Nordlys blog: Epilogue of a Shipyard Winter

Nordlys blog: Epilogue of a Shipyard Winter

“O! the glory of our labours! sawteeth and hammer, adze and chisel, chainsaw and hatchet, the frozen north! oak and pine, pitch and tar, rope and tackle, oakhum and hemp! hands tarred and scarred, hearts singing and mighty, frames and planks, ribs and knees! out with the rotten, and pay up all the seams!

a guild together, no masters, all apprentices! no captain, only the loyalty to do the best for ourselves and our good ship! eight hours of work, eight hours of repose, eight hours of sleep, and this is what we have worked for! we resonate with this vision! we celebrate a craftsfolk tapestry! we step on the holy steppingstones of those before us to set sails into the bright miles to come, unbound by the shadows of the past! we break down to become stronger, we rise with toolsteel hands, a chorus of spirits, wandering shipwrights, we share our journey in these chapters!

the solstice approached and we descended into its depths, the solstice passed and we rose as a phoenix, tempered, smithed, far into the darkness, far into the light…

intent in our breath, intent in the cut of our blades, intent in our kinship, intent in our co-operation…we are rich with intent, we are visionaries all! sailors and journeymen, backpacks and boots, carpenters’ sure hands, and trusty eyes…

our good ship shall leap on the rolling wave! by tool and song, by muscle and sinew, by blood and breath, by spit and grit, and by intention we build her! we build ourselves! we build one another! brothers! sisters! in our ship we shall sail! in our vision we shall voyage! in our actions we honour ourselves! in our craft we hone the blades of our spirits! in our labours we bear the fruits of the endless gift of our journey!

these are the dances of the wandering apprentices, joining in the cobblestone shipyards! and as the nights drew in, and as the nights drew out, we were here all along, together, labouring, in our guild, in our kinship, hand in hand around stewpots and sacred fires! tools in hand at the oilstoned edge of our stories, bounding and singing onto blank pages, building this ship! building this vision!”

Nordlys refit crew

Tres Hombres blog: Visit us during the maritime festival in Blankenberge!

Tres Hombres blog: Visit us during the maritime festival in Blankenberge!

Voyage: Amsterdam to Blankenberge

Its nice to be out here on the Mare Frisium. The once called Frisian Sea that is now called North Sea.
We are on our way to Blankenberge Belgium for a 5 day Maritime festival http://www.havenfeesten.be/ this weekend.
Last night we anchored due to the lack of wind in about a meter water. Than this morning we had to break out the anchor out of the sand and pump the chain back in.
Setting all the sails again the ship soon enough made a good spead of knots with the current with us going South. Now the sun is shiny and our bellies are full.
Although the cook is a little sea sick she was able to cook a great meal and made here amazing sour dough bread. Life is good at sea seeing happy faces.

Next stop is Eyemouth, Scotland, wanna sail along? http://fairtransport.eu/sail-along/

Regards,

Captain Arjen van der Veen

It was you, wasn’t it, who wanted to sail along?

It was you, wasn’t it, who wanted to sail along?

It was you, wasn’t it, who wanted to sail along, being a trainee on the good ship Tres Hombres ?
You regret you couldn’t make up your mind?
You wanted to sail along but couldn’t find someone to feed the cat?
You wanted to take a sabbatical but were convinced it would become a mess at your job when you left?
So, now, here you are.
Reading the stories.
In front of your ’window to the world’.
And you are sorry now.
But, light up..
We saved you a place, you can still come along!
Join our rumrunner Tres Hombres or our trading ketch Nordlys and make some new memories!
Sign in on booking@fairtransport.nl and come aboard!

Tres Hombres summer schedule 2017

Tres Hombres fall, winter schedule 2017/ 2018

Nordlys summer schedule 2017

Tres Hombres blog: Funny drawings we described with our keel all over the channel

Tres Hombres blog: Funny drawings we described with our keel all over the channel

After all, the south wind arrives. Gently it sets its wings over us and makes an end to more than 30 days of tacking. A month in which we made many miles nobody pays for, just the hands of the crew which haul and hoist and ease and dowse in any condition and to the rythm of the slight changes in the eastwinds, or due to land under the bowsprit.

