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Matt Rutherford Returns Home After Historic Journey

Apr 17, 2012 04:24PM ● By Anonymous

Matt’s plan is still to make his first landfall this Saturday the 21st of April at noon in Annapolis. Anyone and everyone is invited to help welcome him home.

Congratulations to Matt!”

Matt Rutherford, who set off from Annapolis last June in a 27-foot Albin Vega to sail solo around the Americas, will finally return to Annapolis this Saturday, at City Dock.

In September, Matt sailed through the Northwest Passage, where he set his first record as the smallest boat to ever make the crossing unassisted. When he arrives in Annapolis this Saturday, he will be the first person to ever solo the 25,000-mile journey without stopping. The mission behind the journey has been to raise money and awareness for CRAB (Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating). Currently he’s raised almost $70,000, still short of his $250,000 goal. (To help him reach his goal, donate here.)

Once he reaches the Bay this weekend, Matt will be escorted by the U.S. Coast Guard, among other boats, to City Dock/the National Sailing Hall of Fame where he’s set to arrive at noon. And not without a celebration. Matt will meet with his family first, but then be invited on stage where he will be recognized by various individuals and organizations.

Matt’s unprecedented feat has gained widespread attention in the media, the blogosphere, and even the Senate floor.


To learn more about Matt and his incredible, historic journey, check out his blog.