Adventurer Matt Rutherford will receive a hero’s welcome April 21 when he arrives in Annapolis, completing a 25,000-mile voyage around North and South America in a 27-foot Albin Vega sailboat. He will enter the record books as the first person ever to make the 300-day journey solo and nonstop.
The public is encouraged to join a crowd of supporters – including friends, the sailing community, and public officials – who will greet Matt and cheer his remarkable achievement. Gary Jobson, president of US SAILING and author of 17 sailing books, will preside as the emcee for the welcome on land. Rutherford will drop anchor at the National Sailing Hall of Fame dock at the end of City Dock, 67-69 Prince George Street, in Annapolis, Md. The celebration will begin at noon.
Rutherford is making his historic voyage to raise $250,000 for Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB), a nonprofit sailing program for people with disabilities based in Annapolis, Md. Donations can be made online at www.crab-sailing.org or by calling 410-626-0273.