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

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

Nordlys en Tres Hombres aanwezig tijdens Traditionele Schepen Beurs Den Helder

Ruim veertig bedrijven en een tiental behoudsverenigingen hebben zich bij de organisatie van de eerste EOC-Traditionele Schepen Beurs als standhouder aangemeld. De maritieme vak- en vakantiebeurs wordt van vrijdag 11 tot en met zondag 13 november op het monumentale, voormalige werfcomplex Willemsoord in het stadshart van Den Helder gehouden.
Naast voldoende standhouders hebben de schippers van ruim dertig schepen aangegeven het evenement te komen bezoeken. Zij zullen in of bij Museumhaven Willemsoord afmeren. Zowel Nordlys (1873) als Tres Hombres van Fairtransport zullen tijdens de beurs aanwezig zijn, tevens is er een stand met informatie en onze heerlijke Tres Hombres koffie, chocolade, cacaopoeder etc etc.
Bijzondere attracties zijn een vakantieplein voor mensen die een mooie zeilreis willen gaan maken, een mobiele brugsimulator en demonstraties van diverse oude ambachten. “De EOC-Traditionele Schepen Beurs moet een jaarlijkse ontmoetingsplek worden voor een ieder die iets met traditionele schepen heeft of hierin is geïnteresseerd”.

http://www.traditioneleschepenbeurs.nl/

Nordlys blog: -DER RYTHMUS VAN DER SEE-

Nordlys blog: -DER RYTHMUS VAN DER SEE-

As the rhythm of the sea gets left behind, farther a day at a time, and though my feet touch the ground, I am not here nor there.

I should be writing this blog about our last 2 weeks of sail, since our last port of call , Bornholm.
About the cold, the crazy winds we battled, the waves in-golfing the ship. The sleepless nights and the strength of our crew.
I could write of that moment we cast off the last mooring line and the uplifting feeling when the wind catch the sail and without looking up you know you’re flying again, with nothing to hold you until the next quay.
I can tell endless stories of the unconditional kindness of people we met, and how amazing it is to arrive from the storm and hear a stranger say -” i’m so happy you are here, we’ve been waiting , come in…”.
How we shared the night steering in the Kattagat, with frozen fingers and clicked in to the mizzen sheet, feeding each other chocolate and counting the minutes to tea time, to wake up time, to pillow time. Chase the darkness away with our voices.
How in the toilet which is the only place it wasn’t raining you would get a back flash and be, Well , wet.
How just when we made it 0.5 NM from IJmuiden and already breathed in relief, we had to stay another night at anchor and spend our last power raising cables from the bottom of the sea with the anchor (grinding skills improving….)
How we shared with each other our last dry clothes, our last emergency candy, rolling paper, tampons, our crazy dreams, our hopes, our fears, our bunks, our love.
I can tell you how good it feels to trust each other to sail us safe through a gale while we sleep in our fox’ol bunks to the loud sounds of pounding waves.
I Can tell about hoisting the jib and reefing the main in 7 Bft , pumping bilges in 25 degrees heel, the backstay in the shrouds, the bucket over board, the oil rigs jungle, the tiny birds, our new best friend Handy Billy, and garlic.

But all this, my friends, is another life time, just a few days away, and from the relative safety of this NDSM terrace, over looking the mooring Nordlys which carried me so far, “The rhythm of the Sea” becomes a cliche’.

Fill up my cup and i’ll tell you a story.

Shimra

Nordlys blog: Living on the rhythm of Nature

Nordlys blog: Living on the rhythm of Nature

Date : Tuesday the 18 of October 2016
Position : 55*35.5’N 3*46.9’E
Speed & course :3 kts to south
Wind speed & direction : west 5 to 10 kts
Sea state : calm with a long swell from south
Sky state : Cirrostratus
Air temp: 14*C
Sea Temp: 14*C

Cirrostratus in the air, what does that mean?
Our web log followers answer “Low Pressure coming”
They are right
This morning, we already enjoyed the showers associated with the warm front
Or like the French crews call it on board “Ze Worm front”
Later the cold front will reach us and bring with it some wind
In between, light wind let us rolling on a long swell
What a pleasure to sail the North Sea in October
We don’t need to fill up our cup with water from the tank
Just let it outside and wait a couple of minute
And you get one of the purest water to drink
Living on the rhythm of the Nature
Grabbing all opportunity in the weather to go forward
Captain Francois

Ready to set sails

Ready to set sails

Nordlys report

Date :Thursday the 13 of October
Position : Tejn harbor Bornholm
Speed & course : moored
Wind speed & direction : east 30 kts
Sea state : moderate
Sky state : overcast of stratus

Ready to set sails

Few days was spend on the beautiful island of Bornholm, Denmark
We did delivery the last cargo for the season
And now preparing the ship to come back home
Since we left the North Sea then enter the Baltic
We had never less than 25 kts of wind, and the sea which come with
The thermometer drop down to 10 degrees
I can’t count all the showers we get,
I mean the rain, not the nice worm shower we have home
But we did what needs to be done
One more time we did prove that sailing cargo is not impossible
Tonight Nordlys will sail again, bounding for Netherlands

Francois

The Baltic

The Baltic

Nordlys report

Date : Saturday the 8 of October 2016
Position : 55*22.8’N 14*01.5’E
Speed & course : 2.5 kts south east
Wind speed & direction : North 4 Beaufort

