Ostindiefararen Götheborg: The Pioneer leg, Göteborg-Helsingborg

“Brassa styrbord! Hala hals och skot!”. The commands hails up on deck as I’m lying in my bed below, trying to get some rest before my last night watch. The hull cracks as the waves lifts the ship up and down and the sound of water just less than a meter from my head, accompanies the shouting above. And just like that, it all makes sense. I can suddenly understand exactly what they’re doing up there. They turning the sails. After almost a week at sea, after days of hard, confusing work, it has, just like that, fallen into place. I smile and lay my head on my pillow and let myself fall into sleep, rocked by the ship and the waves of the ocean.

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Ostindiefararen Götheborg, 2022-2023

The first time I heard about the East India Man Götheborg was in 2003. It wasn’t even yet a complete ship by then, but the reputation about it occured to me anyway. I, then still a teenager, was obsessed with the idea of sailing and maritime history. It was the feeling of pure freedom that lured, riding the world itself towards a destiny written in the stars. Fighting – and working together with the powers of the wind and the sea. Still I had not put my feet on deck of a ship and sailing with a ship like Götheborg was something I thought I could only dream about.

And so I did. For almost 20 years. Then, the dream became true.

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