The Colvin Gazelle is the most famous design of US naval architect Thomas Colvin, who as long championed both metal construction and junk rigs on cruising sailboats. The first hull was built by Colvin himself for his own personal use and was named "Gazelle". She has since proven to be his most successful design, with over 700 sisterships launched to date.
Ault Specifications: LOA: 48' 0" - LOD: 42' 0" - LWL: 33’ - Beam: 11‘ 2” - Draft: 4' 6" - Ballast: lbs - Displacement: 24,000 lbs - Designed: Thomas Colvin - Sail Plan: Cat Rigged Schooner - Hull material: Steel - Approximate number built: 700
Matt Rutherford, the founder of the Ocean Reseasrch Project (ORP) is the first person in history to complete a non-stop, single-handed, voyage around North and South America. Rutherford left Annapolis, MD on June 2011 and traversed some of the most dangerous seas on Earth. During the first leg of his trek, Rutherford broke a record by solo sailing the smallest boat in history through the Northwest Passage. Once through this northern passage, Rutherford sailed around the entire state of Alaska then south through the Pacific Ocean from North to South America to make his left-hand turn at storm-tossed Cape Horn and completing his record breaking journey in 309 days after sailing 27,077 miles at sea.
Once Matt returned from his circumnavigation he immediately started working on starting a non-profit organization The Ocean Research Project, that would help scientists better understand the problems facing the oceans. Matt believes that no one person can do everything but everyone can do something. By creating Ocean Research Project,Matt plans to educate people about marine issues and give back to the earths oceans.