About the Challenge

Matt Rutherford is a dreamer.  He has proven that when he says he’s going to do something, he should be taken seriously.  When I first met Matt in the public anchorage in Red Hook USVI’s, he had just finished a double trans-Atlantic on his 32′ Pearson.  He sailed single-handed across the far north Atlantic, eventually reaching England.  His voyage took him through Northern Europe, down the coast of Africa, and ultimately 200 miles up the Gambia River before returning via the Trade Wind route to the Caribbean.

His new plan for adventure is far more ambitious and certainly more compelling.  Matt intends to sail single-handed East To West through the the Northwest Passage beginning this summer. “The ice won’t melt enough to make the attempt util August,” he says – and as if it weren’t challenge enough, he’ll do it in a 27′ Albin-Vega donated to the Chesapeake Regional Accessible Boating (aka CRAB) specifically for his voyage.

Despite possessing the soul of an explorer (or perhaps because of it), Matt also possesses the compassionate heart of a good man, and has spent his time in Annapolis working with CRAB, helping persons with disabilities get out and enjoy the water.  The voyage is aimed at raising money for CRAB, and Matt hopes to drum up enough support to get him through successfully while furthering CRAB’s misson.  He’ll be accepting sponsorship in the form of ‘money for miles,’ and all donations will go straight towards supporting CRAB.

Once through the arctic, Matt hopes the voyage will continue: “If the boat and I are still holding up upon arrival in Alaska, we’ll keep going and head for Cape Horn,” he says.  His “Grand Idea” is to complete a solo circumnavigation of the America’s, but remains cautiously optimistic, saying “The Northwest Passage is the focal point of the trip, and I can’t guarantee that the boat will make it across to Alaska before the winter sets in.  But I’m certainly going to do my best to see that it does.”  If he makes it all the way back to Annapolis, he’ll be the first person to have ever done so alone.  Here’s to “doing,” Matt.

This adventure begins from Annapolis in June of 2011 and will be 23,000 nautical miles in it’s entirety.  Arrival at the Northwest passage will be in early August which is only open for six weeks.  After exiting the Passage, he will head for Cape Horn, rounding it by March 1 2012.  Then he will head north up the east coast of the America’s heading home for Chesapeake Bay, passing the Caribbean before hurricane season.  At 80 miles a day, it will take roughly 10 1/2 months… all of this adventure NON-STOP!

93 Responses to About the Challenge

  1. Hi Matt,
    Your new website looks great ! All the best on your voyage.
    Regards,
    Richard

    • Pete Hill, STG-2/LCDR, USN (RET) says:

      OK, Matt- Good Show! By the way- Word has it that a 747 juat crashed somewhere near (?) your position…Any word?
      Best ever, Pete Hill (Annapolis Naval Sailing Association)

      • Frank Crawford says:

        Read article about your trip here in Chandler, AZ where your father is an English teacher. Wil track your trip all the way. Good Luck.

  2. Julian Richards says:

    What a great adventure Matt.
    We here at West Marine Rigging are happy to support your effort and will watch you solo the Amercas
    “Fair winds and following seas”
    Good luck mate!

  3. Tore Vingo says:

    Swift and Safe Sailing, Brother !
    Wish I could join you … but, then that would not be a SOLO Voyage – would it ?!
    So, just set your sails right. And, keep on course.

    Tore. ( .. the lone coast-to-coast skier from Norway ….)

  4. BJ says:

    Well done site. We enjoyed volunteering “grunt” and gopher work to help with your effort. Very few folks have the opportunity to help with the incredible number of tasks needed done to prepare for a “FIRST” of this magnitude. Marlowe and I were lucky enough to be able to share a small part of those tasks and provide a few resources to help with your quest. As I learned while we were slipped up in Eastport, being the first can never be topped or duplicated and to do so in the name of those who will never be able to, will give a portion of the joy earned by you to all of us. Our prayers and concern will follow you through the long days and nights of your journey. Good Luck is built of preparation and vigilance. You have both.
    BJ

  5. Neil Emerton NSW Australia says:

    Matt,
    I am no sailor, in fact never been aboard a sailboat, but you have my best wishes for a successful venture.

