Matt’s trip began in Annapolis, Maryland and from there he sailed north through Baffin Bay and into the North West Passage. After successfully transiting the passage he continued on down the west coast of North America, South America and down around Cape Horn. He continued up the East Coasts and back to Annapolis to complete the circumnavigation. Here are a few stats from the trip:
- over 27,000 miles
- 309.9 days sailing
- 106 gallons of diesel
- 750lb of dried food
- 2500lbs total cargo in a 27′ yacht
Click on the media player below to listen
In my opinion, the magnitude of Matt’s trip and the skills he demonstrated in achieving a solo circumnavigation of the Americas has been under rated and maybe under-reported? I think it will stand out as one of the great adventures of this century.
- To follow along with the journey you can visit Matt’s website
- To donate to Chesapeak Regional Accessible Boating visit CRAB Sailing
- To visit the next project Matt is involved in visit the Ocean Research Project
Red Dot on the Ocean – a documentary about Matt Rutherford’s journey
You can learn more about the documentary by visiting www.mattrutherfordmovie.com
It is a bit hard to fit a 27,000 mile, 309 day expedition into an hour interview, so I would suggest that you visit Matts blog of the journey – at www.solotheamericas.org to relive the experiences that he had along the way – he kept a pretty detailed blog going while he was underway.
I must apologise for the quality of the recording. I spoke to Matt over Skype and I could hear him perfectly while we were recording however once i got back to do the editing there was a nasty hiss in the background so I have filtered out some of that noise to try and improve the sound. If anyone knows a good sound engineer who would like to have a go at improving the recording please let me know and then I can repost a better copy later on.
If you haven’t had a chance to try out the Free Trial at Audible, now is a great time because I want to recommend an audiobook called “The worst journey in the world” which is by Apsley Cherry-Garrard. It includes a few of the adventurers that Matt mentioned as it is the story of Scott’s last fateful expedition to the Antarctic, as told by one of the surviving expedition members – Apsley Cherry-Garrard. This audiobook is nearly 20 hours of listening and you can download it free by visiting www.thesailingpodcast.com/free and registering for a 30 day trial with audible. It’s a free trial so You get to download one free audiobook and even if you decide to cancel after 30 days, you get to keep the that audiobook – what a great deal. – just visit www.thesailingpodcast.com/free
Thank you for joining David and Carina on their journey