Rutherford Sets Record

Matt Rutherford enters the record books as the first solo sailor to complete a nonstop circumnavigation of the Americas.

On April 21, solo sailor Matt Rutherford set foot on land for the first time in 314 days. Just three days earlier, he entered the record books as the first sailor to sail over 25,000 miles around the Americas solo and non-stop. The 31-year-old completed the journey in a 27-foot Albin Vega sailboat.

He arrived to a large welcome from hundreds at the Annapolis City Dock in Maryland:

Photo: Mark Duehmig

Photo: Mark Duehmig

Photo: Mark Duehmig
After setting the record, Rutherford wrote in his blog:

Although my boat was small and my budget meager it was my unwavering determination and previous sailing experience that got me through. We are all capable of incredible things; all you have to do is believe in yourself. I thank you all for following along during the trip. It’s been a great adventure and although the trip has been hard it’s also been very enjoyable.

Read more blog entries on his website.

Rutherford set out on his adventure to raise $250,000 for Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB). Find out more about Rutherford's audacious voyage.