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Red Dot on the Ocean: The Matt Rutherford Story
A film by Amy Flannery and Tory Salvia.
This is the theatrical version of Red Dot on the Ocean, which premiered at the QUAD Cinema in Greenwich Village New York, NY.
Once labeled a “youth-at-risk,” 30-year old Matt Rutherford risked it all in an attempt to become the first person to sail alone, nonstop around North and South America. Red Dot on the Ocean is the story of Matt's death-defying voyage and the childhood odyssey that shaped him.
Matt Rutherford’s childhood was fraught with obstacles. He grew up in an obscure Christian cult, struggled with ADHD and learning disabilities, was in drug rehab at 13, lived on the streets, and in juvenile detention. While attending a special high school, Matt discovered that he actually liked to learn and developed a passion to see the world. After graduating, Matt taught himself how to sail, crossed the Atlantic alone to Europe, sailed south to Africa, then back across the Atlantic. Along the way he read about Ernest Shackleton and other Arctic explorers, and became obsessed with sailing the Northwest Passage -- the once impassable ice-clogged waterway that joins the North Atlantic with the North Pacific.
In June 2011, Matt departed on an incredible, death-defying voyage to sail nonstop around the Americas. On an old, scrappy 27-foot sailboat he spent the next 309 days alone at sea. He braved the icebergs of the Arctic and the treacherous waters off Cape Horn. Before he left, professional sailors called him crazy and declared his proposed 27,000-mile journey “a suicide mission”. But Rutherford proved them wrong. He brought back remarkable video footage and audio logs, raised $120,000 for charity, and entered the record books.
How does a troubled youth become a sailing legend? Ask Matt Rutherford. His story is full of surprises and makes us all feel we can do more than we ever imagined.
DVD available at www.quaddvdgems.com/documentaries/
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Episode 137 is a unique one. It’s Part 2 of a very long conversation I had with Teddy J of the Sail Loot podcast. Teddy and I are releasing these episodes simultaneously on each other’s shows, so to catch Part 1 – in which I spend over 90 minutes talking about my own sailing history and my entrepreneurial inspiration, head on over to the Sail Loot podcast – just search Sail Loot in iTunes, or stream online at sailloot.com.
In Part 2 that follows here, I turned the tables on Teddy and spent the next hour talking to him about how he got inspired to go sailing after a trip in Dominica he did with some friends. Ever since then he’s always wondered how people managed to pay for their dreams, and hence the Sail Loot podcast was born. Teddy has over 30 episodes now interviewing a lot of well-known sailors about just how they make their dreams financially viable. Teddy and I also spend some time discussing the technical aspects of podcasting, talking about the gear we use and our production process.