    I followed Jessica Watson on her RTW voyage and soon got to appreciate the skill, guts and determination needed to undertake such a feat.

    Good luck and fair sailing. I trust you raise lots of money for your nominated cause.

    I look forward to keeping up with your progress and successful completion.

  6. Lesley Rayer says:

    Hi Matt! My son, Gabe, is in your Mom’s 3rd grade class here in Austin, TX. We love to hear about you and can’t wait to follow you. I’m sure you are as fantastic and witty as your Mother and blessed with all her love, strength, and integrity. My son absolutely adores her. We look forward to sponsoring you and will pray for your safety and success! With much respect, The Rayer Family.

  7. Joey says:

    Good luck on your travels. Your doing something that only a lot of us dream about. Do you have a SPOT on board? I would luv to watch your travels.

    Thanks.
    Joey
    Earleville, Md. 21919

  8. Colin Willett says:

    Matt; It will be July 4 tomorrow….would love to hear from you…..

    Colin and LeeD

  9. Matt,
    Hope the watermaker finds you soon. While you will be heading up the colder waters and down the West Coast I will be following you from the island of Aruba, which you will come alongside of next year.
    Enjoy the water.
    Rik

  10. Sam Steele says:

    Good luck to you Matt in your attempt to solo the continents Non-stop! Wow that’s ambitious and audacious! We will be watching your progress closely and wish you safe passage and fair winds. If the need arises you will be granted complimentary use of our yacht club as a personal guest.

    Sam Steele
    Vice Commodore
    William H Seward Yacht Club
    Seward, Alaska

  11. Kim C says:

    Don’t forget the long undies….and a bottle of Cruzan. Safe travels, and hope to see you in Red Hook on your way south. Cocktails no longer on “Hello Miss”, but “Slo Dancin” next time.

    Kimmie

  12. Fred says:

    Hello Matt,

    There are a couple Aussie’s going through the passage in a 30 footer on their way home. Their web site is Yachtteleport.com. They are currently in Nuuk. Just thought you may want to touch base and look out for each other over the upcomming months. Cheers, Fred

  13. Fred Pegley says:

    Hello Matt,
    There are a couple Aussie’s going through the passage in a 30 footer on their way home. Their web site is Yachtteleport.com. They are currently in Nuuk. Just thought you may want to touch base and look out for each other over the upcomming months. Cheers, Fred

  14. Michael Gresalfi says:

    Hi Matt

    I am one of the many silent viewers of your inspiring journey! My adult daughter uses an electric wheelchair for mobility, and I am a novice sailor, so I enjoy viewing your journal entries on many levels. I promise to make a donation to CRAB on your behalf when you enter the NW Passage!

    Cheers

    Michael
    Boyds, Maryland

  15. Stuart Gough says:

    Hello Matt,
    The very best of luck with your passage. Stay safe and take your time.
    Best wishes,
    Stuart Gough
    Passport Yachts Europe
    Cowes, Isle of Wight
    UK

  16. Anne Crook says:

    You’re incredible, Matt! I was just at Eagle Rock this weekend, and one of the students was telling me all about your amazing journey by sea. My thoughts & prayers are with you for a safe & memorable adventure. I lived in Hawaii for 8 months during 2008, and the ocean made a transformational impact on me. I can only imagine 10 1/2 months on a sailboat. I celebrate your courage & pioneering spirit!

    All the best,

    Anne Crook
    Eagle Rock Intern, ER 10-12

  17. As a fellow solo sailor I can only wish you fair winds and very few repairs. I shall keep you in my prayers. May the Almighty Captain send you from time to time a helmsman while you sleep. He did that to Joshua Slocum and countless others, including me.