The Baltic

Heading South East into the Baltic direction Bornholm.
After a great week in Kopenhagen, full of good people, new friends, beautiful garden
and fire places, and some more good wine. Some new lines and improvements  better ware placed to make sail handling better while we were in port, and some peoples steeped off.
New ones joined to keep our crew awesome.
We moozi our way, full and by, enjoying a blanket of stars and dry feet.
Since I can tell the future, and enough has been written about wine, this is it for now.
A big hug to all our friend on sea and on land.
We are almost home,
just few more Skaggaritos…

Shimra.P

Cargo Party in Copenhagen by Rosa

Cargo Party in Copenhagen by Rosa

Nordlys report – Cargo Party in Copenhagen

After some stormy days in the Skagerrak and Kattegat, we perfectly slalommed through the Helsingor, where the captain asked us to flip a coin at a buye. Does that mean good luck or something? “It means that you can flip a coin at a buye.” Well the wetter the weather, the drier the french humor it seems. We went on anchor just outside of Copenhagen. The next morning was finally sunny and we were joined by wine trader Sune and his friends and family for a short sailing towards our tug boat. A sudden heavy rainfall drowned our hopes of staying dry for a day…welcome to the North! From the tug boat, Nordlys carpenter Tristan was already waving at us. As we made our way through the city centre, we approached a fancy newly built bridge. Traffic stopped on both sides, but it did not open. As we came closer and closer, we were ready to drop the stern anchor to save our mast, but the tug boat driver managed to spin us around in the last moment and we made two little circles before the bridge finally opened, sliding open horizontally. We passed one more bridge, under which Sunes wine shop Rosforth & Rosforth is located, and after dancing a fender boogie on the bow, we moored our good lady at the quay. Magically, wine bottles and glasses appeared in an instant. Shortly after, we were invited to walk over to the wine shop, where the chef had prepared us a feast for lunch. “And make sure to take your glasses with you.” “Sir yes sir!”.

In the afternoon, the crew went for a collective shower in Christianias hippi bath house. Warm, dry and happy we went to bed, thinking about the upcoming working day, unloading our cargo and labelling every of the 10.000 bottles with our Faritransport Class A label. We didn’t yet know how many hands would come to our help. It was a sunny saturday when we unloaded, labelled and loaded all cargo in one day. Around 30 people, mostly friends of Sune but also some curious souls who happened to pass by joined us in the action. Fuelled by Tres Hombres chocolate from our ship shop, which was also up and running, the occasionally opened bottle of wine, a barbecue lunch and good vibes, the work went easy. Also, our bosun Tramp had yet again already connected with some local musicians, and great tunes were filling the air in the afternoon. The special feature of the evening was the re-appearance of the Belgium beer barrels loaded in Oostende earlier this season, which had been hiding below all the wine boxes. And so we added freshly tapped beer to the fun. Before the euphory of managing all that cargo in a single day went down and we had a chance to realize how tired we are, Sune let us know that we were invited for a Tapas dinner at his wine bar in town. We were able to sample some more of the bottles we had transported all the way from Douarnenez and can definitely say “Transported by sail, approved by sailors!” We finished the night with a Georgian tradition brought to us by Tramp, toasting round in a cricle until our glasses, which were for a change filled with Tres Hombres Marie Gallant rum, went dry.

My toast was something like this: Thanks to my fellow crew for the hard work, the learning experience and good energy through the last weeks. Thanks to our Copenhagen friends for the warm welcome.

Skol, Rosa

Date : 3-10-2016
Position : N 55° 40.45′ ; E 012° 35.21′
Speed & course : N/A
Wind speed & direction : NE 4-5
Sea state : N/A
Sky state : 2/8

Nordlys: So far the North Sea has been kind to us

Nordlys: So far the North Sea has been kind to us

Nordlys report, Date : Tuesday the 27 of September 2016

Hoping for the better and preparing for the worst.
So far the North Sea has been kind to us, with good winds and user-friendly sea state.
We’re heading as fast as we can to the Skagerak safety, 30 miles around the corner.
Hoping to outrun the big mean low pressure coming behind us, but still preparing ginger storm cake and safety lines.
My last experience of wind force 8 on the north sea was not of the pleasant kind, but at least I know what
to expect.
As we say, spirit are high, bilges are pumped and we will have some thing to tell in the bar.
Port side watch rigged the gaff top sail into a brand new mizzen stay sail, which is awesome.
My watch went on a ninja action into the abyss of our wine cellar, formally know as the cargo hold for some flour refill and baked another amazing cake honey!
The waves are picking up, hope to give a sunny update tomorrow.

Sierra Hotel India Mike Romeo Alfa, Panda

OK, what to say more than Shimra,
all is good on board
we will pass the strait with strong south wind, better than some west
will be long night but we are prepare for, my first Skagerrak passage, rotfredoma
luckily there will be no moon to see that 🙂
anyway, we pump only 50 an hour, I don’t feel the boat twisting moving or anything else
3 reef in the main , mizzen down fore stay sail and outer jib up
good balance at the helm
the main and outer jib will go down soon, then after the Skagerrak we’ll have only fore stay sail and mizzen stay sail
which work nice full and by with this wind

All the best

Francois

Position : 56*53.4’N 7*43.8’E
Speed & course : 9.1 kts to north east
Wind speed & direction : SSW 30 kts
Sea state : 2m
Sky state : overcast cirrocumulus

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