Ocean Navigator - May-June 2015

Non-stop circumnavigation by sextant

This 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 Medal

Skip 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 award

Bart 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 Year

The 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 Chesapeake

NV 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 Virginia

Though 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.

New classic boatbuilder

International Yacht Restoration School-trained shipwright Keith Brown recently opened Block & Becket Shipwrights in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Radar unbound

The Furuno 1st Watch DRS4W wireless radar is a great example of the influence of smartphone and tablet use on board boats.

Sea safety

There 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 risks

Despite 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 radio

The 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 problems

Those 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.

The 90-degree detour

Anna, 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 attached

Have you ever found the perfect waterfront boaters’ bar? I’m still searching, but I know what it looks and smells like.

Marking depth

Setting up and marking an anchor rode has some wrinkles depending on whether the rode is rope or chain.

Chain painting prep work

There is a little prep work that must be done before painting. This is the process we use to get the longest lasting results.