The Power Fleet was born in 1982.  It was most appropriate since our burgee proudly bears two stars, one symbolizing sail and the other power.  Over the years, like many fleets, the Power Fleet has had its ups and downs.  The high prices of gas in 2008 prohibited many from participating in taking trips to the various ports along Lake Michigan’s beautiful shores.  As many of you will recall, gas reached an all-time high of $4.89/gallon for regular gasoline and diesel came in even higher!  This year, however, prices came down to a not-so-low $3.89/gallon.

The Power Fleet was formed in 1982 under Past Commodore Ray McMullen and Past Commodore Armando Ingratta.  At that time, there were six boats.  Their first Fleet Captain was Ray, followed by Tom Gilmore, Past Commodore Larry Niemiec and the current Fleet Captain is Bob Kurz. Since then, many have joined this fleet whose main objective is “Fun Together”. 

But the Power Fleet is not just about the fun, they work hard at sponsoring several events throughout the year.  The many events sponsored by the Power Fleet are:  Pork Chop Dinner (in the off-season), the After-Fireworks Party on July 3, and the Air and Water Show Party, St. Patrick’s Day Party, and the very popular Big Kids Christmas Party which was started by the Power Fleet.  Over the years, other events sponsored by the Power Fleet included Pancake Breakfasts and the Halloween Party.

Over the past 27 years, there have been many Power Fleet voyages where many stories were created.  Some of the voyages included trips to Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Michigan City, Indiana; Saugatuck, Michigan; New Buffalo, Michigan; St. Joe, Michigan; Winthrop Harbor; and of course, one of our favorites (and closest) spots to meet is the Playpen right here in Chicago.

Currently there are 25 boaters in the Power Boat Fleet , many of whom are sail boaters.

The Power Fleet is looking for boaters who want to take part and maybe even take charge of a particular voyage.  Should you be an interested and eager to have fun with your fellow boaters, please contact Bob Kurz, the current Power Fleet Captain at 312-617-1940 to apply for membership.  It’s a great bargain at $30 a year

Corinthian Yacht Club 601 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL 60613