  18. Phil Cathey says:

    I followed the trip of the 60 ft steel sailboat with a big crew of that started out of Seattle that did this treck the other way around the Americas and for luck I’ll follow your jouney. Hear’s to you and your spirit getting the job done. I’ll post your site on a Pacific Northwest Sailors.com web site out of Seattle so when you get to Seattle you’ll have friends meeting you and probably warm you with some of there rum.
    Phil on sv We Be Jammin

  19. James Sherman says:

    Hey old friend,
    Greetings from CO, sorry it has been so long since I touched base- I hope this finds you well. Fantastic photos, I have been following along for awhile, it is a source of much pride to share this site with others and say, “Yea, this guy is a friend of mine…” Jeanne, Niki and I had the chance to do some sailing in Greece this summer, 2+ weeks with a couple of friends in the islands. No icebergs, warm & beautiful (sorry to rub it in :-) , wonderful history. I also had a chance to explore Croatia a bit- amazing- of possible interest for one of your next adventures. I’ll keep it short, but know that I think of you often. Stay safe, I look forward to trading a few war stories with you sometime. Also, glad to know your Latin is still on. Keep the inspiration coming.
    NAVITA INVICTUS ES.
    Your friend,
    James

  20. Steve Birch says:

    Hi Matt

    All the best from all the Vega sailors in the UK.

    Vega Association of Great Britain wishes you fair winds and tides…

    All the best

    Steve Birch – Vega “Southern Comfort” V1703

  21. Jack & Marti Detweiler says:

    We have been following your journey with great interest since you left our marina. We are amazed at your progress and success to date. Continued good luck from us at the Yacht Club Condo and Spa Creek Marina.
    We are doing he Boatyard Bar and Grill Regatta for CRAB next Saturday. We have 3 Alerion 28′s signed up at this point. Skimmer(Us), Juice(Dick Franyo) and Rosebud(Walker Johnson). Alerion Express Boats gave a special donation.
    Jack & Marti Detweiler

  22. jim says:

    Made it through the Bering Straits! Good On Ya, Matt. I’ve been keeping up with the adventure since the start and you are always the source of conversation when I talk to Amy and the girls. Don’t think that you’re unnoticed; there are a LOT of people watching and reading. While most of us think this is the adventure of a lifetime, we see you as doing yet another adventure so far in your lifetime, and you have many more to go…good luck and fair winds, Matt.

  23. Herb McCormick says:

    Matt,
    I was on the crew of Ocean Watch, which circled the Americas the “other way” in 2009-2010. Having been “up there” in the Arctic — with a full crew — I am in awe of your accomplishments in successfully transiting the NW Passage alone and non-stop. What an amazing feat: Congratulations! Good luck on the many miles ahead, sail safe, and godspeed, mate…
    Best,
    Herb

  24. Sean Comer says:

    Matt,

    Just sending you some encouragement. Sounds like it’s been cold and scarry at times, and still you hang on. Please keep up your good work. I’m praying for you and trying to imagine how I might handle it. Press on to the south with warmer water and sunny skies. Virginia will still be here when you make it back.

  25. Hello Matt,

    It is very incredible to read your posts and stories! This trip is amazing! All the Vega sailors can recognize your impressions and feelings.
    Representative for all members of the German Vega Association, I want to send you the best wishes onboard.
    We want to wish you health, luck for the forthcoming miles and happy return.
    All the best and fair winds!

    Kind regards
    Gerhard Stroeh
    Chairman of the German Vega Association
    GER 1498”Company”

  26. Geoff Eisenberg says:

    Hi Matt,

    I wanted to make sure you know that your journey is being followed by lots of West Marine Associates, and all of us are wishing you fair winds and positive adventures.

    Sounds like things are going well at this point. I so hope the next legs of the trip are even better than you’er expecting.

    Best to you Matt,
    Geoff Eisenberg

  27. Art Browning says:

    Hi Matt,
    I admire what you’re doing. You’ve already managed to do things that many tried to do and failed.

