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Goeran Persson

Goeran started on a fishing trawler in Sweden at the age of 16, and has since spent most of his life at sea. After graduating from the Merchant Marine Academy in 1979 he has worked as captain and chief officer in commercial shipping throughout the world, including 11 years on an expedition cruise ship covering Indonesia, The South Pacific, and later Antarctica and the Arctic. He has also been captain on 160 foot Mega yachts and a live aboard dive vessel. When he hasn’t been working on ships he has been sailing his own yachts, including six Atlantic crossings.

Goeran is also a Dive Master and took his Dive master certification in Antarctica while working there.

During 15 years when not working at sea he designed and built S/Y Quest to the highest specifications to operate as an expedition yacht and live aboard dive yacht.


Since 2011 he has operated S/Y Quest full time.  After leaving Sweden in June 2011 he first sailed to the Arctic for an expedition to Svalbard before heading south to a warmer climate. He will now focus on sail and dive adventures in tropical waters.


Hilda Christensson, First Mate

Hilda developed a passion for life at sea at an early start. She attended a maritime school at the age of 15, and sailed onboard a tall ship going from Sweden, to the coast of Portugal. At the age of 18 she bought her first sailing yacht, which she lived on for four years while refurbishing it. 

At the Maritime Academy she earned her yacht master offshore at the age of 23. After working as a teacher in language, literature and history, she has now returned to work at sea as a full time First Mate onboard Quest.
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