can enjoy the start just off Navy Pier –just stay out of the start area.  The cruising sections start is on Friday, July 18 beginning at 3 pm.  All other sections start on Saturday, July 19 beginning at 11 am.

Enjoy July at your own pace, then plan to attend some great Fleet outings in August.  The ever popular Shrimp Boil is planned for August 9 at North Point Marina and we have our first ever outing in Kenosha on August 16.  Both events offer great sailing opportunities or you can always drive to any outing.  Just let the sponsor know you plan to attend.

August 23rd is the Leukemia Cup Regatta and Fleet 21 plans to again have its own Catalina jib & main section with our own start.  Register at

Need more sailing ideas?  Cruise towards Burnham Harbor for a free concert on the water.  Depending on the wind you might hear Michael Franti & Spearhead on July 10, Phish on July 18, 19, and 20; Panic! At the Disco on July 25; Chicago & REO Speedwagon on August 9 and Goo Goo Dolls with Daughtry on August 10.  (Concerts are at the First Merit Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island.) Jackson Park has their Blues Fest on July 12 and a Jazz Fest on August 9.  Hammond Marina is always a great destination.  Walk to Whiting Park Pavilion for outdoor concerts or take in the Pierogi Fest July 25 -27.  We have members at most every harbor.  Use your directory to find them and plan a get-together.  Enjoy summer and sail, sail, sail!

The month of June was another successful one for Fleet 21.  On June 17th Kevin and Jennifer Taylor gave a very entertaining presentation of their one year sailing sabbatical in the Bahamas.  Our general meeting was well attended for this program.

Our Summer Solstice weekend at 31st Street harbor was another very successful outing thanks to Dave and Carolyn DeAre and all those who attended. The theme of the day was a Pirate Party and costumes and decorations were terrific.   Boats arriving included Baroness; Mabuhay; Overdue; Team Effort; Karizmaddie and Surrender the Booty along with Recovery Room; Summer Mink ; Weak Moment; Wind Dancer.  Dave and Carolyn gave a presentation on just how much you can load into a Catalina 34, including tables, chairs, food, games, awnings, cooking and serving utensils, party and dock decorations not to mention  two young and adventurous grandchildren.   It was an amazing show.

July brings a break in our general membership meetings so that we can attend the Lake Michigan Catalina Association Holland Outing, the Race to Mackinac or just cruising in general.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate.

Fair winds and smooth sailing.
Pat Reynolds

Several phone numbers have been omitted from this year’s directory. .  Please update your directory with the following:

Ahillen, Bill
Home: (847) 381-7720
S-Cell: (847) 208-2594
M-Cell: (847) 312-8066

Caldwell, James
S-Cell: (312) 391-7777
Boat: (312) 391-7777

Kita, Ed
S-Cell: (847) 226-5286
M-Cell: (847) 644-8999
Boat: (847) 226-5286

Wright, James
Home: (312) 467-1348

Ron Shereyk has a new cell phone number:


Take a Trip on the Wisconsin Side
Plans are coming together for our first ever outing to Kenosha’s Southport Marina.   Full details will appear in the August Fleet Sheet, but get it on your calendar now—August 16-17. Kenosha is roughly 40 miles due north of Burnham Harbor.  You’ll have a pre-assigned slip (mostly on E Dock).  A buffet dinner is planned at the clubhouse ($10 per person) on Saturday night.  There’s lots to do in Kenosha with a streetcar to take you around town.
Lots of walk-to restaurants, a museum just across the street, a Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning for those who can arrive earlier in the week, and a nice downtown.  The marina has a swimming pool, hot tubs, gym, kitchens, laundry facilities and gas
BBQ’s.  All in all it sounds like a great sailing (or driving) destinations.  Shaun Kim is our host for this event.  Call Shaun at 312-259-4492 or email him at if you have questions.

Dave DeAre sent in this tip:

Propane Tank Recertification
When I took my 10 pound boat propane tank for a refill, I was told that because my tank was 12 years old it could not be refilled without being recertified. This is apparently true for all small propane tanks. When I inquired about how to recertify, the answer was “just exchange it for a filled tank like Blue Rhino. I was able to find a similar tank on line, but it was ridiculously “Marine Priced” at $200 and not the same size as the tank that came with the boat.  After some phone calls I found a propane company that would recertify the tank. The whole process, including filling the tank took about 10 minutes, cost $17.50  and included engraving a date and place of inspection/recertification. The tank is now good for 5 more years before again needing recertification. The company that I used was:
Country Gas Company, 4010 Hwy 14 Crystal Lake  (815) 459-0909

Got a tip or solution for your fellow sailors?  Send it to our Rigging & Equipment Chairman Brian Ruxton.

Aarg, Mateys!  You’ll not want to be missing
Fleet 21’s Summer Events!




The raffle from the Summer Sailstice will continue at the Shrimp Boil.  Tickets were all washed out so if you bought them, you’ll get new tickets at the North Point event.