    Watching your trip, I’ve been noticing the major points in geography and history that you’ve touched.
    You crossed the arctic circle going north.
    You transited the Northwest Passage in the smallest boat ever.
    You crossed the arctic circle going south.
    You hit a really important spot just after that when you went through the Bering Strait and passed over where the land bridge that brought humanity to North America was located.
    Reaching Unalaska was a tough run but you made it and when you went south into the Gulf of Alaska you crossed inside the Pacific’s ring of fire You even mentioned seeing a volcano.
    Sailors always note the equator and I guess that’s the next notable spot for you.

    Have you decided what route to take around the tip of south america yet?

    All the best to you,
    Art B.

  28. Susan McNeil says:

    I don’t really know you or much about sailing but I heard about your journey on NPR radio and I decided to look on your website. I have intrigue about your making it all the way and for the most part that, you are at least safe. I bet it is hard to be away from home so long. I hope you take a lot of pictures and you enjoy yourself so you will have a great deal of wonderful memories. It would be so good to hear that you did make your goal. I will try to keep looking for news on your website. God be with you, lad!

  29. C. Scott Canby says:

    Learned of you via NPR, Land locked sailor from Berthoud, Colorado
    May the wind be favorable, the seas kind, the boat tight and your heart strong.
    Travel Safe, Be Well!

  30. David H. Schklar says:

    I, too, learned of your venture listening to NPR this morning. Coincidentally, I am reading “The Endrance.” Not new to boating, but new to sail I wish you the best. I’ll keep up with the web site.

    Favorable winds and following seas,
    Dave

  31. Nancy says:

    Hi Matt! Great piece on NPR. Wonder if there’s a way to interview you for an article? Also get some hi-res photos? Let me know via email when you can. I’ll put some questions together that haven’t been asked already. Thx and Fairwinds! -Nancy

  32. Hi Matt, Great to hear the NPR piece. Wondering if I can also do an interview w/you? Also get some hi-res pics for the article? Email me when you can and I’ll put some questions together that haven’t been asked yet. Thx and fairwinds! Nancy

  33. BRAD & TRUDI HEINDEL says:

    HI MATT,

    WE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING YOUR TRIP – ALMOST EVERY WEEK – TOLD OUR FAMILY & FRIENDS ABOUT IT, TOO !!

    WE WISH YOU A CONTINUED SAFE AND REWARDING JOURNEY – HANG IN THERE !!! YOUR SAILING TRIP IS AMAZING AND INSPIRATIONAL !!

    BEST OF LUCK TO YOU – BE SAFE OUT THERE !!

    TRUDI & BRAD HEINDEL
    M/Y SOUTHBOUND (YOUR SPA CREEK MARINA NEIGHBOR)

  34. James Houck says:

    Hi Matt,

    Our publication, What’s Up? Annapolis, would like to run a short piece about your amazing sailing adventure. May I have permission to print one of the photos from this site in our magazine?

    Best,
    James Houck
    Managing Editor
    What’s Up? Annapolis

  35. Helen Brennan says:

    Hey Matt:

    I love following your adventure and I have a suggestion. You need to add a facebook share on this site so people can share this site on their facebook page. Best of luck to you. Dream on and keep moving forward.

  36. Matt Mydlarz says:

    Matt,
    all the best to you,
    I really admire what you’re doing.
    Keep going.
    Matt Mydlarz
    “Solace”
    Albin Vega 2855
    Bivavle, MD

  37. Avril & Derek says:

    Very proud of you. Cant wait to hear from you again and see your photos. What stories you must have. You are doing what we and others only dream about.

