Chasing Bubbles is a documentary about the journey and spirit of Alex Rust, a farm boy turned day trader from Indiana who, at 25, abandoned his life in Chicago, bought a modest sailboat (called Bubbles) and set out to sail around the world.
Alex began his sailing adventure right here in the BVI from Nanny Cay where he bought Bubbles a 39-foot sailboat, from BVI Yacht Sales. It took him three years to sail around the world and return back to Nanny Cay – where his adventure first began. The day Alex and his boat Bubbles returned to Nanny Cay was momentous. Alex and his crew arrived back to a massive welcoming party at the round-the-world finish line in Nanny Cay.
The party went on for days and Alex and his friends celebrated across the BVI – Nanny Cay, Willy T, Cane Garden Bay and Jost Van Dyke. It was almost three years ago and many of Alex’s BVI friends are still talking about the celebrations.
Alex and his crew hosted a dock sale to raise funds for dockage and flights home. Once he arrived back home to the USA, Alex found he was craving more than what a 9-5 job could offer and travelled to India to work in orphanages. During his time there he suffered from typhoid fever twice and passed away last May at the age of 28.
Before his passing, Alex was working on a documentary to share his around the world experience. He documented everything from equator crossing rituals in the middle of the Pacific Ocean to parties in huts with the last cannibals on earth a thousand miles up the Sepik River in Papau New Guinea – not to mention pirate encounters, hurricane force winds and islands that hadn’t had outside visitors in 40 years.
Alex traveled for months shooting interviews with people who crewed on Bubbles during the trip – a varied bunch including childhood friends, family members, colleagues, strangers, wanderers, backpackers – basically anyone that was willing to hop aboard had a chance to join in the Bubbles crew.
To help make Alex’s dream of producing a documentary a reality, his friends from the BVI and beyond are taking over where Alex left off. All of his footage has been archived and a narrative thread has been developed. The next step is to source donations of at least $45,000 to complete this film.