The Chasing Bubbles Foundation shares the future of the sailing ship – Seymour Tribune | Dauktion

Bubbles wants to embark on a new adventure.

The sailing vessel that Captain Alex Rust navigated around the world while traveling in India from 2008 until his unexpected death on May 28, 2013 is back in the hands of the Chasing Bubbles Foundation.

During an Oct. 1 event outside Schwätzer’s German restaurant in downtown Seymour, the foundation’s president and one of Alex’s brothers, Joe Rust, announced that Bubbles has a new captain, Kevin Reder.

When Rust met Reder, he said he knew his outgoing personality and go-get-’em attitude could be a nice gust in their sails.

The Foundation’s board of directors appointed Reder to lead the Buy Back S/V Bubbles project and he is responsible for restoring the boat to full sailing condition.

“We now have an opportunity to amplify what we’re doing,” Rust said. “The boat will be our megaphone. We’re going to be able to travel around the world in that boat and really tell the story of Alex and really use it to raise a lot of funds.”

However, the boat is in pretty bad shape. A hurricane knocked down the mast and there are several other problems.

Reder said Bubbles needs a new mast, sails and an engine, and the total cost — if they want to get it right and make passengers on board comfortable — would be about $220,000.

He’s already found ways to raise funds to make it all happen.

Partnering with Boy Scouts of America in the Virgin Islands, Reder was able to guide Boy Scouts through a six-week program to practice navigating a boat. That would bring in $60,000 ($10,000 a week), but it must be taught by a registered captain.

“Over the next month I have the opportunity to earn my captain’s license to ensure we can take advantage of this opportunity and then bring in some income and ensure Bubbles keeps sailing,” said Reder.

The foundation is also opening 53 spots for people who can make a minimum donation of $250 to spend some time with Bubbles.

“In my opinion, the Midwest is a great place to grow up and be, but we don’t have a lot of opportunities, or we have them, but they’re not always given to us, so this is a way to get out of the Midwest and.” explore, experience what something like Bubbles has to offer, and get out and explore the world like Alex,” said Reder.

He also has the goal of getting Bubbles to run so it can cruise the Great Loop, ie the Mississippi, Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Seaboard, Hudson Bay and the Great Lakes on a promotional tour.

“We’re trying to use the boat to ensure that things keep going and that the children achieve their dreams,” said Reder.

Chasing Bubbles, a documentary about the adventures of Alex Rust, has inspired dreamers worldwide since its release in 2016, which led to the creation of the Chasing Bubbles Foundation as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Alex’s circumnavigation of the world, his love for children and his out-of-this-world desire to make an impact have helped shape the foundation’s mission, dream and values.

The mission is to empower children around the world to pursue their dreams, the dream is to have a world full of people who dare to challenge the status quo and the values ​​are courage, adventure, humanity and pastoralism .

It all goes back to 2008 when Alex quit his lucrative job at the Chicago Board of Trade and headed to Florida to chase a dream. He swapped his old minivan for a small sailboat and taught himself to sail with a “Sailing for Dummies” book.

Alex was soon sailing from Florida to the Bahamas with some friends and never looked back. What followed was a four-year adventure that took Alex to the farthest corners of the world where, among other things, he discovered that the beauty of humanity transcends wealth, language and location.

Alex decided to sail around the world, to as many hard-to-reach islands and rivers as he could find. Many of these places could only be reached by boat, and each stop was an opportunity for Alex to meet the locals, especially giving gifts to the kids and taking boat trips.

After returning home from his off the beaten path adventure, Alex felt a loss in his heart. He had always dreamed of having a family of his own with many children, but his travels around the world showed him that there were already so many children waiting for someone to help them achieve their dreams.

This realization took Alex to the farthest corners of India, where he was looking for a way to help rural orphanages find the support they needed.

Tragically, his journey was cut short in May 2013 while looking for ways to do so. He died of complications while recovering from typhoid. he was 28

This latest adventure was the starting point for the foundation’s mission and the launch of its first project.

“Shortly after this documentary was released, we decided there was a wave,” said Joe Rust. “The story of Alex made waves and how we were able to make a difference.”

A few years ago, Reder joined a sailing team and ended up watching Chasing Bubbles, and a friend told him he saw similarities between him and Alex.

A few weeks later, Reder bought his first sailing boat.

“Man, I just got inspired by Alex’s story,” he said. “I identified with him a lot. He was a Midwestern boy, like me from Michigan, and he did great things. I identified with that and bought my sailboat and started doing things like Alex, just living big.”

When he later learned that Bubbles was in a cove on the island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands near where he lived, Reder met the owners.

They later put it up for sale, and Reder, Joe, and Solomon Rust decided to buy it. Bubbles is in St. Thomas now.

“We’re trying to continue the legacy of Capt. Alex Rust where we inspire people and children to pursue their dreams and pursue the non-pseudo norm,” Reder said. “Here we are in 2022 making sure we do that.”

Joe encourages people to visit chasingbubbles.org and sign up for the mailing list to receive updates and announcements about new and ongoing projects, events, and other foundation news.

You can also buy and wear t-shirts created by the foundation to support the brand and promote the documentary that tells Alex’s story.

“We’re just trying to inspire people to pursue their own dreams, and we believe stories are the most powerful way to do that,” Joe said. “The more you can get involved, the more we can amplify the stories of Alex and other people who dare to pursue their dreams. The story of the waves he creates on the waves and waters of the world can continue to grow with your support to this day.”

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