Matt Completes His Voyage!
Matt Rutherford crossed the finish line at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel at 10:48 ET on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, completing a circumnavigation of the Americas without stopping or setting foot on land.
Matt has traveled 27,077 miles on a record-setting journey dedicated to raising money for CRAB and CRAB’s mission to enable people with disabilities to experience the joy of sailing.
Matt cast off from Annapolis, Maryland in June, 2011 and, single handed, sailed thru the ice of the Northwest Passage, the perils of the Bering Sea, the length of the Pacific, around Cape Horn and back home to Annapolis. We are grateful for Matt’s dedication to CRAB and to all who have donated in response to Matt’s challenge. With the same determination shown by Matt, CRAB will continue working to raise funds to refurbish and expand CRAB’s fleet.
Matt’s Landfall and Homecoming
was Saturday April 21st, at noon. See the video of the event as it was streamed live:
In addition to livestreaming the event, numerous media outlets were on hand. See some of the coverage:
Godspeed Crew Make Matching Grant Offer
The crew of Godspeed are pleased to announce a U.S. $21,000 matching grant for all donations made to Matt’s Challenge for CRAB, until May 31, 2012. Read more about this generous challenge. Matt honed his sailing skills working alongside Simon Edwards while delivering the yacht “Godspeed” to various destinations.
The photo to the left is the Godspeed crew in Antigua after their first over the line finish in their class on Friday. “Dedicated to Matt, as will be the next three days of racing. Sorry we cannot be there in body, but only in spirit is enough. Those at the Welcome Home, please donate!”
25,000-Mile, 300-Day, Non-stop Expedition Around the Americas
Matt Rutherford, a 30-year-old Maryland resident and self-taught sailor, was volunteering for CRAB in 2010, after his return from ocean sailing.
He was looking for his next adventure but also wanted to challenge others to support CRAB. That’s when he devised this 25,000 mile voyage to sail solo and nonstop around the Americas – up the North Atlantic Coast, through the Northwest Passage around Alaska, down the Pacific coasts of North and South America, around Cape Horn and then up the Atlantic back to the Chesapeake Bay.
Matt cast off from Annapolis on June 11, 2011, in a forty-year-old Albin Vega 27 Swedish-built sailboat. By the fall, he had sailed through the Northwest Passage, the Bering Straits and Sea, and past the Aleutian Islands. According to the Scott Polar Institute, University of Cambridge, Matt officially broke a record by soloing the smallest boat in history through the Northwest Passage.
Matt is home!
He is now the first person to do the 25,000-mile voyage alone and without stopping.
While his trip stayed on course, Rutherford and CRAB’s fundraising could use “more wind in its sails.” CRAB hopes to raise $250,000 – $10 for each mile of Matt’s trip. These funds will help CRAB to:
- retrofit its current fleet of four sailboats,
- purchase new handicap-accessible racing boats, and
- modify a fishing boat for wheelchair accessibility.
Help CRAB fill its sails and meet its goal to raise $250,000
You can contribute online to Matt’s challenge, or you can mail your donation to CRAB, P.O. Box 6564, Annapolis, MD 21401. Please designate “Matt’s Challenge” when you make your contribution. Thank you.