Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

March 2014 FleetSheet

Fleetsheet Archive
March 2014


Forget this snow and cold.  It’s time to think sailing and spring!  Get in a better state of mind by spending Saturday, March 29 with Catalina Fleet 21.  Start out early and head to Crowley’s Yacht Yard for Yachtapalooza. Seminars start at 9am with talks on Creating Chicago’s Maritime Museum , a Review of Sailing Apps, and Blisters and Bottom Paint.  Seminars continue at 10:30, 12noon, and 1:30 on such topics as Sail Trim, Teak Care, and Upwind Trim.  There are bargains to be had throughout the store, entertainment by Lee Murdoch, vendor booths, and more.  The best price on bottom paint is usually here!  Get your shopping done early, skip the 1:30 pm sessions and head over to Hammond Yacht Club for a late lunch and our General Meeting.

The Hammond Yacht Club is located near the Administration Building at Hammond Marina.  It’s a short drive from Crowley’s.  From the yacht yard, take Ewing/Indianapolis/RT. 12 south.  Follow signs for the Casino.  Go through the gate and tell them you are going to the Yacht Club.  Park by the Administration Building.  Signs will direct you to the club.

Plan to arrive at Hammond about 1:30 when we’ll have lunch and drinks.  Hammond is a small club without a full time chef and staff.  It is really imperative that those planning to attend call in their reservation to Pat Reynolds at 773-779-4949 by March 21.  Our General Meeting will follow lunch.

A complete schedule of events at Crowley’s Yachtapalooza is at


After all of the single digit temperature days we have had, March has come in like a lamb at 30 degrees.  The cold weather and snow, however,  did not dampen the spirits of the many who attended our February brown bag dinner and auction at the Corinthian Yacht club.  It was a good crowd, a good time and a good collection for our coffers.   Thank you to all who contributed.

Thanks also to our newest members in attendance: Harold and April Hansen, Fred and Sara  Swastek, and  Joel Heberlein, our new member and member of the Corinthian YC who served as bartender that evening.   Also thanks to Nancy Bartlett for arranging the evening and to Ron Shereyk , our auctioneer.

March means Yachtapalooza at Crowleys with a possible luncheon meeting at the Hammond Yacht Club.  This will depend on responses.  Get your paint purchases, spring is almost here.

We are all wishing Jack Bretall a speedy recovery from his recent trip to the hospital.

Pat Reynolds

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I know it doesn’t seem like it, but spring is just around the corner.  If you haven’t renewed your 2014 Fleet 21 membership, now is the time.
If we do not receive your 2014 renewal by March 31st, this will be your final Fleet Sheet.

We are busy planning the 2014 season and have some new and exciting programs and outings in the works.  The renewal form is included in this newsletter.

Welcome aboard to our newest member:

Skipper Joel Heberlein
First Mate:  Jolynn Moes
Address:  Oak Park, IL
Boat Info: Name:  Knot Clewless      Size 27
Harbor:  Montrose        Mooring:  U-15

Reported by Lori Lauraitis
*Scott Stevenson, from the Chicago Park District (WesTrec)reported heavy damage in the harbor system (worst in 18 yrs.) taking a toll on most of the docks along the *Lake levels continue to rise and is up to a foot higher than summer.  It is the highest in over 10 years.
* No increase in fees, as they held the rates constant for the second year.
*31st Harbor is to get a “floating island” near the entrance, housing a public restaurant, pool (22′ x 50′) children’s pool.  Cost:  free with dock rental, or 1 hour free with an established rate.  With bathrooms by 7/4, a deck, liquor, etc. ala “Stray Dog” in New Buffalo, MI.

By Brian Ruxton
This column is definitely lacking in inspiration.  I haven’t been within several miles of a boat since October.  Even that was in New England.  Thanks to Larry and Pat Meekma who actually occasionally do go visit their boat and check on ours.

I don’t know much but I do know this.  It is going to be cold this Spring and early Summer.  Even in a good season we are often wearing fleece lined jackets and pants into late June on the Lake.  This year, who knows . . . mid July?  This would probably be a really good time of year to stock up on cold weather gear for the summer (or next winter for that matter).  All the major department stores have price reductions of up to 70% on winter gear.  Same for the Sporting Goods stores.  Hats, gloves, coats, etc.  While you are at it you might want to get to Costco before they take their electric blankets off the shelves until next winter.  I mentioned those in a column last year.  Something  it’s taken me 50+ years to appreciate.

About the only preparation I’ve been doing for this summer is tasting wines.  I’ve been trying to find some good Chardonnays for the boat.  No lacking inspiration there.  Deborah and I have really enjoyed Rombauer and Chateau Montelena.  The problem is that these go for between $30-$45 per bottle.  So when I say enjoy I mean enjoy as a very rare treat or a gift.  That said, if you don’t spend enough money you can really be disappointed.  I have found a number of good Chardonnays in the $13 – $17 price range.  Here are several suggestions:
Talbot Kali Hart, $13-$16 at Binny’s depending on sale pricing.  This winery also has more expensive bottles.
Byron, about $12 at Sal’s.  This winery also has more expensive bottles.  Robert Modavi Napa or Kim Crawford Unoaked, both at Costco for about $14.

Feel free to send any suggestions.  We hope to be in the Harbor in late April.  That may be a pipe dream.  I’ll let you all know next month.