Chasing Bubbles Foundation holds inaugural Alex Rust Regatta

The inaugural Alex Rust Regatta took place June 12 at Lake Onyx in Seymour.

The regatta was a pirate-themed fundraising event put on by the Chasing Bubbles Foundation to inspire a fun and safe adventure in honor of Capt. Alex Rust, according to a news release.

Rust was born and raised in Seymour. He died unexpectedly May 28, 2013, in India of complications from typhoid fever. He was 28.

The event featured three races:

Paddle for those with kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, canoes and anything else that requires the racer to paddle.

Sailing limited to dinghy sailboats less than 18 feet because of the size of the lake.

Build your own boat (prizes awarded to the most creative and best functioning).

The winners from each event were:


paddleboard (male)

1. Kevin Reder

2. Cody Schryer

3. Jake Hill

Stand-up paddleboard (female)

1. Katie Williams

Kayak (male)

1. Jake Hill

2. Brandt Erwin

3. Kevin Reder

Kayak (female)

1. Trina Hill

2. Jess Goodwin

3. Moriah Cragun

Grand finale

all-in (male)

1. Jake Hill

2. Brandt Erwin

3. Kevin Reder

Grand finale

all-in (female)

1. Trina Hill

2. Jess Goodwin

3. Hannah Schroer

Build your own boat

Voter’s winner: Ruth Ann Hendrix

Race winner: Brandt Erwin


Jon and Shelly Shope

Alex Rust

Regatta champion

Jake Hill

All proceeds from the event will support scholarship funds for high-potential students in northeastern India.

The following is a statement from the Chasing Bubbles Foundation: “Thank you to all the fans and contributors who came out to support our cause. We look forward to hosting this event again next year. Special thanks to Gregg Pardieck and family for allowing the foundation to host their event on their lake.”