From SA’er Jax.
We’ve all been there: Undertaking some voyage or journey, and having conquered all the planned obstacles, the last stretch throws curveball after curveball. This is the position Matt Rutherford finds himself now. A young pup, Matt raised funds and forged a partnership with Chesapeake Regional Accessible Boating (CRAB) to complete one of the last major records: Solo and non-stop "around the Americas.”
Matt left Annapolis in April of 2011 on a 27 ft Albin-Vega sloop and headed North, then West, through the Northwest Passage. He then headed South until reaching and rounding Cape Horn. Later, Matt then found himself struggling off the coast of Brazil with an extremely leaky boat (taking on 25 gallons a DAY), a broken starter for his diesel, and dwindling DC power. A keen re-supply mission provided him the epoxy he needed for repair, but he could still use a little more help to get home.
Please read about his voyage at his website here, and then consider donating on Matt’s behalf to Chesapeake Regional Accessible Boating (crabsailing.org)