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.
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 report, Date : Wednesday the 28 of September 2016
Position :57*15.3’N 11*30.4’E
Speed & course : 5.5 kt to south east
Wind speed & direction : south west 20 to 30 bellow showers
Sea state : moderate
Sky state : 8/8
exhausted, all is good on board
we’ll drop the anchor north of Copenhagen tomorrow around noon
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
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
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
Nordlys report, Date : Monday the 26 of October 2016
As the sky state can warn us
A low pressure is heading to our position
Tomorrow night will be sailing trough the Skagerrak
The strait in between Denmark and Norway
The ship is ready, the crew is ready
The last days we did wear all canvas we have on board
Getting the best speed of the good ketch Nordlys
We’ll pass in front of the cold front
Position : 55*27.2’N 5*23.8’E
Speed & course : 4 knots to North
Wind speed & direction : South West 10 kts
Sea state : calm with a long swell growing from west south west
Sky state : some cumulonimbus with more and more cirrostratus
Date : Sunday 25 September 2016
Position : 53*50’N 3*41,4’E , 65 nM North north west of Den Helder
Speed & course : 7 kts to north north east
Wind speed & direction : West 15 to 20 kts
Sea state : calm to moderate with short 1 m swell
Sky state : mostly cirrocumulus
Sunday on Nordlys is holly day, nobody work
All crew can practice his hobby: sailing
Last night with 25 kts back wind
Flying and Outer jibs fitted with one reef in the Main
The port side watch did put the top speed at 10.14 Kts
Today half wind, to get more speed and better balance at the helm
we did built a mizzen fore stay sail
no more canvas in the hold
We sailing to reach the Skagerrak as soon as possible
Date : Thursday 22 september 2016
Position : 50*19’N 2*41’W , 15 nM south west of Portland
Speed & course : 3 knots to south east
Wind speed & direction : west 2 Beauforts
Current : Tidal, 2 knots to west
Sea state : calm
Sky state : Altocumulus 6/8
Sailing down wind in the Channel
The Altocumulus are growing, a front is coming on us
A cold front, with his rain followed by showers
With his quick wind shift
“Hey steerer, watch the flag, keep the sails full
Later we’ll jibe, with control on the sheet and the preventer
But not now, our old Lady don’t like we slam her boom”
Date & time :Sunday 18 September , 1800 UTC
Position : 49*06’N 7*05’W , 55 nM south west of Scilly Islands
Speed & course : 6 kts to North
Wind speed & direction : west 10 to 15 kts
Sea state : calm with long north west swell
Sky state : total overcast of cumulus , showers
After a long and treacherous way into Douarnenez and a sweaty bruisy box stacking week in port loading wine we are finally heading North, hoping to make it East into the channel tonight. Our hold is full to the top with fine french wine for Copenhagen. 3 barrels that did not find a space in the cargo keep us company on the deck, reminding us constantly of our mission: Sailing Cargo!
Apart from loading the ship, we took a lot of time in the last weeks to upgrade our rigging, fitting new blocks and having our mainsail fixed. ALso, the new jib boom and the gaff received some love and linseed oil. Some new friends who just started their school year in boatbuilding carpentry made us a mast for our dingy, which is now dubbed “Het Bootje” in honour of their ship “Het Boot”.
Leaving Douarnenez, we said goodbye to our captain Gerard and trainee Ed and our local friends and welcomed new crew members. By now, our crew is well tuned in, not only because we have all the same melody stuck in our heads, planted there by our new captains guitar practice. Some of us are detoxing from their bad harbour habits and everybody is getting fat and happy thanks to our awesome cook Jeroen.
As we are sailing, our thoughts go across the ocean to our brothers and sisters on the good ship Tres Hombres. As you are busy with your own adventures, we send you our love and respect and wish you a save journey home, were we will wait for you.
Shimi and Rosa for the Nordleak Puppies
Date : Friday 16 September 2016
Position :15 nM South west of Ussant French Brittany
Speed & course : 4 kts to west
Wind speed & direction : North west 4 Beauforts
Sea state : Moderate, 1 m swell
Sky state : Cumulus 4/8
24 hours ago, we did cast off our moorings lines, the Port Rhu peer
Many people from Douarnenez was there to wish us good voyage
A local band was playing sea shanties with an accordion and other traditional instruments
I heard in town that Nordlys’ crew is now Douarnenez’ peoples
Every time we come to load or unload cargo we had warm welcomes
Such a beautiful city and enjoyable habitants
Thanks all of you
Marcus, Greyhound’s skipper did salute us with is cannon
With Lun II, it was 3 sailing cargo ships moored along side
FairTransport is growing, the Tres Hombres’ spirit is branching all around the World
For now, Nordlys is sailing full and by
We did sail out of the bay within 4 tacking
On my fellow ocean we are sailing, latter will enter the Channel, bounding for Denmark
The bow sprit in the water waves after waves
What a strong ship, 143 years old and still powerful
It’s amazing to see how she was well refitted by the Tortuga Team
With the cargo full, she is well balance and a little rope on the helm did steer all day long
2 reef in the main and 2 reef in the mizzen she beat up one and half meter waves at 4 knots
Have a nice week end and see you soon
The good sailing ship Nordlys is in Douarnenez since two weeks now.
Last monday we start to load the yearly cargo of French wine to Denmark.
The past years Tres Hombres was doing the trip, and now Nordlys took over.
For the first time our old lady have is belly full of goods. From the bilge to the ceiling.
That how we load ships at FairTransport.
The water stay is almost in water, she look like real sailing cargo.
It took us four days to load in 10 000 bottles of wine.
Fitting square boxes into a rond ship was tricky.
Henk our first Mate did great work, then it’s now more than 25 tons of goods that we gonna deliver in Copenhagen.
Saving tons of CO2 and suffer release in our atmosphere.
Thanks all of you to believe in FairTransport.
Thanks to help us making our dreams come truth.
It took a while before our old lady Nordlys was back on track. One of the reasons was a broken bowsprit, and to find another one was not easy. Deep in the forests of France we found one.
After some great craftsmanship by our crew Nordlys is finally sailing again.
A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not where ships are built for. Rum, wine and olive oil will reach you soon.
It’s possible to track the real time possition of Nordlys on our website http://fairtransport.eu/ships/nordlys/