sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Australia Cruising USA Cruising Canada Boats for Sale Sail-World Racing Photo Gallery FishingBoating
Photo Gallery FishingBoating Video Gallery Newsletters
Sail-World.com : Solo sailing star's passion = busy environmental schedule
Solo sailing star's passion = busy environmental schedule

'Matt Rutherford and Nicole Trenholm, common environmental passions'    .

Matt Rutherford, who came to prominence in the non-competitive sailing world by completing a non-stop solo journey around the Americas in a 27ft boat that looked only fit for an afternoon sail, is now a busy environmentalist. Having just completed a 'plastic-finding' crossing of the Pacific, he and his partner, environmental scientist Nicole Trenholm, are pushing towards their next project.

Nicole Trenholm and the growing collection of samples from the Pacific garbage patch -  .. .  


Having arrived in Yokohama in Japan after an ocean of solitary days to find themselves, as he described it, a 'mass buffalo migration' of commercial ships all around them, they will turn around and go right back. They have to get back to Annapolis to begin a project with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in August, doing a bio-telemetry survey of cow-nosed rays on a 21-day voyage up and down the Chesapeake Bay.

Next year Rutherford and Trenholm, working with the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, will sail to eastern Greenland for a oceanographic and glacier survey of the Helheim glacier, which has retreated several miles up Sermilik fjord in the past decade.

But that is not to downplay the amazing voyage they have just completed. Their arrival into Yokohama, just beating super-typhoon Neoguri into port, ended a 63 day, 6,850nm non-stop voyage in their 30ft sailing boat.

Matt was forever changed by his solitary voyage around the Americas, which took him 10 months and demonstrated to him how badly the oceans need our help.

Fantastic welcome after Matt's feat in rounding the Americas - Governor of Maryland Martin O'Malley and his wife Katie welcome Matt Rutherford home after his solo, non-stop voyage around both North & South America 2012. -  .. .  


As a result, together Rutherford and Trenholm have formed the Ocean Research Project, whose goal is to do oceanographic research from a small platform. This was their second major voyage to capture samples of the minute plastic bits that float in the world’s oceans.

It was also the first coast-to-coast, trans-Pacific Ocean plastics research voyage, Rutherford said.

Last year the pair sailed into the Sargasso Sea in the Atlantic and collected thousands of samples of plastics, some still being analyzed in labs in Baltimore and Japan.

The latest voyage set out from Oakland, California, in mid-April, two weeks later than planned because the boat they were to use, a Harbor 29, had not been completed and Matt ended up helping to build the boat when he should have been at sea.

The delay meant they would get to their destination at the beginning of typhoon season. But they were lucky, making into port in the middle of the night on July 2, six days before Neoguri started taking aim at Japan.

'That is a huge storm for this early in the season. It would have certainly killed us,' Rutherford said via email from Japan early Wednesday.

The journey, he said, was successful in gathering yet more plastics. As in Rutherford and Trenholm’s previous voyages, but just as they thought they were 'home clear', disaster almost struck.

After passing Wake Island, with about 1,500 miles to go, they noticed a bowing in the deck where the mast was secured. Jury-rigging commenced, and the pair were able to wedge wood and a piece of spare spinnaker pole into place, secured by fiberglass resin.

With the mast secure, they thought it was a good time to change their head sail. But a fitting failed and the sail would not budge. More jury-rigging ensued.

As they neared Japan, and after a week of steady rain, the pair approached a very strong current, much like the Gulf Stream off Maryland’s shore — just as word of the gale that became Neoguri was coming in.

'As the sun rose … we could clearly see the Japanese mainland,' Rutherford wrote in his last blog entry. 'We pushed the boat as hard as possible and made it to the entrance to Yokohama.'

Which is where this story began - after all those weeks of solitary sailing, tired from their recent complications, they were suddenly, frighteningly, surrounded by hundreds of 'charging buffaloes' in the form of ships in one of the busiest harbours in the world.

The image we love - after 10 months non-stop at sea, Matt arrives home -  .. .  


by Nancy Knudsen


  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=124371

9:20 PM Fri 11 Jul 2014GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







Sail-World Cruising News - local and the World















The Galley Guys take on the Vancouver International Boat Show by Greg Nicoll with Frank Leffelaar and Friends,


Are you ready to enter that marina? by Captain John Jamieson, Florida














Remember to properly dispose of obsolete distress beacons by Australian Maritime Safety Authority,




World ARC fleet bids farewell to Bali by World Cruising Club,
















World ARC crews in Bali by World Cruising Club,


Could your sailing navigation use a tune-up? by Captain John Jamieson, Florida












The Boat Cookbook by BoatBooks,


La Grace - Flagship of Africa-Europe Challenge in 2014
Indian Ocean-wide tsunami exercise to test readiness
Blue Planet Odyssey - Aventura makes landfall at St John’s
18 anti-piracy weapons for ships to fight pirates
World ARC fleet now arriving in Bali
Governor’s Cup Yacht race - Great for cruisers and racers alike
Cowes Breakwater causes new tidal flow
EU Naval flagship- frigate assist yacht twice maydays in pirate zone
An offer a Galley Guy cannot refuse
Dinghy Safety - More to think about
World ARC fleet to enter Indian Ocean for the first time
What can you do to prevent electrocution and ESD?
Pack this sailing gear for 'hands-free' lighting
Salty Dawg Rally Seminar Series planned October 8 in Annapolis
Europe tightens up on skippers competency certification
World ARC fleet departs Darwin under full sail
NOAA expedition discovers ship’s timepiece silent for nearly 200 years
Blue Planet Odyssey - Northwest Passage gate opens
A Cruising Guide to the Dominican Republic 6.0 now available
BNS Leopold I to commence counter-piracy operations
Africa Europe Challenge introduces 'Spectator's Package'   
Wanted youth circumnavigators on a 'Voyage of Imagination'   
Niagara-on-the-Lake, a popular cruising destination in Canada   
The crowd-pleasing comforts of catamaran cruising   
Death by Dinghy   
'Sailing Stones' of Death Valley seen in action for the first time   
Coast Guard searching for two boaters near St. Petersburg   
20 coral species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act   
Shanghai to San Francisco in under 2 hours via supersonic sub   
PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014 - 2 for £24 ticket offer ends soon   
A case of crossed wires? A shocking situation!   
How amazingly awe-inspiring the Arctic really is   
New atlas provides thorough audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean   
European Odyssey boats arrive in Lanzarote + Video   
Multiagency rescue at Dunraven Bay + Video   
Canal Boating in the Alsace with the Galley Guys   
World ARC fleet arrives in Darwin   
Dangers of the Dinghy trip back to your boat   
European Odyssey visits Porto   
Timeless Tonga - Charter sailing in a Polynesian paradise *Feature   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph, contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW CRU NH
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT