When it comes to resolutions at the start of the new year, most of us go for the basic “exercise more, eat better, learn Spanish” direction. One man, however, decided to go big and bold, setting out to build a boat and use it to sail the Atlantic to meet none other than Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk.
One Man’s Journey to Meet Elon Musk
Krystian Ryt moved to Manchester, UK, from his native Poland about six years ago. When he’s not busy working as a machine operator, the Pole spends his evenings building boats. His passion led him to transform his studio flat into a makeshift shipyard. And now, he’s joining two of his passions together — building boats and meeting with a man whose work and contribution to the world he admires.
Although the longest sailing experience Ryt has had so far on one of his boats is a five-hour journey on the Manchester canals. That’s all about to change for the 26-year-old who plans to take up a two-month sailing trip across the Atlantic to meet billionaire Elon Musk at his Texas SpaceX Starbase before the end of the year. Ambitious, right?
It’s a Question of When, Not If
Ryt is used to hearing that his idea is beyond crazy. After all, Krystian has no engineering qualifications and has never sailed solo across the Atlantic before, much less on a self-made boat. He’s not bothered by the naysayers, though. To the Pole, it’s a matter of finding the finances (for which he has set up a GoFundMe) and going to meet one of his idols. He understands it’s “a really expensive idea,” but it’s one worth pursuing.
To Krystian, Elon Musk is an inspiration to everyone because he’s “pushing humanity forward,” and that’s exactly what he wants to do as well. So, in a way, it isn’t a question of whether he’ll be able to achieve his goal, but rather a matter of when he’s going to have the resources to make it happen.