  38. Hey Matt, I have a 30′ Catalina in Sausalito, have often wondered what it would be like ‘out there’. I read about you in Latitude 38, (Mill Valley). I have a friend Larry B. who spent a couple of years working on an Albin Vega 27, working early hours, unloading for W. Marine to buy equipment at discount /outfitting her to take off to Marquesas and beyond. A few years ago, he got a couple hundred miles off San Diego, with some mechanical difficulties, decided to turn back, sold her. He’s now up in Wash. state, Port Townsend /will try to forward your information to him.
    Best of Luck, Steve

  39. BRAD & TRUDI HEINDEL says:

    HI MATT,

    WE ARE STILL FOLLOWING YOUR AMAZING TRIP AND WISH YOU A SAFE JOURNEY HOME.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU !!

    SEE YOU NEXT YEAR – HAPPY NEW YEAR, TOO !!

    TRUDI & BRAD HEINDEL (YOUR SPA CREEK MARINA NEIGHBORS ON THE CHRIS CRAFT)

  40. I am amazed at your perserverance!
    Keep it up!!!! And all the best in the New Year!
    Richard from Hawaii

  41. Hamilton High School Student says:

    You go Matt!
    Your father is my English teacher and you are all he can talk about! What you are doing sounds incredible. I bid you safe travels.

  42. bill West says:

    Hi Matt,
    All the best .White oak floats and will never completely crack up as it is too fresh. Dont worry about the white oak cracking a little Only changes in your extreme temperature do this Enjoy your passage down south , awesome to read your blogs
    regards
    Bill @ Exotic Lumber Inc, Annapolis MD

  43. Jon Charron says:

    Great job Matt! Hope you’re doing well and looking forward to the next update!

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  45. Jocelyn Charland says:

    Good day Matt, I follow your itinerary with a lot of enthousiasmes. I follow also Laura Dekker and she departed from Cap Bonne esperance just a couple of days ago. She is heading north on the Atlantic and you might certainly see her. That would be cool if you can talk together. Two legends that meet in the Atlantic. Wow, cool.
    Good wind.
    Jocelyn from Quebec.

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  48. Steve says:

    Matt,

    I just finished reading about you in Cruising World Mag. I must say I am in awe of your dedication and selfless sacrifice to this cause. 
    I am disabled by arthritis and bed ridden most of the time. I discovered sailing and fell in love with it in my mid 40′s  just as my immune system started attacking my body. Here I am 15 years later living vicariously through you. I have read all your posts and am impressed by your many enlightened insights. 
    The one that struck me particularly was of your mention of CRAB’s founder after his accident and how one’s life can change in an instant. My instant was about 6 months long as my joints began to swell and become extremely painful. At times I lose the ability to walk. Needless to say I haven’t sailed in years. Although I still plan and plot my sailing trips as I struggle to control this damn disease. What I would give to be on that boat with you just for an hour!

    You are a true hero in my book.
    God bless you.

    Shipwrecked and Landlocked in Saint Louis

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  50. Gigi says:

    I say it in neapolitan:
    Si gruoss’ (translate: you are Great!)
    Bye
    Gigi

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  52. Thomas says:

    Hi Mat,

    after a halb bottle of french red wine I sit on the floor in my living room.I follow your journey on your homepage. I am so impressed! What a perfomence! Fair winds, good luck and health! Stay strong!

    Thomas
    Vega 1661
    Bremen / Germany

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  55. Hans Bernwall says:

    Hi Matt,
    I wrote my last email from Sweden a few days ago but now I am back in the office in California and of course I checked out your position right away. You are now not only past the Horn, you are WAY past the Horn. Congratulation to your fantastic achievement. Here at Scanmar we are all following your progress every day. I am personally very happy to see a YOUNG person taking on this kind of a challange. Most of our Monitor cruising customers are in the retirement face and the younger generation seem to rather play games on their computer. They say it is too expensive to sail but I do not agree. If they sold the BMW and bought an inexpensive boat they could also realize the true exitement of cruising and personal achievement. Your VEGA 27 is possibly worth $10,000 and you have already sailed into the record books because you hade the wish and desire. Keep it up but be careful. Annapolis will be waiting for you. Once again, CONGRATULATIONS!

