I must go down to the seas again,

to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship

and a star to steer her by…

-By John Masefield-


Sign on for a few days…. or Half a Year.

Fairtransport’s mission is to acquaint people with the sea to teach them to be intelligent and responsible global citizens. The Tres Hombres and Nordlys are engineless cargo ships, providing an ideal situation for the training of young seafarers. Due to the rigors and challenges incurred by sailing cargo, sailors learn a wide range of skills and disciplines no longer practiced in the modern Maritime Industry. 

More than traditional sailing knowledge is gained in crossing an ocean… our sailors call  it a life changing event. With only 10 trainees and 5 professional crew, teamwork, communication and trust are a huge part of life on board.

At Sea one learns to co-operate, be self-reliant and develop a respect for the elements.

As a trainee you step onboard on the lowest rung of the ladder. You’ll not feel like a passenger; indeed, you will be part of our crew. You’ll learn safet​​y precautions, ship maintenance, taking the helm, lookout & sail handling. You may aspire to become Able Seaman; learning Marlinespike Seamanship, basic navigation, and manoeuvreing under sail. Eventually, you’ll be experienced enough to become boatswain, which entails leadership, rigging, sail sewing, ship carpentry and square rigging. Due to having no fuel costs, and through the fact that the ship profits from her cargo ventures, you’ll find that our trainee fees are comparatively low for the industry standard.

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Sailing Schedules

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Tres Hombres

Sign onFromToDistance NMFeeAverage days sea / portBooking Nr
Oct 31 st 2016Den Helder, NetherlandsDouarnenez, France531€ 935,0011P1016 Sign on
Nov 14 th 2016Douarnenez, FranceSanta Cruz de La Palma1330€ 2.125,0025P1116Sign on
Oct 31 st 2016Den Helder, NetherlandsSanta Cruz de La Palma€ 2.880,0037E1Sign on
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Dec 15 th 2016Santa Cruz de La PalmaBridgetown, Barbados2.640€ 2.210,0026P1216Sign on
Jan 10 th 2017Bridgetown, BarbadosSanta Marta, Colombia885€ 1.020,0012P0117Sign on
Jan 22 2017Santa Marta, ColombiaBoca Chica, Dom. Rep.504€ 1.27515P0117aSign on
Dec 15 th 2016 Santa Cruz de La Palma Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.€ 4.250,0053E2Sign on
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Feb 5th 2017Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.Horta, Azores2.504€ 3.060,0038P0217Sign on
Mar 16 th 2017Horta, AzoresAmsterdam, Netherlands1.638€ 2.040,0026P0317Sign on
Feb 5th 2017Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.Amsterdam, NL.4142€ 4650,-E3Sign on
Entire Atlantic Round Voyage 2016/2017€9.100,00E1-3Sign on
April 17 2017Amsterdam, NLEnkhuizen, NL25€ 501P0417Sign on
April 19 2017Enkhuizen, NLDen Helder, NL25€ 501P0517Sign on

Nordlys

Sign onFrom ToDistance NMFee EuroAverage days sea / portBooking nr.
May 20 2016Den Helder, NetherlandsOstend, Belgium98€ 300,-4p0316No Sign on
May 29 2016Ostend, BelgiumLeixoes, Portugal854€ 1.200,-16p0416No Sign on
June 15 2016Leixoes, PortugalBristol, England 727€ 1.425,-19p0516No Sign on
July 4 2016Bristol, EnglandBrest, France279€ 975,-13p0616No Sign on
July 18 2016Brest, FranceDouarnenez, France50€ 100,-1p0716No Sign on
July 21 2016Douarnenez, FranceBrixham, England279€ 600,-8p0816No Sign on
July 29 2016Brixham, EnglandLeixoes, Portugal631€ 1.200,-16p0916No Sign on
August 14 2016Leixoes, PortugalBristol, England 727€ 1.125,-15p1016No Sign on
August 29 2016Bristol, England Douarnenez, France279€ 825,-11p1116No Sign on
September 9 2016Douarnenez, FranceCopenhagen, Denmark1028€ 1.350,-18p1216No Sign on
September 28 2016Copenhagen, DenmarkBornholm, Denmark103€ 300,-4p1316No Sign on
October 3 2016Bornholm, DenmarkHalmstad, Sweden162€ 375,-5p1416No Sign on
October 10 2016Halmstad, SwedenDen Helder, NL482€ 900,-12p1516No Sign on
March 27 2016Den Helder, NetherlandsDen Helder, Netherlands5699€ 10.650,142S2016 Sign on

Signing onFromToNautical milesFee (€)Average daysnr.
Sailing SouthMediterranean Odyssey
Oct. 31 2016Den Helder, NetherlandsBrixham, UK  - Douarnenez, Fr - Sines, Port - Alicante, Esp - Barcelona, Esp - Messina, It - Greek Islands, Greece - Kalamater, Greece 3.062€ 4,950,-71Leg 1 No Sign on
Sailing WestAdriatic Odyssey
January 10 2017Kalamater, GreeceSplit, Croa - Venice, It - Bari, It - Cagliari, It - Alicante, Esp - Sines, Port - Falmouth, UK - Den Helder, NL4.347€ 4,950,-71Leg 2 No Sign on
European Grand Tour
Oct. 31 2016Den Helder, NetherlandsBrixham, UK - Douarnenez, Fr - Sines, Port - Alicante, Esp - Barcelona, Esp - Messina, It - Greek Islands, Greece - Kalamater, Greece - Split, Croa - Venice, It - Bari, It - Cagliari, It - Alicante, Esp - Sines, Port - Falmouth, UK - Den Helder, NL7.409€ 7.950142EGT No Sign on

