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  1. 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.

    A film by Amy Flannery and Tory Salvia
    Producers: Tory Salvia, Amy Flannery, Stephanie Slewka
    Directed & Edited by Amy Flannery
    Sponsored by HONDA (

    Now airing on Public TV stations across the U.S. For broadcast dates, times, and stations see

    Available on Vimeo on Demand at
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    "Red Dot on the Ocean portrays the story as triumph over adversity and wayward youth....we learn that he spent part of his childhood in a cult and struggled with ADHD. That condition may have led him to -- and helped him thrive in--the adrenaline highs of sailing.... Plays like an upbeat, real-life “All Is Lost,” as Mr. Rutherford, with relatively simple sailing equipment, contends with setbacks and the elements."
    -- Ben Kenigsberg, NEW YORK TIMES

    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.

    "Director Amy Flannery balances the footage of the Rutherford's voyage with background information about his troubled childhood.... Both his childhood and his voyage are compelling....The way that he changed his life 180 degrees after being a street punk feels quite inspirational and poignant."
    -- Avi Offer, NYC MOVIE GURU

    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.

    "It's an inspiring tale, to be sure.... Rutherford is an engagingly charismatic, charmingly self-deprecating figure...."
    -- By Frank Scheck, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

    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.

    "This is a remarkable film, one of the best sailing documentaries ever produced.... What makes this story so engrossing, though, is that the sailing part is only half the tale...."
    -- Herb McCormick, Senior Editor, CRUISING WORLD MAGAZINE

    "Once a depressed, unhappy kid, Matt Rutherford overcame a rough childhood before sailing to the Arctic and beyond....Director Amy Flannery's movie opens in gripping fashion, with a clip of Matt's 38-year-old Albin Vega, St. Brendan, pounding to weather....Ten minutes into the film, Flannery shifts tacks and we learn of Matt's first brush with the law; it won't be the last. From that moment forward, the parallel storylines of Matt's boyhood and adolescence, and his emergence as a sailor...are deftly interwoven."
    -- Herb McCormick's Latest review from CRUISING WORLD MAGAZINE January 2015

    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.

    "Endlessly engrossing....It's hard to get more inspirational than the real-life voyage of Matt Rutherford....Documentarian Amy Flannery gives us a feel for the constant pounding of the waves in rough water, juxtaposed with the dangerous beauty of icebergs....You can't help but be gratified at this eminently nice guy's amazing accomplishment."

    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.

    "In a word: inspiring....It deserves to become a classic….I found myself on the edge of my seat, my heart racing…."
    -- Andy Schell, 59-NORTH.COM, contributing editor SAIL MAGAZINE

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  2. DVD: 91 minutes (64 minute main movie plus extras)
    Video Download: 64 minutes (mp4 and wmv)
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    Cost Control While You Cruise is based on the Lin and Larry Pardey boat show seminar of the same name - but greatly enhanced by 20 years of video footage the Pardeys have acquired cruising the world's oceans. The video visualizes Lin's wonderful stories and tips about cost control, bringing the viewer to exotic cruising grounds where life moves at a very different pace. The goal of this program is to give you the strategies, skills, and thought processes you need to establish a realistic budget for your cruising style - and to keep you on budget so you can stay out there as long as it's fun.

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  3. On April 21st, 2012, Matt Rutherford, 31, sailed into his home port of Annapolis, Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay after completing a non-stop, 314 day 27,000 mile solo circumnavigation of North and South America - the first such solo voyage ever in a small sailboat.

    Matt's historic voyage, and his remarkable life story, is now a feature length documentary. Produced by TheSaiingChannel.TV and Flannery Films, Red Dot on the Ocean: The Matt Rutherford Story is available through Vimeo On Demand at For more information about the documentary, visit the film's website at

    Red Dot is currently on the global film festival circuit and has won several awards and nominations. Red Dot is coming to PBS in spring 2016 through distribution by WPBT2 Miami and American Public Television. Besides Vimeo, Red Dot will also be distributed by other top digital platforms, in Blu-Ray and DVD, and to international broadcasters.

    Matt Rutherford made his Around the Americas voyage in a 27 foot sloop, St. Brendan, named after a 6th century explorer. The 1970, 42 year old, Swedish built Albin-Vega sailboat is a sturdy vessel, but not one designed for the rigors of the Northwest Passage and Cape Horn.

    Rutherford had actually crossed his own start line at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel near Norfolk, Virginia. But he was determined not to step foot on land until he sailed up the Bay to his home port of Annapolis.

    Dozens of boats escorted Rutherford into the harbor where family, friends, and hundreds of spectators waited to greet him at the City Dock. After stepping off his vessel, Rutherford shared brief hugs with his Mom and Dad. He was then escorted to a reception ceremony hosted by sailing legend, Gary Jobson, and attended by the Governor of Maryland, the Mayor of Annapolis, and many other dignitaries. After receiving numerous awards in recognition of his record-breaking voyage, Matt met with the press for an extend news conference.

    Rutherford undertook the trip for personal accomplishment and in support of C.R.A.B., Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating - a nonprofit that provides the joy and challenge of sailing to individuals with disabilities. The voyage eventually raised $125,000 for C.R.A.B and disabled sailors. You can donate to C.R.A.B. online at

    For more information about Matt's voyage, visit

    After completing his Around the Americas circumnavigation, Matt formed Ocean Research Project, a 501c3 non-profit. ORP is dedicated to collecting scientific data about the world's oceans under sail. Matt refitted a 41 foot steel cat schooner, Ault, as his research vessel. In 2014, with his partner/scientist, Nichole he sailed to the Atlantic Gyre collecting data on plastic pollution. In 2015, the couple sailed aboard a Shock Harbor 29 non-stop from Oakland, California to Yokohama Japan collecting ocean data. In summer 2016, Matt and Nicole are again aboard Ault sailing up and down the west coast of Greenland collecting data about the ocean's effect on glacial melting. Visit ORP at to read project blogs and to make a donation to support future research voyages.

    Look for more sailing documentaries with Matt Rutherford in the coming years.

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  4. 2 minute version of the "Play to a Draw" sequence from the 52 minute documentary, "Tall Ships: The Privateer Lynx."

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  5. TheSailingChannel interview with Lin and Larry Pardey at the 2011 U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD.

    This is the first time Lin and Larry have been on an U.S. East coast boat show tour since 2003. TheSailingChannel was delighted to a share its booth with the Pardeys at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD. The line of friends, admirers, and fans continued non-stop for 4-days. In this short interview the Pardeys talk about their visit, the young cruising sailors they've met, Lin's new book, "Bull Canyon," and future sailing plans in New Zealand.

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