    Hans Bernwall, SCANMAR

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  57. Tusa Rutherford says:

    Dear Matt, Wow, you are such an inspiration for all of us! Keep up the great work!

  58. Hi big Matt !

    I quoted you again on my blog. The title of the post is :

    “Columbus was the first to see, Matt will be the first to circumnavigate solo.”

    http://estreladalvacabofrio.blogspot.com/2012/01/colombo-foi-o-primeiro-ver-matt-sera-o.html

    Good, excellent winds !

    Fernando Costa, from Cabo Frio, Brazil

  59. Tom Owen says:

    Awesome accomplishment. Great cause. Just read the article in the Washington Post. Good article. Good press.

  60. Marilyn Comer says:

    I am loving this! Used to sail — when I was a single girl — on a Pearson 35 out of Annapolis. Love “shiver me timbers” stories. Have a fantastic rest-of-the voyage; I’ll continue to follow your progress. Here’s a toast to you…God speed.

  61. Tom Wilbanks says:

    Everyone at the office is following your progress and are glad you’re in the southern Atlantic. Still a long way to go, but on the home stretch. We will monitor your position and look forward to your safe return. Audentes fortuna iuvat!

  62. Peregrine says:

    Just heard about your voyage. Will be following your progress. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Peregrine, WDF5690 if you’re on the short waves.

  63. George Gore says:

    Dear Matt, Great story, Great cause, Great Job.

    I am an AIS ground station operator for Marinetraffic.com. My station is on the Middle Bay and was hoping you might have AIS on the boat where we could track you up the Bay.

  64. Cathy says:

    Hi Matt,

    I just read your story in the Seattle Times and am in awe. The quest and the sheer adventure of it, but also the echoing journey of the mind that someone who hasn’t faced anything comparable can only guess at. Have peace, good luck, and a safe journey home. I hope to hear more about this amazing trip.

    Cathy from Seattle

  65. LisaBeth says:

    Good Lord, my man: the next time you take on an amazing adventure like this, please hire me for your PR person! 240 days+ into your trip and I am just now hearing of your audacious pursuit? I wish I could have been following your blog every nautical mile. Glad I saw the Washington Post article published in the Seattle Times. I am definitely donating to your cause and I’m guessing the money will flow in now that the word is out.
    You amaze me, inspire me and just flat out blow me away with your courage. I don’t question your reluctance to return to terra firma. If possible, you should hold out until after the election. It’s insanity right now. Fair winds and safe travels to you, Matt.

  66. Fred Alkire says:

    Hello Matt,

    An article about your trip was in the Seattle Times, and it raised a question in my mind. Did you cross the Drake Passage and sail in the waters of the Antarctica Peninsula? I ask because we just returned from a cruise in that area on which we were in the islands of the Peninsula near the Palmer Station around 06-09 January. We were joined by a sailboat about the size of yours for two hours and I wondered if it was you. If so, I have a number of photographs showing the sailboat in the environment. This may be a great coincidence, two small sailboats in the same area at the same time, but, if not, let me know if you are interested in seeing the pictures.

    Regards,
    Fred

    • Marlowe/Mom says:

      Fred,
      Matt has no way of reading these posts currently. What are the odds of you seeing a different, small sailboat in those waters at that time? Pretty slim, but possible. If you would like, you can contact Mike directly about sending the pics. Scroll down to the bottom on the home page, you will find a link to Mike.

      I am sure that Matt will enjoy your pics immensely even if they are of a different boat!

      Thank you,

  67. Tim Vulker says:

    Matt. I’ve been reading of many sailing greats. .Moitessier..etc..
    And also of extremely challenging feats like the veneer globe race
    but you have a specal thing going on….you are one of the greats in my book Matt
    Can’t wait to read your updates and check your progress..
    Ahoy you should come sail the pacific north west at a leisurely pace
    for a holiday..lol..cheers to ya. .Tim V. ..Nelson bc

  68. Gordon Hubka says:

    I heard of you 2/9/12 in a very complimentary artice in The Seattle Times. I have followed you every day since. I started my career in sailing in 2009 and then had it cut short the next year due to some medical problems.

