Sailing the Arctic

1:00pm

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18

Matt Rutherford

Sailing the Arctic

Since finishing the circumnavigation of the Americas Matt Rutherford has created Ocean Research Project, an organization dedicated to science, education and exploration.  Matt has sailed over 25,000 miles in pursuit of scientific data and will be sharing stories from the last two Arctic research expeditions, along with tips for high latitude sailing.  From storms in the icy Arctic to stumbling across abandoned ships, this is where science meets adventure on the high seas.

Bio

Since finishing the circumnavigation of the Americas, Matt Rutherford has created Ocean Research Project, an organization dedicated to science, education and exploration.  In 2013, Matt spent 70 days in the Atlantic Ocean mapping out the unexplored eastern side of the Atlantic Garbage Patch.  In 2014, he sailed from San Francisco to Yokohama, Japan (6,800 miles) non-stop collecting plastics samples to better understand the plastisphere (a microbial layer of bacteria hitchhiking on the plastic). In 2015 and 2016, Matt's organization worked primarily with NASA's Ocean Melting Greenland program mapping out uncharted regions in Northwest Greenland.  Matt has sailed over 25,000 miles in pursuit of scientific data since completing his first ever non-stop singlehanded circumnavigation of the Americas. Matt is also a yacht broker, a filmmaker and is finishing his first book which is scheduled to be published in the summer of 2018.


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