Life on board

Life on board Götheborg of Sweden

There are around fifty paying deckhands and twenty-five professional crew members on board Götheborg. The paying deckhands consists of a mix of people from all age groups, geographical origins, level of experience and interests. Everyone contributes in their own way with their unique life experience from professional and private life, whether you have sailing experience or not.

What you will be doing on board

We work according to a three-shift system where the paying deckhands are divided into three watches (teams) who share the 24-hour schedule. Each watch team works for four hours and is then off for eight hours.

During your watch you will be assigned to different posts. For the majority of the watch this means helping out on deck, for example setting and taking in sails, and climbing the rig. Other posts include being at the helm (steering the ship), standing watch or going on safety rounds (walking around the ship to see that everything is okay). You will also help to cook in the galley (kitchen). Life on board also means a lot of everyday chores such as cleaning and washing.

Helping out in port

When you sail on board you also help out after we have arrived at port. This includes being part of "open ship", hospitality events, sale of merchandise, and other activities.

Open ship is when the Götheborg is open to the public. During these hours everyone who have sailed on board are positioned around the ship and gangway to help answer questions, tell stories of the previous sailing, and about life on board in general. There will be huge interest, and you will definitely get a lot of curious questions about your experience of sailing the ship and what life on board is like!

Entering the rig!

Sailing on board Götheborg of Sweden involves entering and working in the rig, at the highest about 40 meters up, or far out on a yard. Everyone who sails with the ship goes through rig training, and even though most are a bit nervous to begin with, it soon becomes one of the favourite tasks for many on board. This short film clip is footage from the midship watch on the sailing leg from Stockholm to Gothenburg in September 2021.

Are you up for it?

Curious how life on board will be?

Take a look at our films about our previous sailing adventures!

What is it like to sail on board Götheborg of Sweden? Have a look at what happens on board: From bringing your passport when you sign on, to rig training, lessons, fire round, lookout post – and all the other fun things that happen on board!

Wilderness Stories

Life on board with Wilderness Stories

The adventurer Linda Åkerberg who runs Wilderness Stories joined the very first sailing leg on the Asia Expedition 2022/2023, The Pioneer Leg. She describes life on board in a beautiful way! 

”Brassa styrbord! Hala hals och skot!”. The commands hail 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 lift 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 ... 

Follow her on Instagram. We also repost her stories on our instagram.

Who can apply? Read this information (terms & conditions) to see who can apply to sail with us. Because of the physically demanding work that we do on board, anyone joining us as a paying deckhand need to meet a number of requirements listed here. Read more
How to apply Do you want to apply to sail on board the world's largest wooden sailing ship and for an adventure of a lifetime? Register here. Read more
Practical information You have now read about life on board, applied, and gotten accepted. What's next you might think? Here you will hopefully get the information needed.  Read more
Payment agreement & Cancellation rules Read more
FAQ Before applying to join a sailing leg with Götheborg of Sweden, please read the most frequently asked questions. Read more
Available Sailing Legs We are yet to release the sailing legs for 2023. When we do, you will find more information here, such as dates, a description of each sailing leg, number of days sailing, and the price for each leg. Read more