    Anyway I am sure that there are multitudes of followers that are in similar and other circumstances that are following as I am. Watch out when you move about as we are right there with you trying to experience your endevour.
    Gordon
    Bothell,Wa

  69. Cristiano says:

    I hope you get all replacement parts and food you need here around the coast of Brazil, Recife, to take you back safe to the US. Good luck and come back soon!!

    [IMG]http://i40.tinypic.com/dmvbki.jpg[/IMG]

  70. Hans Bernwall says:

    Hi Matt,
    I am checking your blog every day and I think that you are doing a fantastic job. Regarding hand cranking your engine I remember a fantastic way of doing it. One of the French singlehanded sailors couldn’t start his engine a few years ago but he came up with a crazy idea. He attached a line to the main boom and led it down the companionway down to the fly wheel on the engine. He wrapped the line a few turns and when he felt it was set up right he jibed the main. That developed lots of power and pretty fast pull on the line. And guess what, the engine started and it was the sweatest sound he ever heard. He could now charge the batteries and get all the electronics going. Don’t ask about the detail. This must be very difficult to do. You are
    a smart guy and you might be able to do it. Lots of blocks and lines. Good Luck.

    Hans Bernwall, “the Monitorman”
    SCANMAR INTERNATIONAL

  71. Paul Maxwell says:

    Hey Matt,
    What a ride! You are a true Viking. I have viewed your web site looking for some indication of being notified when you come into Annapolis. I wanted to be there to see you dock and all the fans that will be supporting you. How can I be certain not to miss your arrival?

    Thanks,

    Paul

  72. Walther says:

    Hi Matt

    What a marvellous voyage for a good case. At our annual meeting we collected a minor contribution and the amount is on its way.
    Best wishes for a safe trip back to Cheasapeake
    On behalf of the Danish Vega Association
    Walther Nerving – President of the Vega One Design Association

  73. A SINGLE-HANDED SAILOR’S APOLOGY

    Do you want to know why I definitely admire single-handed sailors?
    From Slocum to our brand new hero Matt Rutherford.
    Without forgetting Moitessier, Chichester and Dumas, of course!
    And including Michel Desjoyeaux, Mike Horn and the teenager Laura Dekker.
    No, no, I do not exagerate when I write HERO in capital letters!
    Every single-handed sailor is a hero.
    And he is not a little hero, but a big one!
    Therefore, such a HERO has to be only written in capital letters.
    Why?
    Because to confront Poseidon and Aeolus ALONE, it is not ordinary business!
    I even go further.
    I assert single-handed sailors are cleverer, wiser, braver and smarter than team sailors.
    I explain it to you in detail:
    Single-handed sailors are cleverer than the others, because they are able to invent by themselves new and effective solutions to new problems on a sailboat shaking at sea.
    Single-handed sailors are wiser than the others, because they intimately know each part of their sailboats, master each skill requested by the art of navigation and by seasciences.
    Single-handed sailors are braver than the others, because as I have already told you, they fight alone against the dreadful gods Poseidon and Aeolus and sometimes against some coward pirates or drunken fishermen.
    Single-handed sailors are smarter than the others because, if we (human beings) pretend to have been navigating on sea for 6000 years, it is true we have been practicing single-handed navigation for only 120 years.
    The first single-handed sailor was Joshua Slocum from 1895 and the newest is right now our Matt Rutherford.
    So, if we can prove it is more difficult to circumnavigate both the America’s in 2012, than to circumnavigate the whole world in 1895, Matt Rutherford will be even greater than Slocum and all the others sailors !
    - Do you understand now, why I friendly call him “Big Matt” ?
    Good winds Matt !
    Good eternal winds Joshua !

    Fernando Costa, from Cabo Frio, Brazil

  74. Tom VH says:

    Sen. Harkins is giving you a shout out on the floor right now! Good luck!