Arriving at the continental shelf we received the order to unload some long travelled wine barrels in Douarnenez, which we had to dig out under a few tons of cacao beans, which was great fun with the help of the fine crew of our partners in crime, the Grayhound and Lun II.

Camaret Sur Mer gave us some shelter from an easterly gale where we landed at the pier with a well timed handbreak maneuvre and sailed off again a few days later, together with Grayhound. In ghostly silence we hoisted the sails at the pier and tacked out in direction to Chenal Du Four in a fine race against this incredibly fast pirate ship. After some good tacks we kept hope but at the entrance of the Chenal we saw the beautiful stern of our contrahent and wished them well for the summer season.

Funny drawings we described with our keel all over the channel, France in the morning, England at night, ships all the time, and just behind the line with Greenwich to the north, the wind changed. Slightly ease the sheets, brace back a few centimeters and let her go as she likes it.

Everybody is in great spirit and cannot wait to make fast at the Port of Amsterdam where hopefully some happy faces and cold beers will await us!
But still, when the energy of having completed a voyage of 6 months makes place for life on land, some of us will be thrown out of the comfort of having great food on vast times, work which is prepared and commands which are followed with a will, coming from yourself. Ships life is so out of nature but still so good to the human mind, specially in the speed epoca we live in now. Many will find out later, when they remember the howling winds up at the royal, the nights on remote anchorages, the whales and dolphins, the firts land sights, the foreign people, manners, food and landscapes….. how peaceful and worryless time passes on the ship and how much time one has to think about himself.

It is a life worth living, no matter how long, if its a start or a part of a career. This ship is made for this, to give this experience. Pure and rough, no compromise, not in good times not in hard ones. Alltogether it is more than an experience, but that anybody has to make out for himself. After some rum in the Port of Amsterdam.

Captain Andreas Lackner

P.S.: right now rigging stu’n sailbooms while a control of French customs between Dover and Calais

Uitnodiging Fairtransport 10th anniversary 20 Mei

Uitnodiging Fairtransport 10th anniversary 20 Mei

Terug naar de toekomst met de duurzame rederij Fairtransport
 
Wind is gratis, waarom zou je vracht niet met zeilschepen vervoeren over zee? Dat was de gedachte van Arjen van der Veen (41), samen met Andreas Lackner (40) en Jorne Langelaan (37). De drie, die elkaar kenden van de imposante driemaster bark Europa, richtten in 2007 Fairtransport op, mede uit ergernis over de vervuilende containervaart. Twee jaar later vonden de drie mannen een oude romp in Delft. Liefde op het eerste gezicht. Na twee en een half jaar noeste arbeid en met behulp van meer dan 200 vrijwilligers voer het schip het Helderse zeegat uit op weg naar de Klimaatconferentie in Kopenhagen. Sinds dat moment onderhoudt de duurzame rederij jaar in jaar uit een handelsroute, tussen het Caribisch gebied en Europa. In het ruim luxe goederen zoals wijn, cacao, koffiebonen, rum en andere specialiteiten. In haar kielzog: geen schadelijke uitstoot. Slechts de wind voor het volgende schip om te gebruiken.
 
In 2015 bracht Fairtransport een tweede schip in de vaart. De Nordlys, een trawler uit 1873. Momenteel is het schip niet alleen één van de weinige werkelijk duurzame vrachtschepen ter wereld, maar ook het oudste nog in de vrachtvaart werkzaam zijnde. De Nordlys zal de Europese kust van Kopenhagen tot aan de Middellandse Zee gaan bevaren.
 
