Matt Rutherford, who has been sailing nonstop around the Americas since June 11, 2011, is about to reach the finish of his incredible journey in Annapolis, Maryland.
Rutherford set out on his 27-foot Albin Vega to raise $250,000 for Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB). Over the past 10 months, he's passed by icebergs, weathered storms, sailed around Cape Horn, completed a successful resupply, and celebrated his birthday.
In a blog entry on April 4, he noted:
"I’m having a small birthday party, you’re all invited but it might be a long swim. I got this heavy sweet bread during the Recife resupply called Bolo De Rolo. I had two of them, I ate one already. Bolo De Rolo consists of many layers of soft bread rolled up with a sweet fruit filling between each layer. Anyway, that’s my birthday cake. I’ll make a couple candles out of cardboard. I also have a bottle of wine I’ve been saving for a special occasion."
Read more blog entries on his website.
Rutherford will drop anchor at the National Sailing Hall of Fame dock at the end of City Dock in Annapolis on April 21, and the public is encouraged to join this celebration.
Find out more about Rutherford's audacious voyage.