Journey aboard `Gotheborg' physically demanding, she says
CHENNAI: Heavily tanned but a spirited actor-director Revathy recounted her experiences on board the Swedish ship Gotheborg, which docked at the Chennai Port on Wednesday, as an exciting adventure that was also physically demanding.
The actor was among the handful of Indians others included a naval officer, a tsunami-affected fisherman youth, a businessman and two journalists to board the Gotheborg at the Singapore port 3 weeks ago. The team was part of the 17-day-long Chennai leg of the ship's global voyage.
But far from being passengers who relaxed and chilled, they were recruited as crew volunteers. Their duties ranged from holding 8-hour watch outs for pirates to assisting the chefs. When asked if she had attempted anything as strenuous before, Revathy replied a firm `no'.
Revathy told reporters that she was no stranger to sailing and was a member of the Tamil Nadu Sailing Association. But the experience on board Gotheborg, a replica of an 18th century merchant vessel, was something else. "We sailed the way our ancestors did. Which is what made it a great adventure." Though the ship had modern propeller engines for backup, the endeavour of the crew was to run it mainly on wind sails.
There was just the odd instance when she felt a bit seasick but still it was nothing that "good old curd rice could not cure." As the ship arrived at the western quay of the Dr. Ambedkar Dock on Wednesday, Revathy and other Indian participants seemed at ease with the rest of the crew and even sang a shanty (work song of sailors) with them.
About 80 persons were on board the Gotheborg, including 20 professional crew and 50 trainees. At every stop of its voyage, the ship picks up guests belonging to the country of its next port of call.