Sign onFromToInfoAverage days sea / portBooking nr / Fee
27th & 28th March 10.00 - 16.00Charlestown Harbour-Open Ship
29th March 2016Charlestown HarbourDouarnenez, Brittany Move cargo to Brittany on the Johnny Route. Cross the English Channel delivering Devon and Cornish ales and picking up organic French wine on the other side7GR290316 / £ 525 BOOK NOW
5th of April 2016Douarnenez BrittanyFalmouth HarbourMove cargo from the historic port of Douarnenez in Brittany picking up organic French wine. Sail the ship like they used to with man power7GR050416 / £ 525 BOOK NOW
30st of May 2016Brixham Douarnenez BrittanyMeet the Bretons and take pride in delivery under sail. This voyage includes, loading and offloading cargo, night sailing, sailing in a watch system. Also includes a ale and wine tasting and entry to Douarnenez maritime museum.7GR300516 / £ 525 BOOK NOW
6th of June 2016Douarnenez BrittanyFalmouth Harbourhis voyage includes, loading and offloading cargo, night sailing, sailing in a watch system. Also includes a ale and wine tasting and entry to Douarnenez maritime museum. 7GR060616 / £ 525 BOOK NOW
17th of June 2016Falmouth HarbourNantesThis voyage includes, loading cargo, night sailing, sailing in a watch system. Also includes a wine tasting so you can try the organic wines that we will be loading. Sail the ship like they used to with man power and as little engine as possible. 10GR170616 / £ 750 BOOK NOW
27th of June 2016NantesDouarnenez BrittanyThis cargo voyage will end in Douarnenez where you will offload the cargo into the warehouse. The sail between Nantes and Douarnenez travels through a fantastic cruising area7GR270616 / £ 700 BOOK NOW
24th of July 2016Douarnenez BrittanyFalmouth HarbourMove cargo from the historic port of Douarnenez in Brittany picking up organic wine. Join the ship at the end of the Douarnenez maritime festival.7GR240716 / £ 525 BOOK NOW
8th of Sept. 2016PenzanceDouarnenez BrittanyMove cargo to Brittany on the Johnny Route. Cross the Channel delivering Devon and Cornish ale and picking up organic wine on the other side7GR080916 / £ 525 BOOK NOW
15th of Sept. 2016Douarnenez BrittanyFalmouth HarbourMove cargo from the historic port of Douarnenez in Brittany picking up organic wine. Sail the ship like they used to with man power and as little engine as possible7GR080916 / £ 525 BOOK NOW
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More information about the schedules

Full season:

If your intentions are to become a real experienced seaman and to get the thorough taste of life at sea, this is your trip! During the journey you will acquire adequate seatime to file for a certificate of competency as an able-bodied seaman. (If you officially want to obtain this certification you also have to pass the “Basic Safety Training” at a registered nautical college.)

Date of signing on

On this day we welcome you on board from 8 pm onwards. A crew member will introduce you to the captain, the first mate (who will receive your passport and possibly your sample book) and the other members of the crew. We shall assign you a bunk and chest (usually in the fo’c’sle). Linen and sleeping bag are best brought from home. Before departure you will be assigned to the port watch (under the supervision of the first mate) or the starboard watch Incidentally the ship has not arrived in the port of departure; we shall let you know as early as possible if this is the case.

Route

As a rule the ship departs on the day after signing on. With “all hands” the sail is set and the ship is made ready for the sea. You will be informed which watch stays on deck, leaving the other watch free to take a nap. The captain chooses the fastest and safest route to its destination. The captain and the  first mate will instruct the crew. You will be involved in every aspect of seamanship from the moment you arrive; safety training, steering the ship, keeping watch, maintenance, setting sail and lots more. Depended on the weather, the distance and the kind of trip, the ship will arrive at its destination after a couple of days or weeks. This doesn’t mean the trip is at its end; the days after arrival are filled with instructive and interesting activities. The ship is prepared for port, cargo is taken in and out, there is some maintenance that can only be done in a harbour and the opportunity presents itself to go on shore leave.  The route may be altered, depending on freight and weather.

NM / Direct distance

This is the shortest possible distance between two harbors. The Nordlys being a true sailing ship without an engine, this distance is rarely the actual sailed distance. In other words, the ship usually sails many miles more than the direct distance. At the end of a leg of journey, the captain will inform you how many miles have been covered in reality.

Fee

This is the price in euros for said journey per person. In exchange you sail along and acquire a practical education in seamanship. In addition to the journey fee, we expect you to take part in watches and chores such as maintenance, sailing, cleaning, steering and being on the lookout. In the fee are included the ship’s meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner and coffee and tea. Not included are transfers to and from the ship.

Average journey/port stay

This is the estimated time at sea or in a harbor. The ship being dependent for the duration of her trips on weather and wind, this period may vary. If the ship arrives ahead of schedule at its destination, the days in port ahead of schedule are part of the journey.

Booking number

This number is a purely administrative number used for keeping score of persons on board.

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