Roko Belic towed the Lun, the rowboat central to his father’s adventure across the Atlantic, from Pedro Point to Los Angeles last week. He plans to use it in a narrative feature film he is making about his dad’s journey.
His dad, Dr. Nernad Belic, was 62 when he took a solo trip in the Lun that began on May 22, 2001, from Massachusetts. His five-month journey ended off the coast of Ireland. He had intended to hit Portugal, but Belic did not survive the journey.
By August of that year, the adventurer knew he only had a few weeks of supplies, but along came a Swedish container ship and resupplied the Lun. Then on Sept. 24, his oceanographer radioed him on the satellite phone to say a bad storm was coming off the coast of Ireland. He rowed through the weather, but was presumed lost at sea after the storm.
The boat was built in San Francisco and took at least three years to build. A test voyage in Illinois was crucial to figuring out where to stow gear. The boat landed in Pacifica after its ocean recovery because a friend said he had space to store it.
Nernad Belic’s adventure and sons Adrian and Roko’s reaction to it were featured in past issues of the Pacifica Tribune.
“I am grateful people in Pacifica are curious about the boat and were so supportive. It’s very moving to me that people unrelated to my father were inspired by the story. We are making a film to share some of those experiences that surround the adventure,” Roko Belic said.
He wrote a script about his dad’s journey and plans to use the actual boat in the filming of the movie, to be made by him and his brother, Adrian.
For updates about the film, go to LunMovie.com.