Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Matt Rutherford


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.’

1 comment:

Fernando Costa said...

Thank you very much master Bill !

Excellent post.

Good, very good winds for you.

Fernando Costa

Read the last comment I published on Matt's blog.

"Simon, is both a pleasure and an obligation to try to do something to help people like Matt Rutherford, Laura Dekker and Mike Horn. The true artists of navigation. It is thanks to them that life becomes more beautiful to us. They are my true heroes. But today I’ll drink the health of Matt Rutherford, the MacGyver of the Seas. No, more than that. Matt is a powerfull seaman. The true Gilliatt. My god, while I slept, he refueled and set off at full speed. Good, great, excellents winds Big Matt! Simon, I’m very curious to know everything that happened during this refueling operation. Please tell us everything!"