Nordlys blog: “we incarnate! shipwrights to sailors, riggers to bosuns

Nordlys blog: “we incarnate! shipwrights to sailors, riggers to bosuns

“we incarnate! shipwrights to sailors, riggers to bosuns, masters to mariners, craftsmen to crewmates,
swallows to seafarers and back again, a host of hunched helmsmen huddled at the helm at the change of
the watch, tin cups and steam, Polaris pointing, dream whispering, passing over, passing on, heading? to the chart´s
edge, to the celestial horizon…we ascend to the sun on wings of tanned canvas stretched, we ascend to the sun
and sink again, woken singing from bunks, woollens, oilskins, foredeck worship, galley gathered around saucepans
and stove, gas flame and kettle with the wind sou´west now…rain off sou´wester, rain on his spectacles as
knuckles knot money for old rope at the gates of the Baltic…his hands too shall grow old and coiled and his spectacle
eyes shall knot the threads of this yarn at the gates of death…we incarnate! don´t miss us, we shall never return,
don´t lament us, we were never here, we are dancing with sails, we are dancing with winds, let us go, cast off all
lines, we incarnate and you shall find us anew, after the passage of the ship´s clock, after these circles round the
sun, after all, we incarnate!”

Tramp

Nordlys blog: She’s on her way!

Nordlys blog: She’s on her way!

After a winter of hard work on the ship, we departed from Den Helder on the twenty-first of July. The cargo hold stacked with the finest organic wines from France.
Nordlys was eager to go back to sea. She has been sailing already for a long time in the Northern European waters. An old lady she is but still loaded with energy. This time we set a northerly course. The most beautiful natural wines from France have to be transported to Copenhagen, Bornholm and Rostock.

To Copenhagen we transport the wine for Sune. Together with Pontus and Sete, Sune is running a wine import business, called Rosforth & Rosforth. Since 2012 we are transporting wine for Sune. The very warm welcome was a feast for life. Delicious food prepared by Mamen, together with the best wines you can imagine.
Wednesday we were unloading the wine and labeling every bottle with a Fair Transport logo. This label is telling the story the bottle. Biological goods, transported by the sails and by the wind.

From Copenhagen we sailed further into the Baltic. Gudhjem is a little old fishing harbor on the north side of the island Bornholm. Over here Maria and Thomas own the beautiful wine-restaurant Provianten. It is located in the truly marvellous harbor of Gudjem. Again, we were having a feast for life. We enjoyed an incredible meal, combined with incredible revolutionary ideas.
The next day we were unloading the cargo, Jens was playing the violin, spectators came by to see this curious happening in this little harbor. Mystical moments we experience when we are underway; at sea and in the harbors we come.

I would like to thank you all for these truly, incredible moments of joy and love. Sune, Pontus, Sete, Mamen and everybody else from Copenhagen. Maria, Thomas,George, Jens and all the others from Gudhjem. Together we start to set the new norm. Away with fast-food chains and stinking ships !

Right now we are in Rostock, delivering the wines for Frank Schollenberger. Television was filming and lots of people came by while we were unloading the freight out of the Nordlys’ cargo hold.
At the moment a yearly sailing festival is happening; Hanse Sail Rostock. Here we can promote our project and inspire people to live another way of living. A way of living which is better for our home. Our home being planet earth.
Fair Transport is getting more and more known in Europe. Inspiring the world, for creating a better life; A life of natural beauty, instead of …… A life of being honest to our selves.

Come and transport your freight with us, right now. Let’s take one step back so we can go forward. http://fairtransport.eu/shipping/
 
Hold and enjoy.
 
This is not a story of adventures only. This is more a story of necessity.

Captain Lammert

Invest in our sailing cargo vessel Nordlys (1873)

Invest in our sailing cargo vessel Nordlys (1873)

The Tres Hombres carved the path for sustainable transport… but this is just the beginning. It is our goal to expand our cargo fleet to include many more ships working under sail. This will diminish delays in our supply chain along the entire shipping line.

The Nordlys, at 48 tons and 25m loa, was recently refitted by Fairtransport. Manoeuvered entirely by the power of the wind she is possibly the worlds oldest cargo ship (1873) still working.
She is at the moment operating in the European coastal trade.  Originally a fishing trawler, nowadays she is able to carry a maximum of 30 tons of wine, olive oil, cider or other goods. Besides that Nordlys will raise awareness about the huge amounts of pollution, created by the modern shipping industry and affect positive change in the way goods are shipped around the world.

