Non-Stop Single-Handed Circumnavigation of North and South America



Matt Rutherford

Non-Stop Single-Handed Circumnavigation of North and South America

Matt Rutherford is the first person in history to complete a non-stop, single-handed, voyage around North and South America. Rutherford left Annapolis, MD on June 2011 and traversed some of the most dangerous seas on Earth. During the first leg of his trek, Rutherford broke a record by solo sailing the smallest boat in history through the Northwest Passage. Once through this northern passage, Rutherford sailed around the entire state of Alaska then south through the Pacific Ocean from North to South America to make his left-hand turn at storm-tossed Cape Horn and completing his record-breaking journey in 309 days after sailing 27,077 non-stop miles at sea.    


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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