Fernando Costa, who has frequently commented on items within this blog, recently drew my attention to Matt Rutherford who is endeavouring to sail around the Americas in an effort to raise funds for CRAB, the Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating organisation.
Matt has run into problems with equipment used for generating power, and Simon Edwards is hoping to re-supply Matt with the necessary gear at a rendezvous off Recife, Brasil. Fernando was wondering if anyone could help, and he asked me to make the matter known via my blog.
Here are the relevant links to websites:
Around the Americas Solo (Matt’s website)
CRAB – Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating
Fernando Costa’s Appeal
Matt has done remarkably well in his endeavours to raise cash for CRAB. His aim is to complete a circuit of the Americas, involving a 25,000 mile voyage, sailing non-stop via the Northwest Passage, anti-clockwise around both North and South America, around Cape Horn, returning northwards along the Atlantic seaboards to Chesapeake Bay.
He left Annapolis on 1st June, 2011, aboard an aged Albin Vega 27 yacht, and proceeded northwards to the Northwest Passage which he sailed through to continue to the Bering Strait and beyond to the Aleutian Islands, becoinge the record-holder for sailing the smallest boat through the Northwest Passage – that’s according to the Scott Polar Institute, University of Cambridge.
Early in January, 2012, Matt rounded Cape Horn to commence the northwards part of the 25,000 mile circuit. He hopes to raise $10 for every mile sailed. If you wish to donate, visit the CRAB website and follow through the process. Monies raised will fund refitting CRAB’s fleet of four sailboats, purchasing new accessible racing boats, and helping with the modification of a fishing boat for wheelchair accessibility.
Text for the Day
Philippians 4:6, 7 ‘Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.’