The ships in our fleet are owned by shareholders firms. This makes it possible for you to take part as an investor of Nordlys. Already 75% total of the shares are sold.

A business plan with more information can be acquired via office@fairtransport.nl or fill in the form on our website: http://fairtransport.eu/shipbuilding/invest-contact-form/

Nordlys blog: Restoring the (possibly) oldest sailing cargo ship in the world

Nordlys blog: Restoring the (possibly) oldest sailing cargo ship in the world

Like almost any other day I visited sailing cargo vessel Nordlys (1873) at Willemsoord , Den Helder. The ship has been refitted first at Teerenstra Shipwarf and is now lying in the Museum Harbour (http://museumhavenwillemsoord.nl ) getting ready and waiting for her cargo to arrive with her fellow sailing cargo vessel “Tres Hombres”. It is amazing to see what the crew of beautiful Nordlys is doing and has been done.

The bow of the ship has been trough a total rebuild including the focs’l where the crew will stay during the cargo trips in European waters. While sitting in the focs’l it occurs to me that the athmosphere there is tranquille it’s almost like a cosy coocoon keeping you safe from all the work and life on deck and the quay.

The deckbeams and planks have been replaced and a brand new anchor winch is nearly ready. The hull super strong, the galley is made ready,  the rigging is being checked and her crew is in good spirits.

The builders , who do this as volunteers , did and DO a great job and I thank them for making this happen. Restoring the (possibly) oldest sailing cargo ship in the world is in safe hands with them. http://fairtransport.eu/ships/nordlys/

CHAPPEAU!

Ahoy,
crew of sailing vessel Leprechaun

Tres Hombres blog: Fairtransport vaart door, ondanks wereldwijde hack

Tres Hombres blog: Fairtransport vaart door, ondanks wereldwijde hack

Op de dag dat de wereldhandel, via Maersk, de grote container rederij, werd platgelegd door internationale hackers, kreeg de Nederlandse duurzame rederij Fairtransport opdracht om met spoed, een van haar schepen naar Frankrijk te sturen met een lading opdracht. Omdat de schoenerbrik Tres Hombres toevallig net in de haven van Den Helder lag, klaar om een grote onderhoudsbeurt te krijgen, kon Fairtransport gelijk inspelen op deze opdracht.

De onderhoudsperiode werd direct uitgesteld, een bemanning van twaalf bemanningsleden en een kapitein werden opgetrommeld, proviand aan boord gebracht, en een lading rum ingenomen. Na enige hoofdbrekens werden agenten en douane bereid gevonden het papierwerk voor de uitklaring van dit duurzame transport te regelen. Ook de eigenaars van de sleepboot Gar waren direct bereid om op korte termijn het motorloze schip, vanuit de Helderse haven, de rede van Texel op te slepen.

Of deze lading werkelijk tot stand gekomen is door lading eigenaren die het vertrouwen in de containervaart verloren hebben, en alleen nog met zeilschepen hun vracht willen vervoeren, wil de kapitein geen uitlatingen over doen. Wel zegt hij: het is duidelijk dat de containervaart langzamerhand zijn geloofwaardigheid verliest. Het is natuurlijk belachelijk dat lading eigenaren alleen naar de prijs van een transport kijken. En niet naar het effect op het milieu, klimaat en leven op aarde voor onze medemensen, kinderen en kleinkinderen.

Ondertussen zeilt de Tres Hombres op de Noordzee met als bestemming Le Havre, Frankrijk. Hier gaat ze een volle lading wijn innemen. Welke weer in Den Helder zal worden overgeslagen op het zeilende vrachtschip Nordlys. Dit schip zal daarna naar Kopenhagen varen. Wie er ook in geloofd dat het tijd is voor een transitie in de transport sector kan zelf meedoen door: te investeren in een van de schepen, Nordlys of Tres Hombres, of voor elk bedrijf die iets vervoert, door de overstap te maken naar zeilschepen. Het is ook mogelijk om mee te varen. Meer informatie op: www.fairtransport.eu

Kapitein Jorne Langelaan

Tres Hombres blog: Don’t cut the seizing we gone sail.