Steeds meer partijen zien de meerwaarde van zeilende vrachtvaart voor hun product en het feit dat ze zonder CO2 uitstoot kunnen opereren als een duidelijk voordeel. Vooralsnog is Fairtransport nog de enige reder die de trans-Atlantische oversteek op pure zeilkracht maakt, maar de beweging achter duurzaam vervoer over zee groeit wel gestaag. Op tafel liggen inmiddels de eerste tekeningen voor een volgend project. Een klipperschip van 58 meter, de Spirit of Rotterdam.
Wij zouden dan ook graag zien dat alle importeurs, exporteurs en vrachteigenaren met Fairtransport “in zee gaan”. Want de enige eerlijke manier van vervoer is met de wind!

Na bijna 6 maanden en duizenden mijlen is de Tres Hombres bijna weer terug in Nederland. Ons motorloze zeilende vrachtschip ronde de Atlantische oceaan inmiddels voor de negende keer. Het ruim vol met cacao bonen, groene koffie bonen en vaten met onze exclusieve Tres Hombres Rum.
20 Mei vanaf 14:00 uur gaan we lossen en vieren dat Fairtransport 10 jaar bestaat bij IJkade/Aambeeldstraat, Hotel de Goudfazant & Hangar Amsterdam.
U bent van harte uitgenodigd. Bezoek het schip, ontmoet de kapiteins en crew en proef de rum….koffie en chocolade!

Team Fairtransport

Tres Hombres blog: Die Grenze der Geduld rueckt vom Horizont an die Reling

Tres Hombres blog: Die Grenze der Geduld rueckt vom Horizont an die Reling

Schnell kam die Tres Hombres bisher voran. Nur die letzten Tage flappen die Segel im Schwachwind…als waere

bald nach den Azoren das Ziel abhanden gekommen. Wale ziehen unbeirrt zuegig vorbei, einige nur ein paar Meter

neben dem Schiff.

Die Grenze der Geduld rueckt vom Horizont an die Reling. Tag und Nacht, Wachen und Mahlzeiten geben den Takt.

Ab und zu schickt ferner Wind lange Duenung, begleitet von einzelnen Seevoegeln. Nachdenklich der Blick auf

die Windvorhersage…nach jedem hoffnungsvollen Segeltrimm die Erwartung der stetigen Brise, die Fahrt nach

Osten zulaesst und dem Rauschen des Wassers an der Bordwand den Schlafenden wieder die Richtung

gibt.Aufwachen…4 Knoten Kurs Sued…immerhin gut fuer eine Weile…

Wolfgang

Tres Hombres weblog: Like a slammed door the east wind welcomes us back in Europe

Tres Hombres weblog: Like a slammed door the east wind welcomes us back in Europe

Like a slammed door the east wind welcomes us back in Europe. The pressure is high, almost unbearable, the huge systems with 1038 mb moving back and forth above Ireland, supplying us with fresh air, directly from the North pole.  This is what can happen when some people keep saying that the captain can also control the wind…onto our 300 miles to go, we got another 700… 
At least, after 4-5 grey days the sun came out and all hands are happy to scrape and paint and oil and whip and splice and knot and mend and serve and tar and saw and chip away hard to get her into the right shape for home. But also to read and talk and argue and snack and sometimes just enjoy the warming sun rays, as just right now in the afternoon watch.

In this moment a ship passed our bows, whereon I pointed and called out to the crew: look, a ship just like ours! They came and saw a 303m container vessel, but still, they are also carrying cargo. Hilde then said: They must have just as much crew as we have, isn’t that crazy. Yes, it certainly is. I mean, something in this relation is crazy, we are carrying 1 container, they 15.000.
You, Mister, sitting at the drawing desk and making lines, forming a miserable monster like this, you are crazy, or not? Or are we? Kim is a designer and makes formidable rum labels, Jeroen is an extraordinarily gifted inventor, Remi is a licensed mariner, steering the greatest cargo ship in the world close to the wind, Giuseppe is cooking fine and healthy meals with lowest budget in most basic conditions, Hilde converted from an office lady to able bodied seaman, learning first to caulk a ship in the winter, I am beeswaxing structural oak wood to keep it good for the next fifty years and so on….
So here nobody is crazy, so it must be you! Where all this trash, carried in unbelievable amounts, ends up is maybe the highest stage of human evolution presently, a fuckin webshop.
We won’t be on time for your orders at Amazon, mother nature knows why, keep in touch with her.

