First person to circumnavigate the Americas sailing non-stop solo
Matt Rutherford
8.2 first
United States ()

Matt Rutherford (USA) sailed the 8.2-m-long (27-ft) Albin Vega sailboat St Brendan single-handedly on a non-stop 43,576-km (27,077-mile) circumnavigation of North and South America starting on 13 June 2011 at Annapolis City Dock in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, USA, and finishing back where he started 310 days later on 18 April 2012. On 19 September 2011, he successfully negotiated the Northwest Passage – setting the record for the smallest boat to ever negotiate the notoriously dangerous Arctic Ocean route – and rounded Cape Horn in January 2012.