Ocean Navigator - July-August 2018 August 1, 2018 Ocean Navigator Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Sailor rescued after striking UFOIn early May, the Coast Guard rescued a solo sailor whose vessel flooded after hitting an unknown object in open water some 60 miles east of Charleston, S.C. Longest possible straight line sailing routeMany long-distance voyagers relish a challenge, but sailing the longest possible straight line on Earth probably won’t end up on many bucket lists. Secluded vacation at an island lighthouseLooking for a no-frills summer sailing getaway? White Island Lighthouse Station could be the place. Sailors honored for thwarting sea lion attackRoger van Hertsen and his father Evrard van Hertsen prepared to weigh anchor near Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco late last year when they noticed something unusual on the horizon. 3D nautical charts are his artPeter Hejno had an epiphany when considering decorating options for his sailboat. Run the StormGeorge M. Foy’s collective biography of a ship and a storm, and of the crew who would die in that storm, is a tour de force of nautical expertise coupled with sensitive treatment of one of the worst maritime disasters in our history. Voyaging as an adventure in risk managementBaxter and Molly Gillespie met in Atlanta, Ga., and decided they wanted to explore the world together. Making satellite navigation less accurateThe Global Positioning System (GPS) has become embedded in just about every electronic device imaginable. All-in-one antenna farmRecently I wrote about how the physics of radio waves results in challenges for antenna makers based on the frequency used. Manual bilge pumps can bail you outHow much do you know about your trawler’s manual bilge pump?Bilge pointersJeff Merrill's tips for keeping your bilge in peak condition Unusual three-keel designAs ocean sailors, we meet some very interesting people — and Bart Pothoven from the Netherlands is no exception. Cape Horn — a sailors’ base camp?If you’re the kind of sailor I am, you have been reading about Cape Horn since you caught the sailing bug. The wrath of HarveyNew Zealand sailor Graeme Kendall sailed 28,000 miles solo around the globe aboard the purpose-built Astral Express, a 41-foot sloop. Voyaging electronicsWe are sailing into the tremendous expanse of the Indian Ocean from Malaysia to the stormy South African coast and on around the southern tip to Cape Town aboard our Valiant 40, Brick House. Tablet chargingThe use of smartphones and tablets on board voyaging boats has become commonplace, and with this widespread use has come the question of how best to recharge them. Celestial navigation series, part oneWe’re revisiting this series on navigating by the sun, moon, stars and planets in the age of GPS because celestial nav is not only a viable backup to satellite navigation, but it is also a skill that ocean voyagers should have in their toolkit. July/August Issue 249: Sunday to Saturday: Thomas W. LawsonImagine a 470-foot steel box. Then add seven 190-foot steel poles, Put sails on those poles — 25 in all, about 43,000 square feet — and then fill the box up with cargo.