Annapolis (CBSDC) – A hero’s welcome on the city dock greeted a wayward traveler when Matt Rutherford returned from his 10 month voyage around the Americas.

Rutherford, set sail from Annapolis last June and headed north, traveling around the hemisphere counter-clockwise.

The trek covered 25,000 miles and has raised about $50,000 for CRAB – a non-profit that teaches sailing to disabled people.

The boat Rutherford used is a 36-year-old Albin Vega boat that he named the Saint Brendan, after a sixth century Irish explorer.

It wasn’t all smooth-sailing for the Saint Brendan. Rutherford had to navigate the icy north-west passage and Cape Horn and ran out of supplies a few times.

“I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it through the artic, and I wasn’t sure I was going to make it around Cape Horn on this little 27 foot boat.” Rutherford says.  But “if you have food and water what else do you need?”

But despite the challenges Rutherford says that “We’re all capable of incredible things all you have to do is believe in yourself.”

Rutherford is planning to convert his blog into a book and set out on another adventure soon.


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