  75. Ed Keck says:

    Matt YOU are a true inspiration for every American !!!! It shows what true grit and determination can accomplish …. YOU are to be commended for your CAN DO attitude… I have been following your trip… it will make a great book and exciting movie You are an excellent example of AMERICAN will to succeed at the untried !!! Keep up the good work…. the world is watching and waiting for you to dock at ANNAPOLIS .My very best regards and good luck to you always Most Sincerely ED KECK@ Mc Lean Virginia

  76. John says:

    I just came across your voyage in Scuttlebutt a couple of days ago. Today you turn 30. Happy birthday! You make our little 100 mile races sound like childs play. Keep it up for a few more days and you can be home in a warm bed and a shower.
    At least the Monitor Vane won’t stop working.
    Congratulations and good luck
    John in Victoria BC, Canada

  77. Ruth Reiner says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MATT!

    I hope the seas and the wind gave u a gift today by settling down. It appears that u r heading west sooner than u anticipated. After ur last blog, we surely would appreciate an up-date.
    Wishing u a safe passage home!
    Blessings…
    Ruth Reiner, Annapolis

  78. jeff carroll says:

    Matt,
    My friends Nick W. and Mike G. in Kent, Ohio informed me of your amazing and heroic journey. You are an insperation to us all. The work you are doing with CRAB is truly special. I love the blog entries, especially when you had to defend yourself from pirates with a .12 gauge!! Stay strong and hope to see you back in Tree City one day and shake your hand for you are a true warrior.

    Jeff C.
    Akron, Ohio

  79. Cynthia Elkins says:

    All of Eagle Rock is cheering for you! The final days are here, you can do it!!!

    Cindy
    Estes Park, CO

  80. Scott says:

    What a great journey and exhibit of spirit!

  81. Edward Pessenda (Minnesota) says:

    YO Matt you made you crazy SOB I will see you on Sat when you land with PJ and the rest of the gang congrats man now that your back lets celebrate Saki-bombs (redneck style) first rounds on me you bring the coldwater kumi cujai I’ll bring the glasses LOL.

  82. Martin says:

    Hi Matt – I followed your voyage till Cape Horn and I’m very impressed !
    I injoyed a lot of your postings.
    We have a small boat too (Coronado 25), but we do not think to make it over the Atlantic whith it – but we will go on for a long voyage from Berlin/Germany (where we just bought the boat) through Baltic Sea and NorthSea through the chanals of France – my be touching the English Chanal and Biscaya to end up in the Mediteranian Sea where we will go at least from France to greece….. So we will do a smaller Voyage, but we will have you in mind as the boats name is gonna be “Saint Brendan”
    For you: happy coming home ! (and not to much freighters on your future ways)
    Birgit & Martin

  83. Congratulations Matt !!!!!!!
    You are truly a hero in my eyes. Welcome home and thank you for all that you havee done for CRAB and sailing i n general.

    WELL DONE!!!!!!

  84. Ken Page says:

    I am in awe of your accomplishment. Congratulations again and dang I hope I get meet you one day and buy you a beer!

  85. Art Browning says:

    Congratuilations on crossing your own wake. You did it!! I’ve been keeping track of your progess since you were in awe of the ice island in Baffin Bay.

    It’s an amazing feat
    Art

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  87. Doug Shirley says:

    Congratulations on the completion of your voyage from another Albin owner. I owned an Albin 27 aft cabin from 1986 to 1999 & now have a 1996 Albin 32 which we bought in 1999.

    Sorry that I was not aware of your trip till only a couple weeks ago.

  88. Carrie Guadagnino says:

    Congratulations, Matt!! I had met you a year ago or so ago as you were keeping your boat in Burnside marnia also. I am amazed at what you have accomplished. You should be very proud of yourself and I look forward to seeing what you have in store for the world next! Best wishes and luck for any and everything you put your mind to :)

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