Tres Hombres blog: Don’t cut the seizing we gone sail.

TUESDAY WE HAD A MUSTER ON BOARD AT 9AM IN DEN HELDER AFTER THE VERY GOOD MARITIME EVENT. THE IDEA WAS CLEAR: TO PREPARE THE SHIP FOR THE BIG REFIT, IT MEANS TAKING DOWN GAFF, BOOM, MAIN SAIL OF THE MAIN MAST AND MAKE LOOSE THE RIGGING. WELL, NEXT MORNING ANDREAS COMES ON DECK TO SAY: DON’T CUT THE SEIZING WE GONE SAIL, AND THEN HE WAS GONE. HE LEFT US , WE WERE EXCITED. AT 3PM WE HAD CAPTAIN JORNE READY TO GO, IN 1 DAY A FRESH NEW CREW SAID YES…

WE ARE 13 MOTIVATED HUMANS ON THIS SEAWORTHY SHIP AND MORE BECAUSE WE STILL HAVE A PART OF MOTT GREEN ON THE HEAD OF THE FOREMAST, THE FOUNDER OF THE GRENADA CHOCOLATE FACTORY. NICE TO REMEMBER HIM WHEN WE WERE SAILING TOGETHER WITH JORNE TOO AND CREW IN 2012 FROM CARAIBE TO AZORES. I GIVING TO YOU A SECRET, EVERYDAY A CHOCOLATE BAR WAS HIDDEN IN THE COMPASS BOX, CREW WAS FULL OF MAGNESIUM AND HAPPYNESS.
NOW THE SKY IS GREY AND WET AND THE CREW TRYING TO GET USED OF THIS SHOPPY WAVES. WE EXPECTING A DECREASING WIND AND BLUE CLOUDS.

FOR THIS TRIP WE BOROUGH SOME PEOPLE FROM THE NORDLYS CREW. GREATINGS AND THANKS A LOT AGAIN FOR ALL BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS WE SPENT TOGETHER FOR EATING, PLAYING MUSIC, SHARING SMILES AND POETRY, AND OF COURSE THE WORKING SWEAT, ADVICES AND KNOWLEDGES OF EACHOTHER. WE ARE MAKING ALL TOGETHER THIS UNITY SPIRIT TO GO FORWARD. SEE YOU SOON LADIES AND GENTLEMEN TO CAST OFF YOUR MOORING LINES…

1ST MATE ANNE-FLORE GANNAT

Nordlys en Tres Hombres aanwezig tijdens Sail Den Helder

Nordlys en Tres Hombres aanwezig tijdens Sail Den Helder

Sail Den Helder is met het decor van de internationale Tall Ships dit jaar het grootste publieksevenement van Noord-Holland. Een prachtig nautisch evenement van 22 tot en met 25 juni, waarbij 400.000 bezoekers worden verwacht.
De kades zullen propvol prachtige schepen liggen waaronder natuurlijk de Nordlys en Tres Hombres welke hun thuishaven in Den Helder hebben.

De motorloze ketch “Nordlys” onder beheer van Fairtransport Shipping is mogelijk het oudste zeilende vrachtschip (1873) ter wereld. Nordlys is actief in de Europese kustwateren en kan maximaal 30 ton in haar ruim kwijt.
Het voornaamste doel van Fairtransport is om vracht emissie vrij te varen, met als doel het verschepen van biologische of traditionele producten – zoals Olijfolie, Wijn, Koffie, Chocolade en Rum. Daarnaast willen we mensen bewustmaken van de enorme hoeveelheden vervuiling die door de moderne scheepvaart wordt veroorzaakt.


