Summer trip 2023 through Sweden

In 2015 I made a beautiful trip to St.Petersburg. These and many other trips I have reflected in my first book, “My Freedom” for sale on Aerotaxi’s webshop. In 2021 it was Gdansk. This summer I am not making any splits due to the Ukraine war and the exorbitantly increased diesel prices.

The journey through the Gota and Trollhatte Canal

Next summer, my trip will focus on the Gota Canal in Sweden. I want to make this trip to write a book about it. A sailing guide for sailors and motor boaters. I first started to see if I could make this trip this year, but it is too short a time for that. And despite all my efforts and more than 50 job applications in the past 6 months, I did not manage to find work for this project and therefore no budget. I now focus on 2023 to see if I can still sail this beautiful route across Sweden, through the Gota Canal and Trollhatte Canal.

Additional crew member

I am also looking for a buddy (M/F) who wants to sail with me for the whole trip (6 months) or just the canal and help me sail safely through the 64 locks. Sailing experience not necessary, this trip (canal) is on sheltered water so there will be 90% on engine sail. For non-Dutch person English or German speaking. This would then be a period from mid June 2023 to early August 2023 (by arrangement). Flying in from Linkoping (KLM) and flying back from Gothenburg. Tickets at own expense (about €300,-) For the time on board share costs. (lockage, extra night in port, diesel use).
It promises to be a unique trip in high summer that takes the boat through all the lock gates to 91 meters above sea level. With many overnight stays along the route to soak up the Swedish culture. Serious candidates can contact us for more information via email or phone at the bottom of the page or fill out the contact form.

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Croudfunding / Donation

But maybe with your support through a donation campaign I can still get enough budget together to plan this. Of this trip I am making a detailed report of the entire route with more than 60 locks from MEM under Stockholm to Gothenburg on the North Sea side, with a total drop of 91 meters. I plan to publish this report in book form after my return. I will also be giving regular video updates on my youtube channel “Sailing the Baltic with Peter Mantel”. 

To donate and read what you get from me when you donate, you can follow this link and read the story again, as well as the YouTube video. If you don’t want to, you can also donate directly in the blue widget on the top right of this page, by clicking on the Heart with the text “donate”. You will always get something in return, but don’t forget to enter your email. Thank you in advance for your contribution.

Sponsorships for companies

Companies that do sponsorship get in return advertising on my website with a link to your company. It is also possible to provide flags of your company, which will then display your company throughout the trip (6 months) in the Rigging of the Asmara. On request they can receive a receipt by sending an email with the name/address and donation details. We can then make a receipt. Due to the media attention (a newspaper article has already been published), this trip will receive a lot of attention. I hope for your donation.

What do you get in return for your donation (please provide your email address for this)

The books listed below are as yet in the Dutch language

from € 5,- Placement on the mailing list, this will automatically keep you informed of all new blog’s, news and whereabouts about the trips with the Asmara
I raffle 3 books “My Freedom” (see shop.aerotaxi.nl) with a donation of > € 10,- for reaching my goal for the trip through Sweden which starts on April 1. Do give your email address.
from € 50,- 50% discount on the book “Gota canal” of this travelogue when published (2023) or € 25,- discount on portrait painting.
From € 75, – Gift certificate for free E-book “My Freedom” (see webshop) or € 35, – discount on portrait painting.
From € 100,- A free book of this travel log with issue or € 75,- discount on portrait painting.
From € 150,- An oil portrait painting of 30x40cm made by me from a photo provided by you.

Will you help me to be able to do this beautiful journey in the spirit of the Asmara?

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Peter Mantel

Retired from aviation. Adventures with the Asmara. I sail with my two-masted cutter from the North Sea to the Baltic Sea.

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