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West Coast Tour 2007

Highlights

After her homecoming from China, there was great interest in the Swedish Ship Götheborg in Sweden. On 1 July to 3 August, the ship went on a successful tour along the coast of Bohuslän and Halland. The West Coast Tour began in Marstrand, where the Swedish Ship Götheborg was a popular platform for partners during the Match Cup Sweden sailing race.

Thousands of people flocked to Uddevalla for the welcome ceremony, and for several days there were long queues to board the ship. The arrival in Grebbestad was during the ongoing Grebbestad carnival. The planned three days turned into four thanks to strong winds. The most southerly stopover on the tour was Halmstad Marinfestival, which mixed maritime activities with performances by artists. 5,400 visitors aboard in one day was a new record. In Skärhamn, on western Tjörn island, Frenchman Daniel Coppin became the lucky 50,000th visitor, and he got to sail with his family to Lysekil. There, the Swedish Ship Götheborg hosted the opening ceremony of the Lysekil Women’s Match sailing race.

Newspapers ran headlines along the lines of “The Götheborg – a loving adventure that goes on”, “Thousands waited on the shore and in boats” and “The Götheborg’s triumphal voyage”. With a total of 64,000 visitors aboard during the six stops, there was no doubt who the queen of the West Coast was that summer.

Stopovers 2007

  • Marstrand 1-9 July
  • Uddevalla 9-14 July
  • Grebbestad 15-19 July
  • Halmstad 20-24 July
  • Skärhamn 25-30 July
  • Lysekil 30 July – 3 August
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