ANNAPOLIS, Md.  (WJZ)— After a trip around the world, a young sailor docks his boat.

A crowd cheered as Matt Rutherford pulled into Annapolis on Saturday.

The sailor successfully circumnavigated the Americas alone. That’s a 25,000 mile voyage around North and South America.

He’s the first person ever to make the 314-day journey solo and nonstop.

He tells WJZ he’s happy with his trip but glad to be home for several reasons.

“Ribs, beer, shower,” Rutherford said. “Now I can talk to people.”

While on his historic voyage, Rutherford raised thousands of dollars for Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating. It’s a nonprofit sailing program for people with disabilities.


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