After 24,000 miles and 293 days on the water, Matt Rutherford will finish his solo, non-stop sail around the Americas in early April. He is currently 400 miles off the coast of the Carolinas, and his journey will end when he reaches Annapolis, Md.
Rutherford and his 27-foot Albin Vega, Saint Brendan, should hold together until then. In his latest blog, Rutherford looks forward to reaching land:
It takes about 100 pumps to make 200ml of water. I made on average 3 liters a day, so I had to pump my water maker around 1500 times every 24 hours. I caught some rain and melted some ice in the Artic but I still had to make my own water around 270 days of the roughly 300 day trip. That means that by the time I reach the Chesapeake Bay I will have pumped a water maker at least 405,000 times in order to make enough water to rehydrate my food make coffee and quench my thirst. Running water never sounded so good!
Plus, check out senator Tom Harkin of Iowa speaking about Rutherford on the U.S. Senate floor last Thursday:
Solo Sailor Nears Finish
After 293 days at sea, Matt Rutherford nears the end of his journey around the Americas.