Andrei Jelinek was born on the 11th of may 1979 in Murmansk, Russia. His father was the captain of a big trawler stationed in Murmansk, fishing in the Barents sea. He often went down to the harbour after school, looking at the trawlers unloading their catch, and then heading out again. He already knew he was going fishing once he grew up.
"I watched as the loaded the boxes of fresh salmon onto the hard concrete in the harbour, big men shouting and cursing with cigarettes hanging out of their mouths. I wanted to become one of them"
The day Andrei became 18 years old, his fathers trawler sank outside of Bjørnøya of the coast of Spitsbergen. There was nothing left, they only left a mayday signal.
"My 18th birthday, the worst day in my life. The man I looked up to, the man I wanted to be like, my father, he died at sea. I dont know why, but the urge inside me to get out onto the sea grew stronger. Perhaps it was because I wanted to honor my father ? I dont know, all I knew was that I was going to make it"
Andrei attended the Maritime Academu of Murmansk in 1997, after a couple of years he got hired onto the boat Maxim Tuguchev in Murmansk. They fished in the Barents sea, in his fathers footprints.
"After 4 years on Maxim Tuguchev the Murmansk adventure was over for me, the wage was getting lower everytime we came back to get paid. I heard some guys in the harbour talk about the Black sea. There was enormous quotas just waiting there, and boats hired what they could get. I traveled to Novorossisjk and boarded Kapitan Gomorov, it was an old Norwegian trawler that had seen better days. White hull with rust stains all over. It looked ready for scrapping, but I learned that you should not judge a book by its cover. I learned to love that boat, and all the crewmates.
In june of 2017 we entered Chernarus, we had a full load of cod but we struggeled with the engine, and we were forced to dock in Chernogorsk. We where there for 2 days as our mechanics tried to find the fault in the engine, they found that the engine had been running without oil, and it would take weeks to repair, so therefore we went ashore. We were in Chernogorsk enjoying ourselfs and having fun, while we were waiting for the boat to be operational again. But then the outbreak happened.