Captain Andreas Lackner

Tres Hombres weblog: Okee okee dan ik schrijf wel een weblog maar alleen omdat je jarig bent

Tres Hombres weblog: Okee okee dan ik schrijf wel een weblog maar alleen omdat je jarig bent

Okee okee okee dan ik schrijf wel een weblog maar alleen omdat je jarig bent. Het had zo kunnen zijn dat ik nu naast je op de bank zat. Maar we gaan nog naar Douarnenez en de wind zit niet mee.
Vandaag heb ik met Andreas de laatste stuurboord aanleg bolder vervangen, waarschijnlijk wel het laatste houtwerk van de reis. Vanaf Douarnenez ga ik mee in de nightwatch.
Ze willen een t-shirt maken met bijnamen en dan heet ik Miaumiau, omdat ik klink als een kat tijdens het kotsen.
De zin in land begint op te spelen, en vooral de zin in de drukke zomer die me staat te wachten.
Heb je al foto’s van Marcel gehad? Dan zet je de laptop op de stoel in de hoek waar ik altijd zit op je verjaardag, dan ben ik er toch nog een beetje bij. Een hele fijne verjaardag mam doe de groeten aan iedereen daar!

Bosun Jeroen

Tres Hombres blog: Did I sail across the ocean to return to this?

Tres Hombres blog: Did I sail across the ocean to return to this?

Wind wind, wind wind wind. It blows hard here, bending the azorien palms, and it’s sound effects- whistling stays, creaking mooring lines, hauling wind mills. It swipes over our safe haven island Fajal with an ocean gathered strength, and pulls on my nerves like a cello tuned by a butcher.

Such a fragile home we’ve got.  10 Months out of 12 it’s tossed around on the waves, half in the sea half in the sky. Yet in 5 months of sailing, soft or rough, land has been our only danger. The sea is my refuge. Does this make me a sailor?
Cast off the lines and let the world go to hell.

2 More weeks will bring a stop to a journey that seemed endless in time, or better said – the end of which I could not imagine.
So total is life at sea on an engineless sailing ship, engulfed in a nature beyond that which was meant for men.
So simple is my existence here – stay on the boat, feel the wind. And how do I go back to the social pollution of society?
On our ship every sound has a meaning, a reason and a reaction called for. The sails speak to you, telling ‘pull’ or ‘ease’ ; the wind says ‘brace’, ‘ set sails’ or ‘ douse’.
Visual and noise pollution in harbour and cities is overwhelming to me now. Did I sail across the ocean to return to this?
Have I changed and now must plunge into car exhausts church bells led screens and selfies once more?
Cast  away from sea to land.
God have mercy for those lost at sea, for they had to go out again, not to be lost on land.

 Second mate Shimra

Tres Hombres blog: Troubles to sleep in this four to five meters waves

Tres Hombres blog: Troubles to sleep in this four to five meters waves

DATE: 13-04-17 GMT : 0505 POS: 49-01.3 N, 018-47.6 W COG: Variable SOG: 0.1

The wind is starting to come down a little bit and the sailors can now hope to get dry a bit. It has been very wet and quite cold for us in the last two days and many had troubles to sleep in this four to five meters waves.
We are now entering a stationary high pressure area and we can expect to slow down a lot. At least we will have dry feet and be able to work on the boat a bit.

First mate Remi
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Flaping in the center of a high pressure. Please send big greetings to all office and Nordlys crew-
Tell tramp his fleet is ready to sail from port.
Hope to see you all in Amsterdam.

Second mate Shimra and all

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