Matt Rutherford Wins OCC's Jester Medal

The Ocean Cruising Club has announced the winners of their 2012 awards.

Matt Rutherford's Almost Home

In recognition of Matt Rutherford's incredible, not to mention record breaking, journey around the Americas in an old 27-foot Albin Vega sailboat named St. Brendan, the Ocean Cruising Club has awarded him the 2012 Jester Medal. The Jester Medal is awarded for an outstanding contribution to the art of single-handed sailing.

Beginning in June 2011, Matt Rutherford spent more than 10 months sailing non-stop from Annapolis, Maryland, north through the Northwest Passage, south to Cape Horn, and then north again back to Annapolis. Along the way, he kept a blog of his experiences at Solo the Americas.

The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC), the world’s truly global ocean cruising association, has announced the recipients of the OCC Annual Awards. Each year the OCC recognizes the achievements of ordinary individuals doing extraordinary things on the world’s oceans and brings those achievements to the attention of the sailing community at large.

For a complete list of the 2012 OCC award winners, visit .