Sometimes the winds of life take you to places you didn’t expect to be. And sometimes literally winds take you in the completely wrong direction – especially if you are sailing in a bubble boat. A Florida man set sail for New York but ended up sailing in the opposite direction. This is the third time the Florida man attempted to sail the wide-open seas in his bubble boat contraption.
Reza Baluchi from Central Florida constructed a vessel resembling a giant hamster wheel that is lined with inflatable flotation compartments. Baluchi claims to make voyages in his bubble boat to raise money for charity.
“My goal is to not only raise money for homeless people, raise money for the Coast Guard, raise money for the police department, raise money for the fire department,” Baluchi told WOFL-TV. “They are in public service, they do it for safety and they help other people.”
In 2014, Baluchi attempted to “walk on water” from Florida to Bermuda, and as BroBible reported then, it was not a great success. He planned another trip to the Caribbean in 2016, but that apparently didn’t go swimmingly either.
Reza Baluchi is a staunch believer in the “If at first, you don’t succeed, Try, try again” mantra.
Baluchi set sail to New York from St. Augustine in northern Florida. However, while on his Atlantic Ocean voyage he encountered “complications.” Instead of sailing 1,000 miles north to New York, Baluchi’s floating hamster wheel washed ashore in the Hammock area of Palm Coast, Florida, which is 30 miles south of St. Augustine. Nice going, Magellan.
Deputies from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Department responded to 911 calls about a strange vessel on the beach.
“The US Coast Guard was contacted and arrived on scene to take over the case and ensure the vessel/occupant are USCG compliant for their safety moving forward,” the Flagler County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement on Facebook.
Baluchi proclaimed that he will try his journey yet again.
A confident Baluchi said, “I will show people anything you want to do, do it. Don’t listen to anyone. Chase your dreams.”
As you can see at the 22-second mark of the FOX 35 Orlando newscast video covering Baluchi, he kept himself motivated by hanging a huge poster of Nikki Ziering, who was Playboy’s Playmate of the Month for September 1997. Gotta kept that motor running somehow.