Red Dot on the Ocean is the story of Matt Rutherford, a severely troubled youth, who became a sailing legend. Departing Annapolis, MD in a scrappy old 27-foot fiberglass sloop without ...
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Red Dot on the Ocean is the story of Matt Rutherford, a severely troubled youth, who became a sailing legend. Departing Annapolis, MD in a scrappy old 27-foot fiberglass sloop without fanfare, 30-year-old Rutherford braved the icebergs of the arctic and mountainous waves of Cape Horn to become the only person to ever sail single-handed, non-stop around the Americas; a 27,000 mile journey many professional sailors declared "a suicide mission." As a youngster, Matt's ADHD and tics made life at home and at school near-impossible. At age 13 he was in drug rehab and he spent his remaining teen years more on the streets than in school. Then, at age 17, locked up in a cell, he had an epiphany and decided to turn his life around. Matt attended and excelled at a special high school for troubled youth where he developed a desire to explore the world. After graduating, he bought his first sailboat - sight unseen on the Internet. Over the next few years he bought boats on the cheap, fixed them up...
Matt Rutherford was very brave to attempt and complete his Voyage. That being said only about 1/3 of this Documentary actually was about Sailing or this trip. The other 2/3s deals with his childhood, learning disabilities, family's cult membership, as well as endless family and friends commentary about Matt and his life story before sailing.
This footage would be tedious as a Home Movie, as a commercial Documentary it is close too unwatchable. I admire Matt's trip, but there is not enough relevant content about his Voyage for something worth watching.
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