13. How Captain Matt Rutherford learned to sail on the fly. After buying his first boat over the internet, unseen, he runs aground in the Chesapeake Bay within minutes of setting sail. Later that same day, he drags his anchor and comes within a few yards of being dashed on a rocky shoreline. On the return trip, along the Intra-Coastal Waterway, the boat is struck by lightning, knocking both Matt and his girlfriend to the deck.
In many ways, this might be regarded as a cautionary tale; an example of what-not-to-do with a sailboat. But not long after the events recalled in this podcast, Matt Rutherford became the first person ever to circumnavigate the Americas, non-stop, single-handed – a journey of 27,000 miles and 309 days.
To learn more about Matt’s conservation work or to make a donation, visit Ocean Research Project.
He can also sell you a sailboat. And he will definitely find the right boat for you.
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