Op 23 en 24 juni van 19.00 – 21.00 uur kunt u kennis maken met onze exclusieve Tres Hombres rum. Het unieke karakter van de rum ontstaat door jarenlange rijping in eikenhouten vaten, om vervolgens tijdens de lange zeereis onder invloed van de zilte lucht en de constante deining van de zee nog een extra smaakdimensie mee te krijgen.
Tijdens deze avonden wordt u ontvangen door kapitein Arjen van der Veen. Arjen zal tijdens een korte lezing vertellen over de unieke reizen die de bemanning en rum van de ‘Tres Hombres’ ieder jaar weer maken.
Voor de Tres Hombres rum tasting vragen wij een vergoeding van €19,95 Graag van tevoren reserveren via booking@fairtransport.nl

De trossen los met Fairtransport tijdens https://www.saildenhelder.nl/

Beleef Texel aan boord van de Tres Hombres

Beleef Texel aan boord van de Tres Hombres

Sinds lange tijd meert  het zeilende vrachtschip Tres Hombres weer aan in Oudeschild. Vanuit Eyemouth Schotland zeilen we rechtstreeks door naar Texel om vaten gin van stokerij Texel te laden. De vaten zullen met paard en wagen naar de haven gebracht worden om vervolgens door sterke zeemannen het ruim in getild te worden.
De vaten gaan mee met de Tres Hombres over de oceaan en terug voor een unieke uitgebalanceerde smaak. Terug naar de toekomst met Fairtransport!

Bezichtig het schip en ontmoet de kapitein en crew
Op 17, 18 en 19 juni rollen wij overdag onze loopplank uit en is iedereen welkom om de Tres Hombres te komen bezichtigen. De kapitein en bemanning zijn aanwezig om te vertellen over avontuurlijke zeemijlen, waarbij ze rum en specerijen verschepen van de Caribbean naar Nederland. Slechts onder zeil want het schip heeft geen motor. In haar kielzog geen schadelijke uitstoot, alleen de wind.

Tres Hombres rum tasting en een lezing door kapitein Arjen van der Veen
Op 17, 18 en 19 juni van 19.00 – 21.00 uur kunt u kennis maken met onze exclusieve Tres Hombres rum. Het unieke karakter van de rum ontstaat door jarenlange rijping in eikenhouten vaten, om vervolgens tijdens de lange zeereis onder invloed van de zilte lucht en de constante deining van de zee nog een extra smaakdimensie mee te krijgen. De rum wordt pas bij aankomst in Nederland met de hand gebotteld.
Tijdens deze avonden wordt u ontvangen door kapitein Arjen van der Veen. Arjen zal tijdens een korte lezing vertellen over de unieke reizen die de bemanning en rum van de ‘Tres Hombres’ ieder jaar weer maken.
Voor de Tres Hombres rum tasting vragen wij een vergoeding van €19,95 voor de onderhoud van ons schip.
Graag van tevoren aanmelden via booking@fairtransport.nl

Dagtocht van Texel naar Den Helder
Op 20 juni om 8.00 uur hijsen wij met vereende krachten de zeilen en laten we Oudeschild weer achter ons. U kunt tijdens deze dag aan boord stappen, het roer in handen nemen, de zeilen laten vieren of gewoon van het uitzicht genieten. U zeilt door een heus Unesco werelderfgoed, de Waddenzee. Om 16.00 uur meren we weer aan in Den Helder op loopafstand van de Teso boot.
Voor deze zeiltocht vragen wij een vergoeding van €50,- voor de onderhoud van ons schip. De dagtocht is inclusief een overheerlijke lunch. Graag van tevoren reserveren via booking@fairtransport.nl

Tres Hombres blog: Fast furious or Rasta rocket ?

Tres Hombres blog: Fast furious or Rasta rocket ?

For 2 days we saw our Tres going fast without outerjib, bobs and royal sailing closed haul. All safety nets and safety lines are in place, the automatic deck wash was done in the morning with waves and always nothing in the bilges.
Keep your body in balance, hold on as much as you can and walk windward side… Rules, redeem and tasks can be annoying but you understand quickly why this is exist after your first artistic twisted slide magic flip. Crew stayed aware and gave in the warm galley all jokes what they have, all creativity for making little animals with the sourdough, enjoying to furl sails on the bow sprit…
Now, in the same world, mother nature saying relax women and men. Sun on the skin, books in hands, butterflies in the heads, real and psychedelics drawings are done with the melody of guitar… Our bird wearing 11 wings, sailing broad reach, a little taste of Atlantic crossing.
We shared opinions about the new mustard yellow paint and then anyway there is no more old sunny duck yellow paint and we are just happy to see the lady feeling good after years of travels even we were stick on the wet paint at the dinner time when you are arriving sleepy for watch change… Hahaha. Of course many things has to be refresh during the next refit.
First :let’s go slowly to rum tasting in Texel and Sail Den Helder…

