Ocean Navigator - May-June 2015 June 1, 2015 Ocean Navigator Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Non-stop circumnavigation by sextantThis summer, solo sailor and musician Donna Lange plans to begin a non-stop circumnavigation using only celestial navigation and SSB radio for communication. Skip Novak receives Blue Water MedalSkip Novak was presented with Cruising Club of America’s (CCA) Blue Water Medal for 2014 in recognition of his many years of cruising and Antarctic exploration. Dunbar wins Boater of the Year awardBart Dunbar, chair of the nonprofit organization Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI) and president of Bowen’s Wharf Company, has been named 2015 John H. Chafee Boater of the Year by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA). Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the YearThe sailing accomplishments of Terry Hutchinson, Annapolis, Md., and Stephanie Roble, East Troy, Wis., were honored when they were chosen as US Sailing’s 2014 Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year in an awards ceremony held at the New York Yacht Club’s Model Room in February. NV Charts moves to the ChesapeakeNV Charts, producer of high quality charts of the Baltic Sea, European Inland Waters, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Bahamas and the U.S. East Coast, announced a move to new facilities in Maryland. Remembering VirginiaThough the navigation training schooner Ocean Star had several captains in the early 1990s, I will always associate the vessel with a captain named Virginia Wagner, who died on Jan. 30, 2015 after battling mesothelioma. French sailor Florence Arthaud killed in crashFifty-seven-year-old French ocean racer Florence Arthaud was one of ten people killed when two helicopters collided in Rioja Province, Argentina, on March 9, 2015. New classic boatbuilderInternational Yacht Restoration School-trained shipwright Keith Brown recently opened Block & Becket Shipwrights in Bristol, Rhode Island. Pacific Crossing Notes: a Sailor’s Guide to the Coconut Milk RunA newly published eBook by sailors Nadine Slavinski and Markus Schweitzer is a detailed and fairly comprehensive cruising guide focused on the island groups of the so-called Coconut Milk Run — the popular trade wind route from the Americas to Australia. Radar unboundThe Furuno 1st Watch DRS4W wireless radar is a great example of the influence of smartphone and tablet use on board boats. Sea safetyThere are many things that can go wrong when you are far from shore, so it’s best to think ahead and anticipate not only what can happen, but how you will handle various situations. Calculated risksDespite the obvious danger (Editor’s note: Vanuatu was just hit by cyclone Pam as this issue goes to press), the idea of spending the South Pacific cyclone season in the tropics is tempting. Low-power ham radioThe recent section on communications (Issue #224, March/April 2015) contains numerous mentions of ham radio operations. I am compelled to write about my experience with low-power ham continuous wave (CW) transmitters. Summer boat storage problemsThose of us who live in the north and cruise in the south during the winter have almost as many problems putting our boats up for the six summer months in the south as we do storing the boat up north in the winter. Living in a 50-Hz worldWith few exceptions, the world standard in electricity is 230 volts at a frequency of 50 hertz. The 90-degree detourAnna, our Tayana 37 cutter, was halfway to Easter Island, the westernmost outpost of Chile, before we realized that our voyage had run afoul of an unexpected weather situation. Getting attachedHave you ever found the perfect waterfront boaters’ bar? I’m still searching, but I know what it looks and smells like. Marking depthSetting up and marking an anchor rode has some wrinkles depending on whether the rode is rope or chain.Chain painting prep workThere is a little prep work that must be done before painting. This is the process we use to get the longest lasting results. May/June 2015 Issue 226: Murder at seaAnyone who has sailed offshore knows how easy it is for crew to get on one another’s nerves.