When did you first decide you wanted to be a sailor?
I grew up by the Swedish archipelagos and my father taught me how to drive a boat at very early age, we had the ocean right at our house and if we wanted ice cream or to throw away garbage we had to take the boat. But it was later when my mother bought a two masted wooden ketch that was in a terrible state that I got to learn more about wooden ships and how to restore them. At the age of 17 I bought my own "wreck" and restored it by my self. Finding it very stimulating, with my thirst for knowledge I started as a volunteer on the Swedish fullrigger Götheborg at 2008. It was 4 years later that a actually started to see my self as a "professional" sailor and decided to study for it.
What has been your best moment at sea?
It's hard to say what the best moment is, but if I take the first picture that pops up in my head when I think of it, it must be when you sail on far from home and surfing the waves in the middle of the night, when a big whale breaks the surface next to your ship, when the wind fills the sails to the perfect cut, when the sun sets and you see the green flash again, and the strange but rather amazing feeling when you're climbing the rig in stormy weather fighting for your ship and you really need to hold fast.
What was your worst moment at sea?
My worst moment on the sea was in a late and cold autumn 2009 when a friend of mine asked me if I could help him to sail home his old sailing boat, and I said yes. We had to make a new longer route 1/3d of the way to go around a military practice area and didn't make the cross in time for the bad weather. The waves got higher than 25 feet and the wind got stronger and we was hit by a cold front in the dark that shifted the wind more than 100° and with a SNAP, one of the outriggers on the falling mast punched a hole in the hull in the middle of the night and we started to take in water. My two longest days on the sea was when the vhf-antenna followed the mast to the bottom of the sea and it took more than 24 hours until someone found us. But there we have one of my best moments out at sea and that's when the coast guard chopper found us and lifted us up.
What is your favorite type of ship?
When I look at a ship it is first of all the rig that I'm interested in. Of all the rigs I've been sailing it is the brig that I think have the most fun sailing, easy to handle and is fast. But it is the fullrigger that have what I love, big sails and so tall, everything doesn’t always have to go fast.
What is your favorite port that you’ve been to?
I love to sail along the norwegian coast, it is so beautiful and the Swedish archipelago on the east coast, but the best place I've been must be around the Azores, Faial.
What do you miss most when you’re at sea?
What I miss at home When I'm out for a longer periods of time I miss my family of course and my girlfriend, my friends and the simplest things. To just be able to take a shower without 40-60 other people around you and doing what I want when ever I want. Foods? I miss milk, and swedish Köttbullar (meatballs),
Whats the best advice you’ve been given?
The best advice someone ever have give me was: What ever you are tying down and making fast, do it as if it will be covered in ice. Make the proper knot for it so you can open it up with just one hand “when all hell breaks loose”.
What is the best piece of sailing gear you own?
My best tools is my two strong bosun's hands, but my knife and marlinspike is always near by, I never go on deck or aloft without them.