December 15th, 2014:

Buy, download and see Red Dot on the Ocean now! Front cover mention, Cruising World recognizes how we “Sail green for science..” in December issue.


November 11, 2014: Spinsheet: 30 Days on the Bay

Trenholm in action on the ORP'S summer research trip on the Bay.

October 26th, 2014:

Ocean Research Project founder Matt Rutherford attends his NYC movie Premiere Red Dot on the Ocean

Playing for a week at the Quad CinemaRead Review here! See trailer here.


Quad Cinema NYC

October 23th, 2014:

Evening at Heavy Seas: 2 Year Celebration

Announcing  aerial drone glacier mapping & oceanographic survey

in Greenland at two-year celebration

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Zack Shields, Senator Tom Harkin, Nicole Trenholm, Matt Rutherford, Jamin Greenbaum, Governor Martin O’Malley

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Following a recent ocean science expedition that took record-setting sailor and Ocean Research Project (ORP) founder, Matthew Rutherford, and ORP field operations scientist, Nicole Trenholm, to the waters of Yokohama, Japan for a first-ever continent to continent marine debris survey – ORP marked its two-year anniversary at Heavy Seas Brewery on October 17th, asserting plans to use drones to survey a major outlet glacier in Greenland while collecting nearby ocean heat information by ship to distinguished guests, including Senator Tom Harkin and Governor Martin O’Malley.

             “Together, Ocean Research Project and Intuitive Machines stand to disrupt the way sensitive arctic coastal areas are monitored by applying highly-capable autonomous vehicles [drones] and inexpensive surface ships with long dwell times and low carbon footprints,” said Greenbaum. “I believe they stand to become a model for how baseline monitoring will be done in the coming years.”Graphic

Greenbaum, said Rutherford, is no stranger to data collection in the Arctic, having previously managed flight operations and equipment integration for polar geophysical surveying. “Jamin joins us at a very critical time, not just for our organization but for the prospect of ocean science research and education at large… By employing drones for long-term monitoring of changing glacier systems,” Trenholm explained, “we will be able to observe glacial behavior on timescales that are unattainable with traditional platforms.”

Rutherford explains that Ocean Research Project is actively seeking sponsorship but is happy with their progress, to date. “We now have the aerial and marine platforms that can do the job so with only a little more support for operational costs we’ll be ready to deploy them. We have more work to do before we can sail but we have already won the trust and support of key organizations and individuals that share our belief that we should be monitoring the health of the ocean where climate change threatens to make lasting change.”


August 13th, 2014:

Bay-wide Biotelemetry Project:

Jamestown, VA to Annapolis, MD

Ocean Research Project and Smithsonian Environmental Research Center teamed up to collect one of the largest biotelemetry surveys of the cownose ray species by sailboat in our nation’s treasure, the Chesapeake Bay. A 21+ day and 300 nautical mile survey starting in August 2014, our team will survey the data gaps of the Chesapeake Bay searching for the tagged marine biodiversity of the bay at 2.0 knots.Map

September 2014: Japan’s KAZI Magazine Trans Pacific Plastic Pollution Survey by Ocean Research Project


September 5th, 2014: Metropolis: Plastics in the Pacific: From Oakland to Yokohama in 63 days

August 8th, 2014:

National Geographic

Adventure Science: 


  Sharks, Ocean Dumpster Diving, and the Survival of Mankind

August 8th, 2014: Spinsheet

Rutherford and Trenholm Talk Trash


July 8th, 2014: Capital Gazette

Annapolis-based marine researchers reach Japan ahead of typhoon


July, 2014: Embassy of US in Tokyo, Japan

Schock-ing! Small Boat, Tiny Crew…7,000 miles, Big Science & One Amazing Export!


July 21st, 2014:


Upcoming Project: Trans-Pacific Plastic Pollution Survey







Our team will complete  first ever continent to continent marine debris survey leaving Oakland, California for Fukuoka, Japan using a high speed trawl net to generate a data set to add to the global understanding of how much marine debris is on the ocean’s surface and to discover how ocean plastics threaten marine life and human health.This project is run in collaboration with our partner 5 Gyres. Samples will also be analyzed for persistent organic pollutants (POP) such as PCB’s and pesticides through University of Tokyo’s International Pellet Watch Program. Samples will also be processed at Baltimore Underground Science Space.

We will sail over 6,500nm on a W.D. Schock Harbor 29.  The Harbor 29 is the latest design by WD Schock.  The boat is in many ways an extended version of the classic Harbor 25.   Our 42 foot research vessel is located in the Chesapeake Bay.  It would be very expensive and time consuming to move our main research vessel all the way to the west coast just for this Pacific Ocean marine plastics expedition.  By working with WD Schock we will be able to complete the longest marine plastics survey in history.  We are planned to depart a few days after The Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show in Oakland California.


April 19th, 2014:Baltimore Sun


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Matt and Nicole on Harbor 29 Sakura with Avani Net

April 16th, 2014

Matt Rutherford: Podcast with 59° North


April 15th, 2014

iGyre: the new 5 Gyres Institute Global Monitoring Program takes off for Japan


April 14th, 2014

Nicole Trenholm: Podcast with 59° North


April 8th, 2014

Sailing for Science


March 31st, 2014

Rutherford to sail across the Pacific for pollution research

January 27th, 2014

Cirumnavigator: Matt Rutherford visits Annapolis

January 17th, 2014

Podcast: Matt Rutherford Sails for Japan listen click on SAILfeed


January 11th, 2014

A sailboat is born in W.D. Schock’s Shop…









January 8th, 2014

Education Outreach

Nikki teaches 5th Grade Science classes about “Plastics at Sea” on January 8th at River Ridge Elementary! Austin, Tx

January, 2014

Guinness Book of World Records

Ocean Research Project’s Founder Matthew Rutherford is in the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records for his solo non-stop circumnavigation of the Americas!!! Way to go Matt!

October 26th, 2013

Watch Matt’s latest TEDxJacksonville Tales from the ocean’s garbage patch: Matt Rutherford at TEDxJacksonville

Tales from the ocean’s garbage patch: Matt Rutherford at TEDxJacksonville

October 28th, 2013

Matt Rutherford is nominated as a Yacht World Hero.  

YachtWorld Heroes are nominated individuals who inspire us with their work in ocean advocacy and friendship with the sea.

October 7th,2013.. Listen to Matt on Maryland Morning WYPR ..From Sailing in a Sloop to Research in a Schooner


October 5th, 2013 Citizen Science Workshop: Plastics in the Oceans- BUGSS, Ocean Research Project, and You!

September 13th, 2013 Successful science, too much adventure mark maiden research voyage

By E.B. Furgurson III, Capital Gazette Staff

August 7th, 2013 Bermuda Sun Exclusive: We made it! Record-breaker in ocean drama

May 21st, 2013 Matt Rutherford’s Mission to Make Ocean Research Affordable

Credit: Chris Dowell and Jim Hogue

Credit: Chris Dowell and Jim Hogue

May 13th, 2013 Record Setting Annapolis Sailor sets Sights on Science

By Paul W. Gillespie, Capital Gazette Staff


April 27th, 2013.. First Annual Non-Fundraiser Fundraiser

Thanks to J- WORLD, 59 North and Heavy Seas Beer!
















April 25th, 2013 Solo Sailor Takes on New Mission 


April 17th, 2013 ..Listen to Matt live in London! BBC Radio Midweek 

February 7th, 2013

Matt Rutherford Wins OCC’s Jester Medal