In the summer of 2015 the Swedish Ship Götheborg became the largest sailing ship that ever sailed in Lake Vänern during the three-week tour Vänern Tour. The tour was a huge success with an amazing reception in the five cities which the ship visited. Totally 46 000 people got on board to visit the ship and the quayside was transformed into a festival.
The Swedish Ship Götheborg started the unique tour Vänern Tour on the 30th of June with the passage up the Göta River. Crowds gathered among the river and in the locks to get a look at the ships passage. To get through the locks and under bridges and power lines the ship needed to withstand a maximum height and a maximum width. The top masts were lowered and the yards were topped before the passage through the Göta River could begin. To rig up and down the ship is usually something that take two weeks, but during Vänern Tour we broke the record, and the work was carried out on a day and a half.
The ship visited five cities in Lake Vänern during the tour – Vänersborg, Kristinehamn, Lidköping, Karlstad and Åmal. In Karlstad, we set the record for visitors on board during Vänern Tour, when 5019 visitors stepped on board one of the days.
Vänern Tour was a success. The quays turned into a festival with exhibitions, concerts and activities for both adults and children. Kristinehamn’s director of tourism, Mats Öhman pronounced at the ship’s arrival that the event was the biggest thing that had happened in Kristinehamn in modern times.
After the departure from Åmal, the last stopover on Vänern Tour, the Swedish Ship Götheborg anchored in Vassbotten outside of Vänersborg to be rigged down before passage down the Göta River. During the day on July 23rd the passage took place and the ship arrived at Gothenburg in the evening the same day. There he anchored to be rigged up before she continued with the tour European Tour, 2015.