Anne-Flore second mate

Tres Hombres blog: One hand for the risotto

Tres Hombres blog: One hand for the risotto

Finally back at sea. After one long week in the harbor of Newcastle, waiting for 4cm2 to arrive. We’re finally a sailing ship again, instead of a living boat. And I am a ships cook, finally. I still had the feeling I had to prove myself as a real ships cook, because up until this point we were either sailing with very little wind or not sailing at all. I had plenty of time to spoil the crew with home made mayonnaise, union chutney or galley smoked mackerel. Now I need almost all my energy to keep standing behind the stove and peeling an onion takes so much effort. The waves smash spectacular over the bow and water streams now and then in front of my opened galley door. The water in the bucket under the tab gets over the side all the way over the wood and down by the oven. Clearly time to empty that thing. Cooking at sea is something completely different. This thing I love to do the most in normal life gets a whole new meaning on this ship. Somehow it feels extremely unnatural to start cooking at this place.

Being outside, looking at the waves rising as mountains and the always changing color of the water, or even climbing on the bow sprit to furl a sail, makes sense in this situation. But cooking is something that doesn’t belong here. Eating on the other hand is so important. You have to keep eating to feel fit and focussed. And as I know from all the places where I have cooked, food is from big influence on peoples mood. So I also enjoy to take care of everyone. To surprise them with something new and to have them here in the galley, cosy squeezed together, out of the wind for a moment. When I’m not too much occupied with my own wellbeing, I love to watch them, changing. Getting more brown or more tired, more quit. Hair getting mixed up and beards growing longer. I love to see them being eager to learn this new way of sourdough bread baking. They’re part of being involved in the galley life. Because it’s a whole other world.

When I sometimes help outside to set a sail, I can feel that other life, the excitement. Constant wind, cooping with the movements but in a more natural way. The ship works together with the sea and being outside you are able to anticipate on that. Your energy can float away, over the waves, up in the sky. Your thoughts can wonder away, into the sails. Here in the galley I can see the sea through the open door, shining like a silver jewelry because of the reflecting sunlight. But meanwhile I have to focus. I have to bundle my energy in order to create something new. I have to prevent the pots from running away from me, all those objects that don’t seem to belong at this place. Cups want to stand next to each other on a shelve. Chickpeas want to rest in piece for 24 hours in the water instead of jumping in and out the pot. Unnatural it all feels somehow to me, but yet so important. The meals are a moment of rest for the crew, regaining energy, meeting each other. Food has its function in this bigger picture instead of being something on its own looked at by the eye of a perfectionist, being me in most cases. I have to get used to that.

Maybe my thoughts about food are not easy to follow. Main point is that I experience some development. Within this clue less voyage, things are slightly changing. There is no goal, we’re not going anywhere. And so many things are the same every day.
But maybe because of that I can feel the little changes that are so big at the same time. The sea looks different every day, the wind feels different and the sun too. The people are different and I am different. No hour feels the same. My mind teases me now and then, for example when a gust of seasickness reaches me when I step into the galley.
But it’s also enchanting somehow to be at this place. It is a rich place for self inquiry and a continuing study of the group process. The whole month feels as a goal less gathering of moments but meanwhile the time continues without mercy and people get hungry again. My job goes on and on and on and after all, all these goal less moments become one, and they become my first experience on the Tres Hombres.
I do things I’ve never done before and one of these clue less things happens to be an adventure in the end. I learned to catch fish, got a bucket on my head, poured porridge while blocking myself with hands and feet between the mast and door and I got 23 mackerels from a fisherman I met in the laundry room.

The chickpeas are well behaving in the boiling water now. If the wind and the waves decrease a bit I can make risotto tonight. But with this movement I’m not going to stir for one hour.
Of course I wonder sometimes if this is something I could love. My father loved sailing and he would have loved to see me here. Here on the ship I see the real sailors as well, living for this feeling, feeling more at home than anywhere else.
But feeling me a sailor is something still far away, I don’t even know if it’s possible when you’re the cook. It’s a role so important and yet so different. But maybe I can manage to feel as a real ships cook then. Even already a bit after this month.
One hand for the ship, one hand for me and one hand for the risotto.

Judith
Ships cook

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